The New York Knicks are coming off arguably their best three game stretch of basketball this season. They were 2 points away from sweeping San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas on the road. Not bad for a team who is 11 games under .500 as of right now. Fortunately in the stacked up Eastern Conference, the Knicks are currently only 2.5 games out of the playoffs…and guess who holds the final spot in the East right now? Tonight’s opponent: the Detroit Pistons! The Knicks host the underachieving Pistons at MSG tonight in hopes of continuing their improved play and doing something about their horrific 4-12 home record.
Similar to the Knicks, the Pistons have failed to meet expectations this season. They have lost their last four games by 17, 24, 7 and 28 points, respectively. It would seem to be a good time to be catching the Pistons, who may be without guard Rodney Stuckey but the Knicks also may be without Tyson Chandler who has been listed day to day with an illness. Hopefully the Knicks can get more productive minutes from Kenyon Martin, who was terrific on the road trip. There is good chance Ray Felton will return to the line-up tonight which should provide an offensive boost to the backcourt.
Detroit’s leading scorer is Brandon Jennings (17.0 PPG), who is his usual streaky self. Andre Drummond has been a beast this season with 13.0 PPG and 12.4 RPG, along with very good around the rim defense. The Pistons aren’t short on talent but have struggled with locking in their best rotation and finding any type of consistency. Sound familiar?
The Knicks will need Iman Shumpert to keep up his recent offensive surge if they want to turn this season around. Shumpert looked like a new player on the West Coast trip and hopefully that can translate back to Madison Square Garden. With the Miami Heat on deck Thursday night, a win tonight would be a nice way to build momentum into what is always a big game against the defending champs.
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