Not to toot my own horn (but I’m going to do it anyway)… Guess who now has a three-game re-capping win streak? Me. Guess who has been averaging 119.6 points in those wins? The Knicks! And guess who has been beating their opponents by an average of 29 points in those wins? Yep, you guessed correctly. The Knicks!!
And speaking of three-game streaks, the Knicks (20-30) ended one last night. Or should we call it a three-game skid, since they were losing like it was going out of style again? That seems to be the Knicks’ biggest problem this season. They’re extremely streaky. They’ll rattle off four or five wins and just as easily lose four or five in a row.
It’s frustrating as hell to be a fan of this team in 2014 because there are times when everything is going well – like last night against Denver – and you think to yourself, “See?! They can be good!” And other times, like this past Monday night, when they lost to the putrid Milwaukee Bucks and they make you want to put your fist through your TV.
There seems to be no happy medium with this basketball squad. It’s either feasting on teams and beating them by 20+ points or famine – losing to really awful teams or losing to good teams but just barely and getting our hopes up. But this isn’t supposed to be a negative recap because our Knickerbockers beat the Nuggets (24-24) rather easily last night at the Garden, they looked good while doing it and they now have finally reached the 20-win plateau.
Can I get an amen?
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- I’m starting off with my man – and yours too – Jeremy Tyler. Tyler came off the bench, scored 12 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and was 5-9 from the floor. He hit a couple of exciting shots in the fourth quarter and got the MSG crowd really into a game that turned into a blowout in the second half.
- J.R. Smith also had a nice game off the bench. He scored 13 points in 23 minutes and while his shooting percentage wasn’t ideal (he was 5-12) he finished with a +3 for the night.
- I can’t believe I’m doing this because it seems every game I recap, I’m mad at this guy but come on down Raymond Felton, this is your first appearance in What Went Right! Felton finished with nine points, eight assists, had two steals, hit a three-pointer AND didn’t make me want to throw something at the wall. Congratulations to you, Ray. Good job, buddy.
- Carmelo Anthony had a good night and he got to rest because the Knicks built up such a big lead. He finished with 31 points and was 4-9 from three.
- I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr. Amar’e Stoudemire who also came off the bench and scored 17 points in just under 20 minutes of action. He even pulled down eight rebounds! He was also looking like the Stat of old driving to the basket, making shots and not hobbling like an 85-year-old man. It was pretty great to see.
- The Knicks finished with six players in double figures – including Tyson Chandler who scored 12 and Tim Hardaway Jr. who scored 10 off the bench.
- Pablo Prigioni didn’t score a point but he had six assists and four steals. The Knicks as a team finished with 16 steals tonight. Poor Denver. They was robbed.
- Every other Knicks played scored at least two points last night. Metta World Peace came into the game with just under six minutes left and he hit a three and missed a three.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Poor Iman Shumpert just doesn’t look right at all. He scored five points in 16 minutes but also turned the ball over four times.
- The Knicks had 23 turnovers but so did the Nuggets so we’ll call this a draw.
- The Knicks were chucking up three pointers like they were going out of style and while they made 11, they missed 18. But it could have been worse, they could have been Denver – they were 7-26 from behind the arc. Putrid.
- The Knicks honored a special hero named Orlando during last night’s game. In December, Orlando’s owner Cecil Williams, a blind man, fainted and fell onto the tracks at the 125th Street station where the A, B, C and D trains stop. Horrified onlookers couldn’t get to them in time and a train came rumbling into the station. Heroic Orlando did what any good guide dog is supposed to do and he stayed with his owner. Miraculously, both escaped even though two cars ran over them. Williams managed to get out with only a cut on his head and Orlando was unharmed. Orlando is now retired but thanks to lots of donations from really great people is still living with Williams even though his days as a guide dog are over. Orlando received a medal at halfcourt from the Knicks.
- Actress Emmy Rossum attended her first game all season last night – she’s been shooting her show Shameless in L.A. – and she told MSG’s Jill Martin that she has been a Knicks fan since she was a kid and that since her dream of ever becoming a Knicks City Dancer will remain, a dream, she said that she’s going to dress up like a Knicks City Dancer for Halloween. Gee, I hope no one tells Emmy how Dolan has been treating the poor dancers this season. They’ve been relegated to t-shirt cannon duty.
- Up next for the Knicks, a meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday at 1 p.m on ABC.