The New York Knicks have returned to their small-ball ways that won them 50+ games last season and not surprisingly have blown the doors off four bottom feeders in a row. Their recent winning streak gets an actual test tonight with the Miami Heat coming to MSG. New York knocked off the Heat only a few weeks back, before sinking into a five game losing streak. It has been a bizarre few weeks but with the style of basketball the Knicks are playing right now, tonight should be a fun one.
Miami has been a little more erratic than usual lately but can always kick into the next gear and become the unstoppable force that has won back to back NBA Championships. Without question, the Knicks will need Carmelo Anthony to keep up his torrid shooting and for the supporting cast to knock down their open threes created when Anthony is double teamed. It will be interesting to see how young pups Tim Hardaway Jr and Jeremy Tyler handle their minutes tonight. There is a difference between producing against the Bobcats and Cavs and then finding a way to produce against the Heat.
Despite their four game winning streak, the Knicks remain a pitiful eight games under .500 at 19-27. With only 36 games left to play, they are six games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic and still a game out of the final playoff spot in the East. Do the Knicks have a 22-14 finish in them, which would get them back to .500 and in the mix for a 3-6 seed in the Eastern Conference? If they do, they are going to need a few “upsets” and tonight would be a nice place to start, especially with Milwaukee on tap for Monday. The Knicks could extend this streak to six games and get within a reasonable striking distance of .500 before the All-Star break.
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