W2W4: Knicks vs. Grizzlies

December, 21, 2013
12/21/13
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Here are a few things to keep an eye on during this afternoon's Knicks-Grizzlies game:

Going big? Now that Tyson Chandler is healthy, the Knicks will go with a big front line of Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony.

This is the lineup the Knicks played earlier in the year before Chandler fractured his fibula.

And it hadn't fared well in limited minutes.

In the 54 minutes that Chandler, Bargnani and Anthony shared the floor, the Knicks averaged 98.5 points per 100 possessions but allowed 121.5 points per 100 possessions.

Will that trend change when the Knicks face a Grizzlies team without Marc Gasol? We'll find out.

Take Two for Tyson: Chandler exceeded expectations in his first game back from a fractured right fibula on Wednesday. Against Milwaukee, the Knicks' 7-footer tallied nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 37 minutes. He added two key blocks in the two overtime frames to help New York (8-17) escape with a win in double overtime.

Mike Woodson had hoped to play Chandler around 20 minutes but had to leave him out there for 37 because he lacked options.

It will be interesting to see how many minutes Chandler plays on Saturday with the Knicks desperate to get out of their season-long funk.

J.R.'s shooting: Can J.R. Smith shoot the Knicks to a victory against Memphis? If Wednesday's game is any indication, he's probably going to give it a shot.

Smith tied a franchise record with 17 3-point attempts against Milwaukee.

It's the third time in the last five years he's attempted at least that many in a regular-season game. No other player has done it once during that span.

The Knicks, by the way, have a chance on Saturday to win consecutive games for just the second time this season.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2