NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (47-32) at New York Knicks (34-45), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks are out of the postseason, but
they'll begin to play out the string Sunday night when they welcome the red-
hot Chicago Bulls to Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks needed to win their last three games and have the Atlanta Hawks
drop all three left on their schedule in order to return to the postseason.
When the Hawks beat the Miami Heat in Atlanta Saturday night, the Knicks were
on the outside looking in.
New York did all it could on Friday with a 108-100 victory over the Raptors at
the Air Canada Centre.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points with eight rebounds to lead the way for the
Knicks. Amar'e Stoudemire deposited a season-high 24 points with 11 rebounds
and J.R. Smith added 15 points in the win.
"Again, Atlanta has to lose the next three games and we have to win the next
three games," said New York coach Mike Woodson. "That's the only way we got to
get in. We had to grind this one out. It was a total team effort."
The mindset was right, but the Knicks couldn't control what the Hawks did.
Raymond Felton added 12 points while Iman Shumpert chipped in 11 in a reserve
The Knicks forced the Raptors to shoot under 40 percent from the floor and
committed only eight turnovers compared to double that amount from Toronto.
New York will have a tall order ahead of them in knocking off the Bulls. Yes,
the Knicks are a disappointing 17-22 at MSG this season, but also, Chicago is
in the midst of a seven-game win streak.
Chicago hasn't lost since a home setback against the Portland Trail Blazers on
March 28. During that time, the Bulls have also won four straight as the
The Bulls have inched past the Raptors for third place in the Eastern
Conference. Chicago leads by a game, but the Bulls have guaranteed themselves
at least the fourth seed and thus, homecourt advantage in the first round of
On Friday, the Bulls made the Detroit Pistons victim No. 7 in a row with a
106-98 home victory. It's the longest winning streak for the Bulls since
capturing eight straight, Feb. 20 - Mar. 7, 2012.
D.J. Augustin had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, while Joakim Noah
tallied six points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, Carlos Boozer supplied 18
points and seven boards and Taj Gibson netted 11 of his 17 points in the final
frame for Chicago.
"You have to win games differently. Obviously the rebounding and defense
wasn't there, but I thought the offense was," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls have taken two of three from the Knicks this season, but both
victories were in the Windy City. Chicago has won two of its last three in
Madison Square Garden and seven of its last eight overall versus New York.
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