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Pre Game News and Notes Bulls vs Knicks: ESPN, MSG,8pm The Knicks dropped an ugly game last night against the Indiana Pacers and will have another slugfest on their hands tonight against the Chicago Bulls.  Last night the Knicks offense struggled mightily without Carmelo Anthony, who was serving his one game suspension from his actions Monday night.  The Knicks may have even more missing pieces tonight, as last night the Knicks were hurt in more places than the scoreboard at the end. -Injuries Galore Already dealing with an injury to Rasheed Wallace, the Knicks have lost another big man to injury in Marcus Camby.  Camby was seen after the game limping noticeably, after he exited in the third quarter with a left foot injury.  It seems he again has to deal with plantar fasciitis, as Camby was put in a walking boot and was seen using crutches. This is a huge blow to the Knicks, who are very thin in the front line with Tyson Chandler banged up as it is and Kurt Thomas being the only able bodied big man on the roster.  Amar’e Stoudemire has looked better and better every game he has played, but on a minutes restriction and with the possibility of not playing tonight because it is a back-to-back the Knicks are left dangerously thin up front against a very deep front court the Bulls have. Chandler will be the guy in the middle for most of the night and will be responsible for holding down the defense for the Knicks.  He will have to be aggressive and match the intensity of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson as he will be matched up with each of them for at least some part of the game tonight. -Take Care of the Ball The Knicks need to take ball security very seriously tonight against the Bulls.  The style of play that the Bulls employ is not conducive for the Knicks to fall down big and attempt to make a comeback; the Bulls will just crush the Knicks and not allow such a thing. Last night, the Knicks managed only 14 assists to 12 turnovers, a ratio that will never result in wins.  To beat the Bulls, the Knicks will need to rely on ball movement and better shot selection, both of which should come with Anthony back in the lineup as the Bulls will be concentrating on him the most. One thing that has been lacking recently, really since Raymond Felton went down with his injury, is the inability to drive and kick to shooters.  J.R. Smith has been able to do this as he is very athletic, but in a perfect world the Knicks would rather he be the guy catching the kick out for three pointers. This responsibility more than often falls upon Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni; both at times look allergic to the paint.  They are older players, being 39 and 35 respectively, but they need to do more for the Knicks to be successful.  The Knicks are built on shooting the basketball, most nights living and dying by the three pointer; during this drop of play they have been mostly dying. -Bring Toughness The Knicks have struggled against teams this season that play a physical brand of basketball, with this week providing two more examples in losses against the Celtics and Pacers.  Throw in the two earlier losses to the Bulls and the loss in Memphis against the Grizzlies; it is a troubling trend the Knicks need to break. A reason these physical teams get to the Knicks is because they lose their cool so quickly, another thing that was on display this week with how Anthony reacted to Kevin Garnett’s trash talking.  The Knicks are a very temperamental team and get thrown off their game once they feel the referees aren’t calling the game in a way they like. This falls upon the leaders of the team and especially head coach Mike Woodson to keep them in line.  Woodson needs to do a better job of controlling his team’s tempers and emotions; one way to go about this is sitting the said player who suffers the breakdown in the game.  Woodson needs to bring that player to the bench, give a little talk and let him cool off a little bit. Playing over emotional is not a good thing and it proved itself true the last time these teams took the court, as the Knicks saw Anthony, Chandler and Woodson all ejected from the game for technicals and physical altercations.  The Knicks need to keep their cool better in games as they could easily have four more wins this season if they hadn’t reacted the way they did to certain situations.   Kenneth Teape @teapester725 – Knickswag Contributor The post Another Tough Game Presents Itself: Bulls vs Knicks appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
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