The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-3)

vs
The New York Knicks (7-6)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008



In beautiful New York New York




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to the JPZ17 Pre-Game Show




We had a slight problem, MSG was scheduled to be on the pre-game, but could not make it. Here is what he has to say:
i was almost done once again with the matchups, lineups, spotlight, and meet and greet....and then my internet froze up.....im signin off for the night, i dont even want to look at my computer. Thats like 3 hours waisted within a week. GO KNICKS
If you didn't catch the last game heres your highlights!

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I'll be your host today as the Knicks take on LeBron James and the Cavs



The Knicks are coming off a big win vs Washington. Q-Rich was a big part of that. Q had the most threes of nay Knick in one quarter ever. But the biggest story today is the new Knicks. Lets start off with my JPZ17 Game Prediction:

Knicks 113 Cavs 109

It will come down to the wire and should be a good game. The Knicks will now have 10 players to play instead of 7.

<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Team Stat Leaders</td></tr><tr class="colhead"><td> </td><td>CLEVELAND</td><td>NEW YORK</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Points</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 29.1</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 20.5</td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top"><td>Rebounds</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 7.8</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 12.5</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Assists</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 7.0</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 7.2</td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top"><td>Steals</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 2.0</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 1.8</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Blocks</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 1.7</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] .8</td></tr></tbody></table>

By trading their two top scorers -- and the bloated contracts that come with them -- in one afternoon last week, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] announced in no uncertain terms that they were clearing enough salary cap space to make a summer 2010 run at the NBA's reigning scoring champ.
Regardless of where [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] ends up in the future, he and the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] are looking pretty comfortable in the present.The red-hot Cavaliers will be looking for their 10th win in 11 games on Tuesday when they face the new-look Knicks at Madison Square Garden -- the site of James' most recent 50-point game.New York (7-6) has been competitive so far under first-year coach Mike D'Antoni, but on Friday the Knicks' prospects of contending for a lower-tier playoff spot this season took a backseat toward what they hope are championship aspirations two years down the road. Team president Donnie Walsh traded leading scorers [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], clearing a combined $27.4 million in cap space for 2010.Not coincidentally, that's the summer when James, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- among others -- will potentially become free agents."I have a good idea of what we just did," Walsh said. "I can't tell you that I've thought out what I'm going to do in two years or something like that. I haven't done that. All I know is that we've created more cap space than we had."The top prize would be James, who led the league with 30.0 points per game last season and is averaging a league-best 29.1 points this season for the Cavaliers (10-3).With the NBA's third best record less than a month into the season, James says he's thinking solely about winning a championship in Cleveland."I am focused on the team that I am on right now and winning a championship," he said before scoring 31 points in a win at New Jersey last week. "So it gets funny at times, but I don't think about making a change at this point. I am focusing on the team I have here and the relationship I have with the Cavs."The win against the Nets was Cleveland's eighth straight, and while that streak was snapped the next night in Detroit, the Cavaliers bounced back on Saturday. James had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] added 23 points in a 110-96 win over Atlanta.James is expected to receive a raucous ovation Tuesday night from New York fans, who no doubt remember his last trip to Madison Square Garden. James scored 50 points to go along with 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals on March 5 in a 119-105 Cavaliers victory, leaving the court to chants of "MVP!""To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world, it was a dream come true for me," James said. "It's one of the best things that ever happened to me."The current Knicks should get a boost Tuesday night with the expected debuts of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], who came over in the deals for Randolph and Crawford.Those two accounted for more than 40 points per game for New York, but with just seven players available Saturday night due to the trades, the Knicks looked just fine. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] scored a season-high 34 and New York held off lowly Washington 122-117."These guys got heart," D'Antoni said. "They've been doing everything that I've asked and even more. And like I said, I think a lot of times they want to come together, they want to play together, they want to be a winning team and they just demonstrated it. They gutted it out."James averaged 42.3 points in three games -- two wins -- against the Knicks last season. -NBA.com
Look for LeBron to score 30 and the Knick fans will start a chant for him in 2010. "2010! 2010! 2010!" It will be very interesting to see how they react to him. They should also have chants for Jamal, Zach.... (Sorry tuner, not Collins, hah he's gone!!) Q Rich will need to guard LeBron real well. Tim Thomas should have an exciting time back in MSG!! I'm guessing Mobley will score 15, but play streaky. Al Harrington might get the most attention tonight. He will have a good game most likely.

