2009 Game Thread: NJN @ NYK
Here’s Thomas B’s preview for the game! – BC
In a battle of the Eastern Conference door mats, the New York Knicks (5-15) host the New Jersey Nets (1-18). The Nets picked up their first win of the season against the Bobcats. The Knicks are coming off a nice win in Atlanta.
New York won the last meeting at New Jersey 98-91. If I recall that game featured the return of Harris from an injury. Harris is expected to play today. Harris is super quick and has a very effective step back jumper. The Knick defensive effort has to start with Harris. New Jersey get most of its offensive production from the back court and swing players–Chris Douglas-Roberts, Harris, and Courtney Lee–while the defense is held up by the front court. Lopez, and Williams pick up 2.3 and 2.5 blocks per 36 respectively–better than any 5 Knicks combined. Lopez is also pretty effective scoring the ball with 18 pts per 36. With the Knick front line as small as it is, Lopez could have a strong game if he stays out of foul trouble. I’d like to see the Knicks attack the basket and try to bait Lopez and Williams into fouls.
The last game against the Nets is also interesting as it was the game in which Nate shot at the Nets’ basket as time expired. This really began Nate’s run in the Coach D doghouse. It will be nice to see if he earns some playing time today.
I could not find word on Gallanari’s sore forearm. It would be nice if he can play as his shooting would help against counter the Nets’ shot blocking front line.
Will Duhon stay hot? Will Harrington ever pass the ball? Will Nate Robinson ever play again? These questions and many more to be answered as the Knicks host the Nets.