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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces: The Indiana Pacers didn't make too huge of a splash this offseason, only some minor tweaks here and there. The selected forward Solomon Hill out of Arizona with the No. 23 back in the NBA Draft. It was among one of the many unpredictable moves during this year's draft, with Hill being off many analyst's radar.

In need of a backup point guard, the Pacers signed C.J. Watson, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets. Last season, Watson averaged 6.8 points and 2 assists as Deron William's backup. The team also added Donald Sloan, who last year averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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With all of the offseason additions, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still unsure of which players he'll trot out as his starting five.

According to Woodson, only Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton are sure bets to crack the starting lineup, leaving the shooting guard and power forward positions open for competition.

At the 2, J.R. Smith will play starter minutes, but the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will probably continue to provide an offensive spark off the bench like he did in 2012.

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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? Despite the fact that the NBA has opted to eliminate the center position from it's All-Star ballot, Tyson Chandler and Brook Lopez showed the NBA that there are still at least two true 7-foot centers patrolling the paint in the Eastern conference.

On Monday evening at Barclays Center, Chandler and Lopez were just that as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks, 96-89, in a game that needed overtime to be decided.

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Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com

Little by little, life returns to normal in New York City and its surrounding communities. But as late as Saturday, I ran into a woman who lives in Long Beach, a small community in Long Island that was absolutely decimated by Hurricane Sandy. Her home stands and she's in high spirits, but her home is still without heat.

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Tyson Chandler

One of the stories that won't die is Shaquille O'Neal's seemingly claiming that Brook Lopez is better than Dwight Howard. Yes, we fully understand that we are helping to douse the flames here a bit... But wouldn't you want to know if an opposing player weighed in?

A lot of people have weighed in on this debate. But Tyson Chandler, the starting center of the New York Knicks, has an opinion worth noting.

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Tyson Chandler's career to this point has been pretty amazing when you really think about it.

Think about the combination of he and Eddy Curry as the backbone of the Baby Bulls. The Bulls thought so much of the skinny giant out of Compton that they traded former rookie of the year Elton Brand for him on draft night 2001.

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This, to me, is incredibly misleading because the Knicks NEVER post Chandler up. All of his points come on putbacks, dunks and tip ins. Remember when Chandler played with Paul they would oop it up all day long.?Forget Paul for a second. Remember the forwards on that Hornets team that won 56 games? Peja and David West. Two players who stretched the defense. One from the perimeter and one from mid-range. The Knicks lack consistency from both spots.

Yes, that's a reason why the Knicks are struggling, the said lack of a PG like Paul, ?but neither Chandler nor Amar'e are post up players and right now neither are making consistent 10-15 foot jumpers. It's why they struggle on the court together. The 4 and 5 combination is a huge part of any offense. Combine that with horrid 3-point shooting and Melo's struggles and you have a team that can barely get 80 points.

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Don't look now but your New York Knicks are in the top 15 in total offensive AND defensive ratings. We've talked about this over the past year or so and when you watched the playoffs last year you saw the most successful teams have both of those categories in and around the top 5. The Mavericks were 8th in both categories throughout the course of the regular season and improved during the playoffs.

Clearly, Tyson Chandler helps the defensive stats basically singlehandedly, but it's his offense that is really critical to the Knicks success...at least thus far. He's shooting a ridiculous 73% from the field and is averaging 14ppg during this 3-game winning streak.

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In the first quarter with 6:20 to go of last night's game there was a play in which the Knicks failed to close out a possession and it led to a foul on Tyson Chandler who hammered Brook Lopez sending him to the foul line.

I watched the replay and saw that Amar'e Stoudemire went to close out on a kick out jumper then "ran out" which is to say he wanted to get out in transition so when the team rebounded (see Chandler) he'd get ball out in transition. Except they hadn't secured the ball and the result was a foul on Chandler.

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Moke Hamilton explains...
I?m sorry, but using the amnesty provision on Chauncey, all things considered, is somewhat asinine. Chandler or no Chandler.

