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The Other Side: New York Knicks

Well, if no one is going to stop me, I'll walk right in. Thanks. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Not much has changed since the Knicks torched the Washington Wizards for 128 points on Wednesday, but the team plane, which wasn't provided by US Airways, was fortunate to avoid a flock of geese on the flight to Washington last night. So, there will be another game tonight at Verizon Center.

Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott complained about his team getting caught up in a shootout in the 128-122 loss two days ago, but his biggest gripe was that the Knicks had 19 offensive rebounds. The most impressive part of that stat? Not only did they have more offensive rebounds than the Wizards had defensive rebounds (17), but the Knicks missed 37 shots. That means they rebounded more than half of their misses. How often does that happen?

The Knicks have won four in a row against the Wizards, and have an opportunity to sweep the season series. Here's what else you should know about the Knicks heading into the rematch tonight:

1. The Knicks Are Winning Because of ... Defense?!?
The Knicks gave up 122 points to the Wizards, but they actually moved up the defensive standings to 27th in the league -- but only because Sacramento allowed Golden State to score 135 on Wednesday. But in five of their previous seven games, the Knicks held their opponents below 100 points. And the New York Post's Peter Vecsey said the reason the Knicks were able to pull off their previous two wins against New Orleans and Boston was because of Mike D'Antoni's decision to use 6-foot-11 former Wizard Jared Jeffries on point guards Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo. D'Antoni didn't try that strategy on Mike James. What gives?

2. Hard Times Are Ahead for the Knicks
The Knicks are looking for their second three-game winning streak of the season tonight -- no surprise, the first one also included a win against Washington. After that the Knicks hope to pad their record with five of their next six games against teams with losing records. They get Philadelphia (twice), Chicago and Memphis with Phoenix mixed in. But starting on Jan. 26, the Knicks will have a tough pre-All Star Game stretch with games against Houston, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland, Boston and Portland. The Knicks are 9-10 against teams with losing records this season, and 5-12 against teams with winning records.

3. Stephon Marbury Buyout Talks Continue Today
Stephon Marbury? Remember him? He still lurks in the shadows of this season and will continue to do so until Knicks President Donnie Walsh can find a way to get rid of him. Marbury initially offered a $1 million giveback on his $20.8 million salary, but pulled it after a contentious face-to-face meeting with the Knicks. Walsh is expected to meet with NBA players' union representative Hal Biagus, but there is no resolution in sight. Nothing will likely occur until after the Feb. 19 trade deadline because Walsh reportedly thinks he can still trade Marbury's expiring contract.

By Michael Lee  |  January 16, 2009; 1:05 PM ET
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"Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott complained about his team....."

Ehh, what's new?

I think he needs to complain about his coaching more because it sucks.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 16, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Rasclott needs to coach more and talk less. Then again, if he coached more, things could get even WORSE.

The Knicks are just one of the many teams around the league that have made changes and improved while the EG regime has stood pat dreaming of a couple of years ago when the Wiz led the division for a day or two.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | January 16, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

EG basher dismiss yourselves, he turned this franchise around,

NOT EDDIE JORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BurgwithaU | January 16, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Survey -

A) Will the Knicks come from behind and win?


B) Will the Wizards fall way behind, play catch up and lose by just a few points?

Posted by: charley42 | January 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

of course its B, It always, sike we'll win this one tonight

Posted by: BurgwithaU | January 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

so why do these offensive rebounds get sacrificed every game with a severely limited defensive front line including songaila and jamison for every fourth quarter final stretch of the game? They concede the paint, without blatche or mcgee in the game's final moments we will continue to see collapses like the one Wednesday where the knicks pounded us mercilessly inside, jamison played center for the end of the second and the end of the fourth? this is horrible coaching, and the offensive rebounds for the knicks followed. Blatche's minutes getting slashed in half so that mcgee can play is pathetic, ab and jm should play all 48 at center and blatche should get time alongside jm, at the four, his natural spot, it is sad to think he has spent a total of say 5 minutes on the floor next to javale, in the bucks game in a lineup of all young guns, where we closed a deficit from 8 to 0 with crit, ny, dom, ab and jm, play all of these guys

Posted by: bford1kb | January 16, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

they rebounded more than half of their misses. How often does that happen?

A whole lot with AJ and DSong manning the interior...

Posted by: jones-y | January 16, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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