Knicks vs. Mavericks – Madison Square Garden
When: Monday | 7:30 PM
Where to Watch: MSG Networks
Where to Listen: ESPN 98.7 FM
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser
MSG Network and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will host a fundraiser to support the relief and rebuilding efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy on Friday night during MSG Network’s telecast of the New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks game. MORE INFO
New York: The Knicks spent two days at MSG Training Center after returning home from a glorious road win in Philadelphia on Monday. Marcus Camby was able to take advantage of the practice time to build conditioning and head coach Mike Woodson was pleased with his progress. Woodson told reporters on Thursday that he believes Camby can play on Friday in New York’s third home game of the season. The addition of Camby will add depth to a Knicks team that is 3-0 and ranks first in points allowed and third points per game.
Dallas: The 2012-13 Mavericks are almost unrecognizable just two seasons removed from their run to the championship. Not only has the team undergone a massive makeover but Dallas is missing its franchise player, Dirk Nowitzki. Additionally, Shawn Marion is out with a sprained MCL in his left knee that he suffered against the Blazers. Head coach Rick Carlisle is attempting to work magic with a lineup featuring Mavericks newcomers O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, and rookie Jae Crowder. Meanwhile, veterans Troy Murphy, Dahntay Jones, and Vince Carter come off the bench. Surprisingly, Dallas is 4-1 to start this season despite the major shift in personnel and Nowitzki sidelined. The Mavericks have played just two games on the road and split the trip with a win over the Lakers and a loss to Utah on Halloween night.
Last Time Out
New York: In their third straight victory to open the season, the Knicks cruised past Philadelphia 110-88 on Monday night. Carmelo finished with 21 points and J.R. Smith jumped off the bench to post 17.
Dallas: Mayo scored 22 points, dished out six assists, and grabbed five boards in a 109-104 win over the Raptors on Wednesday night.
The Numbers Game
According to Elias, this is only the 3rd time in franchise history and 1st time since the 1953-54 season that the Knicks have won their first 3 games while allowing fewer than 90 points in each game.
Match-up to Watch
Knicks Frontcourt vs. Mavericks Frontcourt
Aside from the loss to Utah, the Mavericks have scored over 42 points in the paint in each of their four victories. While Collison and Mayo present problems for the Knicks backcourt, they should be able to handle the challenge with pesky defensive play from Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni. Kaman is the first true center the New York frontcourt has met this season and he is an underrated scorer at that spot. The Knicks big men will have to limit the production not only from Kaman but Crowder, Brandan Wright, and Brand as well. Luckily for New York, Camby should be able to see court time in his first game of the season.
What to Look For
Look for the Knicks to recapture the momentum gained in three straight wins over playoff teams from a year ago. The team is supremely confident as the only undefeated team in the NBA. However, the layoff between the game Monday night and Friday night games could be a potential stumbling block for a team in search of win No. 4. Throughout the practice sessions this week, the coaching staff has implemented some new schemes and plays to avoid a letdown and adequately prepare for the 4-1 Mavericks.