Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Knicks at Cavaliers - Preview

Tonight at 7 PM, the Knicks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and look for their second win in a row. Coming off of a dominating victory over the short-handed (or short-clawed, right!?) Bobcats, the Knicks are hoping to keep their positive momentum rolling. However, it will not be that easy as the Cavaliers are actually in the playoff mix and sport a 6-10 record.

Take the jump for some things to look for tonight!
Last year the Cavaliers handed the Knicks a few tough losses, and currently have an 11-game win streak over the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Needless to say (but I will anyway), the Knicks have struggled against opponents they should beat, and on the second night of a back-to-back, don't expect anything to be easy.

Here are some things I'll be looking for:

  • Kyrie Irving, the 19-year old, number 1 draft pick has been having a great season thus far. Tonight, we'll most likely see two rookies start and play head-to-head. Irving is significantly better than Iman Shumpert at doing point guard things, but Shump should have the mismatch athletically. We'll see how he manages against another talented rookie guard.
  • I also bring up point guards for another reason. There's been talk of Baron Davis possibly making his debut tonight. As Alan Hahn pointed out in his Fix, Davis would only get spot minutes to help get into game condition, so expectations should be tempered. As Seth Rosenthal twat earlier today, I wonder how Cleveland will react to Davis possibly returning three weeks sooner than his original 8-10 week timetable.
 - MELO!
  • So much was made about Anthony's piss poor shooting during the Knicks' 6-game losing streak, and now so much is being made about his 1-point performance from last night. Will we see Melo determined to score tonight, or will he come out and keep the ball movement as we demonstrated so wonderfully against the Bobcats?
  • The Cavaliers don't feature a ton of height up front. Anderson Varejao is a nice big man and a crafty defender - usually the type the bother Amar'e - and Tristan Thompson and Ryan Hollins are both lanky, string bean type players. Last night Tyson and Amar'e chewed up the Bobcats frontline for a combined 38 points and 25 rebounds, and they should do the same tonight against Cleveland.
I've got a full plate tonight so I will miss the beginning of tonight's game, and I also don't have time to write a scouting report. Hope ya'll enjoy the game! Go Knicks!

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