Sure, the Knicks are 11-19, but that doesn't mean they're an easy antidote for Detroit's seven-game losing streak. For one, they have the same record as the Pistons, as embarrassing as that sounds. Second, the record is actually a bit deceiving, as they've won eight out of 13 games thus far in December, and most of their six losses in that span have at least been competitive. Detroit, on the other hand, has lost their last seven by an average of 14 points.
The silver lining, of course, is that the Pistons finally have a complete arsenal at their disposal, regaining the services of Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon in Sunday's loss to the Raptors. After a slow start, all three contributed down the stretch when the Pistons cut a 20-point deficit to one.
Once those guys get back into the groove and start playing 30-35 minutes a game, we should see a different team than we've seen since, well, the preseason. The Knicks have one of the worst backcourts in the entire league, so Rip, Gordon, Rodney Stuckey
and Will Bynum (update: he's sitting) should all have chances to shine.
That's all for now -- the ball's about to tip. Check out the Knicks stats below the jump, and get the other's perspective at Posting and Toasting. We're still ironing out some post-transition kinks, and I'm sure many of you are still getting accustomed to the new digs, so thanks for your patience. Enjoy the game, and join the conversation in the comments below.