Today the Knicks are in Motor City to take on the ever-struggling Detroit Pistons. On paper it should be a routine victory but considering the games against Charlotte and Tornto earlier this week this may not be the case.
The Pistons currently stand at 2-5, having re-signed most of the core of players that got them down to this low point in Stucky, Prince and Jerebko. Their defense will likely not have an answer for Stoudemire or Anthony and as long as we don't continue to shoot ourselves in the feet it should be an offensive field day. Even on defense, the Knicks have little to worry about, with the Pistons top scorer being Ben Gordon with 16 per game.
This is another one of those 'practice' games where the Knicks can look to build chemistry and maybe test out Iman Shumpert to see if he's a viable option as the starting point guard. It's about time the superstars got things clicking - the NBA season isn't going to give us an easier game than this.
The Knicks need a win here to get the season back on track and after a win last night, it's an opportunity to start a long win streak. These are the teams that a contender should be beating and D'Antoni will find his time in New York as good as over if he loses to a lesser Eastern conference team once again.
Detroit beat two teams that made the playoffs last year and that have come off the blocks to good starts. They are bad but their wins versus the Pacers and Magic who both sport very formidable front lines and players means that no victory is a given. On the other hand the Pistons have proven to be a terrible long ball shooting team in their recent losses. The tail end of the back to back tonight for both teams should result in poorer jump shooting overall if the game drags out. I think the infusion of a near full roster for the Knicks should help them whether this back to back and come out on top. It won't be easy. The Knicks are learning to play together with an offensive flow unfimiliar to both players and the coach. There defense which has historically been behind the offense is learning to play together. Let's go Knicks and congrats on the Bleacher creature thing.