New York Knicks Preview – Week of December 23rd

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The Knicks have four games this week, including a Christmas Day matchup against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let’s see what the team has on their plate for the upcoming week

LAST WEEK

Compared to the prior week, this past one was pretty quiet. With the trade rumors over with for now, fans could finally concentrate on some basketball. However, I’m not sure if that was a good thing. The Knicks found some unique ways to fall apart at the end of games, further proving how Mike Woodson has lost the team. Although they escaped Milwaukee with a win, a boneheaded three-point attempt nearly ran Andrea Bargnani out of town. With the Knicks up two and under 24 seconds on the clock, he had no business pulling the trigger. That was the icing on the previous game’s performance, when the Knicks gave up an uncontested layup and then failed to organize during the following inbound, which Melo used to trudged up the court before firing a desperation heave as time ran out. It wasn’t Woodson’s prettiest week, but somehow he survived it.

In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:

Wizards 102, Knicks 101

Knicks 107, Bucks 101 (2OT)

Grizzlies 95, Knicks 87

THIS WEEK

Monday – 7:00pm (MSG) – at Orlando

The Knicks blew the Magic out by almost 40 points in their last meeting. but given how they’ve played so far this season, nothing is guaranteed. Orlando is in the midst of a rebuild, but are only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot. You have to love the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday – 2:30pm (ABC) – vs. Oklahoma City

Knicks have been giving gifts to opposing teams all season, but hopefully they can tighten up at home on Christmas and give the Western Conferences’ best team a run for their money. It won’t be easy containing both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but New York was just two pints away from sweeping the Thunder last season, and crazier things have happened. Keep an eye out for these hideous sleeved jerseys.

Friday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Toronto

Saturday – 7:00pm (MSG) – at Toronto

The Knicks struggled with the Raptors last year, but the Rudy Gay trade has left behind a Toronto roster in transition. New York scouts will have their eyes on Kyle Lowry, while the New York fans keep their eyes on former Knicks Landry Fields and Steve Novak.

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