DENVER NUGGETS (19-11) VS. NEW YORK KNICKS (11-17)
Welcome to the New York Knicks Pregame Show. Im your host GoKnicksDLEE42. Today we will be talking the upcoming game, the denver nuggets recent blockbuster deal, and the road ahead for both teams.
First lets get to the starting lineups..
**Anthony has missed the last few games with an elbow injury.
DEN: The Nuggets sport a strong bench which includes Forwards Renaldo Balkman, and Linas Kleiza, Guards JR Smith and Anthony Carter.
NYK: The Knicks have been playing decent basketball lately but have lacked in key areas like rebounding and defense. Theyre scoring well, averaging over 100 points per game, and 4th year combo guard Nate Robinson has come off the bench this year to average about 17 points a game. 2nd year guard-forward Wilson Chandler has also stepped up - now in a starting role - to show off his jumper and to lead the team in blocked shots.
But first and Foremost, I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to the return of a fan favorite to the garden.
Taz brought an unreal amount of energy to this team in his NY days. Hes an above the rim player who could play on intensity alone. He sure made the knicks fun to watch even when his team was pathetic. I'd like to speak for all knicks fans when I say We miss you, and good luck wherever your future takes you Renaldo.
If you were smart enough not to watch Friday's horrible performance, here's what you missed:
Now, back to the game.
This is a game the Knicks will definitely not be able to fall behind quickly because, much like the Boston game recently, they will not let you back in. I do believe the knicks will be in this game for a while (they have shown to play up or down to the level of their opponents) but its gonna be tough to beat the Nuggets. They acquired one of the best point guards in the game today in Chauncey Billups, admitting the Allen Iverson-Carmelo Anthony expirement did not work as they thought it would.
A perfect transition to our next segment..
KNICKS PLAYER SPOTLIGHT OF THE GAME
Chris Duhon has been a pleasent surprise this season for the Knicks. He's averaging 12 points and almost 9 assists per game. he's had many highlights this year, including falling one rebound short of a triple-double 12/9 against Chicago, his former team, and Setting the Knicks single-game record for assists with 22 - a record untouched for decades.
Against Denver, he's going to have to go up against one of the best in Chauncey Billups. They both have similar styles of basketball, both being pass-first guards. Duhon is gonna have to prove himself as one of the top pg's this season if he wants to lead his team to victory vs. the Nuggets.
The reason I chose these 2 players for tonights matchup is becasue they, like duhon and billups, are similar basketabll players. Both have similar build and both can play many positions. Anthony is a proven winner dating back to his ncaa championship syracuse days. Wilson Chandler will need to be on the top of his game tonight. Anothony can hit the outside shot consistantly. Chandler has shown range but is a very streaky player. He's also had trouble guarding smaller players.
The Nuggets should come out on top in this game. But, the knicks should be hungry coming off a pathetic loos to the 5-win t-wolves. Prediction: DEN: 119 NYK:108
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Nice game thread GoKnicks, you caught me by suprise. You got some nice pics in there....and I agree, i think denver will win. Record wise there one of the best teams in the West. Chauncey Billups has made them a better team with his leadership, unselfishness, and defense.
Great thread, really cool pics. We're probably gonna lose this game, the Nuggets are much better than us. Their actually playing defense, and their offense is much more efficient since Billups arrived. Common sense says that we'll lose, but maybe the Knicks will surprise us after that showing against the T-Wolves. We'll have to shoot lights out, play defense, and Harrington will have to get out of his slump.
Although I think we probably gonna loose tomorow I can't stop thinking that we play better against good teams (even when we lost) then against crappy teams. So at least let s hope we have a good game tomorow and maybe who knows.
Great Thread. It must have taken you a long time to make it. The Knicks might actually win this game. The last time they played a 12 noon game, they beat the Pistons. Maybe they will catch the Nuggets by surprise and pick up a win.
At the start of the season, I was as high on Chandler as anyone on the planet. I actually thought he had a shot to eventually be an all-star caliber player or close. At this point, I'm not sure he should even be playing much. He can't shoot a 3 pointer to save his life. That in itself is not so horrible, except that he insists on shooting them all the time. He should never shoot a 3 pointer unless the shot clock is about to expire. Having one Qrich on the team is bad enough, we don't need two of them. I've seen enough of this kid. He can be a good versatile defensive player that can get you 10-15 points a night in an efficient manner, but he's not going to be an important part of the offense. It's about time D'Antoni explained that to him. If he insists on shooting foolish shots and/or shots that are outside his range, he must be benched until he learns that 5-10 with a couple of free throws is a much better night than 7-22 with some extra points.