Knicks @76ers – Wells Fargo Center
When: Monday | 7:00 PM
Where to Watch: MSG Networks
Where to Listen: ESPN 98.7 FM
New York: Tyson Chandler battled flu-like symptoms and started in the Knicks victory over the Sixers on Sunday afternoon. New York earned its second win of the young season by topping a defensive-minded Philadelphia squad at Madison Square Garden. For the second straight game, head coach Mike Woodson utilized a small-ball lineup to match the Sixers starting unit. While Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire remain sidelined, the Knicks are healthy heading into the first road contest of the year. However, back-up center Marcus Camby does not expect to see game action until Friday night.
Philadelphia: The Sixers jumped out to a terrific start to the year by stifling the high-powered Nuggets offensive attack in the season opener. In Philadelphia’s second outing, the team allowed the Knicks to reach the century mark and fell to its division rival at the Garden on Sunday afternoon. Early in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Jason Richardson sprained his left ankle. Despite negative X-rays, Richardson will not play in the second of the back-to-back against New York on Monday night. Center Andrew Bynum is also not expected to play in the rematch as he recovers from a minor knee procedure.
Last Time Out
New York: Improving to 2-0, the Knicks looked impressive again in a 100-84 victory over the Sixers. Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and J.R. Smith added 20 points off the pine.
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday scored 27 points but the Sixers could not stop the Knicks’ barrage of 3-pointers in the 100-84 defeat. Philadelphia fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Numbers Game
The Knicks have held opponents below 90 points in their first two games for the first time since 2003-04.
Match-up to Watch
Raymond Felton vs. Jrue Holiday
Felton enjoyed a nice start to Sunday’s game and ended up scoring 11 points in the win. On the opposite side of the floor, Holiday was the most effective offensive weapon for Philadelphia. Holiday dropped 27 points, hit five 3-pointers, and dished out seven assists in 40 minutes of court time. While the Sixers rely on Holiday for offensive production, Felton will need to limit his impact in the game.
What to Look For
More of the same is the key for the Knicks. In two games, New York has displayed tremendous ball movement, stout defense, and explosive perimeter shooting. Additionally, Anthony has become an efficient scorer with a renewed focus on individual defense. The team looks extremely focused entering the first road challenge of the 2012-13 season. Sixers head coach Doug Collins will certainly make adjustments in the back-to-back contest on Monday. The first issue he will point to is the 18 turnovers from Philadelphia on Sunday. If the Knicks can win the turnover battle again, they should cruise to another victory with superior talent on the offensive side of the floor.