Alvin, Simon, Theodore!
The New York Knicks sported an undersized line up as they matched up against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Boston exacted some revenge on a New York team that recently beat them. The Celtics imposed their will right from the gate, letting their stud starters get a lengthy run on their way to a 58-34 lead at halftime. Game over.
But as the Knicks try and leave the Isiah Thomas dark ages behind them, it's worth noting how New York coach Mike D'antoni is trying to spice up the line up. Turns out the Knicks guards are better than their frontline players. So facing a team with 7-foot kevin Garnett and 6-foot-11 Kendrick Perkins, D'Antoni trotted out a lineup with no one taller than 6-foot-9 David Lee. Surrounding him were emerging small forward Wilson Chandler at 6-foot-8, and the chipmunks: Nate Robinson, Chris Duhon, and Stephon Marbury.
One of the problems with the Knicks is size. Their only players of significant size are their worst players, Eddy Curry, Jerome James. Zach Randolph is an exception, but still came off the bench Tuesday and posted a double-double. D'ANtoni is basically in love with Duhon who has started at point guard all preseason, which has left a rotation of undersized players at the shooting guard spot. Robinson, Marbury, and now sixth-man Jamal Crawford have been getting most of the time there.