By Michael Burke – Knickswag Contributor
The Knicks won each of their four games this week, resulting in their longest winning streak since they won five consecutive games from late January to early February.
With the good stretch of play, the Knicks are now 16 games over .500 (42-26) and have a two and a half game lead over the Nets for the Atlantic division lead.
After missing three games with a knee injury, Carmelo made his much-anticipated return to the Knicks’ lineup on Wednesday night against the Magic, and he has quickly made his presence felt.
In the three games he played this week, Anthony averaged just under 29 points and pulled down over 7 rebounds per contest.
Smith to the Stripe:
It’s certainly taken a while, but J.R. Smith could finally be turning the corner.
Instead of constantly hoisting up poorly selected jump shots, Smith is doing what we’ve implored him to do all season, attack the basket and get to the free throw line.
Over the past six games, Smith has taken 49 trips to the charity stripe while becoming a much more efficient offensive threat for the Knicks, shooting at or above 50 percent in four of those six games.
The Knicks’ newest addition, forward/center Kenyon Martin, continues to make his mark, and not just on the defensive end.
We all knew Martin could add the kind of defensive tenacity and intensity that he has brought, but it’s his strong offensive play that has come as a pleasant surprise.
Over the past three games, K-Mart–as Knicks’ fans call him–averaged 16 points per game on a combined 21-of-27 from the field.
Is it November Again?
For a team that has been wildly inconsistent since mid-December, the Knicks this week truly looked like the team that began this NBA season so well.
There has been very little isolation basketball, as the Knicks are once again consistently moving the ball on offense. Furthermore, as expected, it has resulted in much improved shooting, with New York hitting over 50 percent of its shots in each of the past three games.
In addition, the Knicks are also playing an elite style of defense, allowing less than 89 points per game during the four-game winning streak.
The Knicks face a difficult week, with two games against the Celtics and one against the Grizzlies. However, they do play host to the NBA’s worst Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
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