|Last 5 Games||5-0||+6.5||5-0||2-2||108.6||51.2||51.0%||44.8||94.8||48.4||47.9%||43.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.0||51.1||36-81||44.9%||11-29||37.7%||16-21||75.9%||48||11||19||20||8||12||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.8||49.2||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.8||49.5||36-81||43.8%||10-28||36.0%||15-20||75.4%||49||11||19||21||8||12||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||95.6||48.9||36-78||45.8%||8-22||36.2%||17-22||75.5%||49||10||19||19||6||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49||37-82||45.2%||7-19||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||96.8||50.8||36-78||46.2%||8-21||37.5%||17-23||74.1%||50||10||21||19||7||14||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1.8||1-4||1-4||89.6||44.2||42.7%||50.0||93.2||47.2||46.6%||48.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||92.8||46.7||36-82||43.6%||5-15||34.5%||16-21||77.3%||52||13||23||19||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.3||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||92.2||45.9||35-82||43.0%||5-14||37.2%||16-21||76.7%||53||13||23||19||7||14||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||92.5||45.7||35-80||44.3%||6-16||34.7%||16-22||74.2%||49||11||19||20||7||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||97.8||49.3||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||90.3||45.3||35-80||43.3%||5-15||33.7%||16-21||75.4%||50||11||19||20||8||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 95.8, CHICAGO 95.1|
|3/11/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||63-92||L||2.5||L||202||U||20-73||27.4%||49||13||32-78||41.0%||67||14|
|3/17/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||80-93||L||13.5||W||193.5||U||29-81||35.8%||49||9||34-75||45.3%||62||12|
|4/7/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||125-120||W||7.5||W||193||O||46-93||49.5%||48||6||45-78||57.7%||42||12|
|4/11/2013||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/6/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||83-101||L||8.5||L||190.5||U||33-90||36.7%||43||8||40-74||54.1%||53||12|
|3/10/2013||@ LA LAKERS||81-90||L||5||L||193.5||U||33-89||37.1%||53||13||39-86||45.3%||58||13|
|3/15/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||113-95||W||5||W||186||O||43-83||51.8%||53||14||34-76||44.7%||38||12|
|4/11/2013||NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON will start at the point, which seems like a colossal mistake. He had his career year in New York under Mike D'Antoni, but the Knicks have gone away from the pick-and-roll system he thrived in . . . Don't be surprised if JASON KIDD is overtaking Felton in minutes played by midseason. He's limited athletically but still a heady passer . . . Resident chucker J.R. SMITH should see big minutes early before IMAN SHUMPERT steps in as the defense half of their shooting guard platoon as soon as his knee is recovered mid-season . . . RONNIE BREWER will be Smith's defensive complement while Shumpert is out . . . PABLO PRIGIONI is a game manager who provides insurance at the point. FORWARDS: This is once again CARMELO ANTHONY's team, as the Knicks will run their offense through him. It's going to be a lot of iso, and a lot of scoring opportunities for Melo . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE doesn't fit nearly as well in this system as he did in former coach Mike D'Antoni's. He ended up forcing a lot of shots a year ago, and his durability is a major question mark . . . STEVE NOVAK will continue to come off the bench strictly as a three-point shooter. He's one of the best long-range bombers in the NBA, but he's too much of a defensive liability to play more than 20 minutes per night . . . Swingman JAMES WHITE will also get some minutes at the two or three spots with his 6-foot-7 frame. . . CHRIS COPELAND had some solid years overseas, but will be lucky to break into this rotation . . . KURT THOMAS is in player/coach mode. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER is indispensible on the defensive end as long as sieves Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are also in the frontcourt . . . MARCUS CAMBY can't defendin space like Chandler can, but his ability to rebound and protect the rim will come in handy as the second unit is no better defensively than the starters . . . RASHEED WALLACE came out of retirement, but has a long way to go, especially with his lack of conditioning, before he contributes much at age 38.|
