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Thibs has surrounded Rose with shooters & a rebounder. McDermott, Dunleavy, Mirotic, Gibson.
Knicks trail, 42-30, midway through second quarter. Carmelo has attempted three shots.
Gibson is killing the Knicks' post defenders.
The Bulls' point guard is running circles around the Knicks so far. No, not that Rose guy. Try Aaron Brooks.
First double-digit deficit of the season.
Not exactly shocking news, but the Knicks' ball movement not as sharp with JR and Hardaway on together.
For those not at MSG tonight, we haven't seen the Knicks City Dancers but the Knicks brought out a half naked guy doing handstands.
Small sample size, but the lineup of Prigioni, Hardaway Jr., J.R. Smith, Jason Smith & Acy was outscored 10-2 in the final 2:13 of the 1st.
Can't take much from tonight, since Larkin won't usually start. But aside from NYKs defense, their bench is what concerns me most this year.
Nice start for the Knicks, but Bulls run off the final eight of the first quarter to take a 24-20 lead at MSG.
Love Acy's hustle & grit on D, but Gibson's pivoting around him in post pretty easily. The energy doesn't always translate to good defense.
Bulls bench dominating Knicks bench now...Gibson leading the way as usual.
Charlotte is my sleeper pick to challenge in the East - and they are sleeping on opening night, as predicted.
Amare switched back to his old eye protection, far less goggle-y. Wonder if it's improving his peripheral vision?
In that Bulls uniform, Pau kinda reminds me of Luc Longley. (Once a Knick, Always a Knick, mate.)
Amar'e on the scoreboard singing for Taylor Swift. I remember when Dave DeBusschere did that.
Stoudemire 4 of 4 so far and just shown on big screen dancing with Taylor Swift in video shot Sunday. It's all good.
As soon as I compliment Amar'e, they show a video on the jumbotron of him dancing and singing with Taylor Swift. Dammit.
Quincy Acy set to check in after timeout. Want to see his energy vs Taj Gibson, who usually gives the Knicks trouble.
Really nice start offensively for Stoudemire, who leads all scorers with 8 points.
Amar'e has made his first four shots. Carmelo's gonna start bathing in wine, too.
1st sneaky Pablo of the regular season.
J.R. Smith comes off the bench & now we have the Larkin/Smith backcourt.
Dalembert's start here reminding me of Willis in Game 7.
Currently watching Amare and Rose both look explosive. Feels like 2010.
Iman Shumpert, guarding Derrick Rose, picks up 2 fouls in five minutes. Prigioni subs in, playing alongside Larkin. That's a short backcourt
There's this guy sitting near the media section who keeps yelling "Where's your ACL at?" whenever Derrick Rose touches the ball. Like, what?
With 2 early fouls on Shump, Fisher elects to go with the 2 PG backcourt — Larkin/Pablo.
Shumpert picks up two fouls on Rose. Pablo Prigioni comes in for him.
And there's two on Shump.
Knicks show video of Melo running streets of NY - which I believe happened slightly more than Jeter getting out of car near Yankee Stadium
Fisher Era off to a 8-2 start. Larkin, Melo Stoudemire (2) with buckets after four minutes. Timeout Thibs.
I'm betting $100 that Berman of the Post will call it "Madison Triangle Garden" before Christmas.
I'm pointing at the triangles when I see them.
Shump starting on Rose. On the opposite side, Rose on Larkin.
And the first incarnation of the triangle - Melo can't touch the ball and Iman and Dalembert miss jumpers.
First key to the game: Shumpert has to avoid early foul trouble.
btw, Fisher said at 6:30 p.m. Calderon looked fine and if you're "75 percent'' for regular season, it's like "100 percent.''
Sorry, but opening night ain't the same without Bargnani.
The lights are a nice touch, though. They're kinda dope.
And...the world's most knowledgeable fans are being asked to delay start of NBA season for light show.
This starting lineup intro feels like a rave party. Help.
I'm not sure why Blue Man Group is performing now - but if Bargnani is under that makeup it's a win for the Knicks.
I'm a Joan Jett fan - but she should not add the national anthem to her set list.
Amare addresses the crowd before the game, does not use the word "phenomenal." Already 0-1 on my predictions this season.
News & Notes ICYMI for tonight's gm: Stoudemire in the starting lineup at the 4, Larkin replacing Calderon (calf), Butler out for CHI.
Amar'e addresses the crowd pregame. Kept it very simple. Never mentioned wine or the word phenomenal.
I mean, Calderon is dressed. Just not in a uniform.
Jose Calderon not dressing means Travis Wear is in uniform.
Fisher on his first game as a coach: "It’s just kind of another day on the job as far as it goes for me personally."
Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber listed on Knicks' celebrity list tonight. A lot of potential for young singers to be booed at MSG.
Melo has on a LeBron-sized headband tonight.
This is not a starting lineup that Fisher used in the preseason. Then again, neither was the other one.
Clyde Frazier is wearing Bulls-colored items tonight, so I don't know what to make of that.
NYK allowed 107 pts per 100 plays w/ Melo at SF, STAT at PF & Tyson at C past 3 yrs. Allowed 117 pts per 100 w/ anyone other than Tyson at C
The movie trailer for Spike's new triangle offense flick someone managed not to include the words Jordan, Pippen, Shaq & Kobe.
Kidd-Gilchrist spent most of his summer in Charlotte, working a lot on his jumper w/ assistant coach and former NBA sharpshooter Mark Price.
Fisher on Calderon at about 6:30 p.m.: "He's good to go." Now, he will not dress because of strained calf. Larkin gets the start.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jump shot looks much improved. Had that hitch & wrist injury. Smooth & off dribble. Has 3 jumpers in 1st quarter.
For all the talk about Thibodeau overworking guys - he said that Derrick Rose has been coming in at night for extra work last 10 days.
Knicks waited an hour before tip off to announce Jose is out. No gamesmanship. Fisher thought he was playing at 630. It's Shane.
Knicks starting lineup didn't last long - Jose Calderon scratched with strained right calf - and Shane Larkin gets the start.
Stoudemire said found out this morning to match up with traditional bigs Gasol and Noah.
Knicks say Calderon is out tonight due to the calf injury. Shane Larkin will start
Players Association execs in the Knicks locker room, including Michele Roberts and Roger Mason.
Fisher says his starting 5 may change going forward. "How they play as a group will impact our decision as coaches about what we do next."
With the starting lineup, Fisher said he is only thinking about tonight. It could change depending on how they play.
Thibs: "I think people tend to forget how good Amare is." Then lauds Calderon, JR and Hardaway, too
Thibodeau, on how he went about scouting the triangle offense: "It's been around for awhile. Not like it just started yesterday."
Thibs on starting 5: "Still thinking about it."
If you're starting Dalembert Knicks need offense at PF - so the Amar'e move makes a lot of sense.