I’m still on overdrive after the Knicks comeback win over the Chicago Bulls today, Easter Sunday. It was a game full of resurrections (D-Rose and Bulls in third, Carmelo and the Knicks in late fourth and overtime). Here’s a special edition of the Three-Man Weave.
Ok. Got my breath back. Heart rate back to normal. After coming back from a 10-point deficit with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls in overtime, 100-91. Carmelo Anthony, who hit both the game tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime and the winner, led the Knicks with 43 points on 16-for-31 shooting. Derrick Rose led the bulls with 29 points.
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.
Iman Shumpert: The Knicks rookie guard is making a strong case that he should be in the starting lineup. In his last four games, Shump is averaging 17.8 points, four rebounds and over two steals. His shooting numbers are just as impressive (47% from the floor, 47% from beyond the arc on 12-for-26). Meanwhile, starting SG Landry Fields has endured a stretch of 11 consecutive games in single figure scoring and is shooting just 35% from the floor since Mike Woodson took over as interim coach.
No Amar’e and Lin again, no problem for the Knicks. After a slow start, New York crushed the Orlando Magic 108-86. Despite playing with a groin injury, Carmelo Anthony led New York with 25 points, six assists and five rebounds. Rookie Iman Shumpert also had 25 points (career high) to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 17 points and four assists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: