Tonight in the NBA: Knicks look to get back on track

Tonight in the NBA: Knicks look to get back on track
February 8, 2013, 11:30 am
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The 76ers are off tonight before they face the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night.

The Sixers, and especially Evan Turner, have struggled to find consistency this season (see story). But Doug Collins won't let the team's injuries be an excuse for their play.

Here is a look at the notable games tonight in the NBA:

Knicks at Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
The Knicks look to get back in the win column Friday in Minnesota.

New York had its five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday as they struggled to contain John Wall in a 106-96 loss to the Wizards.

On Friday, they won't have it much easier in the point guard matchup as they face Ricky Rubio, who has 25 assists in the Timberwolves' last two games.

The shorthanded T-Wolves, who will be without Kevin Love (hand), Chase Budinger (knee) and Brandon Roy (knee), have lost eight of their past nine games. Andrei Kirilenko is also doubtful after missing Wednesday's loss to the Spurs with a bruised quadriceps.

The two teams last met in New York on Dec. 23 with the Knicks winning, 94-91, thanks to Carmelo Anthony's 33 points.

Clippers at Heat, 8 p.m.
The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Miami Heat as they continue their eight-game road trip.

The two teams seem to be heading in different directions as the Heat have won eight of their past 10 games, while the Clippers have lost seven out of 10.

The Heat are in the midst of a three-game winning streak thanks to LeBron James' 93 points in that span. James is shooting a career-best 55.6 percent this season.

The Heat hope Chris Bosh returns to action tonight after missing Wednesday's game with the flu.

The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday behind a team-high 27 points from Eric Bledsoe.

Los Angeles hopes to see the return of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups, who all have been battling injuries of late.

Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
Golden State visits Memphis tonight as both teams look to avoid a three-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies have struggled since trading Rudy Gay to the Raptors. Despite losing their leading scorer, their defense has slipped the most. With Gay on the team they allowed 89.5 points per game, but since the trade they have a allowed 95.3 points.

The Warriors are also having their own struggles on defense -- in the past two games they have allowed a total of 259 points in losses to Houston and Oklahoma City. 

The two teams last met on Jan. 9 when the Warriors fell, 94-87, which was Golden State's eighth consecutive loss in the series.

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