There were very few people who would have thought that the New York Knicks were going to leave the state of Texas with a winning record, but the Knicks managed to win two out of three games in the Lone Star state after a 12-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks were very close to achieving a sweep, but J.R. Smith ruined any chance of that against the Houston Rockets by shooting an ill-advised 3-pointer late in a tie game.
Overall, New York should be able to look forward to positive results in their future games based on the way they played in their last three games, but the Knicks need to vastly improve their play at Madison Square Garden first.
The Knicks were able to beat the San Antonio Spurs and Mavericks, but they have only been able to win four times in front of their home crowd this season. After three impressive showings on the road versus playoff contending teams in the Western Conference, New York may be poised for yet another letdown at home versus the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit has lost six of their last seven games overall, but they have a great chance to break out of their slump against the Knicks based on the way New York has played at home. Knicks coach Mike Woodson came away from the Dallas game very encouraged by his team’s recent play, but New York has shown repeatedly this season that they deserve only guarded optimism regarding their future performance.
New York has managed to win consecutive games only once this entire season, and it would appear that they have an excellent opportunity to accomplish the feat again versus the Pistons. Unfortunately, New York has squandered the majority of their opportunities this season, which explains why they currently sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings.