LeBron’s status in limbo vs. Knicks
(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks conclude a three-game road trip
tonight, as they visit the playoff bound Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans
Cleveland, which was smoked by Detroit on Wednesday, is No. 4 in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. The playoff road just got rockier for the Cavs with
the latest injury to superstar LeBron James.
This is the third and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. New
York won the two previous contests, as it picked up wins at home and on the
The Knicks have won four in a row in this series. New York has won two
straight after losing its previous seven at Cleveland.
New York attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. On Monday,
Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to
lead the Indiana Pacers over the Knicks, 101-82, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Jamal Crawford ended with 26 points and seven assists in the loss to the
Pacers for New York, which had a three game winning streak halted. Eddy Curry
finished with 12 points and Steve Francis netted 11 in defeat.
The Knicks are 7-31 on the road this season. They defeated the Boston Celtics,
101-86, on Sunday in the opener of the swing.
Cleveland, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak halted by a 96-73 loss to
the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Not only did the Cavs lose the
game, but James went down with an ankle injury.
James, who had 22 points in the loss, exited the game with less than two
minutes to go in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. X-rays were
negative and James is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Knicks.
The All-Star guard has not missed a game in his young career for the Cavs, who
ended a four-game road trip at 2-2.
Cleveland will return to Quicken Loans Arena where they are 29-10 and have won