The Chicago Bulls(9-17) vs The New York Knicks(8-20)
Sunday, December 30 at 12:00pm ET on MSG
And its now time for the MSGknickz33 preview show, Im your host Jazzy Jeff and Ill be keepin it Jazzy as I talk about Sundays game at the Garden.
Two struggling teams will square off against eachother Sunday in an afternoon game. Anyone can win this game as the Bulls are only 2 games ahead of the Knicks in the standings. Lets get right to the starting lineups for both teams.
The Starting Lineups
Bulls vs Knicks
Kirk Hinrich vs Jamal Crawford
Ben Gordon vs Quentin Richardson
Luol Deng vs Jared Jeffries
Joe Smith vs David Lee
Ben Wallace vs Eddy Curry
There could be some changes for both teams by Sunday. Ben Gordon mite be pulled from Chicagos bench. The new Bulls head coach Jim Boylan feels the team needs more offense coming from the bench. With the Knicks, the only 2 safe players Im assuming are Jamal Crawford and David Lee. Again when changes are confirmed this will be updated.
Sundays Key Matchup: Joe Smith vs David Lee
Again, I only had 2 to chose from because the other 3 are uncertain. I expect David Lee to continue doing what he has been doing and holdin it down with his energy and passionate play on the court. Although Joe Smith is starting, Chicago usually uses a couple of different power forwards. They also have David Lees former teammate from Florida Joakim Noah coming off the bench and athletic young power forward with potential, Tyrus Thomas will be coming off the bench. Andres Nocioni sometimes plays powerforward also. David Lee is one of the few Knicks that you know no matter who hes going up against that he will play his best and find a way to make an impact. He without question deserves a spot in the Knicks starting rotation.
Its about that time to take a look at what the Knicks need to do in order to obtain a W on Sunday:
- Defense!!!! Chicago is the worst team offensively in the league, DO NOT let them score more then they should.
- When the Knicks fall behind, Isiah needs to insert the energy players such as Balkman and Nate, remember that Lee will already be in there now that he has the starting job.
- Box Out!!!! Chicago is a better rebounding team but perhaps with David Lee playing more minutes, the Knicks will pass a few teams.
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Im your host Jazzy Jeff and it was a pleasure for me to create the Game thread. Thanks for joining me and tune in Sunday afternoon to catch The Chicago Bulls vs the New York Knicks.