Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:30PM at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Posted: January 22, 2014
On a snowy Wednesday on the East Coast, the Sixers (13-28) close out a three-game road trip against New York Knicks (15-26) at Madison Square Garden.
Scouting the Knicks
So far, the 2013-14 Knicks have not lived up to the predictions of preseason prognosticators who had expected them to compete for a second-straight division crown. At times, they’ve resembled last year’s squad won 54 games – their best win total this millennium, but several rough patches have hurt their playoff bid. The Knicks lost nine straight games between mid-late November and early December to fall to 3-13 on the year, but were able to right their ship after that low point, improving to 15-22 as of last week. But four straight losses, including a 23-point home defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, have them on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Chandler In; Stoudemire Out
Center Tyson Chandler has missed 24 games this season, but has appeared in four straight contests for the Knicks since returning to action last Tuesday. On the year, Chandler has averaged 7.9 points (55.6 FG%), 8.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Big man Amare Stoudemire has missed the Knicks’ last two games and is expected to miss two more weeks with a sprained left ankle.
This season, forward Carmelo Anthony is averaging 26.1 points per game, but possibly more impressive than that number – which is good for third in the NBA – is how reliable he's been on a nightly basis. The six-time All-Star has yet to score fewer than 16 points in any game this season and has scored 20 or more in 31 of 38 contests this season.
The Other 'Cuse Alum
Carmelo Anthony isn't the only Syracuse alumnus who's put up impressive stats this season. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams is coming off a 31-point performance against the Washington Wizards Monday - the second 30-point game of his young career. He leads all rookies in points (17.5), assists (6.7), rebounds (5.7), and steals (2.5) per game. If he is able to maintain the lead in those first three categories through the second half of the season, he'd become just the third rookie since 1950-51 to do so (Oscar Robertson in 1960-61 and Alvan Adams in 1975-76).
Big Man on Campus
Center Dewayne Dedmon was signed to a 10-day contract by the Sixers eight days ago (January 14). In four games with Philadelphia, the 24-year-old seven-footer has averaged 3.8 points (53.8 FG%), 6.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 16.3 minutes of action per game. Per 36 minutes, that's 8.3 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks.
Last Time They Met
Knicks 102, Sixers 92 – January 11, 2014
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Sixers (13-28)||Knicks (15-26)|
|PPG||Evan Turner – 18.3||Carmelo Anthony – 26.1
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 8.9||Carmelo Anthony – 9.1|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.7||Raymond Felton – 5.5
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.5||Iman Shumpert 1.3
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.4||Tyson Chandler – 1.4|