Princeton-less Offence, Knicks Defence and the Week Ahead

Sits and Starts

Point Guard

Sit Brandon Jennings: he hasn’t been scoring nearly as much this year and faces the tough defences of @PHI, IND and NOR this week.

Start Mario Chalmers: he has four road games this week but the only tough match-up is against Chris Paul. This is more about giving credit where it is due, as Chalmers has been thriving in the position-less Heat offence.

Shooting Guard

Sit Manu Ginobili/Danny Green/Kawhi Leonard: minutes for the Spurs trio have been limited and they will be heading up against a motivated @Kobe Bryant/Metta World Peace, Jason Kidd/Ronnie Brewer and Andre Iguodala.

Start Shannon Brown: by far the best player on the Suns’ bench will be needed to keep scoring against high-flying DEN and MIA. Also gets matched up against the weakest link in Chicago (Richard Hamilton/Marco Belinelli) and the potentially chaotic Lakers.

Small Forward

Sit Tyreke Evans: an up or down type of player with three home games but will be tested against Nicolas Batum, DeShawn Stevenson and Gerald Wallace.

Start Evan Turner: he has taken on a more prominent role since Jason Richardson was injured and gets an easy slate of games. A great source for the defensive cats.

Power Forward

Sit David Lee: he is bound to wear down playing C every night and his match-ups are very tough regardless of where he plays: Josh Smith/Al Horford, @Andrei Kirilenko/Nikola Pekovic and @Serge Ibaka/Kendrick Perkins

Start Brendan Wright: much better than Elton Brand on the more mobile 4’s (like Derrick Williams and David West), has been a model of efficiency and should continue to produce despite only 20 or so minutes a night.


Sit DeAndre Jordan: an easy call with the Clips only having two games but one is against the small and fast Heat where his minutes will likely be limited and the other is against Joakim Noah.

Start Meyers Leonard: his play picked up since week one and seems to be getting equal minutes with J.J. Hickson. Coming off the bench will help him avoid Al Horford, DeMarcus Cousins, Omer Asik and Joakim Noah and instead pair him against their much weaker back-ups of Zaza Pachulia, Chuck Hayes, Cole Aldrich and Nazr Mohammed.

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