Nyk @ No
BRINGING THAT OG KNICKS TEAM HEART BACK TO KO
The last time the New York Knicks won six straight road games, first-year New Orleans coach Monty Williams was a rookie playing for New York.
The Knicks will try to accomplish that feat Friday night when they try to hand Williams' Hornets a rare home loss.
New York (10-9) is over .500 this late in the season for the first time since it was 16-15 on Jan. 4, 2005. The Knicks have won seven of eight overall after beating New Jersey 111-100 on Tuesday.
"We are playing better and we can see we can get a lot better than this," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're all excited now, but reality is we'll go to New Orleans on Friday. That's going to be hard to win."
The Knicks haven't won six straight on the road since a seven-game run Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 22, 1995. Williams, a first-round pick by New York in 1994, played sparingly as a reserve that season.
He's now coaching a New Orleans (13-5) team that's been a surprise after winning 37 games last season. The Hornets are tied for the best home record in the NBA with an 8-1 mark after beating Charlotte 89-73 on Wednesday.
"The hometown crowd is great," center Emeka Okafor said. "It gave us that boost that we needed."
Under Williams, the Hornets are a vastly improved defensive team. They are near the top of the league in limiting opponents to 43.1 percent shooting after last season's 48.3 percent mark -- the NBA's third-worst.
Defense was the key Wednesday, as the Hornets limited the Bobcats to 40.8 percent from the field. New Orleans outscored Charlotte 24-11 in the fourth quarter.
"It's not going to be pretty all the time," Williams said. "As a coach you'd like to have everything look nice and execute offense and guys come off screens and hit jump shots, but in the NBA you are going to have games like that and we are just glad we came out on the winning side."
David West scored 22 points and Chris Paul handed out 14 assists.
Paul will renew a rivalry with Knicks point guard Raymond Felton that began in college when the former was at Wake Forest and the latter at North Carolina. The two were drafted fourth and fifth, respectively, in 2005, and Paul has blossomed into a three-time All-Star.
Felton, though, is enjoying the best season of his career in his first one with New York. He's averaging 18.2 points and 8.1 assists as he gets accustomed to playing with Amare Stoudemire, who's averaging 36.0 points the last two games.
"I think he's getting more comfortable with what we're doing," said D'Antoni about Felton. "We're getting better spacing. There's a timing between the two that they have to develop. You never know if they will and they have."
Stoudemire averaged 26.3 points on 62.7 percent shooting last season against the Hornets while with Phoenix, although he should be challenged by their improved defense.
The Knicks have won four straight over New Orleans, overcoming Paul's averages of 22.5 points and 10.8 assists in those games.
Starting Line Up NYK
And everyone else on the Hornets
Good Luck Charms
NOW LETS GET THIS MOTHA ****IN WIN
Nice thread we should get a win tonight if we can keep getting to the charity stripe!!!! key to the game would be stop cp3 from taking over the game
Good looks fam yea one of the keys will be Triva Arizas defense on Gallo. Personally I think Gallo can get him to bite on a few 3pts and get fouls we will be great.
Originally Posted by Knicks4Life_1985
Oh **** thanks for doing it I completley forgot!
Yeah so we gotta shut down West in the post and Ray needs to lock down CP3 and we got this one!
This should be a good game... Kinda wish we had Turiaf back so Chandler doesn't have to play against West.
Belinelli, very proud of his season. He deserves it, he's a good guy.
The italian rambo :lol:
Didn't Belinelli lose like 10+ mins of playing time to Thorton and Green in NO's last game?
Originally Posted by kukoc7
I don't really know :oops: (too many work in these days...)
Originally Posted by nuckles2k2
But in any case this is a good season for him until now and for sure CP3 helps a lot.
West might be alittle to big and strong for Chandler to guard him all game.. I wanna see Mozgov at the C and Amare at pf to start.
David West punkass is out!!!! this is a must win:gony:
were losing 10-0 and they have no david west, well figure out wats going on and this small squad will start pushin the ball. We got this.
Anyone know a trusted site where i might stream the game??:gony:
didnt know the hornets had jack and mbenga...... thats good pick ups for them... KNICKS still got this, we gotta get mozgovs finesse ass out I MISS TURIAF lol
Originally Posted by TruOrngnBlu
If Williams is in the game then the AR fans really have no hope.