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    Default New York Knicks at Orlando Magic Game Thread 12/26

    New York Knicks(8-19) vs Orlando Magic(18-11)

    December 26th 7:00pm ET on MSG


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody. Welcome to MsgKnickz33 pregame show Im your host Jazzy Jeff and we gonna take a look at Wedenesday nights matchup in Orlando. Both teams have been struggling: The magic have lost 7 of their last 10 while the Knicks have lost 8 of their last 10. Both teams have loss 2 games in a row so we know at least the Magic will come ready to battle. You never know what to expect with the Knicks. What starting lineup will we see with Marbury returning and the chemistry problems of Z-Bo and Eddy?

    Lets take a look at the projected starting Lineups:

    Orlando Magic

    pg-Jameer Nelson
    sg-Keith Bogans
    sf-Hedo Turkoglu
    pf-Rashard Lewis
    C-Dwight Howard

    And Now, Your New York Knicks!!!!!!

    At Point Guard, Jamal Crawford
    At Shooting Guard, Fred Jones
    At Small Forward, Quentin Richardson
    At Power Forward, David Lee
    At Center, Zach Randolph


    Now lets take a look at MSGKnickz keys to victory:

    • Slow Down Dwight: Keep a body between him and the rim, Dwight does not have much game outside of 8 feet from the hoop
    • Defend the Perimeter: Orlando is a good 3 point shooting team, Knicks need to contest all shots!!!!
    • Box Out!!! Knicks are a good rebounding team(12) but Orlando is an even better rebounding team(8).
    • Play as a team: It doesnt matter who takes the most shots or scores the most points, Knicks need to share the ball and go with the hot hand.



    Stat of the Night: When the Knicks allow their opponents to score 100 or more points, their record is only 2-14.

    Now Lets take a look at our key matchup:

    Zach Randolph/Eddy Curry vs Dwight Howard

    Curry and Zach will be guarding/guarded by Dwight Howard most of the game. They need to make him work on defense and try to get him into foul trouble. To stop Dwight Howard, you cant let him get to the rim for those easy dunks. Theres one simple way to slow down Dwight and thats have a stronger guy like Curry keep his body between Dwight and the rim. Howard doesnt do anything past 8 feet and he does not posess incredible speed, he scores mainly off of dunks. He is a great player but he should not be scoring over 23 points per game.

    Stephon Marbury is expected to play tomorrow but it is unlikely that he will start. The Knicks have been struggling so we'll see what happens when Marbury comes back and especially once he gets back into game shape.

    Wednesday night the Knicks will have a tough battle with the Magic who have lost 2 games in a row and have been struggling. The Knicks need to come ready to play because the Magic might try to jump on them early. They can either move to 12 games under .500 with a loss or 10 games under with a win.

    You can catch the game Wednesday night at 7:00pm ET on MSG. Im Jazzy Jeff and I thank everyone for joining me for my pregame show.
    Merry Christmas


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    there only taking out curry >_< man we need atleast Q rich or Zach out 2 >_<

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    If you change to much, what are we gonna have off the bench, I think Curry should go to the bench he has to match up better with whats coming off Orlando's bench. If Curry can come in and score in spurts this might work, if he still plays bad he's gonna kill the momentum of the second team when we do our down by alot come back.

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    Originally Posted by MSGKnickz33
    [B][U][CENTER][SIZE="5"] Theres one simple way to slow down Dwight and thats have a stronger guy like Curry keep his body between Dwight and the rim. [/youtube]
    curry stronger then howard... i don't know about that... fatter...for sure...stronger, and quicker... i give the nod to howard...

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    Originally Posted by paris401
    curry stronger then howard... i don't know about that... fatter...for sure...stronger, and quicker... i give the nod to howard...
    Curry has the weight to slow down Howard but Im just tryin to be positve cuz its the game thread. Curry will be raped by Howard. He has no idea how to use his size to his advantage especially on defense. Someone had a good quote where they said small guys play basketball cuz they love the game. Big guys play because they can, well I think this is Currys problem. Howard is quicker but hes not the fastest big guy in the league. I think Garnett and Amare both are faster and more skilled on offense.

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    Originally Posted by MSGKnickz33
    Curry has the weight to slow down Howard .

    i gotta agree ... he does have the weight...

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    id like to see balkman instead of q-rich and chandler coming off the bench!!!!

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    stephon is being a little girl now, i think he trying to prove something

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    I think Lee is starting at center tonight. As much as I like Lee, Howard will probably go off on him.

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    Originally Posted by Knicksfan71
    I think Lee is starting at center tonight. As much as I like Lee, Howard will probably go off on him.
    true, lee doesnt have the size or weight advantage on Howard. But at least hes much quicker and athletic than curry.

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    Originally Posted by NicksKnicks
    true, lee doesnt have the size or weight advantage on Howard. But at least hes much quicker and athletic than curry.
    i have to disagree... i was in burger-king , and when they called eddie's number (his order was ready) he flew across the room... properly motivated that guy can move...

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    Originally Posted by paris401
    i have to disagree... i was in burger-king , and when they called eddie's number (his order was ready) he flew across the room... properly motivated that guy can move...
    LMAO

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    dam man whats the starting line up?

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    Z Bo aint starting... Another stupid move by Isiah Thomas.

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    Ok just saw Gus read off the starting line-up and though I would have rathered Balkman instead of Jeffries, I kind of like it. I can understand bringing Balkman off the bench tho for energy purposes. Q moves back to the 2, Jamal running the Point. THe only thing is, if Q is not hitting from the outside, Curry will continue to be abismal because the defense isn't going to defend Jeffries and Lee. Curry should get 25-30 minutes as should Zach, but no more than 10 minutes of play together... here it is at 7:07 and I say the Knicks will win this game. Yea yea I said it...AND WHAT

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