Game 48: Bucks/Knicks

Bucks vs Magic recap

Jennings began building his NYC street cred at Rucker Park four years ago

2009/2010 NBA Season

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19-29 (12-14 home)
vs.
21-26 (6-19 road)
February 5, 2010
Madison Square Garden
6:30 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN-Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Chris Duhon
PG Brandon Jennings
Jared Jeffries
SG Charlie Bell
Wilson Chandler
SF Carlos Delfino
Danilo Gallinari
PF Luc Mbah a Moute
David Lee
C Andrew Bogut

(17th) 106.4 - OFFENSE - 103.8 (23rd)
(20th) 108.5 - DEFENSE - 104.0 (8th)
(7th) 93.8 - PACE - 93.2 (10th)

 

Linkage:
Posting & Toasting / KnickerBlogger / KnickBlog / Bandwagon Knick

News/notes after the jump...

Gunnin' for that #8 spot.  The Bucks come to NYC just 1.5 games behind the Heat for the 8th spot in the East and 2.5 games ahead of the 10th-ranked Knicks. MIami has dropped four in a row, the first two against the Bucks and the last two courtesy of a rough road back-to-back that saw him visit Boston and Cleveland the last two nights.  Not fun. 

Meanwhile, New York snapped a three game losing streak by thrashing the Wiz 107-85 at home on Wednesday.  Nate Robinson scored 23 points along with six boards and eight assists off the bench, making a clear case for Duhon's starting PG job.

Duhon's bricks.  Finally Brandon Jennings gets to face an opposing PG who converts at a worse rate from the field than he does.  Never known for his scoring prowess (39.0% career fg%), Duhon is shooting a career-worst 34.8% this year including a head-scratcing 31.2% at MSG.  Much to the delight of most Knicks fans, Mike D'Antoni has increasingly relied on Robinson as an offensive spark off the heightening speculation that D'Antoni may finally make a change--a far cry from December, when he played the diminuitive combo guard a grand total of 10 minutes all month.  Don't be surprised if Robinson cracks the starting lineup for the first time this season on Friday night.

Best of the Non-StarsAndrew Bogut and David Lee both had pretty good cases for the all-star slot that went to Al Horford, joining Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan and Joakim Noah as the only centers averaging double-doubles.  Still, Bogut has a clear size advantage down low and shouldn't have too much trouble getting his shot over the undersized-and-not-really-a-center Lee.  The question becomes whether the Knicks can bring enough help and gimmick defenses to keep the ball out of Bogut's hands, while Lee will look to use both his offensive rebounding around the hoop and burgeoning mid-range game to match his gaudy 19.7 ppg/11.5 rpg averages.  For more on Bogut, check out some video courtesy of the Down Under version of ESPN:

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