Now that football's all finished up, Sunday afternoons are reserved for marquee NBA matchups, and right now, no one lights up a marquee like Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks. The Knicks will host the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in front of what's sure to be an unbelievable Madison Square Garden crowd.
Though the Knicks lost their first game of the Jeremy Lin Era Friday night — to the lowly New Orleans Hornets, of all people — their record is still 7-1 in games in which he's played major minutes, and they're 15-16 on the year, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference if the season ended today. Lin has played one game for the Knicks against a high-profile team in front of a national audience, and in that one, he scored 38 points and beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the other bench, the Mavericks would like nothing more than to quash the Linsanity on a national stage in an embarassing way. They've won six straight games and seem to be regaining that championship form. Chances are Jason Kidd will start out defensively on Lin, but don't be surprise if head coach Rick Carlisle switches Delonte West onto him if Lin starts getting to the basket at will. This should be a fun one.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. ET
TV: ABC (National)