Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks: Can Derrick Rose Outshine Amar’e?

December 24th, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Kicking off the Christmas Day games is a matchup between two teams who had a similar offseason. Both teams gutted their rosters to make room for LeBron James, both teams were spurned, both teams signed elite big men and both teams are significantly improved because of those signings. 

It sets up the stage for a natural rivalry for years to come and the two teams will be vying on one of the premier stages in the NBA, Madison Square Garden, on Christmas. Expect both teams to be bringing all their focus and energy for the big game.

On the home front, the Knicks will be led by Amar'e Stoudemire, aka "STAT" (Standing Tall and True), who has been putting up some pretty big stats for the season. He's scoring an NBA second-best 26.4 points per game to go with his 9.3 boards.

He'll be leading a Knicks team that is basing its hopes on offense. They run the second-fastest pace in the NBA and score a league-high 108.1 points per game, while they are fifth in Offensive Rating. On the other hand, the defense is, well, sometimes there, but not often. The Knicks are No. 28 in the NBA in points allowed and No. 23 in Defensive Rating. 

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