GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Monday's final scrimmage ended, the New York Knicks ran for the exit door as a unit.
Apparently, it was time for them all to take a deep breath, get every extra second of extra rest they could and take stock of themselves after returning home from their first Western road trip, which concluded with a three-game winning streak after they had previously lost six in a row.
They are clearly a better, more well-oiled machine than they were when they left New York a week ago, and the next two to three weeks will go a long way toward showing whether their positive turn is going to have any permanence.
• Not sure whether Brandon Rush will stick in the Pacers' starting lineup. Apparently he got the nod on Monday because head coach Jim O'Brien wanted him guarding D-Wade. (Needless to say, that was a good move.) Regardless of his role for Tuesday, Rush will face a Cleveland Cavaliers team that yields the fifth-most 3-pointers. He seems like a good bet to reach double figures in scoring for the fourth straight game.
Can Danny Granger and the Pacers follow a win in Miami with another against Cleveland?
Pregame Notebook: Nov. 23
By Elias Sports Bureau
• The Bulls have a 1-7 (.125) record against the Lakers in the past five seasons (since 2006-07). That ties New Jersey and Washington for the worst record against the Lakers by any Eastern Conference team during that time.
• John Wall scored 29 points and recorded 13 assists against the 76ers three weeks ago. No player has posted two 25-point/10-assist games against Philadelphia in the same season since Tim Hardaway in 1991-92.