On the night of three marquee returns to Madison Square Garden – Mike D’Antoni, Chris Duhon, and Jordan Hill – the Knicks nearly gave away a once-blowout game to the slumping Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks kicked off the evening with Carmelo Anthony in the kitchen, cookin’ with fire. What began as a shootout, with Anthony hitting everything he put up, and Kobe Bryant responding with his own offensive spectacle, turned to a blowout. The Knicks posted 41 first quarter points, and 68 for the half, to the Lakers’ 49 in the first half.
NBA Training Camps are set to open October 2nd, but our heroes in orange and blue have already gathered in an effort to build cohesion and hit the season running. Knicks reserve and sharpshooter, Steve Novak, revealed in early September that most of the team, including Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, is participating in a “pre-training camp” from September 10th until the team’s mandated one begins. This past week it was revealed that former Houston Rocket and Hall of Fame center, Hakeem Olajuwon, would be working with some of the players at the player-organized training camp. This comes after The Dream worked with Stoudemire at his ranch in Houston in August in an effort to improve STAT’s post game.
With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Knicks, it’s about time something positive came out concerning our beloved New York team. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tyson Chandler has been named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and will be acknowledged tomorrow at the Knicks’ training facility.
After last night’s exhibition against the Wizards, the Knicks record improved to 31-28. A Sixers (31-28) loss moved the Knicks back into seventh in the Eastern Conference and an Orlando (34-25) loss left the ‘Bockers three games behind for the sixth seed. They remain two games ahead of the Bucks, who defeated the Pistons last night. Let’s take a look at the three “other” teams the Knicks are fighting for a playoff spot.
Two national TV games versus Orlando. Two Knicks blowouts. Nice.
The Knicks defeated Orlando for the second time in as many weeks, as they blew out the Magic 96-80. Tyson Chandler led the way with a solid 12 points and 12 rebounds. He shut down Dwight Howard for the 3rd time this season, holding the Magic center to 8 points and 8 rebounds. The scoring was balanced as five different Knicks scored in double figures.
I have tons of work to do tonight and will not get around to a post game. Here is a great recap of tonight’s game written by Dan from Knicksvision.com
The first quarter was the Magic’s for the taking. They overpowered the Knicks with Dwight Howard, and New York couldn’t give an answer. But then a radical shift occurred. Howard went to the bench to start the second quarter and the Knicks played superb defense allowing just 15 points. In the third, New York continued the dominance, but then, another shift in the game took place.