After losing what felt like 100 games in a row, the Knicks finally finished a game on top, by beating the Wizards 99-96, on the Wizards’ home floor.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that this was a good win, because it wasn’t. It was ugly and way too close. The Knicks found themselves down 14 after the first quarter, and risked losing the game before the halftime buzzer sounded. However, they were able to stage a comeback, by outscoring the Wizards 28-15 in the second stanza, after being outscored 18-32 in the first. At half, they found themselves down just one point.
The Knicks couldn’t keep the winning vibes going, dropping their second game of the season and first of a three game West Coast trip to the Golden State Warriors, 92-78.
This was a game of two halves for the Knicks. In the first half, the ‘Bockers shot 45.7% from the field, while holding the Warriors to 35.1%, shooting to take a 43-37 lead. Just as they did in the first quarter against the Celtics, the Knicks were very active on defense. They harassed the Warriors into turning over the ball six times in the first quarter.
The Knicks did something on Sunday they couldn’t do on eight separate occasions last season: beat the Boston Celtics. But, despite the win, there are some things the team needs to clean up, in order to contend for a championship this season.
Let’s get it on!
This has been quite a hectic off-season throughout the NBA, and the New York Knicks have been one of the most active teams.
Fairly early in the offseason, on August 29th, the Knicks made a very underrated hire in assistant coach Mike Woodson, who is regarded as a defensive specialist, which is exactly what the Knicks needed to pair with head coach, Mike D’Antoni. Also, a fun fact about Mike Woodson: Woodson played ball with Knicks’ Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald at Indiana University.
As we all know, this offseason, the Knicks added Tyson Chandler to the mix, and with this move came the departure of Chauncey Billups. Many NBA analysts, and other so-called “experts”, approved of the move, but thought it still set the Knicks back by having no legitimate point guard. So, what do the Knicks do? They add Baron Davis.
The Knicks defeated the Nets at the new look Madison Square Garden, 88-82, finishing the pre-season with a perfect record.
Ok, ok, so it was only two games, BUT HEY, doesn’t it just feel good to be watching Knicks basketball?!?!?
I have a ton of graphics dropping in the coming week… Stay tuned!
With the signing of Baron Davis, for one-year and $1.4 million (the veteran-minimum), who will reportedly be sidelined for less than one month and not the 8-10 weeks that was originally reported, the Knicks front office is proving that they are doing all they possibly can to win a championship this season.
Jamal Crawford and Shawne Williams, two players the Knicks hope to sign with the mini-MLE, are supposed to make their decision as to where they will play, today.
While it is very unlikely the Knicks will be able to sign both (One would have to take the mini-MLE, while the other takes the minimum), the Knicks are looking to come away with one of the two.
Here’s the first of many 2012 Knicks iPhone wallpapers and computer wallpapers to come! Double click on image to get the full-sized version.
UPDATE: I updated the wallpaper, so it should now fit the screen perfectly, and be a little crisper.
Well, that was a crazy 72 hours, eh?
A lot has happened in Knicks-land, so let’s take a minute to try and recap all the deals that went down.