Tuesday, February 18, 2014
W2W4: Knicks at Grizzlies
By Ian Begley
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight’s Knicks-Grizzlies game:
Welcome back: The Knicks have 30 games left to get into one of the eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. They'll take the court Tuesday 2 1/2 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
If the Knicks want to get in, they’ll have to play much better than what they showed before the break.
New York (20-32) entered the All-Star break losers of five of six, including an embarrassing home loss last Wednesday to Sacramento.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, are 14-4 over the last 18 games and have won seven of nine at home. They've held opponents to 88.9 points and 42.5 percent from the field during that 18-game stretch, according to STATS, LCC.
Also, it should be noted that the Grizz are 16-6 since January 1. That’s tied for the third-best record in the NBA.
Melo man:Carmelo Anthony is coming off a record-setting performance in the All-Star game. Will his hot hand carry over to the Memphis game?
Anthony set an All-Star game record with eight made 3-pointers in the East’s win over the West.
The Knicks hope that hot shooting can carry over to fourth quarters.
Anthony has scored just five points (1-for-11 FG) in the fourth quarter and overtime of the last four games.
Trade winds:Iman Shumpert's and Raymond Felton's names have been dangled out in trade talks in recent days. It’s worth keeping an eye on how both players look tonight. Will the trade talk affect them? If they play well, will it make a competing team more apt to deal for them?
In his last ten games, Felton’s averaging nine points on 46 percent shooting and 6.8 assists. Shumpert is averaging 6.7 points on 35 percent shooting over the same span.