Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 31 2011)

  • [New York Daily News] Ankle injury may keep Amar’e out vs. Kings (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:02:38 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire may miss Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained left ankle. Stoudemire suffered injury in final minutes of loss to Lakers Thursday night.

  • [New York Daily News] D’Antoni, Knicks missing the points down stretch (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:11:05 GMT)

    Maybe the Knicks, starting with Mike D’Antoni’s immediate superiors, placed such a strong emphasis on defense that they inadvertently undermined the head coach’s greatest strength: coaching offense.

  • [New York Times] Off to 1-2 Start, Knicks Preach ‘No Panic’ Mantra (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:39:07 GMT)

    Off to a 1-2 start, the Knicks are already looking to Baron Davis to provide some help to Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, even though Davis is at least five weeks away from playing.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Stay Undefeated and Hand Nets a Third Straight Loss (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:30:39 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 22 points for Atlanta, and the Nets rookie MarShon Brooks scored 21 but made a crucial mistake in the final minutes.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Pull Away in 4th to Beat Clippers 114-101 (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:27:34 GMT)

    Derrick Rose had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Bench Carry Champion Dallas to First Win (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:51:29 GMT)

    The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 99-86 on Friday for their first win of the season boosted by 56 points from their reserves.

  • [New York Times] Favors Scores 20 Points to Lift Jazz Over Sixers (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:03:55 GMT)

    Derrick Favors scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds in his first start at center for Utah, and the Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 in their home opener Friday night to avoid their first 0-3 start in 32 years.

  • [New York Times] Jennings, Bucks Keep Wizards Winless, 102-81 (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:27:33 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 102-81 victory over the winless Washington Wizards on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Beat Raptors 99-86 for First Win (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:15:33 GMT)

    Reserve center Ian Mahinmi scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18, and the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks rallied for their first victory of the season, 99-86 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade, James Hold Off Timberwolves (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:57:52 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade wasn’t about to let the Minnesota Timberwolves spoil LeBron James’ birthday.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Beat Rockets 113-93 for First Win (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:48:41 GMT)

    Zach Randolph scored 23 points, Marc Gasol added 20, and the Memphis Grizzlies earned their first victory of the season, beating the Houston Rockets 113-93 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] O’Neal Leads Celts to 1st Win, 96-85 Over Pistons (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:21:38 GMT)

    Jermaine O’Neal scored 19 points as he and the Boston Celtics ended a dismal start to their season with a 96-85 victory in their home opener over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Johnson Lead Hawks Past Nets (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:24:38 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 22 points, Joe Johnson added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game to open the season, beating the New Jersey Nets105-98 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Granger Leads Pacers in 98-91 OT Win Over Cavs (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:45:42 GMT)

    Another ugly game, another win for the Indiana Pacers.

  • [New York Times] Howard’s 20-20 Game Powers Magic Past Bobcats (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:15:35 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Wade Starts for Heat vs. Wolves Despite Sore Foot (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:39:34 GMT)

    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night after being considered a game-time decision with a sore left foot.

  • [New York Post] Knicks coach advises injured Amar’e to relax (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:53:52 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Take a deep breath, Amar’e.
    That was yesterday’s message from coach Mike D’Antoni to slumping Amar’e Stoudemire and his reeling Knicks.
    The coach said the club is “pressing” because of the big expectations this season, especially the Knicks’ All-Star power forward.
    In the Knicks…

  • [New York Post] Balky-backed Baron preaches some patience (Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:20:01 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Sore-backed Baron Davis said the club’s 1-2 start should be not cause for alarm, feeling the rushed training camp has hurt the Knicks more than most teams.Of course, that Davis still hasn’t played also hurts. Davis, battling a herniated disk, wants to be “100 percent…

  • Knicks Morning News (Friday, Dec 30 2011)

  • [New York Times] Lakers 99, Knicks 82: Bryant Masterfully Guides Lakers Past Knicks (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:30:30 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant had 28 points and 6 assists and made three passes that broke open the game in the fourth quarter against the Knicks, who have lost eight in a row to the Lakers.

