The STREAKING New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics tonight at Madison Square Garden. Can they keep up their recent improved play against the recently returned Rajon Rondo and the tank-alicious Celtics, who have already beat them twice this season?
Boston has struggled heavily on the offensive end as of late. They’ve dropped 17 of their last 20 games and prior to knocking off Washington a few days ago, had lost 10 straight on the road. So…yeah, no excuses for the Knicks tonight. They’ve dug themselves into a 10 game under .500 hole and there is no way they are digging out of it unless they win all of their games against teams like Boston…particularly at home.
The return of Pablo Prigioni to the starting line-up and the recent improved play of Tim Hardaway Jr has been a nice shot in the arm to the Knicks rotation. Obviously, the story has been Carmelo Anthony and his insane scoring barrage but the offensive ball movement has been much improved as of late. Ray Felton had a nice game against the Lakers on Sunday and hopefully he can continue to improve his play, as he is usually a general barometer for the Knicks success.
The reality is that the Knicks only have 38 games left. They NEED to knock off Boston at home tonight and Cleveland at home on Thursday before hosting the Heat in the Super Bowl eve spectacular (somebody babysit JR, PLEASE!). They have 8 games left before the All-Star break and at least a 5-3 record is needed (they also play Oklahoma City and Portland…yikes).
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