Knicks vs. Pistons 7:30 PM
Where to Watch: MSG
Where to Listen: ESPN 1050 AM
On Monday afternoon, the Knicks returned to Madison Square Garden Training Center for the first time in a week. After three straight losses, New York is focused on making some necessary adjustments to jumpstart the offense and generate some momentum heading into high profile matchups against Chicago and Boston later this week. The Knicks have the Pistons directly in front of them and at 7-13; they hope Carmelo Anthony is healthy enough to return on Tuesday night. Anthony did not participate in Monday’s practice session as he nurses a sprained right thumb, sprained left wrist, and sprained right ankle. New York’s leading scorer will test the ankle in the morning and said there is a “chance” he could play on Tuesday.
Since a loss to the Knicks on January 7, the Pistons have dropped 13 of their last 14 contests and are in the midst of the dreaded three-games-in-three-nights. Detroit sits at 4-17 while dealing with injuries to Charlie Villanueva, Will Bynum, and Ben Gordon.
Last Time Out
New York fell 97-84 on the road to the Rockets on Saturday night. Amar’e Stoudemire led the team with 23 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in the loss.
On Monday night, Detroit suffered another road loss in a 103-82 defeat in Milwaukee. The Pistons only shot 38.6 percent from the floor and hit just 1-of-9 attempts behind the arc.
The Numbers Game
New York won the first meeting 103-80, New York’s largest margin of victory this season (23).
Match-up to Watch
Tyson Chandler vs. Greg Monroe
With the Pistons rebuilding, Greg Monroe is the focal point of their offense and he is showing a steady climb in year No. 2. Playing six more minutes per game this season, Monroe is averaging 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Detroit’s big man can move up and down the floor in transition along with working on the blocks. Tyson Chandler’s athleticism and length should limit Monroe’s offensive attack. The Knicks will need a big night from Chandler as they search for second chance opportunities and easy alley-oop dunks in the paint.
What to Look For
In the last meeting, New York jumped out to a 64-point first half and 22-point lead. During one of their best performances of the season, the Knicks dominated the paint by outscoring the Pistons 50-32. Mike Bibby played a major role with a near perfect box score – registering 12 of his 16 points from downtown. New York should be able to duplicate the result from early January as Detroit struggles mightily on the boards and they only score 85.8 points per game.