New York Knicks Struggling Without Stars

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The New York Knicks are in a bit of a tailspin of late, and most of their struggles can be attributed to lack of star talent to carry their offense with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire both out of the line up due to injuries.

The Knicks have dropped four straight games and five of their last six, with four of the losses coming at an average of 20 points. Anthony actually played in two of those games, although he wasn’t his usual versatile self. Now that defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler is out as well, the Knicks are in major trouble.

Without Anthony and Stoudemire the Knicks offense is virtually one-dimensional, featuring a large number of jump shots without any points coming from the post area. When the Knicks are hot from the outside they can beat just about anyone but as the saying goes, “live by the jumper, die by the jumper”, and unfortunately the Knicks have been unsuccessful more times than not lately.

The Knicks will be getting Anthony back before the playoffs but their deficiencies have been exposed more so than ever during there current losing streak. Head coach Mike Woodson has never been known for much variation in his offense, and this Knicks team is no difference than his Atlanta Hawks teams.

New York started the season off on a high note by winning nineteen of their first 25 games before leveling off to where they are now. The Knicks are still in he third seed in the East and in good shape to advance to the second round but that may be their ceiling this season without more balance on the offensive end.

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