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Bucks/Knicks: Desperate times for desperate teams

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2010/2011 NBA Season


28-42 (9-24 road)
35-36 (19-16 home)
March 25, 2011
Madison Square Garden
6:30 PM
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: No local
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings
Chauncey Billups
John Salmons
SG Landry Fields
Carlos Delfino SF Carmelo Anthony
Luc Mbah a Moute PF Amare Stoudemire
Andrew Bogut
C Ronny Turiaf

(29th) 101.2 - OFFENSE -  110.4 (7th)
(4th) 102.5 - DEFENSE - 110.0 (23rd)
(25th) 89.9  - PACE -  95.6 (2nd)
On the Knicks:

Posting & Toasting / KnickerBlogger

The Bucks have been more consistently disappointing, and more disappointing for longer this season, but the Knicks have been more highly disappointing, and more recently. Classic matchup.

In the Knick of time
Carmelo Anthony's Knick debut win over the Bucks feels like more than about a month ago, no?

Dwelling in the Rotten Apple
The Knicks have lost four straight and seven of eight. During this swoon, they have lost to some good teams, like Dallas, Boston, and Orlando. But they have also lost to some bad teams, like Indiana (twice), Detroit, and Milwaukee (sorry?). The team's latest loss -- to Orlando -- dropped the Knicks below .500 for the first time since November. Which reminds me: The Bucks have not been above .500 since last season.

Hoop Data: Overlooked: NY Stopped Running
Everyone knows that the Knicks have not played good basketball since the arrival of Carmelo Anthony, but as HoopData points out, they also have not played D'Antoni-ball since the arrival of Anthony. The team has played at an atypically slow pace with Anthony, which does not make a ton of sense on the surface given the Nuggets frequently played at a very fast pace when he played for Denver.

JS: Gooden says he's ready
Drew Gooden has been out since January 21 with plantar fasciitis. Now Gooden is ready to play, per Gooden. His return elicits all sorts of apathy, but although he was having one of the worst seasons of his career (hugely surprising), it's not like the Bucks figured anything out in his three-month absence.