Game 9: Bobcats at Knicks

When: 7:30 PM

Where: MSG

Channel: MSG (or TimeWarner customers search Twitter for free streaming links)

Bobcats 2-6

PG: D.J. Augustin

SG: Gerald Henderson

SF: Tyrus Thomas

PF: Boris Diaw

C: DeSagana Diop

Bench: Kemba Walker, Matt Carroll, Derrick Brown, Bryan Mullens, Bismack Biyombo, D.J. White

Knicks 4-4

PG: Iman Shumpert

SG: Landry Fields

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Amar’e Stoudemire

C: Tyson Chandler

Bench: Bibby, Douglas, Walker, Jorts, Balkman

Hopefully the Knicks keep the momentum going from their last two games as the Bobcats come back to the Garden for the second time in six days. We all know what happened last time. Simply put, the Knicks are a better team and cannot allow the Bobcats to get easy buckets in the first half like last meeting where the Bobcats ended up shooting 56% from the field.

I’m confident the Knicks will come out with a lot more energy and the last two games have shown much better ball movement and cohesion on offense with Douglas playing off the ball (or not playing at all). Two keys to me are 1) Bibby or Douglas playing well, with the lack of depth, it’s pretty clear that if both throw up a dud the Knicks are in trouble and 2) as crazy as it sounds, Bryan Mullens killed the Knicks last week and has been very effective, the Knicks frontcourt needs to limit his impact.