Friday, December 7, 2007

Pre-Gaming: Knicks vs. Sixers

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! THE BATTLE FOR THE BASEMENT! LIVE! AT NASSAU COLISEUM! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!

Actually the games are Friday and Saturday. And one is at the Garden and the other is in Philly. But these two teams are engaging a battle for last place in the Atlantic Division and somehow it feels sort of like going out to Long Island to watch big, beat-up monster trucks slam into each while on fire. You know?

The Knicks are more talented while the Sixers have more hope. Their Isiah Thomas was just fired (Billy King) and replaced with the Ed Stefanksi of the NJ Nets. And, the just lost to the Celtics by ten points. So, if you do the math then they should still beat the Knicks by forty.

According to other people, Marbury will be playing tonight. Eddy Curry is a game-time decision with his practice-related injury. Here's what he had to say about that:

"It was a freak accident," Curry said. "I don't know how it happened. Just something freak. Everyone was cracking up. I just rolled it, fell to the floor."

This quote from Eddy seems to confirm my suspicion that he injured himself just messing around during the shootaround. If he had rolled his ankle during a scrimmage or during some other sort of useful and strenuous activity then I doubt that "everyone was cracking up" when they saw it.

Reading this quote really makes me hope that Curry doesn't play. His defensive inabilities are too glaring for him to be our starting center. I'd much rather see us play a bit smaller with Randolph at center and Lee at power forward. Zach might actually be able to pull Dalembert away from the hoop which would open up space for everyone else inside. If Curry plays than Dalembert can park himself in the paint and block shots at will from anyone who penetrates.

Other things to watch for:
-Andre Miller. He's been on a tear as of late and is the most trade-able asset in the league right now. Every night for him is an audition for everyone else.

-Nate Robison. He has been laminated onto the bench lately.

-The Tone. Tonight is the first of back-to-back, home-and-home games and it will be important to set the tone from the opening whistle. A slow start could potentially cost us two games.

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