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Date: December 25, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM ET ( Merry Christmas)
Location-Madison Square Garden
TV: ESPN, MSG
Good morning folks!! Merry Christmas, it is time for Knicks basketball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm Jpz17 and I'll guide you through yet another Knicksonline Pre-Game show. This is a special edition, featuring several youtube videos, outsider opinions, brand new avatars, more stats, and more STAT!
The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] caught the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] without one of their star big men in an impressive victory at the United Center last month.
The Bulls will be without another front-court stalwart for the rematch, but with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] back it might not matter. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is now sidelined but Boozer is rounding into form after his injury-delayed debut, and he'll look to lead the Bulls to their 10th win in 11 games when they visit [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and the Knicks on Christmas afternoon.
New York (17-12) attempts a league-high 24.8 3-pointers -- a pattern it established from the start of the season. The Knicks made 16 -- five by Tony Douglas en route to a career-high 30 points -- of 24 from beyond the arc in Chicago on Nov. 4. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] added four 3-pointers apiece in New York's 120-112 victory.
That loss is still the season high in points allowed for Chicago (18-9), which lately has been holding opponents well below triple digits. The Bulls suffered ugly losses in Boozer's first two games back from a broken right hand, but have since won nine of 10 while allowing 87.7 points per game despite Noah's absence due to thumb surgery.
That defense certainly made the difference Wednesday at Washington. Chicago held the Wizards to 47 points over the final three quarters while Boozer finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an 87-80 victory.
Boozer is averaging averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds over the last 10 games.
"It's amazing that he's doing what he's doing," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's still working himself into shape. His legs aren't under him yet in his timing."
Stoudemire and the Knicks went through their own seemingly unstoppable stretch, a 13-1 run Nov. 17-Dec. 12 that concluded with the first eight of Stoudemire's nine straight games with at least 30 points.
He hasn't reached 25 in his last three contests, but New York was simply happy to put an end to its three-game slide Wednesday against Oklahoma City. Stoudemire scored 23 points to lead six Knicks in double figures in a 112-98 win.
"It was a tough week," Stoudemire said. "We were fatigued, we were tired. Honestly we were. So I think (Wednesday) showed that we got enough rest and we played with a lot of energy. We have a tough week still ahead of us, but we're starting off right."
Stoudemire was one of the few Knicks that had a rough night during the first meeting with the Bulls. He tied a season low with 14 points, missing 16 of 21 shots while committing eight turnovers.
This is the third meeting between New York and Chicago on Christmas, and the first since 1994 -- the second year of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s baseball hiatus.
Jordan certainly enjoyed facing the Knicks during the teams' heated rivalry in the early '90s, and the Bulls' current superstar seems to share those feelings. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has averaged 26.5 points and shot 58.7 percent in his last four meetings with New York.
The Knicks also need to do a better job defending [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Chicago's small forward has averaged 20.8 points against New York since the 2007-08 season -- his most against any Eastern Conference opponent.
Last game's highlights
Knicks vs Bulls last game highlights
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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant with the Knicks from Jul. 8, 1996 to May 2, 2003
Bulls forward Luol Deng was drafted by the Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft and then traded to Chicago for a future conditional first round pick
Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson played for New York from 1998-2001. He averaged 1.6 points in 69 regular-season games and 0.6 points in 14 postseason contests. He signed with the club as a free agent on Oct. 23, 1997
Bill Walker and Bulls forward/center Brian Scalabrine played together for two season with the Boston Celtics (2008-2010). Tom Thibodeau was their assistant coach
Bulls assistant coach and Manhattan native Andy Greer served as assistant coach for the Knicks under Don Chaney during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons
This will mark New York’s second consecutive Christmas Day game and the 46th game on the holiday in franchise history. They are 20-25 all-time on Christmas and 19-19 at home. They lead the NBA in Christmas Day appearances, beginning on Christmas Day 1947 when they defeated Providence 89-75 behind Tommy Byrnes 20 points.
On December 25, 1960 the Knicks suffered their worst lost in franchise history, losing 162-100 to Syracuse.
