New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers 01/03/2010
New York Knicks (13-20) vs. Indiana Pacers (10-22)
Sun. 01/03/2010 at 6:00pm ET at MSG
Welcome everyone, I'm your host Danutz39 presenting tonight's game between the NY Knicks and Indiana Pacers.
Tonight's game preview from ESPN.com:
''Whatever message New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni was trying to deliver to Nate Robinson by benching him for 14 games worked for at least one night. Coming off a season-high 41-point effort, Robinson is expected to be back in D'Antoni's rotation Sunday night when the Knicks host the Indiana Pacers. With the Knicks (13-20) stuck in a 1/3 slide, D'Antoni gave Robinson his first playing time since Dec. 1 in Friday's game in Atlanta. "I was just real, real nervous," Robinson said after handing out eight assists and hitting 18 of 24 shots in the 112-108 overtime victory. "I was just going to do everything he asked me to do." D'Antoni offered an explanation for sitting the 5-foot-9 slam dunk champion. "We've just been trying to get (Nate) focused on winning, and he obviously was focused on that tonight," said D'Antoni, whose team went 8-6 with Robinson benched.
The Knicks will try to avoid a third straight home loss after winning a season-high six in a row there. They'll focus on an Indiana team that's looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Dec. 11-12. The Pacers (10-22) snapped their eight-game slide Saturday with a 122-111 victory over Minnesota. Earl Watson and A.J. Price combined for 20 points, 15 assists and just two of Indiana's season-low nine turnovers in place of benched starter T.J. Ford. Indiana, 3-5 in the second game of back-to-backs, will try to snap a six-game road losing streak with its eighth victory in 10 visits to MSG. In their only game in New York this season, the Pacers held the Knicks without a field goal for the last 9-plus minutes in a 101-89 win on Nov. 4.''
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