After a heartbreaking loss in an ugly game last night, the Charlotte Hornets are looking to rebound against the New York Knicks tonight.
The Knicks brought in Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher over the summer, and were adamant that they'd be running the triangle in New York this season. So far, however, the Knicks appear nearly identical to their team from last year. It's still a lot of letting Carmelo Anthony isolate on the wing or elbow, with everyone else watching carefully in case he decides to pass. That said, you can tell the culture in New York is beginning to change. Whether or not they fully adopt the triangle remains to be seen, but chances are they'll improve as the season progresses.
The Hornets match up fairly well with the Knicks, and have key advantages at certain positions. In that respect, it's probable that the Knicks will be caught scrambling to keep up early in the game unless Anthony gets hot and carries the team into halftime. The Knicks aren't bad, they're just not very good. Many respected analysts are even questioning whether they'll make the playoffs this year, with bottom dwellers like the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks taking their place in some projections.
It should be an interesting game, and an even more interesting season for the New York Knicks.