  • [New York Times] For Lakers’ Metta World Peace, a New Name and Outlook (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:56:11 GMT)

    Metta World Peace, the Lakers forward formerly known as Ron Artest, has generally steered clear of fights, flagrant fouls, technical fouls and controversy over the last several years.

  • [New York Times] Magic 94, Nets 78: Howard Shows Nets How Much They Could Use Him (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:52:13 GMT)

    Dwight Howard, who has said the Nets are one of three teams he wants to be traded to, had 16 points, 24 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in Orlando’s victory.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Durant 3-Pointer Keeps Mavericks Winless (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:52:18 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 30 points and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Thunder to a 104-102 victory against the Mavericks in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Says He Advised Alex Rodriguez (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:52:13 GMT)

    The Laker star Kobe Bryant gave his endorsement of a cutting-edge medical treatment to the Yankees’ star.

  • [New York Times] Let’s Start Paying College Athletes (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:00:05 GMT)

    How to end the corrupt, contrived sentimentality of big-time college sports.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Shrugs of Wrist Injury as Lakers Beat Knicks (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:18:31 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant’s injured wrist did not prevent the All Star guard from lifting the LA Lakers to a 99-82 win over the visiting New York Knicks on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Scores 28, Lakers Surge Past Knicks in 4th (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:36:33 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored 28 points in yet another dynamic performance against the Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for their ninth straight victory over New York, 99-82 Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Matthews Has 25 in Blazers’ 111-102 Win (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:00:33 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-102 on Thursday night to stay undefeated after three games this season.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Use Fast Start for 108-98 Win Over Kings (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 05:54:43 GMT)

    Derrick Rose had 19 points and eight assists and the Chicago Bulls earned a 108-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Durant Leads Thunder Past Mavericks 104-102 (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 05:24:42 GMT)

    Kevin Durant thought he might have just given away a victory and let the Dallas Mavericks steal another one in heartbreaking fashion.

  • [New York Times] Kobe: I Directed A-Rod to Knee Therapy in Germany (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 04:27:30 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant confirms he recently directed Alex Rodriguez to the German doctor who performed the treatment the Yankees’ slugger had on his right knee.

  • [New York Times] Martin, Lowry Lead Rockets Over Spurs 105-85 (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 03:36:44 GMT)

    Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Luis Scola added 18 and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Have Little Trouble in Beating Nets 94-78 (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:48:42 GMT)

    Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 24 rebounds and the Orlando Magic cruised to a 94-78 win over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Suns Sign Veteran Guard Redd to 1-Year Deal (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:21:55 GMT)

    Michael Redd has come to the Phoenix Suns in a bid to revive a career derailed by injury, something he knows Grant Hill accomplished before him.

  • [New York Post] Lakers beat Knicks, 99-82 (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 01:52:28 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Kobe Bryant scored 28 points in yet another dynamic performance against the Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for their ninth straight victory over New York, 99-82 Thursday night.
    Pau Gasol had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lakers…

  • [New York Post] Knicks pounded by Lakers; Amar’e sprains ankle (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:10:29 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?” The new Knicks are looking like the old Knicks after three games.
    Their California Dreamin’ trip is turning into a California nightmare. The Knicks weren’t competitive last night in falling to Kobe Bryant’s Lakers, 99-82, at Staples Center, and now Amar’e Stoudemire is hurt with…

  • [New York Post] Thrown a learning curve (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 03:36:34 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Of course there was grumbling, and hand-wringing, and much public debate about what happened to the Knicks in Oakland on Wednesday night. All the ingredients were there:
    1. The opportunity for their first 2-0 start in over a decade.
    2. Lots of eyeballs, up late on a weeknight…

  • [New York Post] D’Antoni: Could be five weeks until Davis’ debut (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:53:39 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Lakers coach Mike Brown, who sought Baron Davis earlier this month, said he believes the Knicks will reap dividends when he gets healthy.The way the Knicks looked in their ugly 99-82 loss to the Lakers last night at Staples Center and their 92-78 defeat to the Warriors…

  • [New York Post] D’Antoni still doesn’t get it: He’s the guy in charge of the Knicks (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:18:43 -0500)

