Mike D'Antoni has spent the better part of his first two seasons juggling the lineup and he wasted little time early in this season changing things up again. Rookie Timofey Mozgov, who hasn't been very effective as the starting center -- not entirely his fault -- has been moved to the bench and Amar'e Stoudemire slides to the center spot.
Wilson Chandler will move into the starting lineup at the power forward spot. That means he'll likely find himself guarding former teammate David Lee tonight against the Warriors, rather than Stoudemire, the man who, for all intents and purposes, replaced Lee.
Though it's not a place you want to keep Stoudemire for too long of a time, moving him to the five helps give the Knicks some needed depth at the five because Ronny Turiaf will miss the game with a sprained left knee, which he suffered late in the first half of Tuesday's blowout loss in Milwaukee. Mozgov can come off the bench with the second unit, with Anthony Randolph as the power forward.
Turiaf, by the way, is listed day-to-day and before the game D'Antoni said "he seems to be OK."
For the Warriors, Monta Ellis, who injured his back on an awkward fall Monday in Toronto, will play tonight. Ellis, who leads the NBA in scoring, has had some huge games against the Knicks in his career, but it'll take a historic night for him to have the most points against the Knicks in franchise history. That would be Wilt Chamberlain.
For my younger generation Fixers, you do remember how many points he scored one night for the Warriors against the Knicks, don't you? Hint: it took place in Hershey, Pa.