After a 17-point loss in Toronto last night, the Knicks bounced back with a 21-point victory over the Pistons tonight, at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were pretty sloppy tonight, but thanks to some solid shooting, from both the field and the free-throw line, the Knicks were able to cruise to a double-digit victory. They amassed 22 turnovers, but managed to limit the Pistons to 25 points off those turnovers, while the Knicks scored 22 points off the Pistons’ 17 turnovers.
The Knicks were also able to control the glass. They managed to out-rebound the Pistons by 24, 54-30. They grabbed 18 offensive rebounds on 40 misses. Any time you can get a second opportunity on about 50% of your misses, you’re going to be in good position to win.
Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler each had big games. Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 14 rebounds at the half, and finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, in just 30 minutes of playing time. Amare led the Knicks with 17 points, but left the game due to some lower-back stiffness.
Like Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin was checked out in the Knicks’ locker room during the game, but returned to the floor and would’ve been available to play, had the Knicks needed him. After the medical staff examined him, it was determined that Jeremy Lin just had a sore knee. After the game, Lin said the soreness was probably due to”overuse”, and he would be ready to play against the Bucks on Monday night.
As the news emerged about Stoudemire feeling tightness in his back, Knicks fans everywhere started freaking out. Last season, we witnessed how debilitating Amare’s back could be, and we were all worried that it could hold him out of numerous games this year. After the game, however, we learned that it wasn’t too bad. Thankfully.
When asked about Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler said, “He’s fine”, and once Amare spoke, we learned that he expects to play in Monday’s game.
Speaking about Monday’s crucial match-up against the Bucks, after a loss to the Pacers tonight, the Bucks now trail the Knicks by 1.5 games. If the Knicks lose, they will also lose the season series, which could prove devastating, if both teams tie for the 8th and final playoff spot.
Monday should be a great, play-off-esque game that the Knicks need to win if they want to start separating themselves as a playoff team.
The way these Knicks are playing, you could make a decent return at the best online sportsbook.
Let’s go Knicks!