New York Knicks Snap Skid, Gain Ground in NBA East

By Shane Phillips
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have to be one of the most frustrating teams in the entire NBA, if not in all of the basketball universe. Amongst all the talent and money the historic franchise is responsible for, you would think they would be able to produce a better record than 19-30, but just when New York looks like it is ready to bounce back, it loses.

Entering Friday night, the Knicks sat outside the playoff race by 2.5 games amidst a three-game losing streak. With the Denver Nuggets in town, it didn’t look like it would be an easy win for the blue and white. Fast forward through four quarters and another 30 point effort from Carmelo Anthony, New York left Madison Square Garden with an express victory over Denver 117-90.

Now, why can’t the Knicks play like that on a consistent basis? They shot 56 percent from the field, held the Nuggets to just 42 percent and New York’s bench had 60 points. Denver isn’t exactly a top tier team for the West, but it is above .500 and is solid competition. However, the win doesn’t get me too excited because New York has been known to take a step backwards in the past.

I would like to think that the Knicks have turned over a new life, but that might not happen until Mike Woodson gets the axe or a major change takes place within the franchise. What I can tell you is the victory over the Nuggets moves the Knicks to 20-30 and only two games within the eighth place Charlotte Bobcats. That means New York’s postseason dream is alive and so is Anthony’s career as a Knick. Now they just have to start playing consistent, team basketball and maybe they can start to look like a functioning organization.

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