Fresh off a pair of ill-fated comebacks, the Knicks are back in action tonight against Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. The Knicks will look to start the game with a little more vigor. Their primary downfall to date has been poor offensive execution and lackadaisical defense in the opening quarters of games. A number of bros have spoken up about attacking first and avoiding the early deficit, but it's a matter of doing, not saying. Nawlins is a potent squad at both ends of the floor, so tonight will be a test of the Knicks 'commitment to their words.
Paul, in particular, is a tough cover, and the absence of Nate Robinson means that Larry Hughes and/or Toney Douglas will have to spell Chris Duhon in defending the All-Star. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mike D'Antoni to pull one of his tricks and stick Jeffries on the point guard as well.
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Update, via Berman: No early boos for Jeffries. He's out of lineup; Hughes in.