2009 Game Thread: Knicks at Thunder
A 6-foot-11 300-pound behemoth at the top of the key handling the ball, going behind his back (or attempting to) and dribbling down the lane en route to the basket much to the delight of his teammates. The culprit?
Eddy Curry. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only was Curry practicing for the second time in three days, he was working on his handles during a certain sequence as the Knicks were practicing the pick-and-roll. He wasn’t doing it for show — and it wasn’t a great one anyway because the cat still has a lot of rust to knock off his game.
D’Antoni didn’t rule out giving Curry some garbage time minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night if the situation arises.
Am I crazy to be excited that Eddy Curry might play some garbage time?
Stats for tonight’s contest:
Oklahoma City Thunder
|New York Knicks-Offense||98.2||105.7||49.6||15.7||23.6||20.9|
|Oklahoma City Thunder-Defense||93.7||109.7||51.5||15||26.8||23.1|
|New York Knicks-Defense||98.2||108.9||51.6||15||26.9||19.8|
|Oklahoma City Thunder-Offense||93.7||100.7||46.7||17||27.1||22.2|
New York heads into the heart of the Sooner State to play the NBA’s worst team. Oklahoma has won 4 games on the year. In their last meeting the Knicks amassed a 17 point first quarter lead, but were complacent and almost let the Thunder catch up in the fourth quarter. The Knicks starting lineup that night was Duhon, Crawford, Richardson, Chandler, and Randolph. And P.J. Carlesimo was Oklahoma’s coach. Oh how things have changed.
Fortunately for New York, the Thunder are the league’s second worst offense (29th). The Knicks need to worry about Kevin Durant, who at 20 years old has a healthy PER of 19.3. However he’s not surrounded by a lot of talent. Mason & Watson are sporting PERs of 8.5 and 6.6 respectively, and the two are averaging over 53 minutes a night. Oklahoma doesn’t seem to shoot from downtown often. Green leads the team with 1.3 3pa/36min, which would be 6th on New York (7th if you count Roberson).