Tuesday, December 10, 2013
W2W4: Knicks at Cavs
By Ian Begley
Here are a few things to keep an eye on in Tuesday night's game against Cleveland:
PG problem: The Knicks have struggled mightily against top-tier point guards this season, allowing opposing PGs to score 25.5 points per game, the highest per-game number by position against the club.
Will Kyrie Irving be the latest point guard to torch the Knicks? Irving averaged 31.3 points in three games against New York last season, including a career-high 41 points on Dec. 15, 2012.
Starter's fluid: The Knicks will need much more from their starters if they hope to get out of Cleveland with a win. In their 41-point loss to Boston on Sunday, Knicks starters were outscored by Celtics starters 89-29. Ouch!
The Knicks may be without Kenyon Martin for the second straight game. They say he is a game-time decision due to a sore right ankle. Mike Woodson will reportedly start Metta World Peace if Martin can't go.
Cleveland climbing: The Cavs struggled to start the season but are playing well heading into Tuesday's game. Cleveland has won three of four while allowing 92.8 points per game -- 6.8 less than its season mark.
Based on recent history, the Knicks may have their hands full inside against Mike Brown's club. Andrew Bynum has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds over the past four games.