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Defense, check. Ball movement, check. Early season momentum, check. Looks like the New York Knicks are getting it together, and it doesn’t seem like it will end for this Knicks club. But we all know, good things don’t last forever especially win streaks in the NBA.
With two very winnable games approaching the Knicks should be able to extend their longest opening streak, since the 1993-1994 season.
You can’t completely overlook the Orlando Magic if you’re this Knicks team, but you do see a team not as good as any of the first three you played. Defense is a key word in the Knicks locker room; don’t expect it to miss a night anytime soon.
Knicks opponents in the first four games of this season are only averaging 87.5 ppg. That is the lowest point total for an opponent in the NBA.
This Magic team is different from the Dwight Howard era. Raymond Felton of the Knicks should be looking to penetrate into the paint at every opportunity. As long as his Knicks teammates continue to make the extra pass and drain jump shots, Felton can remain a facilitator. He’ll have his hands full with a point guard who isn’t bad at orchestrating a team in his own rite, guard Jameer Nelson.
Now this Magic squad is not a small team but they aren’t an intimidating bunch at all. Carmelo Anthony starting at the power forward position creates some match-up problems and helps the Knicks space the floor.
It’ll be interesting to see whom Glen “Big Baby” Davis will be guarding at opening tip.
Without a plethora of scorers for the Magic to turn to the Knicks defense should control majority of the contest.
I’m expecting Melo to have a big offensive outburst in this one, maybe one to rival the top 5 scoring performances in Knicks history.
After the Magic, the Knicks just have to take down the San Antonio Spurs. Easier said then done, but the Los Angeles Clippers revealed a couple of weak spots the Knicks can take advantage of.
This Spurs team is not afraid of playing defense and possesses the bodies to bang down low, as well as efficient guard play on the perimeter.
Defensive savvy players such as Jason Kidd and Ronnie Brewer will have to have their talents on full display to bring a Knicks victory. This may be the first game the Knicks don’t reach a 100-points in a win this season. That should tell you how close this match-up is.
The Knicks may have to rely heavily on their bench to get the job done in the end. Solid performances from Steve Novak and J.R. Smith and the Knicks may easily coast to that 6-0 record. Marcus Camby played against the Dallas Mavericks the other night.
Contributions from Camby as well as Rasheed Wallace will keep the Knicks from worrying about foul trouble.
Of course the Knicks could win 7, 8, or 9 in a row before a loss. I say 6, only because they face a strong Memphis Grizzlies team in Memphis, the day after they play the Spurs. Rest and practice time is probably the only thing that can stop these New York Knicks this season.
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