Knicks win 8th in a row

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Giants, Knicks

Crazy win for the Knicks this afternoon, as they took an 80s style track meet from the Denver Nuggets, 129-125.
With future Knick Carmelo Anthony in town for the proceedings, Amare Stoudemire scored 30 or more points for an eighth straight game (finishing with 30 points, 8 boards and four assists) in the Knicks’ eighth straight win.
Man, that feels great to say. The winning streak is the Knicks’ longest in 16 years, you know, back when they were a perennial playoff team in Patrick Ewing’s heyday.
Knicks had a big first quarter, only to see the Nuggets roar back in the second. Knicks put some distance between the two squads in the third, only to see the Nuggets rally to take a one-point lead in the fourth. But, as they’ve done throughout this great run, the Knicks finished strong and sealed the deal, with Wilson Chandler’s huge three in the game’s final minute giving New York the lead for good.
Chandler finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, one of six players in double figures for the Knicks. Raymond Felton had another outstanding game, dishing out 17 assists to go along with 19 points. Rookie Landry Fields continues to impress, contributing 18 points and nine boards. Danilo Gallinari (16) and Toney Douglas (13) were the other Knicks in double figures.
The team is playing great, but I do have some concerns, mainly with Mike D’Antoni’s rotation. Amar’e and Felton are consistently playing 40-plus minutes. This just can’t continue, as they will be spent in the second half of the season. Aside from Douglas (20 minutes) and Ronny Turiaf (15), no bench player received more than three minutes of playing time. Athletic Anthony Randolph must have pissed in D’Antoni’s corn flakes, as he hasn’t seen the floor in awhile. Rumor has it the Knicks may send him to Houston for the first-round pick Donnie Walsh foolishly traded away last year. That pick in turn would be a piece in a trade for Anthony. Maybe the Knicks aren’t playing him because they don’t want to risk an injury, but I doubt that’s the case (he’s probably just in D’Antoni’s doghouse).
Also, the Knicks could use a little more help inside. It would be ideal if Amar’e didn’t have to play center (as he is now), but rookie Timofey Mozgov is too raw and Ronny Turiaf is more of a defensive specialist who is a bit too foul prone. The Knicks really don’t have a true backup point guard, as Douglas is more of a scorer who isn’t adept at running the offense.
So, there are concerns. And now, the Knicks head into a dangerous part of their schedule, starting with a home game Wednesday against the 18-4 Celtics. That’s followed by a home game Friday against the Heat. Both games are nationally televised and will tell us a bit more about how good this team actually is.
I don’t expect them to win them both, and realistically it’s going to be tough to take one, but I’m more interested in how they compete. Let’s see them go against some of the best talent in the league and see what they’ve got.
I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Eagles win, Giants must do the same Monday: The Giants’ long and winding journey this week takes them to Detroit tomorrow night to face the temporarily homeless Minnesota Vikings. The Giants were stuck in Kansas City Saturday night, and couldn’t get to Minnesota while the NFL kept insisting the game would go on (idiots). Finally, they moved the game to Monday night, and then the roof caved in on the Vikings (literally). So, now it becomes a neutral-site game in Detroit, which should work in the Giants’ favor. The Eagles (9-4) pulled a half-game ahead of the Giants with a 30-27 win in Dallas tonight, so it’s imperative for the Giants to get a win here. Green Bay (8-5) helped out by losing 7-3 to the Lions today, so a Giants win will move them a game ahead of the Packers and Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFC playoff chase. Go Big Blue!

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