<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr><td colspan="8" class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Gameday Matchup</td></tr> <tr class="colhead" align="right"> <td>
</td> <td>W-L</td> <td>PF</td> <td>PA</td> <td>HOME</td> <td>ROAD</td> <td>STK</td> <td>L10</td> </tr> <tr class="oddrow" align="right"> <td align="left">CLE</td> <td>10-3</td> <td>101.2</td> <td>93.1</td> <td>7-0</td> <td>3-3</td> <td>W1</td> <td>9-1</td> </tr> <tr class="evenrow" align="right"> <td align="left">NY</td> <td>7-6</td> <td>105.2</td> <td>106.6</td> <td>5-2</td> <td>2-4</td> <td>W1</td> <td>6-4</td></tr></tbody></table>


presents

JPZ17's

FAVE 5 KEYS TO WINNING

  • DUH! #1 is stop LeBron
  • Don't get tired early
  • Shoot the 3 well
  • Don't let the new guys play the whole game
  • Get a PUMPED UP MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!!!!!!!!
JPZ17's
FIVE THINGS TO
LOOK OUT FOR



  1. LeBron scores 30
  2. Q scores under 10
  3. Harrington gets 8 boards and 10-15 points
  4. Mobley is on and off
  5. Tim Thomas plays great


Prediction(FIXED)
Cavs 110 Knicks 102

Key Matchup:
Lebron James vs. Quentin Richardson

Quentin Richardson just came off of a 34 point, 12 rebound performance against the Wizards. Being that Lebron James puts up those kind of numbers on a nightly basis, Richardson is going to have to continue to score like he did last Saturday, if the Knicks plan on coming out with a victory.

Player Spotlight
Al Harrington

Al Harrington is a 10 year Veteran that led the Atlanta Hawks in scoring, during the 2004-2005 season, averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds. Considering that the Knicks got rid of their two top scorers(Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph) look for Al Harrington to go back to his high scoring ways.







and now for a twist in my game threads here is a limited edition player introduction.........




Al Harrington



Al grew up in New Jersey making him a almost hometown player. He played basketball for St Patrick High School and was named USA today's High School Player of the Year. The Pacers picked him in the 1998 Draft with the 25th pick. He averaged 13 ppg and 6 rpg in his rookie year. He was getting lots of attention which put pressure on him. He then had a injury and missed 38 games. He was traded to the Hawks for Eddie Jones.

He later signed with the Pacers. He was then traded to the Warriors along with Stephen Jackson. He had a good few years with GS, but demanded a trade.


He was then traded to NY for Jamal Crawford

Cuttino Mobley

Mobley went to the University of Rhode Island.



MIN FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG PPG
93-94 URI Did Not Play - Ineligible
94-95 URI 32.0 37.7 30.3 77.8 4.8 1.8 1.6 13.3
95-96 URI 17.5 64.3 71.4 50.0 0.0 2.5 2.0 12.0
96-97 URI 24.3 43.8 29.9 80.3 3.9 1.5 1.3 12.2
97-98 URI 33.3 48.0 41.6 85.6 4.3 2.6 1.6 17.2
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TOTALS 29.7 43.8 35.4 82.1 4.2 2.0 1.5 14.3
</pre>Mobley was picked 41st in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Rockets. He played with the Rockets for six year before being traded.

He was traded along with Kevin Cato and Steven Francis for Tracy McGrady. He only played 23 games with the Magic, he was then traded to SAC for Doug Christie.

In 2005 he signed a fine year 240 million dollar contract to play with the Clippers.



Tim Thomas

Thomas played college at Villanova.

He was then drafted by the Nets 7th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
He was traded to the 76ers for Kieth Van Horn.
He was also traded to the Bucks.

He was then traded to the Knicks for Kieth Van Horn (again)

15 ppg and 12 ppg

He was then traded to the Bulls for Eddy Curry

The Bulls cut him and he signed with the Suns

He then signed with the Clippers

Then traded to the Knicks for Zach Randolph
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Opponents last game:

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LeBron had 24, Mo Williams had 23. For the hawks, Maurice Wvans had 21 and Acie Law had 20.



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and now it's time for JPZ's starting lineup

New York Knicks Position Cleveland Cavs

David Lee C Zydrunas Ilgauskas


Ilgauskas is one of the tallest players in the NBA. Lee is 6'9. Z will get 10+ boards. He had 17 points and 7 boards in his last game.. tough matchup
Al Harrington PF Ben Wallace


Not sure it is Harrington of Chandler..
Wallace will have 7+ boards. Wallace will have about 5 points though. Harrington should have about 10-15 points. Look for a good outing by him. If its Chandler, its even

*Quentin Richardson SF LeBron James *
JPZ17's Key matchup



I picked this as our key match-up because James is cleary the best player on the Cavs and this match-up will define the game. If LeBron sccores 30 and Richardson fails at stopping him, look for a Cavs win. Q had a great game last game making all the threes. It will be tough. This matchup will be the game. If Q can't stop him, get him outa here




Cuttino Mobley SG Delonte West


Good matchup... West had a good playoffs last year and shows potential while Mobley is under the pressure of filling in the shoes of Jamal Crawford
a scrub could do that)

Chris Duhon PG Mo Williams


Most ignored match-up of the night. Duhon is good at d, Williams is good on offense... Even

JPZ17's Player Pressure
Which Knicks is under the most pressure to succeed????






The answer:Al Harrington








Al Harrington is under huge pressure. Knicks fans voted him the most excited Knick.
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</td><td class="pollBody" width="90%">Tim Thomas</td></tr></tbody></table>Obviously they want him to succeed.

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