    Praise the Lord and pass Mark Jackson more ammunition.
    As usual, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni offered a textbook excuse. Moments after Wednesday night’s game in Oakland, D’Antoni said he still hadn’t gotten a chance to see the X-ray of the 92-78 loss to the Stephen Curry-less…

  • [New York Newsday] Bryant scores 28 as Lakers beat Knicks (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:55:02 EST)

    There really is a constant in this rushed, haphazard start to the NBA season. Kobe Bryant still can take control of the game better than anyone, at least when it is a game against the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks already at a turning point (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:58:11 GMT)

    The season is only three games old, but between Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby, the Knicks don’t have a reliable, front-line guard who can make smart decisions with the ball and figure out whether it needs to go to Carmelo Anthony or Amar’e Stoudemire.

  • [New York Daily News] LA-ndslide: Offensive showing in Knicks’ road loss (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:52:09 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant’s body, much like his supporting cast, may be showing signs of decline, but Bryant’s will and competitive fire are as strong as ever. Just ask the Knicks. Bryant scored 28 points as the Lakers, playing without Andrew Bynum, defeated the Knicks, 99-82, Thursday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks fall flat vs. Jax’s Warriors (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:43:33 GMT)

    As much as Mark Jackson tried to downplay his first game against the Knicks as an NBA head coach, he didn’t sound very convincing when he said he was treating it as just another game.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Kobe: We wanted to stick it to D'Antoni (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:51:47 EDT)

    Kobe Bryant talked the talk, and then he walked the walk.
    Behind Bryant’s game-high 28 points, the Lakers cruised to a 99-82 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night, pushing their winning streak to nine straight over the Bockers.
    Bryant entered the game averaging a whopping 34.1 points per game in his last eight appearances against the Knicks — his highest against any opponent. Although Bryant acknowledged the Knicks’ improved defense with Tyson Chandler before the game, he made it very clear why he has the success he does against the Knicks.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Lakers 99, Knicks 82 (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 01:24:24 EDT)

    What It Means: This loss is obviously a little more understandable than the loss to Golden State, but the fact remains that the Knicks never really tested the Lakers in what could have been a huge statement game. The Knicks folded down the stretch, but more importantly they proved they have no answer when one of their stars has a bad offensive outing, losing 99-82 in L.A.
    Problems Defensively: The weakside defense for the Knicks tonight was, well, weak.

  • Lakers Defeat The Knicks 99-82

    The New York Knicks lost their second game in as many nights on the West Coast. After dropping yesterday’s game against the Warriors, New York couldn’t find a way to defeat the Lakers.

    Link to BoxScore: http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=311229013

    Maybe the Knicks didn't sleep well on the flight over?

    There was plenty of blame to go around. Amar’e Stoudemire shot 4 of 17 (15 points) and had 4 turnovers. At one point the announcers questioned Carmelo Anthony’s defensive consistency, and he had 5 turnovers. Renaldo Balkman fouled Kobe Bryant on a made 3 pointer with the shot clock expiring. Toney Douglas breathed air. Mike Bibby was unable to fix the Knick point guard woes, with zero assists in 19 minutes. Bill Walker failed to provide an offensive spark, scoring just 1 point in 15 minutes.

    On the positive side, Tyson Chandler had his first double-double as a Knick (13 pts, 11 reb) and was probably the team’s best player of the night. Steve Novak sunk 2 of the 3 treys he took. Finally the last thing to look forward to is the Knicks don’t play again tomorrow, and Saturday’s game starts at 8pm ET.

    Game Preview and Thread: Knicks @ Lakers

    New York (1-1) visits Los Angeles (1-2) in the second game of New York’s lone trip to California this season.  Hopefully the Knicks left the bricks (eFG% 42.9, 4-21 on 3pfg) back in Oakland and can put together a solid showing on offense.

    In three games so far Los Angeles is 13th in offensive efficiency (104.6), and an impressive 7th in defensive efficiency (98.8).  New York will have their work cut out for them if they can’t find a way to score efficiently.  Shoot 4-21 from deep will not get it done.  New York needs better rebounding and much better play from the point guard position as well.

