The New York Knicks (1-0) vs The Philadelphia 76ers (0-1)
Fri. 10/31 at 7:00pm ET on MSG
Welcome to the MSGKnickz33 Pregame show, Im your host the Gold Mac 10 and its time for a new season to begin. Watching the Knicks >> Trick or treating. The Knicks offense was impressive in their first game against Miami as they defeated the Heat 120-115. They were in control most of the game until about half way through the 4th quarter, when they allowed philadelphia to get close. Nate Robinson hit some big shots down the stretch and helped the knicks win. Jamal Crawford knocked down 2 free throw shots with 12 seconds left to seal the deal.
Crawford led the way for the Knicks with 29pts, 4asts, and 4rbs. Zach randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Wilson Chandler also finished with 9 rebounds. He scored 17 points and played very well off the bench. Quentin Richardson and David Lee both finished with 16 points. Lee also had 11 rebounds to lead the knicks. Despite Duhon being the starting point guard, Nate Robinson played more like a point guard finishing the game with 13 points, 7 assists, and no turnovers. Duhon had only 9 points and 3 assists in 38 minutes of play.
It wont be as easy for Crawford against Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers. They lost their first game to the Toronto Raptors. The sixers managed to grab 23 more rebounds then Toronto and still lose by 11 points. Philadelphia offensively was off. They only shot 34.5% from the field. Elton Brand, one of biggest offseason aqcuisitions, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Toronto was lucky that the sixer couldnt buy a basket. The Knicks will not be as lucky. They will have to play more defense then they did against the Heat to remain undefeated.
If you were unable to see the Heat game heres the highlights
The Philadelphia 76ers
Backups:Louis Williams, Willie Green, Reggie Evans, Donyell Marshall, Kareem Rush, Theo Ratliff, Royal Ivey
AND NOW YOUR NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!
AT POINT GUARD CHRIS DUHON
AT SHOOTING GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD
AT SMALL FORWARD QUENTIN RICHARDSON
AT POWER FORWARD DAVID LEE
AT CENTER ZACH RANDOLPH
BACKUPS: NATE ROBINSON, WILSON CHANDLER, MARDY COLLINS, MALIK ROSE, DANILO GALLINARI
MSG33 PresEnTs the KeY MatChuP:Elton Brand vs Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph gave Udonis Haslem a lot of problems on Wednesday night. Z-bo played about 30 and a half minutes. He managed to score 20 points (7-15) and he also had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Zach is probably one of the least athletic power forwards in the nba, but he manages to put up all star numbers. He has a good basketball iq, using up fakes and hook shots to get his shots off in the low post. He also has a nice mid range game. He needs to put more effort in on defense. Elton Brand is about he same height and size, but because of his athleticism this might be a tough matchup for Zach.
Elton Brand is about he same height and size, but because of his athleticism this might be a tough matchup for Zach. Hes a good post player like Randolph, but his superior jumping ability will make it very difficult for Z-bo to slow him down. I expect at least 20 and 10 from Brand. The Knicks don't really have any players who can stop him or slow him down.
The Official MSG33 Pregame Strategy:
Share the ball: play as a team
Look to double Elton Brand in the paint
Transition Defense: Philly likes to run like us
Box Out: Sixers are a good rebounding team, we cant afford to get killed on the boards like the Raptors did
Quentin Richardson suprised me in the 1st game. He finished the game with 16 points (5-9), 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in just 28 minutes of play. His summer weight loss was anything but evident in preseason, as he struggled with his shot. He had it Wednesday night against Miami. If he can continue to shoot good and play some defense he might still be a valuable player in Mike D'antonis 7 seconds or less offense. Last year Richardson started to play better towards the end of the season, but overall he really struggled and looked like he was not too far from being ready to retire. Does he still have something left or was he lucky against Miami? Time will tell, thats why he has the spotlight on him.
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Knicks upcoming Schedule:
Sun, Nov 2 vs Milwaukee 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov 5 vs Charlotte 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 7 @ Washington 7:00 PM
Sun, Nov 9 vs Utah 3:00 PM
Tues, Nov 11 @ San Antonio 8:30 PM
Thanks for joining me for my first pregame show. And remember to watch the Knicks Friday night on MSG.