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By, Kenneth Teape – Knickswag Contributor
Pre-Game News and Notes
Thunder vs. Knicks: TNT 8pm
The Knicks will not only be under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden tonight but also on national television, as the Thunder come into New York for their only visit this season. The Knicks have fared well against the Western Conference at home, winning nine of 12 games this season, but tonight very well may be their biggest Western Conference test this season. The Thunder own the third best record in the NBA at 44-16 and will present a big test for the Knicks tonight.
-Bring it on Defense
The Knicks only chance of pulling out a victory tonight is if they bring the effort and intensity on the defensive side of the ball tonight. The Thunder boast one of the best offenses in the NBA thanks to the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant (28.6 points per game) and Russell Westbrook (23.6 points per game). Those players are key contributors to the Thunder having a league-high 110.7 points per 100 possessions and run a deadly pick-and-roll game.
This could be a disaster for the Knicks, who have struggled in slowing down the pick-and-roll and opposing guards are season, will have their hands full tonight. Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert will have to set the tone right from the start on the defensive end as the Knicks have very little chance of pulling this one out unless they can slow the Thunder down some, as the Knicks do not have as efficient of an offense as the Thunder do.
March has brought an improvement to the Knicks defense, as they have allowed teams to shoot only 43.5 percent from the field for 90.3 points per game in four games. Unfortunately the one loss the Knicks have in that stretch is against a team most likely better than the Thunder in the Heat.
-Will Melo Play?
Another factor in how much of a chance the Knicks have tonight is if Carmelo Anthony will suit up. Anthony sat Wednesday night against the Pistons after hurting his knee Monday night in Cleveland with a sore knee. Last night Mike Woodson said that Anthony had some fluid buildup on the knee and would ultimately have the call if he wanted to play.
If Anthony is out the Knicks chances of winning will fall squarely on the shoulders of Amar’e Stoudemire to score the basketball with J.R. Smith playing the sidekick. Stoudemire has embraced the role in the last two games, scoring 22 points against both the Cavaliers and Pistons and doing it efficiently at the same time. If Smith can score almost as efficiently as Stoudemire has been the Knicks chances of winning would growth exponentially.
Stoudemire will and should still come off the bench tonight and continue to lead the second unit thanks to the help of Jason Kidd who has embraced his role as the backup point guard and second unit leader.
-Cut down the Turnovers
Early on in the season the Knicks had success because they would not turn the ball over. They are still ranked atop the NBA in turnovers per game at 12.1 per game, but lately have had some high turnover games making it more difficult on themselves to pick up victories. The first two months of the season they were turning the ball over less than 11 times per game.
They have been overly-sloppy in their four March games as well, turning the ball over an average of 16 times per game. Wednesday was especially tough for the Knicks, who turned the ball over 20 total times and 11 times in the first quarter alone. The Knicks will be in for a long night if they are unable to take care of the ball as Durant and Westbrook would like for nothing more to put on a show in Madison Square Garden in transition.
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According to rumors, things were rocky between Knicks Carmelo Anthony and his wife Lala. The reality TV starlet even somewhat confirmed it in a recent interview saying that ten years is a long time to be together so ups and downs are to be expected. But now, the couple is back on track and moving into new New York digs.
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The knee injury that forced Carmelo Anthony from the game the other night held him out of last night's game as well. Anthony fell hard to the court after tripping over his own feet on Sunday, but he had been battling a knee issue for a few games. It turns out, he has fluid on the knee.According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony was unable to play last night because...
Carmelo is officially out
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 6, 2013
Sounds as if Carmelo will play tomorrow vs Kevin Durant and OKC
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 6, 2013
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Carmelo Anthony went down against the Cleveland Cavaliers with an injury to his right knee that he says has origins that date back to before the game. Melo told ESPN that he knew today would not be a good da. “Today I just woke up and you know how some days you really don’t feel right,” [...]
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The Knicks are reluctant to reveal the source of Carmelo Anthony's discomfort in his right knee.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons after suffering an injury to his right knee during Monday's win against Cleveland Cavaliers.The incident occurred in the first half midway through the second quarter when Anthony stumbled, fell to the ground, left the game and failed to return. Anthony claims...
Carmelo Anthony took a frightening tumble on Monday night during the New York Knicks’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Knicks grabbed a rebound in the second quarter, Anthony looked to receive an outlet pass and appeared to trip over his own feet. He then grabbed toward his knee in pain.
According to head coach Mike Woodson, the tumble could have been avoided if he had...
It’s not secret that the Knicks are secretive about injuries to their players, Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace are prime examples. No real cause for concern, but Mike Woodson saying Carmelo Anthony will ‘eventually’ be back from a sore knee isn’t the most encouraging news.
According to the NY Post:
Dr. Lisa Callahan, the Knicks’ medical director, and Anthony’s...
Mike Woodson was "stubborn" & did not listen
Current Standings - New York: 37-22, 3rd in the Eastern Conference (.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers), 1st in the Atlantic Division (Leading the Brooklyn Nets by 2.5 games) Utah: 32-30, 8th in the Western Conference (.5 games ahead of Los Angeles Lakers)
Previous Meeting - These teams haven’t met yet this season. They will meet again on March 18th.
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Has it ever.
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By, Kenneth Teape – Knickswag Contributor
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