Happy Tuesday, I hope you’ve recovered from a wild and crazy President’s Day. I had so much fun watching Springer, Cops and Judge Joe Brown I can’t even stand it!
Knicks 104 – Mavericks 97
The Knicks have been red hot lately, but have piled up wins against some bottom feeder teams in the league. When faced against the defending champs, New York did not back down and played great down the stretch to pull off the win. JR Smith was not expected to play, but checked into the game and immediately made an impact scoring 15 points off the bench. Steve Novak also surprised a lot of people by knocking down four 3’s off the bench as well. Jeremy Lin had another terrific game with 28 points and 14 assists. He still turns the ball over too much, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.
Dirk continued his hot streak and carried the Mavs with 34 points on 11/20 shooting. The perimeter defense was especially troubling for the Mavs, as they were unable to disrupt Lin or close out on open three point shooters.
Hawks 79 – Bulls 90
Derrick Rose is back and he picked up right where he left off. The reigning MVP scored 23 points and added 6 assists and 5 rebounds as Chicago survived a late push by the Hawks. A 55-37 halftime lead was cut to 6 points in the 4th quarter, but the Bulls were able to end the comeback there. Chicago is extremely deep this year, but there is simply no replacement for Rose as seen by the team’s embarassing loss to the lowly Nets on Saturday. Hopefully the 23 year old superstar’s back won’t give him any more problems as Chicago battles Miami for the top seed in the East.
#1 Kentucky at Mississippi State (9:00 ESPN): The top ranked Wildcats travel to face a reeling Mississippi State team that is desperately trying to save its season. The Bulldogs have lost three in a row against less than impressive teams and will have their hands full against a Kentucky teams that is well rested after a week off. Mississippi State has the talent to make this a game, but it appears that coach Rick Stansbury may have lost his team.
Lakers at Mavericks (9:30 ESPN): Both teams cruised to easy wins Monday night and have the day off Tuesday, so we should be in for a good one tomorrow night. Dallas has won 7 of their last 8 and have benefited from the improved play of leader Dirk Nowitzki. The Lakers have had trouble away from the Staples Center this year, sporting a 5-11 road record so far.