You could not write this Knicks season.
During Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin both left the game to be looked at in the locker room. Jeremy Lin came walking back onto the court at the start of the fourth quarter, but thanks to a comfortable lead, never re-entered the game. Stoudemire, on the other hand, stayed in the locker room.
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.
Well, they weren’t going to win all of them. The Knicks suffered their first loss of the Mike Woodson era, an ugly 96-79 contest to the Raptors at Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 30 points, while the Knicks were led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 17 points. The Knicks missed out on an opportunity to gain a game on either the Celtics and 76ers, as the two teams played each other. Meanwhile, the Bucks handled the Bobcats and are now just a half game behind New York for eight in the Eastern Conference.
Life in Knicks Land is good right about now. The team is on a five game winning streak (which could reach seven after weekend games against the Raptors and Pistons), Amar’e Stoudemire seems to have found his groove (shooting 56% from the floor in 11 March games, and are playing tough defense for new interim coach Mike Woodson (since Woodson’s arrival, only the Pacers on 3/16 have scored over 90 points against New York). Everything is great, right?
Another game, another win for interim head coach Mike Woodson. This one was a 82-79 victory over the division rival 76ers in Philadelphia. Amar’e Stoudemire had one of his best games of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while showing energy and tenacity that has been missing all year. Jeremy Lin scored 16 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter, while the Sixers were led by Elton Brand’s 12 point, 12 rebound, five block performance. The win gives the Knicks the season series over Philly 2-1, meaning the Knicks own the tiebreaker in case both teams end up with the same record at the end of the year.
The Knicks beat the Raptors, 106-87, and with the win, the Knicks have won all four games Mike Woodson has coached and all four of those wins have been by double digits. The win also pushed their record at MSG to 14-10.
So ummm, Danny Granger, about those “very winnable games”?
The Knicks defeated the Pacers Friday night at Madison Square Garden, 115-100. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Darren Collison led the Pacers with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Carmelo Anthony (16 points, seven assists, two rebounds and a +15) played one of his best all around games of the season, while deservedly hearing a mix of boos and cheers during the 121-79 victory for the Knicks. They played tenacious defense and have not scored in the 120s this season.
Mike D’Antoni and the New York Knicks have come to a mutual decision to part ways.
Yahoo reported that the two sides had “conflicting visions of the club’s future.”
Mike Woodson will asume the head coaching role, in the interim.
On a sports day where the news should be about the NBA Trade Deadline, NFL Free Agency and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Knicks fans woke up to news of Carmelo Anthony requesting a trade, a rift among the team’s top executives and questions about the job status of coach Mike D’Antoni. Welcome to New York City!!! First, let’s mention how we even got here:
The Knicks played better defense than they had during their previous five losses, but could not make plays that they needed to down the stretch, which led to the Bulls getting the 104-99 win.
A stat that proves that the Bulls wanted it more is that they pulled down 56 rebounds (22 offensive) to only 38 for the Knicks (9 offensive). To emphasize that last stat, the Bulls had 18 more rebounds than the Knicks! The Bulls are the second best offensive rebounding team in the league, but the Knicks should have known this when they read the scouting report.