Already going into the game with news that defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler might not be at 100% due to the flu, the Knicks were completely massacred by the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Easter Conference Round 1 series, 100-67. LeFlop James led the Heat with 32 points and four steals. New York was “led” by J.R. Smith’s 17 points off the bench.
The New York Knicks have been blessed with an extremely deep team – even Mike D’Antoni stretched his usual 8-9 man rotation – but with the playoffs starting, the rotation will shrink… The question is, who will make the cut?
No more paying attention to Bucks, Sixers and Magic games. No more trying to figure out who the first round opponent will be. The playoffs have arrived and the team the Knicks hoped to model when they first signed Amar’e Stoudemire in 2010 is the opponent: The Miami Heat.
Less than 24 hours after clinching a their second consecutive playoff berth, the Knicks are making news. All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire returns to the starting lineup tonight after missing the last 13 games to treat a bulging disc in his back. Coach Mike Woodson announced today that Landry Fields would head to the bench, in order to make room for Amare in the starting lineup. Also, news surfaced that the team plans to waive swing man Bill Walker, in order to sign 6’11″ C Dan Gadzuric.
The Knicks gave themselves some extra cushion in the Eastern Conference playoff race Monday night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden, 89-80. Carmelo Anthony shook off his recent shooting woes to lead New York with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy came off the bench to lead the Bucks with 26 points.
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.
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:
Apparently, there is a script that this new Knicks squad led by Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony must adhere to when they play the Celtics in Boston. Take a double-digit first half lead, blow it in the third quarter and then lose in heart wrenching fashion in the fourth quarter.
Who knew Madison Square Garden was hosting a weeklong Halloween special? Nightmare week featuring the Knicks is finally over, after the ‘Bockers lost in double overtime to the Denver Nuggets, 119-114. They finish their four game home stand losing all four games and push their losing streak to six. In the first matchup between these two teams since their blockbuster trade last February, Danilo Gallinari scored a career high 37 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, in his return to MSG. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on just 10-for-30 shooting in his first game against his former club.
Amar’e Stoudemire is off to a slow start, to put it lightly, this year. His struggles have been documented on this website and across the Knicks blogosphere, in pieces like this one by Jared Dubin.
That just about sums up the Knicks performance against the Grizzlies last night. The final score says the Knicks lost by 11, 94-83, but it was much worse than that. At one point, the Knicks were down by as many as 25. If you were one of the many who turned this game off during the 3rd quarter, I don’t blame you. It was bad to watch.