New York Knicks 22-50) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (47-31)
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Time: 5:00pm PT, 8:00pm ET
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NEW YORK KNICKS’ BENCH
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ BENCH
NEW YORK KNICKS’ NOTES
• The Knicks need to come out, hang close and see if Cleveland is sleepwalking. New York should come out focused because if Cleveland takes this game for granted, lightning could strike twice.
• Jamal Crawford needs to light it up again. He’s a Cavs killer and if his jumper is on, a 30 point outting is very possible.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES
• Come out angry, seeking to pounce on New York from the jump. Cleveland doesn’t want to disappoint the homecrowd with a lackluster effort. Take care of business so that the crowd will have something to cheer for.
• Play clean basketball to reduce New York’s cheap points. The Cavaliers need to make New York beat them and not self-destruct, handing the Knicks the win via default.
The Cavaliers will probably enter this game with weary legs, playing the Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back. Down the stretch of the schedule, the Cavaliers will have to deal with this scenario again. Whether LeBron James is able to play or not is the most important issue. If James can’t give it a go, after coming off a huge blowout lose to the Pistons, the Cavaliers are at great risk of dropping this game as well.