Knicks 102 Cavaliers 97
Tale of Two Games:
Tonight the New York Knicks were up against the much-improved Cleveland Cavaliers. With the emotional loss yesterday at MSG, which Knicks team would show up? Early on the Knicks looked sluggish and one step slow, as the Cavaliers shot 70% in the first period. The Knicks poor play compounded every trip down the court, as the Cavs put on a dunk fest and ran the score up to a 22-point lead. Halfway through the 2nd period the Knicks cut the lead in half with tough defense and solid ball movement. Going into halftime the Knicks were down to 61-49.
In the 3rd quarter the Knicks continued to move the ball, getting Amar’e Stoudemire easy pick and roll buckets with flashbacks of 2010. The rest of the team chipped in with a complete contribution from the bench netting 70 points for the rotation players. Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavs were overtaken by the Knicks, but did not give in. Without Melo, the Knicks looked more in sync with each other on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Why is this I am not sure, but it looked as if the team responded as a UNIT!
The Knicks pull out a miraculous comeback that will be talked about all day on ESPN radio. Knicks win 102-97 on the backs of JR Smith, STAT and Steve Novak. Raymond Felton dished out 10 assists and Jason Kidd added his second great game in a row with 12 points and 8 rebounds. All of this without Carmelo Anthony, who would of thought that would happen!
In the 2nd period Melo seemed to trip on his own feet, but if you take a closer look, his knee seemed to twist as he went down. Everything we are hearing it could be a MCL sprain. Knowing the Knicks doctors, we will never get the real diagnosis. We all must wait and see what comes out of Knicks camp tomorrow in Detroit.
Let the debate begin Knicks faithful. Can STAT and Melo coexist on a winning team? We all saw how Amar’e exploded tonight on the offensive side of the ball without Melo in the game. Why can’t these two guys work this out on the court? It is up to Coach Woodson to figure this out. The addition of Amar’e to the offensive side of the ball is a serious weapon for the Knicks and could make Melo’s life much easier and help the Knicks into a deep playoff run. If they cannot coexist then this will be a very short postseason for New York. Lets Get It!
Peter A – Knickswag
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