Well, the Knicks only managed a split with the Wizards instead of a much needed sweep of the back to back, choking down the stretch in Washington. Then the Knicks again choked down the stretch vs. Philly. Things looked dire as the Bulls strolled into the Garden for MLK Day.
- Danilo Gallinari has me very excited, and I won't temper it. He can score, he can pass, he is for sure raw, but most of all he CAN DEFEND. He needs to bulk up some but wow, what a difference the #6 pick of the draft can make.
- The Knicks won the turnover battle 17-11 and held the Bulls to 4-17 shooting from the arc. Maybe "hold" is the wrong word, since the Bulls missed some easy looks, but who am I to argue?
- Chris Duhon proved he was a gamer, playing in obvious pain all game. I can see why his Bulls teammates were not happy when his minutes were cut during his time in Chicago, he is the kind of guy any player in the Association would like to play along with.
- Tim Thomas did a lot more then the box score let on, the Knicks were +9 with him in the game. If he can stay healthy and give the Knicks a 9 man rotation, it will be interesting to see how the 4th quarters go in the second half of the season.
Preview: New York Knicks (+6) vs Phoenix Suns, Wed 7:30 pm EST
I don't fully believe in Phoenix, true. But they are pretty good on the road this year. The Knicks hung with Phoenix in Phoenix earlier in the year, and Phoenix has guard play that will let up some points. Duhon will have to work both the pick and roll and the drive and dish vs. Phoenix, who has the trees to disrupt Lee's offensive game. J-Rich loves the kill the Knicks but hopefully the big bodies being back for the Knicks will put some height on Richardson. Will Jeffries guard him? I woudln't be shocked...
Knicks-centric stats match-up:
Again: Since the Knicks are a team that runs the D'Antoni offense, posting typical team offensive/defensive stats is pretty silly. I will use offensive and defensive efficiency, a.k.a. how many points a team scores and allows per 100 possessions. Hopefully this will give people a better idea on how teams will stack up against the unique style the Knicks offer.
Knicks on offense:
Knicks offensive efficiency: 102.9 points/100 (20th in the NBA)
Suns defensive efficiency: 106.4 points/100 (t-23rd in the NBA)
Knicks on defense:
Suns offensive efficiency: 108.9 points/100 (4th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.1 points/100 (26th in the NBA)
Psst! Hey Donnie Walsh!
Previously done for the Suns..
Nate Robinson is getting well overdue to blow up on somebody. What better place then MSG, what better time then tonight?
Knicks 109-Phoenix 104 (season record: 10-2 straight up, 5-7 ATS)
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