NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
New York Knicks (8-1) at Dallas Mavericks (6-6), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks treated their lone loss of the season
like a blip on the radar and look to continue their stellar start Wednesday
night when they head to Dallas to take on the Mavericks.
Since their loss Friday night to the Memphis Grizzlies, the only blemish on
their record, the Knicks have won two in a row, including a home win over the
Indiana Pacers and a road victory against the New Orleans Hornets.
This is the third time in team history the Knicks started 8-1. The other two
instances were the 1969-70 season and the 1972-73 season. Not so
coincidentally, the Knicks won titles those two seasons.
On Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony poured in 19 points in the first quarter and
finished with 29 for the game.
"I made a couple shots," said Anthony. "It was good to get it going early.
Anytime you can start off on the road like that, in the first quarter like
that, it gives us a lot of confidence."
Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer and J.R. Smith all scored in double-figures. The
Knicks crushed the Anthony Davis-less Hornets on the boards to the tune of
The Knicks are the best defense in the NBA, holding opponents to almost 89
ppg. They also score, ranking sixth in the league with 100.67 ppg.
Just ahead of the Knicks in scoring are the Mavericks.
They average slightly more than Knicks each night. O.J. Mayo leads four Mavs
in double-figures in scoring and ranks seventh in the league with a 21.8 ppg
Mayo scored all 11 Dallas points in an overtime loss at home to the Golden
State Warriors Monday night, 105-101. Mayo finished with 27 and Chris Kaman
added a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
"We take it a game at a time, and tonight was a game we felt we should have
had with them coming off a back-to-back and the third game in four nights. And
they had more energy and outplayed us," said Mayo.
Things won't get better for the Mavs on the injury front anytime soon. Future
Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday and
said he's not going to be back from athroscopic knee surgery in the original
time frame of six weeks.
"I think I'm still about a couple - two weeks - out before even getting on the
court - start working out, start running, start shooting," Nowitzki said. So,
that would actually put me right at about six weeks starting to get on the
court. By that point, I'm assuming I need a good week or two to get in halfway
decent playing shape - running, shooting and doing all sorts of stuff."
The Mavericks, playing their fourth in a five-game homestand, lost to the
Knicks on Nov. 9 in Madison Square Garden, but are 11-1 in their last 12 in
Dallas against the Knicks.
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