Steve Novak, J.R. Smith Lead New York Knicks to Preseason Win

By Thomas Duffy

The three point shooting of the New York Knicks will be pivotal to the outcome of their season. Without the long ball, opposing defenses can cloud the paint and clog the driving lanes of Carmelo Anthony and A’mare Stoudemire. If those two superstars don’t thrive offensively, the Knicks are going to have a tough time winning games this season. Luckily, New York has the best three point shooter in the NBA in Steve Novak, who hit 7-7 3PT shots yesterday against the Washington Wizards, and finished with 21 points. Novak led the team in points and minutes played (32) in the preseason victory.

New York guard J.R. Smith said that “disappointed would be an understatement,” in describing his feelings towards his role coming off of the bench this season. After discussing the plan with Smith, coach Mike Woodson said that they are, “on the same page,” and will likely start Ronnie Brewer at SG when he returns to full health. Smith wants to start, but his energy and scoring bunches are much needed in the second unit. He finished with 20 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, while playing 27 minutes.

J.R.’s younger brother, (former Louisville standout) Chris Smith, will be sidelined for 3-6 months after surgery to repair his left patella tendon. The younger Smith signed a one year, non-guaranteed contract with New York coming into this season. He will likely be signed to the developmental league affiliate of New York, the Erie Bayhawks.

Anthony finished with 17 points, Raymond Felton had with 8 points and 8 assists, and Argentine PG Pablo Prigioni was able to drop 14 points in his NBA debut. It should also be noted that Stoudemire did not play due to a, “sore knee,” according to the box score.

All in all, it was a good night for New York basketball, and an even better night for fans who just wanted to the see the Knickerbockers back on the court. The Knicks will play the Boston Celtics in their next preseason game Saturday 10/13 at 7:30pm.

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