NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 9th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (1-2) at New York Knicks (0-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of squads locked in two-game losing streaks take the hardwood tonight in the Big Apple, as the New York Knicks take on their arch- rival Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were blown out in their home-opener on Saturday, as they fell to the Boston Celtics 107-73 at Madison Square Garden. Stephon Marbury was held to only 12 points and had six assists for the Knicks, who suffered their worst loss in a home opener in franchise history.
Marbury has averaged 19.5 points and eight assists in New York's first two games of the season.
Jamal Crawford tallied 11 points for New York, which was playing for the first time since dropping its season opener on Wednesday in Minnesota. Mike Sweetney led the Knicks with 18 points during the loss.
Kurt Thomas had nine points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, while New York's Anfernee Hardaway did not play because of a strained right hamstring.
Assistant coach Dick Helm, who had worked closely with Lenny Wilkens for 20 years, resigned on Monday and was replaced by Brendan Suhr. With Helm's departure, Wilkens doesn't have one assistant that he handpicked left on his staff.
The Knicks will try to avoid falling to 0-2 at home after posting a 23-18 record at MSG in 2003-04.
After a season-opening win over Boston, the Sixers have dropped their last two contests, including a 99-91 loss to Detroit on Saturday at the Palace. Allen Iverson netted 31 points for the 76ers, while Kenny Thomas pulled down 14 rebounds.
Iverson has averaged 28.7 points and 6.7 assists in Philadelphia's first three games of the season.
Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert missed Saturday's contest due to a sore hamstring, while teammate Kedrick Brown did not make the trip because of flu- like symptoms. Dalembert and Brown are questionable for tonight's game.
The Sixers have split their first two road contests after tallying just a 12-29 mark in foreign buildings.
This is the 395th all-time meeting between these rivals with Philadelphia leading 221-174. New York won three of four contests last season and has taken five of the last six overall, including three in a row at MSG. The 76ers have lost 16 of their last 21 games in New York.
11/09 10:12:21 ET