Wolves vs. Knicks Gameday
Wolves vs. Knicks - Target Center
Where to Listen: 1130 AM KFAN
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* Wayne Ellington (left thigh) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Luke Ridnour (hamstring) - OUT
* Martell Webster (back surgery) - OUT
* Jonny Flynn (hip) - OUT
* Ronny Turiaf C -DAY-TO-DAY
* Eddy Curry C - OUT
The Knicks feature a stadium categorized as the Mecca for basketball, a rich history, and a hardcore fan base that stretches far beyond the confides of New York City. Yet, the 2010-11 Knicks lost the LeBron James sweepstakes this past summer, leaving a roster ready for a chance at the playoffs, not a squad prepared for a championship run. On the bright side, some juice was generated in New York when the team inked Amar'e Stoudemire to a max deal and the team holds enough cap space for a potential big move in the next two seasons (see Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony rumors). The assembled team this year is only 3-5 with three consecutive losses heading into the Friday night matchup against Minnesota. The Knicks are on the road for five of their next six games.
Last Time Out
On Wednesday night, Golden State marched into Madison Square Garden with a familiar face. David Lee returned to New York after the Knicks passed on re-signing the free agent and opted for a bigger splash on the market. Lee posted 28 points and 10 boards while leading his new team to a 122-117 victory.
Minnesota successfully concluded the three-game road trip with a 98-89 win over the Kings. Michael Beasley dropped a career-high 42 points in helping the Wolves snap a six-game losing skid. Sebastian Telfair was instrumental at the point guard spot, scoring 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting after replacing Luke Ridnour in the starting role.
The Numbers Game
Beasley became the ninth player in team history to score 40-plus points with his 42-point outburst against the Kings.
Match-up to Watch
Milicic vs. Stoudemire
Stoudemire is one of the premier big men in the league with his ability to run the floor and finish on the fast break. He enjoys an up-tempo style, similar to what his current and former coach in Phoenix runs in New York. Milicic has noted that he is attempting to increase his stamina to keep up with the athletic bigs. Tonight, the Wolves center must protect the rim and not allow easy buckets from Stoudemire. As seen on Wednesday night, Stoudemire is capable of an explosive offensive game, attacking at every opportunity.
What to Look For
The Wolves are fresh off a big road victory in Sacramento and an impressive offensive onslaught from Beasley. Consistency is now the key after the team put together back-to-back solid performances in Los Angeles and defeated the Kings. Minnesota's confidence should carry over tonight where it seems to play improved ball at home. Defensively, the Wolves will face a team that would like to score above 112 points but the Knicks are not quite the offensive juggernaut they hoped for this season. New York is averaging just 102.4 points per game and 44.3 percent from the floor. Minnesota must close out on the Knicks 3-point shooters (especially Wilson Chandler) as they launch 25.1 long bombs per game.
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