NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 8th
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (1-3) at Charlotte Bobcats (3-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks will have to move on without center
and intimidating defender Tyson Chandler for some time and that starts with
Friday's road matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Chandler went down with a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula in
Tuesday's 102-97 loss to the Bobcats at Madison Square Garden and is expected
to miss four-to-six weeks of action. Chandler had two points and two rebounds
in less than seven minutes (6:35).
"Tyson's big for us. He's our shot-blocker, he's our man in the middle," said
Knicks guard Iman Shumpert. "But we have guys that step right in. ... We gotta
be able to adjust."
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points on 10-of-28 shooting and Metta World Peace
netted 18 off the bench for the Knicks, losers in three straight since a
season-opening win versus Milwaukee. Ray Felton and Shumpert scored 14 points
apiece in defeat.
Anthony, who led the NBA with 28.7 ppg last season, had his first 30-point
game of the campaign and has led the team in scoring in all four games this
Charlotte is aiming for its first three-game winning streak since closing out
the 2012-13 campaign with three consecutive victories.
The Bobcats have won three of four games and opened a three-game homestand
with Wednesday's 92-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors thanks to Gerald
Henderson's game-high 23 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points and
both Josh McRoberts and Jeff Taylor had 13 points.
"It felt great out there. I tried to come out early and be aggressive and some
shots fell," Henderson told NBA.com. "My teammates set some really good
screens to get me open. It was a good start for us."
Kemba Walker was held to five points on 2-of-13 shooting for Charlotte, which
led 30-14 after 12 minutes, made 49.3 percent of its shots and scored 18
points on 13 Toronto turnovers. The Bobcats have improved to 5-0 in their last
five home games and have won a franchise-best, six straight at home against
The Bobcats will close out the homestand Monday versus Atlanta and have won
two in a row against the Knicks.
Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford was hospitalized overnight on Thursday
after not feeling well. His status for Friday is unknown.
New York has dropped 10 of the 17 meetings on the road in this series.
11/08 11:11:52 ET