UPDATE: David Lee will miss tonight's game for the New York Knicks.
|2008/2009 NBA Regular Season|
|March 21st, 2009|
|FSN Florida HD|
|Chris Duhon||PG||Rafer Alston|
|Larry Hughes||SG||Courtney Lee|
|Quentin Richardson||SF||Hedo Turkoglu|
|Wilson Chandler||PF||Rashard Lewis|
|Al Harrington||C||Dwight Howard|
|February 25th: Magic 115, Knicks 109|
After last night's 28-point defeat at the hands of the Sacramento Kings, the Knicks are dead. Long live the Knicks.
2 consecutive, humiliating losses, lowlighted by last night's performance---dropping a home game to a team that had been 0-28 against the Eastern Conference certainly qualifies as "humiliating"--have almost assuredly eliminated the Knicks from playoff contention. The boo birds were out in Madison Square Garden last night, but before the game some fans were resigned to their team's fate and advocated giving up on playoff contention in order to shift the focus to player development. It's a shame, too, since the Knicks--save for maybe Larry Hughes--are incredibly easy to root for. Their 20-year-old rookie, Danilo "The Rooster" Gallinari, does this little hand gesture after making big buckets, and he looks like he's about 12 years old.
The Knicks figure to be utterly demoralized after that defeat, so I don't expect that they'll give the Magic that same incredible effort they did last month. As long as Orlando insists upon feeding the ball to Dwight Howard, it should win running away. New York doesn't have a true center on its roster other than Eddy Curry, who's played only once this season due to injuries and personal issues. He should romp.
Rashard Lewis needs to get out of that slump of his, which may or may not be due to knee tendinitis, and that's what I'll be paying the most attention to tonight. Lew rested on Thursday and missed practice yesterday due to personal reasons, so maybe he'll have his legs under him again.
The game tips at 7. Let the three-pointers rip, but don't forget about feeding Dwight. And don't let Nate Robinson get hot; Orlando's done enough for him over the last month-plus. Go Magic.