Feb. 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) on the court during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 109-105. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Face Challenge at Home Against Knicks: Game Preview

Tonight, the Warriors are facing a familiar foe, who Stephen Curry did some serious damage to. When playing in Madison Square Garden, Stephen Curry poured in a career high 54 points, 11/13 on three pointers, to go with 7 assists. This was a great performance, considering the Warriors were without David Lee. Despite Curry’s legendary performance, the Warriors lost to the Knicks 109-105. This was heart-breaking, especially for Stephen Curry. He’s not going to score 54 tonight, but he’s got David Lee to pass the basketball to.

Keys of the Game:

1. Get Curry Going: Let’s see if Stephen Curry truly loves playing the Knicks. The Warriors were so close, but let the game slip away in the final minutes, when their defense broke down. If Curry can get it going again, maybe other Warriors will share in the good fortune, being on the home court.

2. Bring Out Lee’s Inner All-Star: The past couple of games, Lee has been very off. Despite averaging a double-double like he usually does, he hasn’t been giving the Warriors’ that production that they’ve needed: especially now. Ever since the all-star break, Lee has been struggling to get it together. When he finally does that, success may comeback to the Warriors.

3. Defend the Three Point Line: Okay this has to be a key. In games since February 5th, the three point line hasn’t been very good to the Dubs, on the defensive end. Other teams are making every single three pointer they throw up, even if it was well-contested. Doesn’t matter if they’re home or away, but the Warriors have to find a way to defend the perimeter. Klay Thompson can’t be on everybody.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Bogut vs Chandler (Let’s see if Chandler gets 28 rebounds now?)

Players to Watch: Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony

Leading Scorer: Carmelo Anthony

Winner: Knicks control the second half

Probable Lineups:

1. Curry vs Felton

2. Thompson vs Shumpert

3. Barnes vs Anthony

4. Lee vs Thomas

5. Bogut vs Chandler

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