Preview and Game thread.
Knicks (1-7) host the Hawks (5-2)
This one has to be quick since I am half watching my oldest boy bathe, and I have to read Green Eggs and Ham to the youngest right at tip off! Parenting is great.
I expect the Knicks will have problems with this one (surprise). The Hawks come to MSG ranked 5th in offensive efficiency (112.3) and 13th in eFG% (50.8). This puts the team in great shape to attack the Knicks’ disjointed and sporadic defense that is 21st in defensive efficiency (108.5) and 26th in defensive eFG% (53.2). The Hawk defense isnt great as they rank 16th in defensive efficiency (107.3) and defensive eFG% (49.7), but they are much better in that area than the Knicks.
What to watch for: I think the athletes on the Hawk front line are going to feast on the Knicks. Josh Smith (57.3 eFG% and 59.2 TS%) and Al Horford (50. eFG% and 54.0 TS%) will command a very good defensive effort on the part of the Knicks. I am not sure the Knicks front line is up to it.
What to watch for 2: Al Harrington v. Jamal Crawford. Yeah I know they wont D each other (niether of them play D). But I do wonder which of them will put more focus on showing up the old team. I think Al will try harder (if you think his play is selfish, just watch the game tape when he suits up against an old team) to show ATL what is lost than Jamal will. Oh, well that means even more selfish play on offense.
What to watch for 3: Johnson v. Hughes. Hughes has played well following two DNP-CD’s in the first two games. Hughes has used a size advantage to some success early on. That advantage is gone against Joe Johnson. I am curious to see how (if) Hughes will adjust.
Well Green Eggs and Ham awaits. Happy Birthday Mrs. K. and to any Veteran reading this or a family member of a Vet, thank you for your service to this country.