An interesting game tonight as New York (6-9) host Denver (11-5). Denver is off to a great start thanks to a very strong showing on offense (3rd in offensive rating at 107.7) and a solid if not dominate defense (15th at 10.2). The Knicks meanwhile continue their struggle to find any fluidity on offense. New York has fallen to 24th in offensive rating (98.8). The lone bright spot for New York is the better than average team defense (11th at 101.1).
While many people will focus on Anthony vs. Gallanari, I think the far more interesting and important match up is Shumpert vs. Lawson. Shumpert is a streaky shooter, somewhat turnover prone, and doesn’t always make the best decisions on the break. Having said that he is a tough defender. He plays passing lanes very well and he keep pressure on the ball. I think the key to disrupting the Denver offense starts with making things difficult for Ty Lawson (efg% 50.8). Forcing Lawson into bad shots while cutting off passing lanes is the best way to slow down Denver’s offense.
Denver is somewhat foul prone (21st in the NBA in personal fouls). New York might want to try drawing contact and earning points at the line, rather than taking bad three point shots.
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