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Jeremy Lin, people.
It’s hard to imagine that the first NBA player of Taiwanese-descent, who graduated from Harvard and went undrafted, could make such an impact for the Knicks, but Jeremy Lin razzeled and dazzled in front of the MSG crowd, Saturday and Monday nights.
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.
Tonight, the Knicks kicked off their one and only back-to-back-to-back with an energy filled loss at home against the Bulls, by a score of 102-105.
Now, like many times this season, the Knicks played three quarters of good basketball, but were debilitated by one quarter. Tonight, that quarter was the second.
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.
The Knicks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-86, Friday night, at Madison Square Garden, because the defense was, again, not what it needs to be. They allowed the Bucks to shoot 48 percent from the field, which is too high.
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.
The New York Knicks lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-92, and Carmelo Anthony’s absence, due to his sprained right ankle, was a significant reason that they lost, but it would have also helped if the team played some defense.
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.
Tonight was the New York Knicks’ most important game of the young season, so far. The 76ers were coming into town with an offense that was aggressive and tough to defend; Their defense was ranked first in points allowed coming into tonight. They were coming in as one of the hottest teams in the league.
The going could get pretty bad for the Knicks if they do not start playing at the elite-level everyone envisioned they would, before the season started.
The Knicks’ next 10 opponents provide far more competition than the first nine did. Of their first nine opponents, only two of their prior opponents were playoff squads last season: The Celtics, who were missing Paul Piece for the Christmas day matinee, and the Lakers who were missing Andrew Bynum.
The Knicks defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 91-87, at MSG, to move over .500 (5-4) and improve their record to 2-2 at the World’s Most Famous Arena. After losing by eight points on the 4th, the Knicks were able to pick up the defense to get some revenge against the Bobcats.
Amare Stoudemire has started the season taking a plethora of long-jumpers, rather then closer, higher-percentage shots, and even though he has gotten off to a slow start, statistically, I think he will have another fantastic season.