This is a game where we build on previous steps taken. Is the effort still there? Are they trusting each other an playing for one another? Did offensive execution get better even though ever so slightly? Are they still communicating on defense? Individually: has Dedmon gained some confidence with that 3 falling? Has Buddy taken a deep breath and will he let the game come to him. Is Bogdan's good shooting back for good?
Its not battle for last place, its either an incremental step forward or a big step back.
This is going to be an interesting match up. The Knicks are one of those small baller type teams but they are huge in the back court and big enough along the front line that they really don't look like it. Walton might have to play more Ariza and Barnes together.
The numbers lean NYK. NYK is a significantly better rebounding (23% better on off boards; 15% better on def boards) team, and shoots a better 3PT %. Both teams are black holes--averaging 17% less assists per game than the league average. Get ready for a ton of ugly ISO ball. That said, it's early. The sample size is small. Pulling for the Kings.