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Can Charlotte shut down Carmelo Anthony?
Why this game is important
Any time you play in Madison Square Garden, it's a special occasion. But that might not be the only reason this particular trip could be even more entertaining.
According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, the Knicks could be interested in acquiring Tyrus Thomas, whom the Bobcats amnestied earlier this summer.
Keys to the game
Charlotte was competitive in all three contests against the Knicks last season, but it had no answer for Raymond Felton.
In two appearances, Carmelo Anthony scored 23 and 32 points, respectively. Kemba Walker matched Anthony with 25 in the first game, while Gerald Henderson scored 35 in the second contest. Felton notched 17 points in the first contest and 18 in the second, while the Bobcats had little secondary scoring.
They'll have to contain Felton this time around, be less dependent on a single scorer and play more like a complete team.
How this affects the season
As the first Eastern Conference playoff team from last season the Bobcats play, New York will give Charlotte an opportunity to distinguish itself as a developing team.
Prediction: 109-104, Knicks.