The New York Knicks were publicly embarrassed and throttled earlier this week when they lost by 41 to the Boston Celtics, which was the lowest point in a 2013-14 NBA season that has been full of low points and disappointments for the Knicks. On Friday, the Knicks got their chance at redemption.
It looked like the Celtics might run away with another one, but a hot stretch from Carmelo Anthony got the Knicks right back in the swing of things. In the fourth quarter, though, New York’s shooting went deathly quiet, scoring only 13 points in the period, and ultimately allowed Boston to walk away with their second win of the week over the Knicks by a score of 90-86.
While the Knicks certainly can’t be happy about notching their 16th loss of the young season and not fully getting revenge for what Melo called an embarrassing display of basketball against the Celtics earlier in the week, the fact that they avoided another blowout and fought back says something.
There are still glaring issues with this Knicks team. Their defense is terrible, they aren’t getting great looks offensively, and their offensive efficiency has fallen tremendously from the heights that it reached last season. However, the fact that they still have the fire and dignity left in them to not roll over in a game in December is a positive sign.
The last thing that the Knicks need right now is for the players to accept a fate as a less-than-mediocre team this season. In the lowly Eastern Conference, they still aren’t out of the postseason picture. They certainly have the talent and opportunity to fight back into the playoff race. Some things obviously need to turn around for that to happen, but the tenacity that they showed on Friday night needs to stay with them.