Knicks vs. Bobcats 7:00 PM
Where to Watch: MSG
Where to Listen: ESPN 1050 AM
On Monday afternoon, No. 85 jumped into practice action with his fellow Knicks for the first time since signing with New York prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. Baron Davis understands the high expectations surrounding his debut; however, time will be needed for the 32-year old to gain stamina and chemistry on the practice court. Meanwhile, the 6-10 Knicks are preparing for a four-game road trip without big man Josh Harrellson, who suffered a fractured right wrist in Saturday’s loss to Denver.
Since falling to New York on January 9, the Bobcats have lost seven of their last eight games. Charlotte’s only victory in that time span was a 112-100 victory over Golden State ten days ago. To make matters worse, the Bobcats starting point guard D.J. Augustin has a small crack between two bones in the big toe of his right foot. Augustin could miss up to a week of action and one would expect rookie Kemba Walker to play a major role moving forward as an isolation option for Charlotte. Tuesday night will mark a rare home game for the Bobcats before they jump back on the road to play their next six of seven away from Charlotte.
Last Time Out
In a thrilling double overtime contest, the Knicks fell to the Nuggets 119-114 on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 25 points while the rookie, Iman Shumpert recorded an impressive all-around performance with 18 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals.
On Sunday night, Charlotte outscored the Nets 26-22 in the fourth quarter but fell 97-87 in New Jersey. The Bobcats only hit 53.3 percent from the free throw line while dropping to 3-14 on the season.
The Numbers Game
In the last meeting between the two teams, New York dominated at the charity stripe, where the team attempted 40 free throws as opposed to just 15 for the Bobcats.
Match-up to Watch
Landry Fields vs. Gerald Henderson
Gerald Henderson is earning court time in his third season and producing at a high level. The shooting guard owns a smooth game with a solid jumper from the perimeter. He can also damage opponents on the fast break with incredible athleticism. This season, Henderson is a key component to the Bobcats success by averaging 22.7 points per game in their victories, compared to just 13.9 in their losses. On the opposite side, Landry Fields is back to playing efficient basketball, shooting above 50 percent from the floor and registering double-digit points in his last three outings.
What to Look For
On January 9, New York made the correct adjustments to defeat the Bobcats after an underwhelming performance against Charlotte in the first meeting of the season at the Garden. The Knicks were strong on the defensive side of the floor by limiting the Bobcats to just 87 points and 41.5 percent shooting from the floor. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Shumpert carried the offensive load by combining for 83 of New York’s 91 points. Chandler was especially impactful with 20 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, and three blocked shots.
Anthony said the team played with some “attitude” at Monday’s practice session. There is no doubt the Knicks will need to enter this contest with a chip on their shoulders in search of a victory to snap the six-game slide. Without Harrellson’s services off the bench, head coach Mike D’Antoni may use Anthony at the power forward spot and feature a small-ball type of lineup tonight against the 3-14 Bobcats.