The New York Knicks victory over the Boston Celtics was more about the latter’s offensive ineptitude than anything. And the same could be said about the former, whose team offense resembled something one would find at a pick-up game at the YMCA.
So the Knicks’ solution is to inject one of its more assured ball-handlers back into the starting lineup, supposedly.
Pablo Prigioni is expected to make the start for Game 2 tonight, according to the New York Post. It is a move that should facilitate efficient ball movement for a team that often found itself rushing shots and having its two top scorers operating out of isolation sets (ahem, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith).
According to ESPNNewYork.com, Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson said Prigioni would get the start alongside point guard Raymond Felton and 6-5, 220-pound Iman Shumpert, which means that the team plans on playing “small” to offset the size that the Celtics present, particularly at the two-guard position where the 6-7, 235 pound Paul Pierce will start.
Some burning questions Knicks fans will be asking in advance of and during Game 2:
- Can Anthony continue to sizzle, and how will he incorporate his teammates into the offense?
- Will Anthony continue to play the solid defense he displayed in the final quarter of game one against Celtic forward Jeff Green?
- Will Green play with the same edge he displayed in the opener?
- Will we see a healthy and less rusty Tyson Chandler man the middle effectively?
- How will Kevin Garnett fare offensively, especially inside against Chandler, Anthony and Kenyon Martin?
- How will the mercurial Smith respond after garnering the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award this week?
- Will Shumpert be an effective defender against Pierce and Green?
- How will the Celtics’ Jason Terry respond after a dreadful opening game?
- And finally, whose bench will outperform the other?
- Bonus Question: Will there be a cameo appearance by the Knicks reserve “old head” center Marcus Camby? Hmmm.
We will see how it all plays out in Game 2, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. (EST).
Tacuma R. Roeback is a New York Knicks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TacumaRoe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+