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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30:  J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE  (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) This guy's back!

The Knicks Have a Preseason Game Tonight

All right, so NBA exhibition games are essentially as useless as every other league's exhibition games, but still: For the first time since their season ended on May 9, the New York Knicks are playing a real, live basketball game last night. (Not that we're keeping an eye out or anything, but Jeremy Lin made his Rockets debut last night.) Knicks players will be running around in Knicks uniforms. That's not for nothing!

The Knicks will play the Washington Wizards in D.C. tonight at 7 p.m., though it's possible you might be somewhat busy with other sporting endeavors around that time. The game is on MSG, and you're gonna have to watch all your Knicks preseason games on television, because the ongoing transformation of MSG means the Knicks have no preseason home games. (Unless you want to travel to D.C., Hartford, Montreal, Albany, or Uniondale. And you might!)

The Knicks have a little more intrigue than you might suspect at this time of year, but hey, intrigue is their thing. JR Smith is annoyed that he's not the starting shooting guard, even though no one is quite sure whom the starting shooting guard actually is. (Tonight it's going to be Mychel Thompson. Really.) Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace are missing with injuries — left calf and atrophy, respectively — and the team is still figuring out who can stand and who can't.

But the whole gang will still be there, from Carmelo to Amar'e to Tyson to Jason Kidd making his Knicks debut. It'll give you something to flip over to in between innings of the Yankees game. Knicks basketball! Back! And totally different! Again!

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