The New York Knicks (4-2) vs the San Antonio Spurs (1-4)
Tues. 11/11 at 8:30pm ET on MSG
Welcome to the MSGKnickz33 Pregame show, Im your host the Gold Mac 10 and I would like to welcome you to the show. The Knicks are off to a good start with a 4 and 2 record. Their most impressive win came Sunday when they defeated the undefeated Utah Jazz, but was it really impressive? Deron Williams did not play. As George Bush once said, "You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
Offensively the Knicks ran like a well oiled machine. They've played with confidence and every one appears to be on the same page. Zach Randolph (at least statistically) has been the best Knick to date. Hes averaging just shy of 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Jamal Crawford is off to a much better start this year then he was last year. His shot selection has been much better. Crawfords defense is still non existent but his 13.8 shots per game is much improved from last years 17+ shots per game, and hes only averaging a point and a half less then he did last year. Chris Duhon has done a nice job of moving the ball as proven by his 6.7 assists per game.
The San Antonio Spurs will be without 2 of their best players. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker As they say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, but unfortunately this old dog doesn't do his tricks as good as he once did. If the Knicks lose this game, it will be dissapointing. Tim Duncan is still a top 10 player in the league, but he does not have a strong supporting cast with the other two members of the big three sitting on the bench.
If you were unable to see the Jazz game heres the highlights
The San Antonio Spurs
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Backups: Desmon Farmer, Ime Udoka, Michael Finley, Anthony Tolliver, George Hill, Fabricio Oberto, Matt Boner
AND NOW YOUR NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!
AT POINT GUARD CHRIS DUHORN
AT SHOOTING GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD
AT SMALL FORWARD QUENTIN RICHARDSON
AT POWER FORWARD WILSON CHANDLER
AT CENTER ZACH RANDOLPH
BACKUPS: NATE ROBINSON, DAVID LEE, MARDY COLLINS, ANTHONY ROBERSON, MALIK ROSE, DANILO GALLINARI
MSG33 PresEnTs the KeY MatChuP:Zach Randolph vs Tim Duncan
Zach Randolph is off to a great start, at least statistically. He has been a monster on the boards and a force on offense. His 5 turnovers against Utah make me sick...but the difference between Z-bo and Eddy Curry is that Z-bo still had 25 points (9-20) and 14 rebounds. Despite having no athletic ability, Zach is a skilled player in the low post with a variety of moves. He might have a difficult time getting his shots off over the 7'1" Tim Duncan, who is a great defender.
I gotta also point out that Zach is 4-11 from 3 point range
Many consider Duncan to be the greatest power forward of all time. He still has not shown any signs of slowing down. At age 32, hes still one of the best if not the best big man in the league. Hes averaging 26 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He will be a very tough challenge for the shorter Zach Randolph, but if Z-bo can come close to matching Duncans production then this game should be a wrap for the Knicks. They should win even if Zach has a bad game.
The Official MSG33 Pregame Strategy:
Show up ready to play
Look to score!!! Spurs are just as bad defensively as we are
Attack the Rim!!! Spurs are only blocking just over 2 shots a game
Look to double Timmy D: Z-bo cant guard him
Crawford has looked a lot more comfortable in Mike D'antoni's system so far. His shot selection has improved from last year. Hes been more selective and its helped the team a lot. I do not expect him to keep this up, but I hope he does.