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.
Carmelo Anthony put on another scoring show, though he didn’t have to do it alone.
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.
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.
Tuesday’s game could be a preview of a potential first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York (42-26) currently occupies the third spot while Boston (36-33) is 6 1/2 games behind, but has lost four games in a row.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and the New York Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors with a 110-84 victory Saturday night.
When the Knicks struggle, they aren’t moving the basketball. What are Prigioni’s two strengths? He plays defense and moves the basketball.
Carmelo Anthony returned to the New York Knicks’ lineup on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.
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.
The Knicks have signed Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the season.
J.R. Smith had 33 points and Kenyon Martin added 12 to lead New York, which went ice cold in second half, shooting just 33 percent.
For all the talk about Anthony, if the Knicks don’t get consistent performances out of a good percentage of their second-tier players, they aren’t going to win. It doesn’t have to be every guy every night, but they need a few to play well every night.
Everything else will take care of itself if the Knicks start to guard people. It’s all that matters. It’s everything.