Carl Landry's challenge

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Golden State Warriors forward David Lee will miss tonight's big game against the Knicks in New York after being suspended for his actions in Tuesday's game against Indiana. That will put a heavy load on Carl Landry, and is a significant blow to a Warriors team clutching to a playoff spot with 25 games to go.

Losing Lee is made more difficult considering that the Warriors are already without Andrew Bogut, and the frontcourt depth drops off considerably without the two all-star caliber big men.

Landry, though solid for much of the season, has struggled quite a bit in recent weeks, and the 6-foot-9, 248-pounder becomes the team's primary big man. He'll need a lot of help on the interior from the team's rookie trio of Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli tonight as they battle Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudamire.

At 33-24, Golden State would have the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs if the season ended today. That puts them just 2 games ahead of Utah, 2.5 ahead of Houston and 5.5 ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers. And one has to believe that losing Lee will make coming out of New York with a victory a long-shot at best.