Found March 04, 2013 on Knickswag:
By, Michael Burke – Knickswag Contributor What Happened: The Knicks won a pair of games on Wednesday and Friday over the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards, respectively, before falling to the Miami Heat in a matinee matchup on Sunday. New York now holds a three-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division, as well as a five-game advantage in the loss column. Back to Winning Ways: After ending a four-game losing streak with a win over Philadelphia to conclude last week’s action, the Knicks’ two victories to begin this week created their first three-game winning streak since the start of February. Wednesday’s game against the Warriors saw a back-and-forth affair for over 46 minutes that resulted in a 105-105 deadlock with 1:28 to play. That’s when the Knicks took over, as back-to-back baskets from J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony gave New York a 109-105 lead–a score that held until the final buzzer. On Friday night, the Knicks were again presented with the challenge of making a fourth-quarter run in order to win, and they again responded. This time around, the Knicks trailed 77-73 before holding the Wizards to just 11 fourth-quarter points. Led by their tough defense and a key three-pointer from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks pulled away en route to a 96-88 victory. Big Week for Carmelo: Carmelo Anthony scored 35, 30, and 32 points in New York’s three games this week. Although Stephen Curry and LeBron James outdid his performances on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, Knicks’ fans did not overlook his efforts. Anthony’s scoring outbursts were enough to put him at 28.6 points per game on the season, and thus give him a lead over Kevin Durant (28.5 ppg) for the league’s scoring lead. Blown Lead: Despite holding a 14-point halftime lead over Miami on Sunday, the Knicks fell up short to the Heat after scoring just 34 second half points. Carmelo Anthony scored just 4 points in the final period and did not score in the last six minutes and fifty seconds of the game, while LeBron James had 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Where’s Amar’e? Amar’e Stoudemire sitting on the bench down the stretch of tight games has become too common of a theme for the Knicks over the past month, and it happened again on Sunday. Mike Woodson opted to sit Stoudemire for the final eight minutes of the contest, a decision that warrants questioning of the head coach. It’s not just Stoudemire’s lack of play down the stretch–he only played 21 minutes for the entire game, and is averaging less than 23 minutes per game on the season. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith played 36 minutes and Jason Kidd played 34 minutes, and while the two are both very formidable players, they both are most certainly not Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire is easily this team’s second-best scoring option, and he needs to be on the floor for at least 30 minutes, as well as the majority of the fourth quarter. Yes, that means leaving Tyson Chandler at center and moving Carmelo to the three. Personally, I think Kidd is the odd man out, and I don’t think it’s a difficult decision; Smith has a knack for hitting the big shot and Felton has to be in the game at point guard. Regardless, one thing became very apparent on Sunday afternoon: Stoudemire needs to be in the game when it matters most. Up Next: The Knicks face an action-packed week that begins with a quick turnaround on Monday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers and continue with games on Wednesday against the Pistons, Thursday against the Thunder, and Saturday against the Jazz. The post New York Knicks Weekly Breakdown: 2/25 – 3/3 appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Carmelo injures knee in Knicks' win

CLEVELAND -- Knicks star Carmelo Anthony fell and injured his right knee in the second quarter of Mondays 102-97 win over host Cleveland. While no official diagnosis has been made, Anthony said afterward the knee has been bothering him for a couple weeks. Anthony reportedly had an MRI on the knee over the weekend. Its been sore, no stiffness, he said. Its been going on a while...

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony injures right knee against Cavaliers

Carmelo Anthony went down against the Cleveland Cavaliers with an injury to his right knee that he says has origins that date back to before the game. Melo told ESPN that he knew today would not be a good da. “Today I just woke up and you know how some days you really don’t feel right,” [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Anthony Dealing With Soreness In Right Knee

Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his right knee over the past few weeks and recently had an MRI.

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson Says Carmelo Anthony Felt Discomfort in Knee Before Tumble

Carmelo Anthony‘s knee injury is being treated carefully but optimistically ever since the Knicks forward left Monday’s game after stumbling to the floor in the second quarter. For now, the team is holding out hope that Anthony simply tweaked his right knee during the win over the Cavaliers. Their best-case scenario is that he will be back on the court soon. If he is not, the...

Cavs again masters of own demise

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers have become accomplished at one thing this season, and its not something thats any good. But their ability to take the wind out of their own sails is clearly unmatched. That may sound harsh, especially when youre talking about such a young team that understands its taking part in an ongoing process. Well, chalk up another one to painful memories, as...

Knicks rally to win without Anthony

Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and the New York Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cavaliers 102-97 on Monday night, ending a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland. Steve Novak made three of New York's seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when...

TOK Game Preview – New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat

Current Standings - New York - 2nd in the Eastern Conference (6.5 games behind Miami), 1st in the Atlantic Division (2.5 games ahead of Brooklyn) Miami - 1st in Eastern Conference Previous Meeting - New York beat Miami 112-92 on December 6th (Carmelo Anthony DNP) What To Watch For - The New York Knicks 3 game winning streak is something to be encouraged by despite the victories...

Andrew Bailey tweets 'Giant Ass' photo

J.R. Smith tweets better Giant ass pics

Carmelo Anthony Asked Out of Monday's Game

Mike Woodson was "stubborn" & did not listen 

Knicks-Pistons Preview

The New York Knicks may be without Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday night. If their reserves can repeat their latest performance and Amare Stoudemire can continue his efficient scoring, it may not matter against the hapless Detroit Pistons. New York will be going for its second straight season sweep of Detroit - having taken the first three meetings by an average of 16.7 points - and...

Knicks Run Win Streak to 3 with Victory in Washington

By, Kenneth Teape – Knickswag Contributor Post Game Recap Final Score: Knicks: 96 Wizards: 88 The Knicks were able to exact some revenge on the Wizards tonight in Washington, picking up a victory after being embarrassed in their last visit.  The win tonight puts the Knicks on a three-game win streak heading into their huge matchup Sunday afternoon against the Miami Heat.  The...

Carmelo Anthony Asked To Be Taken Out Of Game Before Injuring Knee

Mike Woodson appeared on ESPN radio’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” and when defending his star player being considered a “quitter” for leaving Monday’s game vs. Cleveland down 22 points, Woodson actually stated that Carmelo Anthony asked to be taken out of the game before tripping over himself and injuring his right knee during the first half of play. Woodson...

Knicks no longer threaten Heat reign

NEW YORK With his team trailing by double figures late in the third quarter of Sundays matinee against the New York Knicks, Miami Heat forward LeBron James sniffed out a careless J.R. Smith pass intended for Jason Kidd. Stepping in front of the cursory toss for a steal, LeBron was wrapped up in a Kidd bear hug before he could get to the rim for what would have been a thunderous...

A Recipe For Disaster: How To Know When The Knicks Will Lose

The Knicks were firing on all cylinders early today, leading 59-45 at half. So how did TOK know that a second half implosion was coming? Kevin Smith puts on his chef hat and shows you how to make and when to expect a Knicks loss. INGREDIENTS LIST Ingredient #1 – The Almighty Three Ball I think it’s safe to say that the Knicks are willing to live and die by the three, but there...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.