"...Ironically, my buddy Chris Sheridan of ESPN called Gallinari "a one-trick pony'' earlier in the season – referring to his 3-point shot.Via Daily News
But The Stallion has made Sheridan look bad. The most surprising part of Gallinari's season is his 3-point shot hasn't even been the most impressive part of his game – despite leading the league in makes. His gritty defense and driving hard to the basket, drawing fouls, has given hope he is a potential All-Star in the future. He's showing some Rocky toughness.
But the back issue still looms. Gallinari sits on a special pad on the bench to keep his back more comfy..."
"...Chandler has become a favorite of D'Antoni because of that ability to defend multiple positions. Plus, Chandler's ever improving offensive game has been overshadowed by Lee and Danilo Gallinari. Chandler's 15 point-per-game average is third-best on the team and he's shooting 46%.And yes, as we've been saying for some time, it has been so very obvious that David Lee should be in Dallas in February.
"A lot of people don't talk about him," D'Antoni said. "But Wil has been great."
AL BE BACK: Al Harrington (calf) is expected to return tonight after missing two games.
Jonathan Bender continues to struggle with his shot. Bender, who was out of the league for the past three years, has made just 14 of his last 40 attempts..."