Boston: 100.0 points/100 possessions (21st)
New York: 109.6 points/100 possessions (2nd)
Boston: 100.9 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)
New York: 102.9 points allowed/100 possessions (T-16th)
Probable Knicks Starters:
Jason Kidd (PG), Ronnie Brewer (SF), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Marcus Camby (C), and Tyson Chandler (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Knickerblogger
Woo hoo! What a matchup we have on our hands tonight! First thing’s first: the Celtics are already fighting an uphill battle as the news came down earlier today that Rajon Rondo will be suspended for tonight’s game for “making contact with a game official and failure to cooperate with a league investigation.” Whoa to that second part. What intrigue! And…espionage? Allegedly, Hawks GM Danny Ferry played the role of Deep Throat in this situation by handing over the evidence of the “contact” to the game officials after the Hawks got trounced. Talk about sour grapes. As BRobb posted earlier, you can view that evidence here.
The Knicks, like the Celtics, are also without their starting point guard as Raymond Felton is sidelined with a broken finger. This has resulted in a crazy-awesome (likely) starting lineup for the Knicks. As you can see above, the Knicks are likley starting two centers in Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby and two small forwards in Ronnie Brewer and Carmelo Anthony. Sure Anthony can play anywhere but he’s really most-comfortable in the 3-4 range. Camby and Chandler, on the other, are totally just centers. This should be fun.
While the Knicks starting lineup makes for some interesting matchup possibilites, the matchup I’m dying to see is actually between Avery Bradley and a member of the Knicks’ bench. Can Bradley slow down JR Smith? Can he completely shut Smith down? I want to know and I might find out in just a few minutes.