Tommy DeeThe Knicks remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA as they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight. We’ve talked about some key points already, but let’s reiterate the keys to a Knicks win tonight.
- Get into Dallas’ rotation early– If Dallas starts big and the Knicks start small, Melo needs to make that match up a quick Knicks advantage thus making Rick Carlisle go to his rotation bench players early. This will open up the pace for the Knicks to bring in Novak and get him open looks.
- Get Chandler going early– We’ve heard how Tyson Chandler feels about facing Dallas. He’s extra-amp’d. Get him touches around the rim early and watch his energy level and production soar on the defensive end.
- Make Mavs take shots late in the possession– With confidence, O.J. Mayo can be a difference maker in this game. If he is forced to make decisions late in the shot clock they will be out of rhythm. The same can be said for Vince Carter as well.