NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 8th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (40-22) at New York Knicks (21-41), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks didn't open their current road trip the way they had planned this past weekend, but seem to have a good shot at bouncing back Monday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Atlanta had its four-game winning streak cut short with Saturday's 100-94 loss at Miami in the opener of a three-game trek. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench to lead Atlanta, which dropped to 15-15 as the visitor this season.
Joe Johnson netted 20 points and Josh Smith had 17 in the tough loss.
"We were controlling the game, and we had the tempo where we wanted it," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "Teams are going to make runs. [The Heat] made a great run. They stayed with the zone."
The Hawks are fourth in the Eastern Conference and three games back of Orlando for the lead in the Southeast Division, and will also visit Washington on the trek. They had a chance to stay within striking distance of the Magic for the top spot, but Orlando fended off the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday to extend its lead.
New York is coming off a disturbing loss to the worst team in the NBA, the New Jersey Nets, and has dropped two straight and four of five games. In Saturday's 113-93 setback to the Nets in the opener of a short homestand, David Lee recorded 23 points and six boards in losing fashion.
Wilson Chandler registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards for New York, which blew a 16-point lead in the first half to fall to 13-21 in the Big Apple this season. The Knicks also set an NBA record by going 0-for-18 from three-point range. The last time they did not make a three-pointer in a game was on March 29, 2006, when they went 0-of-6 from downtown versus Boston.
"We gave them confidence," said Knicks newcomer Tracy McGrady, who posted two points and seven assists. "And once that happened, all hell froze over."
After tonight's game versus the Hawks, New York will kick off a five-game road trip through San Antonio, Memphis, Dallas, Philadelphia and Boston. McGrady, meanwhile, is questionable for Monday with body soreness.
The Knicks have won two of the first three meetings of the season with Atlanta, and 15 of the last 19 meetings between the teams at the Garden.
03/08 10:35:21 ET