I was going to tell you that the Jonathan Bender era of the New York Knicks begins tonight, but apparently Bender will be de-activated for tonight’s game, as well as Thursday’s game against Chicago. So the Jonathan Bender Experience (with Noel Redding on bass) will likely begin this Friday at the Garden. The Knicks surely knew that I was going to attend that game, so they saved Bender just for me (that game against the Clippers might be Blake Griffin’s debut, as well).
Without the Bender hoopla, we are instead treated to the first of a stetch of four very important games for the New York Knicks. Not only are the four games all against teams under .500, but three of the four, including tonight’s game against the Bobcats of Charllote, are against teams that the Knicks are competing with for a possible playoff appearance.
Currently, in John Hollinger’s Playoff Odds, the Knicks are ranked 9th, with a 57.7% chance of making the playoffs. The Bobcats, on the other hand, are actually ranked 5th, with a 72.5% chance at the playoffs, the highest odds outside the top four teams in the East (who all currently rank at 100% odds).
So let’s hope the Knicks lower the Bobcats’ odds a bit tonight and improve their own at the same time!
Remarkably, the Bobcats’ top assist man, Raymond Felton, actually averages less assists per game than Chris Duhon. Ouch.
Gerald Wallace, though, is averaging over 12 rebounds a game! That’s got to be a fluke, right?
Anyhow, here’s your game thread to talk about the game!