When all-world offensive machine Carmelo Anthony zipped into the lane last night during a rare transition chance for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, he found himself suddenly stripped of the ball. The thief? Mike Dunleavy. Jeff Van Gundy, announcing the game, said immediately: "Dunleavy's a pro's pro. Serious student of the game."
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mike Dunleavy isn't defense, but in Chicago for Tim Thibodeau that's what you do--play defense. The Knicks managed just 80 points total on their own floor against the fierce-looking Bulls, who have really put some pieces in place--adding Pau Gasol to Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and the return of a healthy Derrick Rose. Dunleavy didn't score a point, but had a +17 effect on the game, leading all Bulls in court time while playing 31:01. Those are the kinds of pieces championship teams have--pro's pros. One was on the Knicks, but he was in a suit: the pro's pro Derek Fisher is the Knicks head coach.
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