    Iman Shumpert and Jared Jeffries (how will we ever replace his offense?) are out for the Knicks.  For the Lakers, Matt Barnes is questionable, and Derrick Caracter is out.

    Your in game thoughts here.

    Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 29 2011)

  • [New York Newsday] Lethargic Knicks beaten by Warriors (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:12:00 EST)

    Before the game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson displayed his New York resolve by saying, "We are a no excuse basketball team." He was referring to the fact that his star guard Stephen Curry was out with an ankle injury. By the end of the night, though, the shoe was on the other foot. There was no excuse for the way the Knicks played.

  • [New York Daily News] Jax 1-ups Knicks (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:25:42 GMT)

    As much as Mark Jackson tried to downplay his first game against the Knicks as an NBA head coach, he didn’t sound very convincing when he said he was treating it as just another game.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo: PaulALL should be with Kobe  (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:24:26 GMT)

    When it came to barring point guard Chris Paul from joining the Los Angeles Lakers, David Stern had it all wrong, says Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Warriors 92, Knicks 78 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:06:07 EDT)

    WHAT IT MEANS: So this is what happens when Carmelo Anthony can’t find his shot and Tyson Chandler can’t control the paint.
    With Anthony having an off night and Chandler off the floor for long stretches, the New York Knicks lost, 92-78, to Mark Jackson’s Golden State Warriors.
    They missed an opportunity to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999. And missed badly.
    THE GOOD: Not much to report here. Landry Fields had a strong first half offensively but was silenced in the second half.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 92, Knicks 78: Warriors Use Second-Half Run to Beat the Knicks (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:00:20 GMT)

    The Knicks, who were outscored 28-14 in the fourth quarter when they made just 5 of 19 shots, opened their West Coast trip with a lopsided defeat to the Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Jeremy Lin, Knicks Newest Addition, Is Out to Prove He’s Not Just a Novelty (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:27:18 GMT)

    In his 18 months in the N.B.A., Jeremy Lin has been an unheralded prospect, a hometown sensation and a scrutinized ethnic symbol. Now he wants to show he can be a valuable player.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Top Bobcats in Final Seconds to Remain Undefeated (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:30:08 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift Miami to a 96-95 victory over Charlotte to improve to 3-0.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 106, Nets 70: Nets and Crowd Silenced in Home Opener (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 00:51:27 GMT)

    A sellout crowd was quickly quieted by a dominant Atlanta Hawks team that romped from start to finish, with the Nets struggling mightily out of the gate for the second straight night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Dampen Clippers Buzz With Big Win (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:18:44 GMT)

    San Antonio squashed some of the hype surrounding the revamped Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday with a 115-90 victory that lifted the Spurs to 2-0 in the new season.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Surge Past Suns 103-83 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:24:33 GMT)

    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures and added six assists and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Phoenix Suns 103-83 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nene Scores 25 as Nuggets Rout Jazz, 117-100 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:00:33 GMT)

    The Denver Nuggets’ fast-paced style is making everything look easy.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Surge Past Suns 103-83 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:45:33 GMT)

    Andre Igoudala scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures and added six assists and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Phoenix Suns 103-83 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Quiet Clippers Buzz With Big Win (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:30:30 GMT)

    San Antonio squashed some of the hype surrounding the revamped Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday with a 115-90 victory that lifted the Spurs to 2-0 in the new season.

  • [New York Times] Ginobili Scores 24 as Spurs Top Clippers 115-90 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:33:44 GMT)

    Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 20 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 115-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Drop Celtics to 0-3 With 97-78 Victory (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:07:15 GMT)

    Jarrett Jack’s first regular-season start since the Chris Paul trade was more than good enough for the New Orleans Hornets.

  • [New York Times] Scrappy Spirit Not Enough to Earn Raptors Win (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:18:31 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors delivered every ounce of effort they promised fans before their NBA home opener against Indiana on Wednesday but it would not be enough to secure the victory as the Pacers ran out 90-85 winners.

