Guard Antonio Daniels, who did not play at New York on Tuesday night due to soreness in his right knee and did not practice yesterday, participated in shootaround today and that usually is a sign that a player is good to go. He's officially listed as a game-time decision so we won't know for sure until right before the game but my gut feeling is that he'll play.
That's good news because this team is clearly more efficient with Daniels running the point. That's not a knock on Roger Mason Jr. or DeShawn Stevenson, who have played well, just a word on how well the team has played with AD in there.
Another interesting thing to watch tonight will be the play of the bench. The Knicks had a big edge the other night in scoring (29-16) and energy. Granted, David Lee, Nate Robinson and Renaldo Balkman played big minutes comparted to their Wiz counterparts but Eddie Jordan clearly wasn't happy with what he saw because he called his bench out after the game.
One guy who did bring it was Oleksiy Pecherov, who is coming along nicely considering that he was out of action for so long with that ankle problem. I can guaranteed that the Knicks will mark him at that three-point line when he's in there so that should allow the Wiz to spread the floor by taking a NY big man away from the hoop.
As for Kwame getting booed like that last night, it reminded me of a funny Brendan Haywood quote for two years ago right before Kwame made his first appearance as a Laker at the VC. "Man, they're going to boo that man like the second coming of Juwon Howard." Wiz fans may not make much noise during the typical game (during thefirst half of the Boston game, it was borderline pathetic in there) but they sure do hold a grudge. Howard STILL gets booed.
A quick word: I wanted to give some props to Ed Hill's Sports and Media class at Howard University. I spoke with the class this morning and was hit with some really good questions by the students. Haven't been on a college campus in awhile and enjoyed the experience.
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