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At the beginning of the season, the New York Knicks were the hot team in the NBA. They sprinted out of the gates with an 18-5 start. Wins in that start include two 20-point wins over the defending champion Miami Heat and a win on the road over the San Antonio Spurs, holders of the best record in the league at this point. Small forward Carmelo Anthony had emerged as the leading candidate for league's Most Valuable Player, playing like a man who know's the pressure is on him to lead the team to the promised land. Since that hot start, the Knicks are 14-15, currently on a four-game losing streak and have fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference. They're 6 1/2 games behind the Heat, who have won 10 in a row, and a game behind the surging Indiana Pacers, who destroyed the Knicks 125-91 Wednesday night in Indianapolis. Anthony is no longer the favorite to win the MVP, falling behind Heat forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, and Spurs guard Tony Parker in the race. There are many reasons people want to point to for why the Knicks have hit the skids, and a lot of the blame is pointed at the return of power forward Amar'e Stoudemire to the team. The overwhelming opinion is Stoudemire's return messed up the team's chemistry, which was top-notch at the beginning of the season. I believe Stoudemire has played pretty well since he's returned and the time Anthony and he has spent on the floor together hasn't been bad at all. I would say there are other factors contributing to the Knicks' struggles, such as the lack of defensive intensity. Besides center Tyson Chandler, the Knicks don't have too many players that are fully committed to defense, at least not like they were earlier. They would rather try to get it back on the offensive end. Speaking of offense, the Knicks are a team who are heavily reliant on the three-point shot and the saying goes "You live by the three, you die by the three." Those shots were going down with regularity in November and December. Teams now understand to stay at home on the shooters, and those shots haven't been falling lately. Another problem has been injuries. You never want to make excuses for a team dealing with injuries simply because every team has to deal with them, but the Knicks have suffered some key ones. Point guard Raymond Felton missed significant time with a fractured right pinkie, and the front court has been decimated, to say the least. Forwards Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, who were brought to the Knicks in the off-season to provide leadership and defense, have each missed huge chunks of the season and have no timetables for their return. Even with all of the injuries, there's still enough talent on the team to compete with the elite teams. I think the Knicks can turn things around, but they have to get back to being strong defensively in order to do so. You can create offense with your defense by disrupting passing lanes and getting out on the fast break. Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. Regardless of how everyone says it's all about scoring the basketball, this saying still hold true. Teams have caught up to the Knicks, now it's time for them to make their own adjustments.
By Charles Taylor
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Things got a bit heated in the Knicks and 76es game on Sunday night. Carmelo Anthony and Spencer Hawes were fighting for position down low and Carmelo may have thrown an arm at Hawes. Tyson Chandler was quick to come to Carmelo’s defense after the play. It’s hard to definitively prove that ‘Melo threw an arm or punch from the angles given, but it will definitely be under league...
Knicks fans will rejoice in the news that Carmelo Anthony will not be facing a suspension for laying his hands on Spencer Hawes in Sunday night’s game vs the Sixers.
ESPN is reporting the news that upon review the league has decided against any type of suspension on the play. This comes as the amount of on the court skirmishes for Melo continue to pile up. Anthony was infamously...
IT'S AN HONOR
Carmelo Anthony will always be the king of Syracuse for the amazing run he took the Cuse on during the NCAA tournament in 2003. Melo as a freshman, led the Orange to their first national title when they defeated Kansas. Fast forward 10 years and Syracuse hung up the #15 in the Carrier Dome rafters today during halftime of their final Big East meeting ever against the Georgetown...
Tweet Carmelo Anthony spent just one season at Syracuse University, but it was probably the best season in the history of the school’s men’s basketball program. As a freshman Anthony led the Orange to an 81-78 victory over Kansas in the NCAA Tournament’s championship game to give the school its first, and only, national [...]
Tweet New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony has been a little on edge lately. Earlier this season ‘Melo got into a skirmish with Kevin Garnett allegedly over some Garnett trash talk involving Anthony’s wife Lala that led to Anthony waiting at the Celtics bus to confront Garnett. Sunday, Anthony was at it again, this time smacking Philadelphia [...]
Carmelo Anthony and Spencer Hawes got into it during the third quarter of Sunday night’s Knicks-Sixers game at MSG after both players were fighting for position under the basket. Anthony hit Hawes in the head which provoked the Sixers center to get into Melo’s face. Teammate, Tyson Chandler, came to the rescue, shoving Hawes away. Luckily it didn’t escalate any further. Officials...
Video: Led Cuse to 2003 NCAA Championship
Talk radio in NY is feverishly discussing just how much Carmelo Anthony's punk slap of Spencer Hawes infects the team and causes further punk acts out of Melo's teammates. Deadspin's Greg Howard went...
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The Knicks suffered through two painful losses at the hands of the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors before finishing the week on a high note with a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
The Knicks (33-20) hold a two-game lead in the Atlantic Division over the Brooklyn Nets, while they trail the Indiana Pacers by a half game for second place in the...
There is an old saying that states, "Sunday is for Lovers" but there was no love lost between New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes.In the third quarter of the 76ers/Knicks game, Hawes got tangled up with Carmelo under the basket and nearly got into an altercation with him.Before the fight could start, New York center Tyson...
Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony matched each other basket for basket in what first looked to be a high scoring game, tied 32-32 after the 1st quarter. Ironically, both Rudy & Carmelo ended the game with 32 points each (including 17 for Rudy in the 3rd quarter alone!), but in the dying moments the Raptors capitalized on what appeared to be mental lapse by the Knickerbockers. With...
Post Game Recap
Final Score: 76ers: 93 Knicks: 99
For at least one more day the Knicks will hold onto the Atlantic Division lead after ending their four game losing streak tonight against the 76ers. It was not the cleanest game, but the Knicks held control of the game the whole time, not trailing after the first quarter. The Knicks took control of the game in the second quarter...
If the New York Knicks spent the All-Star Break getting some rest and relaxation, someone forgot to wake them up. The second half of the Knicks’ season started in disastrous fashion last Wednesday against Indiana, and the losing streak reached four on Friday when the Knicks faltered in crunch time against the Toronto Raptors. Thankfully, the Philadelphia 76ers and their putrid...
Knicks 99 Sixers 93
Let me first start off by saying congratulations to the New York Knicks for breaking their 4 game losing streak. Tonight’s win was proof that consistent ball movement and hard work leads to wins. Not only did the Knicks win tonight but the Brooklyn Nets also lost a heartbreaker to the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center. With this win and the Nets...
History has been made here for the Turn OnThe Knicks team, as the The New York Knicks register their first win since the website was launched over a week ago. The Knicks finally end their four game losing streak by defeating the Phildelphia 76ers 99-93, earlier tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The game started off with a roar of intensity mixed with ugly play, as the Knicks were...