  • [New York Times] Wade’s Winning Shot Lifts Heat Over Bobcats 96-95 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 02:54:38 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and remain unbeaten.

  • [New York Post] Knicks hoping Lin can help their banged-up backcourt (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:08:07 -0500)

    OAKLAND, Calif. â?? Jeremy Lin can identify with some Knicks fans. His favorite player growing up was Latrell Sprewell, who began his career with the Warriors.
    “Best player on the hometown team,” said Lin, who grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., as a Warriors fan.
    In his first full day as…

  • [New York Post] Warriors rally to beat Knicks, 92-78 (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:39:05 -0500)

    OAKLAND, Calif. â?? Monta Ellis shook off a terrible first half to finish with 22 points and eight assists, Brandon Rush added 19 points off the bench and the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks 92-78 on Wednesday night.
    Playing without injured guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors led by…

  • [New York Post] Knicks fall to Warriors after being outscored 28-14 in putrid last quarter (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:12:02 -0500)

    OAKLAND, Calif. â?? Tyson Chandler couldn’t stay on the floor, Amar’e Stoudemire couldn’t shoot straight and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find any of his Christmas mojo.
    “The Broadway Bigs” were a major flop last night as their West Coast debut was a disaster, doomed by Chandler’s start-to-finish…

  • [New York Post] Lee: Davis’ return to health is key for N.Y. (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 04:22:38 -0500)

    OAKLAND, Calif. â?? David Lee, ingrained as a Warrior, believes the Knicks’ fortunes this season could rise and fall with former Golden State point guard Baron Davis.
    Lee, who had 13 points and five rebounds to help lead the Warriors to a 92-78 victory over the Knicks last night at Oracle…

  • [New York Post] D’Antoni’s machine still needs tinkering (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:46:41 -0500)

    OAKLAND, Calif â?? The signs were there on Christmas Day, of course, bright warning flares that filled Madison Square Garden every bit as much as did the hopeful holiday din.
    The Knicks are a team of fragments right now, three foundation players and a gaggle of roster guys who either aren…

  • Game Thread and Preview: Knicks @ Warriors

    The New York Knicks (1-0) kick off the first road trip of the season against the Golden State Warriors (1-1).

    We are early into the season, so there really isn’t a large enough sample size to warrant an in depth statistical analysis.  However, even the small sample size of one game for New York and two games for Golden State yields a few interesting items.

    In New York’s only game, the team proved to be very efficient on offense.  According to Basketballreference.com, New York’s 113.1 offensive efficiency rating is good for 5th in the NBA.  New York’s eFG%–in one game–stands at an impressive 53.4.  Golden State has not enjoyed similar success on offense with an offensive efficiency rating of 100.9 (17th) and they have failed to reach an eFG% of 50 in the first two games.  Golden State has struggled on the other side of the ball as well with a defensive rating of 106.9 (22nd).  Generally, the team that can score points with the greatest efficiency is most likely to win the game.  So New York’s efficient offense should give them the advantage over Golden States inefficient defense.

    What to watch for (1): Tyson Chandler on the glass

    In Chandler’s first game as a Knick, he amassed twice as many blocks (6) as rebounds (3) in 37 minutes.  I noticed that he tipped out at 3 to 4 more and in doing so helped the team gain a possession.  It would be nice to see Chandler have a big rebounding night, especially against a Golden State team that is 26th in the NBA in rebounding.  Outside of his defensive ability, rebounding is Chandler’s best asset.  Hopefully a strong showing on the glass will help counter one of David Lee’s strengths (9.9 rebounds per 36).

    What to watch for (2): New York’s backcourt

    It is no secret that New York is thin in the backcourt.  Iman Shumpert is out with a knee injury; Mike Bibby’s back may limit his time if he plays at all.  Toney Douglas provided offense (19 points) but showed no ability to slow down Rajon Rondo (who is still blowing past Douglas as I type).  Landry Fields needs to recapture that efficiency and knack for being in the right place that endeared him to fans in the first half of last season.  New York will catch a break in that Stephen Curry probably won’t play due to an ankle injury.  Outside of Monta Ellis, the Golden State backcourt lacks experience and depth.