Proponents: Fear not, though. I?ll admit that it would have been equally asinine for the Knicks to sit on their hands for another year and allow Stoudemire?s knees and Carmelo?s surgically repaired elbow to accrue more mileage over the course of a 66-game regular season sprint to the playoffs. If they stayed on the CP3 plan, they would have given out one- year contracts, continued to hold up the rebuilding process, and at the end of the day, simply kept their fingers crossed that Chris Paul would have been willing to do exactly what Carmelo Anthony wasn?t ? take less money.

And you know what? Even if Paul did, the Knicks would have begun the 2012-2013 season with a 30-year old Stoudemire, 28-year old Carmelo, 27-year old Chris Paul, Iman Shumpert, one room exception player, and a roster full of minimum salaried guys. They would have been starting from ground zero in 2012.

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The Knicks Blog Radio is hitting the airwaves tonight for a special hour event at 10 PM Eastern Time. Just an hour of your boy, Anthony Donahue breaking down an important day in the NBA. Ex-Knick benchwarmer Eddy Curry and defensive star Shane Battier were signed by the Miami Heat, while the Knicks made moves apparently acquiring Mavericks star center Tyson Chandler and role player Grant Hill. The huge news of the day was the Lakers trading for star point guard Chris Paul (see my post below). Listen in tonight: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theknicksblog/2011/12/09/anthony-donahue-talking-new-york-knicks-and-nba and call at 646-478-5554.

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Before I get to telling you what I think, like it matters, I guess I should give you a reason to believe I'm more than just some disgruntled Knick fan sitting at home whining about how good other teams have it, like we're seeing on message boards across the net.

Since January, I have been working for the National Basketball Association in the production department. My job is to more or less break down every game into video clips by the possession, so the important people can use them in highlights, promos, etc. But, what that job entails is a lot more than sitting around watching basketball. I have to know every player on every team. Every assistant on every bench. Every mascot in every arena. I know more about the Atlanta Hawks "A-Town Dancers" then I ever thought I would... and I'm not complaining.

So for the past week and a half I've had the absolute joy of working four of the five Hornets/Mavericks games (and hearing every post game interview and press conference that goes along with them). I don't think there's a person out there that isn't in love with Chris Paul's game, and anyone who watched these games should have no doubt in their mind that he should be this year's MVP. Sure, Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game, but in terms of most valuable, it's Paul hands down. Would I be shocked if Kobe wins? Not at all. Disappointed? Completely.

Of course it's easy to win games when you have the MVP of the league on your team, but it makes things a whole lot easier when you have Paul's fellow all-star David West canning jumpers and owning the post. There were times when West was just flat out dominant. Erick Dampier should be ashamed. Let me put this into perspective: when we "star" a play, that means it goes into a bank that the producers can choose from for highlight reels. There were more David West turnaround and fadeaway jumpers than anything else. That speaks volumes when you have guys like Paul running the floor with exciting youngsters like Julian Wright and Tyson Chandler.

Oh, by the way, Julian Wright is a name you should remember for a long long time. And you won't have trouble remembering it when he's plastered all over SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for the next few years.

I can't forget about guys like Jannero Pargo and Peja Stojakovic. It seems like every time the Hornets need a big hoop, one of them delivers. Not who you'd expect, huh? Neither did I.I'm sold on Pargo as one of the best backup point guards in the league. He's got handle, he's got a smooth jumper and, man, does he have the speed. I can't forget about his professionalism either. He could have broken every bone in his face because of Jason Kidd. I don't know if this made it on-air, but Pargo hugged Kidd after they won last night. Classy, knowing what I would have done if I were Pargo.

Then you have the 2007-2008 Coach of the Year, Byron Scott at the helm. Scott is suspect to me... I don't really buy into him. I feel like his success with the Nets had a lot to do with Eddie Jordan, but I can't argue with his record when he has the talent on his roster. The players love him too. West and Paul praised the living daylights out of him in last night's press conference. And rightfully so... I guess.

The bottom line is, how can you not have fun watching this team? How can you not feel good for the city of New Orleans? While our Knicks are festering in the basement of the Eastern conference, I think I may have to "adopt" the Hornets.

Watch some Hornets games, you'll share the same sentiments.
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