This look says, "D-Will, just get the hell out already."

Quick 'n' Dirty Jazz-Knicks Preview

Quick. Dirty. Preview.

Projected Starters:

PG – Devin Harris: Not a point guard, says I to literally anyone who will listen.  I was once spent 20 minutes arguing with an invalid on this topic, such is my passion for it.

SG – Raja Bell: Tough matchup for Fields tonight.  Bell will match strength with him and be smart about when to double-team and risk leaving him open in the corner.

SF – Andrei Kirilenko: Absurdly consistent given his troubles staying on the floor.  Speaking of which, he was a game-time decision tonight with back spasms, but he will play.

PF – Paul Millsap: Also will play tonight despite a sore knee.

C – Al Jefferson: Has scored at least 19 points with at least 50% FG in each of his last eight games.

Maybe I Should Just List Who IS Playing: The Knicks will once again be without Chauncey Billups, Bill Walker and Ronny Turiaf.  The latter two both have sore left knees.  Utah will be missing Kyrylo Fesenko, Mehment Okur, Ronnie Price and Francisco Elson with various maladies.  Average PER of the four: 8.32.  Well, I’m sure they’ll be missed in other ways.

Last Time against Utah: Walker will be bummed about missing the return engagement of his and Shawne Williams’ coming-out party – the two combined for 10-13 3PT in a 131-125 loss in Utah.  In one of the stranger games of the year, Turiaf and Amar’e Stoudemire grabbed just five rebounds combined over 49 minutes, Roger Mason copped his last 14 minutes until this past Wednesday, and I didn’t see a minute of it because NBA League Pass decided to inform me of the score as I was logging in to see the replay.  Because as we all know, everyone buys League Pass just to see the score, not to watch the actual game.  Thanks again, NBA.

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Obviously the Jazz feature two elite low-post players, so the onus will be on the Knicks to clamp down on the inside game.  We saw a rare bit of zone defense from Mike D’Antoni last night; I’m interested to see if they trot that out again to take the sting out of Jefferson and Millsap, and let the Utah wings shoot over them.  These are two teams coming off franchise-altering trades, and two teams struggling to find themselves.  Utah has won just three of its last 12, and two of those wins were against Sacramento – they’re 1-3 with Harris and Favors.  Then again, the Knicks haven’t won consecutive games in the Melo era, they had a late flight back into New York last night, and of course we never know which Knick team will show up.  Sounds like a close game to me – let’s hope home court wins out.

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