Originally written on Knickswag  |  Last updated 11/10/14
New York Knicks weekly breakdown: 12/16 – 12/22   What happened: The Knicks saw their undefeated run at home come to an end, losing games to the Rockets and Bulls at Madison Square Garden. New York did however win the third Battle of New York by taking down Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Despite losing two of three games, the Knicks still hold a five and a half-game lead in the Atlantic Division, along with a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with the Miami Heat. Return of Linsanity: As if it were early February of last season, Jeremy Lin put on a captivating show in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd during a Knicks game on Monday night. This time, though, Lin was in an opposing uniform and the Knick-faithful crowd helplessly watched Jeremy drop 22 points while dishing out eight assists in a 109-96 Houston victory. Carmelo Anthony missed the game due to a left ankle injury. Kings of New York: With a 14-point romp of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Knicks made one thing very clear: any hope for a Big Apple rivalry is far out of reach. The Nets are nothing more than a team stuck in mediocrity, while the Knicks have established themselves as one of the league’s elite. Trying to market this as a rivalry wasn’t a bad thought; two teams, both from New York City–the greatest basketball city in the world–that already have a strong hatred for one another. Maybe in a few years. Melo the MVP?: A case of Carmelo Anthony for MVP is already being made, and the forward might have had his value proved more than ever this week. Following Monday’s 13-point loss to the Rockets, a game in which Anthony did not play, the Knicks had a meeting scheduled with the Nets for Wednesday night. Carmelo, who was listed as day-to-day, announced to the team just minutes before the game that he would be able to go, and it made the world of difference from Monday’s game. Anthony scored 31 points and led the Knicks to an easy win over Brooklyn, compelling the home crowd to break into “MVP” chants. Rasheed out at least 3 weeks: As if they hadn’t been riddled with enough injuries this season, the Knicks just received news that Rasheed Wallace will be out for at least three weeks. His absence was certainly felt in the Knicks’ loss to the Bulls on Friday night. Chicago outrebounded New York by 11, while also totaling 12 rebounds on the offensive glass. Amar’e back soon: Speculation has begun that Amar’e Stoudemire, who has missed all of this season due to a knee injury, could come back at some point next week. With Wallace and Marcus Camby both hurt, the Knicks could use Stoudemire as soon as possible. Up next: The Knicks finish their home stand against the Minnesota T-Wolves on Sunday night, before hitting the West Coast for a road trip that will be highlighted by New York’s match up with the Lakers on Christmas Day.   Michael Burke @michaelburke47 – Knickswag Contributor The post Knicks Weekly Breakdown appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
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