Welcome back to Knicks basketball! The ‘Bockers crapped all over themselves in Cleveland, but that probably was to be expected. Can they play some less terrible basketball in their home opener against a Memphis Grizzlies team that has beaten them six times in a row?
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
Biggest change: No more Matt Barnes/Derek Fisher stories, thank God. Also they have a new coach and some new players, I guess
- Will the Knicks’ D pay attention to the three-point line?
New York continued their preseason habit of completely ignoring three-point shooters, and — stop me if you’ve heard this before — the “ignore shooters” strategy didn’t pay off against Cleveland. But now they’re playing Memphis — ol’ Grit-n-Grind. No threes for them, right? This is the perfect matchup, right?
Ah, crap. New coach David Fizdale is opening up the Grizzlies’ offense beyond the arc — even Marc Gasol is shooting threes. The Knicks had either hope everybody misses or actually stay disciplined and guard shooters, particularly in the corners.
- Will Willy Hernangomez face off against Marc Gasol?
Melo compared our Willy to the former Defensive Player of the Year, which might actually be a fair comp if you entire avoid the concept of defense. Still, Marc is a hero to the young Spanish big man; it would be a be a huge thrill for the kid to take the court for his first NBA home game and face off against one of his idols. Now if only Willy could steal Marc’s defensive powers ...
- Will Kyle O’Quinn keep his promise?