Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Knicks vs. Pistons - Preview

Tonight at 7:30 the Knicks take on the Pistons at MSG for their second matchup of the season. Last time, the Knicks blew out the Pistons 103-80 and had a dunkathon in the Palace. Tonight, devoid of Baron Davis and possibly Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks may be short-handed once again.

I think we could all agree that the Knicks desperately need a win tonight, but even a team as bad as the Pistons have been at 4-18, no opponent can be taken lightly. Even if Ben Gordon and Will Bynum are once again questionable for tonight's game.

Jump for notes and a scouting report!

Last time these two teams met, the Pistons were missing a few players, and the Knicks took advantage by jumping on them early and attacking the rim. They should probably look to do that again tonight.

So here's what I will be looking for:

  • Yup, you guessed it. As I just mentioned, I recall Amar'e and Melo both serving up some facials on the Pistons, and Shumpert and Chandler both got in the action with some alley-oops. Not only would that be helpful because it instills confidence in the team and it's fun to watch, but it also means the offense is running crisply and fluidly. We'll see if they can get in the paint and create havoc again.
  • Over the last four games, Shump has not looked like himself. He seems tired and worn down, his defense looks awfully pedestrian and his shooting has been eratic. You could say he's in a SLUMPERT! Detroit's diminutive guards, Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight, should not pose much of a threat to Shump, so hopefully he can get back on track.
  • Everybody's favorite Asian Knick got some burn in the Houston game, and while he didn't look good, he did dish out 6 assists and look somewhat competent running the pick-and-roll, which is more than can be said for Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby, or Shumpert. Mike D'Antoni hinted at giving him more playing time, so we'll see exactly how much that means.

Detroit Pistons Scouting Report

 - Austin Daye, the tall, lanky forward, is a good shooter and a threat from deep. He can especially give a team problems if he is his superhero counterpart, Dayeman.

 - Rookie Vernon Macklin is convinced that Tayshaun Prince is actual royalty, and that Ben Wallace is his father, the king of Detroit.

 - Young and upcoming center Greg Monroe takes being a Piston very seriously, but is unaware of the history of the team's name. That doesn't stop him from riding a horse into the locker room each game, and tying it up in Jonas Jerebko's locker.

Hey, we're all ready for the Knicks-Pistons game! Carmelo Anthony is a gametime decision. Let's go Knicks!!

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