However, the big news came from the New York Knicks on Monday morning as they fired head coach Derek Fisher halfway through his second season with the team. New York lost their ninth game out of their last 10 on Sunday to the Denver Nuggets, which spurring team president Phil Jackson into action.
Fisher took over as head coach of the Knicks last year, and led them to a 17-65 record, which is the worst record in team history. New York ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 23-31 record so far this season. Assistant Kurt Rambis will take over as interim head coach.
The schdule ramps back up with 10 games tonight, so let's get you ready with our game preview capsules.
What's On Tap
Chicago Bulls (27-23) @ Charlotte Hornets (25-26) -- 7:00pm EST
Chicago will be without Jimmy Butler tonight as they go up against a Hornets team that is trying to get back to .500 for the first time since Jan. 4.
Sacramento Kings (21-30) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (36-14) -- 7:00pm EST
The Kings are looking to avoid their eighth loss in the past nine games while the Cavs are looking to get back on track after losing two of their last three games.
Los Angeles Lakers (11-42) @ Indiana Pacers (27-24) -- 7:00pm EST
Indiana is looking to gain some momentum after splitting their last four games, while the Lakers had a two-game win streak snapped by the Spurs in their last outing.
Los Angeles Clippers (34-17) @ Philadelphia 76ers (8-43) -- 7:00pm EST
LA is perhaps the hottest team in the league, winning 18 of their last 22 games and going 11-2 since Christmas Day. They also have lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in nearly five years.
Denver Nuggets (21-31) @ Brooklyn Nets (13-39) -- 7:30pm EST
Denver can match their longest winning streak of the season by picking up their third straight victory tonight against a Nets team that has lost six of their last seven.
Toronto Raptors (34-16) @ Detroit Pistons (27-25) -- 7:30pm EST
The Raptors have won 13 of their last 14 games, and are looking to keep that streak going. Detroit is looking to get back on track after losing four of their last six.
Orlando Magic (22-28) @ Atlanta Hawks (30-23) -- 8:00pm EST, NBATV
Atlanta has already lost more games this year then they did all of last year, including a two-point loss to the Magic last night. However, the Hawks have won five of their last six at home.
Portland Trail Blazers (25-27) @ Memphis Grizzlies (30-21) -- 8:00pm EST
Memphis had their five-game win-streak snapped by the Mavs in their last outing, and they're looking to start a new streak against a Blazers team that has won six of their last seven.
New Orleans Pelicans (18-32) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (16-36) -- 8:00pm EST
Minnesota can record their second three-game win streak of the season tonight with a victory, while the Pelicans are looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
Oklahoma City Thunder (38-14) @ Phoenix Suns (14-38) -- 9:00pm EST
These two teams with inverse records are heading in completely opposite directions. OKC has won 12 of their last 14 games, while the Suns have lost 21 of their last 24 games.
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