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1 First Time Long Time
Tonight will be the first time these teams have played since November 13, a 104-101 Cavaliers victory.
Ntilikina shoved LeBron, who then exchanged words with Kanter. LeBron shoved Kanter, and both were given technical fouls.
LeBron and Kanter continued after the game and since in a war or words, but unfortunately, it looks like we won’t get to see them on the court together as Kanter (back, wrist) is doubtful for tonight’s game.
2 Next Man Up
With Kanter sidelined the past four games, Kyle O’Quinn has stepped up and filled in admirably at the center position.
O’Quinn had 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks Saturday against the Bucks and is the first Knick since Patrick Ewing in 1999 to record at least 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in three straight games.
3 Trainer's Room
Tim Hardaway Jr. slips and rolls his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Knicks-Heat game.
For the Cavaliers, point guards George Hill (ankle) and Jose Calderon (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday but it is unclear if either will suit up tonight. However, Rodney Hood (Achilles) is probable after leaving Friday’s game early.
4 King James
In his 15th season, LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down and is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Since February 7 (28 games), LeBron is averaging a triple-double with 30.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists and is coming off a 44-point effort Friday against the 76ers.
5 Vexing Cavs
Cleveland has won 11 of the last 12 games with New York, including eight straight at Madison Square Garden. In those eight games, the Cavaliers have won by an average margin of 11.1 points.