"...GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Knicks president Donnie Walsh said injured center Eddy Curry could potentially play in Tuesday night’s game against Phoenix at Madison Square Garden.Notes: D'Antoni was asked if he still was paying attention to what the Suns were (14-3) doing and if he thought they were still "his team":
“I think we’ll know something tomorrow [Tuesday],” Walsh told SNY exclusively after practice Monday.
“He got banged in his knee and there was fluid in there so they wanted to give it a couple of days. I think he’s going to try it tomorrow [Tuesday] and then we’ll find out.”
The 6-foot-11 Curry has been inactive for three games with a sore left knee and hasn’t competed since playing about six minutes in a Nov. 24 loss to Los Angeles.
“It’s still a little puffy and swollen and they’re trying to get it down,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “As soon as they get it down, he’ll be able to play.”
Curry could help the Knicks’ interior defense. The team is currently the third-worst defensive team in the NBA.
The Knicks are also hoping to showcase Curry, who played just three games last season, in order to potentially trade him to open up space for the free agents of 2010.
"...Alvin (Gentry) is doing a terrific job," D'Antoni said. "Spreading the floor and shooting threes and running up and down. They are doing a heck of a job...Every coach adds his own touches and I'm suure he has his own stuff. Whatever he's doing it's working."It's too easy to say that Gentry is coaching Mike's system, and the coach was correct in saying that coaches add their own stamp. It's not a given that coaches who take over a successful system built by the previous coach can have success. Gentry was as well-respected an assistant coach as there is in the NBA, but that didn't translate to success in Miami, Detroit or the Clippers.
I am not one to say that defense wins championships. To me, it's the team with the highest point differential. For those of you who love stats, don't look at anything other than +/- in terms of points scored vs. given up. Here are the top 5 all of whom have 12 wins or more- two of those teams allow more than 102 PPG.
1) Boston- +8.58
2) Lakers +7.87
3) Phoenix +7.47
4) Denver +6.47
5) Dallas +6.29
The Knicks are the third worst with a -7.29 +/- and are shooting 43% from the field.