In fact, I think it’s exactly what the Knicks need in order to challenge the Heat for the title.
This is a huge big-picture accomplishment that no one should underestimate or take for granted — no matter what the Knicks do in the playoffs.
One of the most frustrating things about watching the Knicks this season? Inconsistency. At times they look disinterested. But in the fourth quarter they look elite.
The Knicks’ season can be separated into three distinct parts: their hot start, their mediocre middle and their hot finish. Taking a look at how the Knicks played in each section gives a good read of what they need to do in order to win games.
The Knicks were out to make a statement on Sunday, and they did it by beating Oklahoma City — one of the top three teams in the NBA — in their building.
With the Atlantic Division all but wrapped up, the Knicks need to finish ahead of the Indiana Pacers and earn the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks have won 10 straight games, and the best one of them all came against the Hawks on Wednesday night.
Tuesday night’s win against the Heat was much less dramatic or significant than it could have been if the Heat’s stars were on the court. But it was significant in another way: Carmelo Anthony’s 50-point effort might mean that he is about to hit his stride.
No matter the competition or the circumstances, a winning streak of this caliber is impressive. But this one does carry some red flags for the Knicks.
Smith is taking the ball to the hoop with reckless abandon. It has turned someone known as a volume shooter into a player who could even be considered … efficient.
The job has actually been made easier by the Knicks’ injury problems. But there’s still the matter of New York’s starting lineup — and who will get minutes with the second group off the bench.
When the Knicks struggle, they aren’t moving the basketball. What are Prigioni’s two strengths? He plays defense and moves the basketball.
The Knicks have a very difficult 17 games remaining on their schedule, but if they play as hard as they did on Monday night and with the same commitment to defense, they can be very good.
In many ways the Knicks control their own destiny. Fans can either take solace in that, or panic even more.
The game is over. Knee, you win. Please, please, leave the Knicks alone. They’ve had enough. Mercy, please.