According to ESPN, starting power forward and superstar Amar'e Stoudemire will miss two to three weeks due to a ruptured cyst behind his left knee. This means New York will be opening their season without STAT and, hence, with a revamped starting lineup.
On top of that, facing their new crosstown rival makes the game a crucial one for both fans and players attempting to get the rivalry and season off on the right foot.
For Mike Woodson, that means decisions lie ahead. Does he put forth a small lineup with multiple guards, or does he go for size? Who gets the slots, and who gets the minutes?
Here is our game plan.