Opening Tip: Lowry or Teague?

February, 18, 2014
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The New York Knicks begin their post-All-Star-break playoff push Tuesday night in Memphis.

Will they be making the majority of that run for a playoff spot with a new point guard? On Monday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the Knicks are targeting Atlanta’s Jeff Teague for a potential trade. ESPN New York's Ian Begley also reports the Knicks are still pursuing Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.

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As Begley spells out, the Knicks are hoping to make a deal or deals with packages that may include Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih.

The Knicks would like to hold on to rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. and future first-round draft picks.

Toronto would likely want a pick and possibly Hardaway Jr. as well for Lowry, who is set to become a free agent after this season. Stein says Atlanta would have to be interested in Shumpert, a former Georgia Tech product, and want to part with Teague's $32 million contract, which has three years remaining.

There are obviously no guarantees the Knicks will be able to pull off a deal for either point guard. But if they could, which point guard would you want for the Knicks?

Lowry, 27, is averaging career-highs of 16.7 points and 7.6 assists to go with 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He is shooting 43.1 percent overall and 38.8 percent from behind the arc, while leading Toronto to a surprising first-place showing in the Atlantic Division thus far.

Teague, 25, is averaging a career-high 15.6 points and 7.2 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. He is not the 3-point shooter Lowry is, averaging 32.7 percent from behind the arc in his career. Teague, though, is quick and might be a better finisher at the rim than Felton right now.

So, which point guard would you rather have if the Knicks can trade for Teague or Lowry?

Up now: The Knicks are targeting Teague.

They're still in pursuit of Lowry.

J.R. Smith says he is playing against Memphis despite no changes to the mask he didn’t feel comfortable enough to play with last week.

Here’s a look at the Knicks’ highs and lows, MVP and most disappointing players at the break, who could be a key unsung player, what lies ahead and a prediction for the Knicks' finish.

What’s next: The Knicks play the Grizzlies in Memphis at 8 p.m.

Question of the day: Lowry or Teague? If you’re the Knicks, which point guard would you prefer if you could strike a deal?
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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

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