Game Thread: Knicks/Bucks

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Max Zaslofsky in his day. (via NBA Encyclopedia)

Knicks (6-5, 2-3 road) @ Bucks (5-8, 2-3 home)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. central time

Knicks Position Bucks
Chris Duhon
PG Luke Ridnour
Jamal Crawford SG Charlie Bell
Quentin Richardson SF Richard Jefferson
Wilson Chandler PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Zach Randolph C Andrew Bogut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injuries:

Knicks: Jared Jeffries (fractured fibula) is out and Danilo Gallinari (sore back) hasn't played in November.

Bucks: Michael Redd (sprained ankle) has missed nine straight games. Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has missed four in a row.

07/08 Series:

Nov. 30: @Knicks 91 Bucks 88

Feb. 9: Knicks 99 @Bucks 98

April 1: @Bucks 119 Knicks 115 OT

08/09 Advanced Stats:

Knicks: Offense: 14th (106.2 points/100 possessions) Defense: 20th (106.9) Pace: 1st (98.2)

Bucks: Offense: 21st (103.0 points/100 possessions) Defense: 15th (105.7)  Pace: 18th (90.6)

Three points:

  • The wrong stuff. Here is a list of players who are averaging more blocks per game than the Knicks as a team this season: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Chris Kaman, Kendrick Perkins, Dwyane Wade, Ronny Turiaf, Spencer Hawes, Tyrus Thomas, Samuel Dalembert, Shawn Marion, Danny Granger, Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler, Andrei Kirilenko, Al Jefferson, Emeka Okafor, Al Horford, Ben Wallace, Nene Hilario, Tim Duncan, Brandan Wright, Elton Brand, Jermaine O'Neal, Yao Ming, Andris Biedrins. The Knicks block 1.5 shots per game. The entire team. 1.5 per game... and that's rounding up. The Bucks average more than twice as many, 3.3, and the Bucks rank 28th in the NBA.

  • Point's points. Guess who is the only Buck to score in double figures in each game played this season (not including Michael Redd, who has only played four games). It's not Richard Jefferson or Luke Ridnour. And it certainly isn't Andrew Bogut or even Luc Mbah a Moute. The answer is Ramon Sessions. If that doesn't surprise you, maybe this will: The assist king hasn't hit 10 assists even once this year.
  • In the Knick of time. Mike D'Antoni has pushed the pace in New York so much that the Knicks are the fastest team in the NBA a season removed from finishing exactly in the middle of the league in pace. Streetball-oriented Jamal Crawford appears to be one of the chief beneficiaries of the new brand of basketball in the Big Apple; he leads the NBA with 35 three-pointers. He's a big part of an offense that leads the NBA in points per game (105.3) and three-pointers per game (10.8). While dangerous offensively, you won't mistake the current Knicks for the Suns of years past.  They rank a solid but unspectacular 14th in offensive efficiency.

Update: The Knicks traded away Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph (and Mardy Collins) in separate deals today. Al Harrington, Tim Thomas, and Cuttino Mobley are the newest Knicks.

Coverage:

Bucks.com / Posting and Toasting / Knickerblogger / The Knicks Blog

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