The new look Knicks (7-17 road) head to Boston (15-9 home) still looking for their first win following several trades that reshaped the team. So far the Knicks are 0-2 with McGrady in the starting lineup. But the Knicks should not have to worry about going 0-3 with McGrady against the Celtics because it does not look like McGrady will play tonight. McGrady, who looked great to start in his first game, was noticeably slower and limping in his second game. I haven’t found any official word, but I doubt he is ready for back-to-back games just yet.
A the second game of a back to back is on the road against the top defensive team in the NBA. This does not bode well. After a season low of 67 points last night, the last thing this team needs is to face is a great defense. But hey, maybe they will rise to the occasion.
What to watch for: Sergio Rodriguez. So he hasn’t quite found his stroke yet (4-16 as a Knick–48.3 eFG%, 51.9 TS%), but I’m still excited to have him in place of Duhon. One thing I like about Rodriguez is his willingness to push the ball. It’d be nice if Chandler and Gallinari got out on the break with him. A few easy bucket in transition would help a bunch. I’d like to see him use his speed to draw a few fouls too. He has made 1 ft (1-2) in 55 minutes. That is not going to help the Knicks poor FT/FG ratio (29th).
What to watch for 2: Al Harrington. I’m starting to wonder if there is an evil spirit in MSG that makes sure at least two Knicks starters can’t shoot well. It used to be Duhon and Jeffries, now it looks like Harrington and Chandler. Harrington is 5-19 in the last two games (2-9 3pta). The team’s touches king (24.8 USG-r) needs to start producing.
What to watch for 3: Nate Robinson. If he is healthy, I am very sure he is going to try to put on a show. I’m curious as to whether a strong willed leader like Garnett can tone Nate down.
Seven losses in a row guys. Let’s turn this thing around.