Timofey Mozgov is expected to start Wednesday against the Boston Celtics at MSG, a move that could be permanent depending on how the rookie center performs for the remainder of the preseason.
Hopefully, Doc Rivers will start Shaquille O’Neal that night because it will give everyone – Mozgov, Mike D’Antoni, Knick fans – a chance to see Mozgov compete against a solid, albeit aging, NBA center.
The challenge for Russian is staying out of foul trouble, which will not be easy against O’Neal. Mozgov is a skilled big man but he is also a human foul machine. Against Minnesota last week, he fouled out in 15 minutes.