Atlantic Division basketball! The 13-28 Philadelphia Sixers travel to Madison Square Garden to face the 15-26 (!) New York Knicks, who are halfway to a healthy 30-52 season right out of the Isaiah Thomas playbook. Philadelphia has lost four of their last five and is enjoying their very much planned tanking season while the Knicks have lost four in a row and are very much not enjoying their unplanned tank this season.
Michael Carter-Williams leads the 76ers and is enjoying a terrific rookie season. Carter-Williams is averaging 17.5 PPG and 6.7 APG with an impressive 17.8 PER. Evan Turner is the team’s leading scorer at 18.3 PPG but has been in a slump as of late. Thaddeus Young has always given the Knicks issues and is having another strong season with 17.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG. The Sixers are an athletic and uptempo team, which is going to give the Knicks issues on both ends of the court.
The Knicks seem to be splintering in front of our eyes, with Tyson Chandler publicly questioning Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony rolling his eyes on the bench (and who can blame him?), Beno Udrih requesting a trade and a seemingly endless other laundry list of issues. A win can cure plenty but nobody should be beating their chests about knocking off the 76ers at home…if the Knicks can even pull that off. Will Iman Shumpert show up on the offensive end tonight? Will Ray Felton stop being hopelessly mediocre? Will the Knicks ever stop switching on defense? We’ll see tonight.
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