|CHICAGO: GUARDS: The best guess on DERRICK ROSE is a February return. But an ACL injury usually isn't 100 percent until the second full year back . . . With Rose out, KIRK HINRICH figures to play heavy minutes early. He's a defensive specialist who will pass and watch on offense . . . NATE ROBINSON could push Hinrich for minutes. He's the offensive half of that platoon, but Thibodeau almost always leans defense . . . RICHARD HAMILTON will carry a bigger offensive load while Rose is recovering. He's a shadow of his former self . . . MARCO BELINELLI is a nice addition. He's solid defensively, and he brings the long-range shooting Chicago lacks. Don't be surprised if he pushes Hamilton . . . Rookie MARQUIS TEAGUE will mostly sit and watch this year. FORWARDS: After avoiding wrist surgery, LUOL DENG should be Chicago's top scorer while Rose is out. He's the only one on this team who even has a chance to generate his own offense . . . CARLOS BOOZER continues to be a major disappointment. In the past it's been his atrocious defense, but now he's taken a step back offensively as well. He may score more with Rose out, but he'll continue to sit late in close games . . . TAJ GIBSON should be in for a bigger role. With Omer Asik gone, he's one of only two defensively capable bigs on this roster . . . VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC will try to replace some of the three-point shooting they lost when Kyle Korver left . . . JIMMY BUTLER has a puncher's chance at a rotation spot after a good summer. CENTERS: JOAKIM NOAH was still working his way back from that badly sprained ankle this summer. His durability is questionable, but the Bulls will have to lean on Noah for more minutes now that Omer Asik is gone . . . NAZR MOHAMMED steps into Asik's role as Noah's backup. But while Asik was an active defender, Mohammed is more of just a big body with six fouls to give.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (NEW YORK-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Knicks-Bulls Preview* ======================
By DAN PIERINGER STATS Writer
New York (51-26) at Chicago (42-35), 8:00 p.m. EDT
With five games left in the regular season, Carmelo Anthony is in position to become the first New York Knicks player to win the scoring title since 1985. Despite having the lead in that race, it's the end of another drought that held the attention of Anthony and his teammates after their last game.
After clinching their first division title in nearly two decades, Anthony looks to continue his remarkable offensive surge and lead the Knicks to their 14th straight win Thursday night when they visit the slumping Chicago Bulls.
Anthony had 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists as New York (51-26) routed Washington 120-99 on Tuesday to clinch the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. Anthony became the first Knick to score 35 in five straight games since Bernard King, who won the Knicks' last scoring title by averaging 32.9 points during the 1984-85 season.
"I just think Melo, he's been on a nice run and ... it's nice to see because I know what he's thinking," coach Mike Woodson said. "He was thinking winning that division tonight and he wasn't going to leave any doubt in anybody's mind that we earned the rights to win the division tonight."
With the division crown locked up, the Knicks have bigger things in mind.
"It's a great thing to achieve one of your main goals, and now we've just got to go get that gold ball," reserve guard J.R. Smith said, referring to the championship trophy.
Realizing those lofty aspirations will be easier if Anthony can maintain his current level of play. He is averaging 40.6 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 58.6 percent (17 for 29) from 3-point range in five games in April. Those performances have led the Knicks to their longest winning streak since a 15-game run March 1-April 2, 1994.
Anthony is averaging 28.6 points, just in front of Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant at 28.3 per game.
While the Knicks appear to be getting hot at the right time, the Bulls (42-35) haven't looked much like a team ready for the playoffs lately. They are 14-18 since the start of February and have lost their last two games to Detroit and Toronto, clubs firmly planted in the lottery. Chicago's last five losses came against teams with losing records.
The Bulls trailed by as much as 16 in Tuesday's 101-98 home defeat to the Raptors.
"We dug ourselves a huge hole at the beginning of the game," said second-year forward Jimmy Butler, a bright spot with a career-high 28 points while going 10 for 12 from the field. "It's hard to claw out of those holes."
The Bulls, though, have won all three meetings with the Knicks this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league with 5.2 3-pointers made per game and a 34.5 3-point percentage, but the Bulls have gone 20 for 42 (6.7 per game, 47.6 percent) from behind the arc against the Knicks. Chicago scores 92.8 points per game but averages 103.7 against New York.
Completing the season sweep of New York could be tough with Chicago hampered by injuries. Veteran guard Richard Hamilton returned from a back injury Tuesday, but the Bulls played without Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (foot), Luol Deng (hip) and Taj Gibson (knee). It's unclear if any will be able to return against New York.
Though they have been able to lean heavily on Anthony lately, the Knicks are similarly short-handed. New York, already missing veteran big men Amare Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas, played without All-Star center Tyson Chandler (neck) on Tuesday and lost Kenyon Martin to a sprained ankle. Both have been ruled out for Thursday.
Anthony has averaged 34.0 points but shot 42.1 percent in two games against Chicago this season.
New York, which leads Indiana by 2 1/2 games for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, has dropped 19 of 22 in Chicago.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 7:23:58 AM EST|