The Knicks are 6-3 in back-to-backs this season. While that is obviously not one of their shortcomings, it is necessary to be prepared against any Deron Williams-led Utah Jazz. As the somewhat-overplayed commercial went on MSG last night, Williams is their “heart and soul but tonight, he’s Public Enemy #1″. After last night’s convincing win though, I have faith in the ‘Bockers to go out there and coming back to NY with a winning record on the trip.
Something on the Knicks’ side tonight is Raymond Felton, who has had some lights out games against some other top point guards in the league. Is there a correlation? See for yourself…
- Against Derrick Rose (2 game average): 20 points, 11 assists
- Tony Parker: 28 points, 0 turnovers
- Steve Nash: 23 points, 11 assists, 10 boards
- Chris Paul: 17 points, 13 assists
You can pull just about any game out of the books and you’ll see statistically, Raymond Felton did his due diligence. One of the reasons for this is because he averages almost 40 minutes a game, but another is because he simply gets everyone involved. As @keithNYK said recently on Twitter (paraphrasing), “It would be a crime not to have him in the All-Star game.”
While preparation is absolutely key in basketball, the Knicks will have very little entering tonight. Can they get the win? What do you think?