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Thread: Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks Game Thread 1/9/08

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    Game Thread Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks Game Thread 1/9/08

    Houston Rockets(18-17) vs New York Knicks(9-24)
    January 9 at 7:30pm ET, live on MSG

    Welcome to the MSGKnickz33 pregame show, Im your host Jazzy Jeff and Im gonna get right to talkin about tonights game in Houston. The Rockets are currently the 5th best team defensively in the NBA. Tracy McGrady and former Knick Steve Francis will both be out for this game and Bonzi Wells is listed as day to day. If Bonzi plays, he is capable of putting up impressive scoring numbers and he is an above average defender. Lets go take a look at the unofficial starting lineups.

    STARTING LINEUPS

    The Houston Rockets

    pg-Rafer Alston
    sg-Luther Head
    sf-Shane Battier
    pf-Chuck Hayes
    C-Yao Ming


    AND NOW YOUR NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!!!!

    BACK AT POINT GUARD, STEPHON MARBURY!!!!!
    AT SHOOTING GUARD, JAMAL CRAWFORD
    AT SMALL FORWARD, JARED JEFFRIES
    AT POWER FORWARD, ZACH RANDOLPH
    AT CENTER, EDDY CURRY



    Tonights Key Matchup: Stephon Marbury vs Rafer Alston

    It will be a battle of point guards from New York City. Alston is coming off an impressive game against the Washington Wizards where he recorded 15 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds. Alston grew up playing basketball in Queens New York and earned respect as a playground legend with the name "skip to my lou." Marbury is also a playground legend coming from Coney Island and hes a 2 time NBA all-star. Starbury helped the Knicks win last night in Chicago by making a highlight pass to David Lee and a couple of possessions later knocking down a 3 to seal the deal. Marbury in his first 4 games back after missing much of December is averageing:

    38 mpg
    15.3ppg
    3.5apg
    43.7fg%
    40% 3pt

    MSG33's strategy:

    • Look to double and trap Yao Ming on the baseline: Make sure to cut off passing lines!!!
    • Let Marbury run the team!!!
    • Take Care of the Ball!!!! Last week the Knicks had 18 turnovers against the Rockets so they need to take better care of the ball
    • Give big minutes to Nate Robinson: He torched the Rockets last week proving that they dont have an answer for him, scoring 25 points(9-13) in 32 minutes


    The Knicks need to be concerned with 3 players who come off the bench for the Rockets, and they are Bonzi Wells, Aaron Brooks, and Mike James. Although Mike James is only shooting 33% from the perimeter when he gets hot he hits all his shots and same with Luther Head whos 3pt field goal percentage is 37%. Aaron Brooks became the next Knicks opponent to get a career high. He scored 22 points in 25 minutes on 8 for 10 shooting. It is the perimeter players who kill the Knicks but with Marbury back, they have one guy who can defend on the perimeter. Theres another good perimeter defender on this team but for whatever reason he has not seen much playing time this year. Im talking about the plastic man, Renaldo Balkman who I'm hoping will see some minutes tonight. Shane Battier is the best 3pt shooter on this team (39%) and its not a good idea to put Quentin Richardson on him.


    Thats it for my pregame show, I thank everyone for joining me, the Rza of Knicksonline.com and remember to watch the Knicks and the Rockets tonight at 7:30 on MSG.

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    I know how we can win! If we put Lee on Yao and limit Z-Bo's PT and give Nate a lot of PT and then Q comes up with another bogus injury so Jeffries and Chandler get some more time then we'll have a shot

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    Marbury and Nate have got to hit them outside shots! You cant stop Yao, only hope to contain him!
    David Lee needs all the time at PF. He might not have the size on Yao but he sure made him uncomfy and even had a few steals!
    I just hope we can at least have a 2 gme streak!!!!!!!

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    If Isiah allows Steph to continue to drive to the basket the knicks will win.
    That drive and dish to Lee last night was vintage Steph...he needs to do more of that.

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    Watch this game I have a really really good feeling that marbury is going to drop 25+ he likes to play aganist Alston since Alston is skip to my lou

    Knicks will win tonight I am sure.

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    word steph mite even go on a 40 game thingy....man i can tell hes all bissness now

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    yeah it was around this time last year when steph turned it on till the end of the year-he passed alot-he drove to the hoop alot-and when he started to do that-the knicks won basketball games. Lets hope he can do it again in 08.

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    Originally Posted by MSGKnickz33
    [*]Let Marbury run the team!!![*]Give big minutes to Nate Robinson: He torched the Rockets last week proving that they dont have an answer for him, scoring 25 points(9-13) in 32 minutes
    i hope zeke's listening. and i agree with everyone about d-lee. keep him on yao for the entire game.

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    The Knicks played great last night. The three players that impressed me the most was Eddy Curry(who had 2 blocks),Jamal Crawford(who broke Hinrich's ankles), and Stephon Marbury(who hit a dagger 3 pointer).I think the Knicks will win again tonight.Tracy McGrady and Bonzi Wells are two players that would've benefited big time from the Knicks' terrible defense. Since they aren't there, the only people they have to worry about is Rafer Alston, Aaron Brooks, and Yao Ming. I would've included Shane Battier, but the Rockets rarely give him the ball. They mostly use him for defense and hustle.

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