Overall Record 94-104
Home Record 55-38
MSG IV Record 52-38
Road Record 34-64
United Center Record 7-24
Neutral Record 5-2
NBA STANDINGS – LAST 10 GAMES RANK TEAM RECORD
1 Boston 10-0 (1.000)
2t San Antonio 9-1 (.9000)
2t Dallas 9-1 (.900)
2t Miami 9-1 (.900)
2t Chicago 9-1 (.900)
6 LA Lakers 8-2 (.800)
7t New York 7-3 (.700)
7t Three Others 7-3 (.700)
NBA TEAM LEADERS IN BLOCKED SHOTS RANK TEAM GP BPG
1 Indiana 27 6.85
2 New York 29 6.66
NBA GUARD LEADERS IN REBOUNDING RANK PLAYER, TEAM RPG 1 Landry Fields, NY 7.5
NBA LEADERS IN 3PM – DECEMBER
PLAYER, TEAM GP 3PM
1. Daniel Gibson, CLE 12 31
2. Kevin Martin, HOU 12 30 3t. Wilson Chandler, NYK 10 27 3t. Derrick Rose, CHI 12 27
3t. Three Others 12 27
Kelenna Azubuike’s last name means “the past is your strength” in Igbo.
Wilson Chandler has many nicknames: Will, Ill Will, Kill at Will, Will The Thrill, Willie Blanco, Willie McFly.
Mike D’Antoni appeared in three games as an NBA player in Madison Square Garden, twice with Kansas City and once with San Antonio. He scored a total of five points in 37 minutes.
Toney Douglas’ brother Harry is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Douglas brothers are at least the sixth set of siblings to play in the NBA and the NFL. They are the first duo since the Burleson’s, Kevin (NBA) and Nate (NFL), suited up for the Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Vikings in 2005-06.
Raymond Felton played AAU basketball for Beach Ball Select in South Carolina for three summers under Knicks assistant coach Dan D’Antoni.
Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire were teammates on the Eastern squad in the 2002 McDonald’s All-American game played at Madison Square Garden. Stoudemire recorded 10 points and seven rebounds and Felton added five points in the 138-107 win.
OFFICIAL JPZ PREDICTION
When do I ever predict a lose? I don't... The Knicks will win this one because of an amazing performance by Amar'e. Expect 30-40 points by STAT on Christmas day. What a nice Christmas gift!
It's Christmas time and the Knicks have always had memorable games on this special day.
The Bulls have won 9 of their last 10 games but they also had an easy schedule - just like the Knicks had when they went 13-1 - the most important result being the win against the Lakers at home. It's going to be a tough matchup between similar teams, but the Knicks can pull their second win against the Bulls this season, if they can guard Rose and Boozer. Or score 120 points. We did it on their court, we should be able to repeat at MSG.
i believe New York will get the job done against Chicago on Xmas day. Last time out against Chicago we shooted the lights out and i can see us doing this again.
Rose vs Felton and Amare vs Boozer will be great to watch. Since the last game in Chicago Boozer has come into the side but they are now without Noah while the Knicks have stayed injury free and are gelling quite nicely.
I expect Amare to have a big game and i can see Gallo putting up 20pts plus.
Knicks by 6
Rose's first 40+ game.
The Bulls should get enough possessions to put Rose or Deng over 40.
Thomas should be able to frustrate STAT enough, Bulls win 111-101
I'd like to see alot of Taj on Amare. he did a great job last game. Hopefully Knicks won't decide to shoot the crap out of the ball this time. I also expect Thibs to make some adjustments. He always does.
OUT: Joakim Noah
OUT: Taj Gibson
Last 5 Games
<table class="mod-data"><thead><tr class="team-color-strip"><th style="border-bottom-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: left;" width="30%">Chicago</th><th style="border-bottom-color: rgb(34, 94, 168); text-align: left;" width="30%">New York</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr valign="top"> <td style="text-align: left;">Dec 22 @WSH Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 21 PHI Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 18 LAC Loss [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 15 @TOR Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 13 IND Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
</td> <td style="text-align: left;">Dec 22 OKC Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 18 @CLE Loss [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 17 MIA Loss [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 15 BOS Loss [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
Dec 12 DEN Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]</td></tr></tbody></table>