The New York Knicks don’t play until Thursday, but end the week with three games in four nights. Finally, we get to see a “Battle of the Boroughs” when the Knicks head to Brooklyn for a matchup with the Nets. Read on to see what else the team has on their plate for the upcoming week.
With no Kurt Thomas available to will the team to victory this time around, the Knicks dropped all three games on their West Coast swing before dropping one more at home last night to the Pelicans. They played the same uninspired basketball that has plagued them throughout the young season, and didn’t seem to build any momentum on either side of the floor.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Clippers 93, Knicks 80
Man, I can’t wait to put the Knicks team name in front of their opponents on one of those links. Hopefully, this past week represented rock bottom.
Luckily for the Knicks, the schedule is about to let up a little bit. You can’t look past any team when your record is _, but New York can gain a ton of ground by winning both division matchups against the Celtics and Nets. The Atlantic Division is shaping up to be basketball’s version of the NFC East, and a .500 record may be enough to earn a home round in the playoffs.
Thursday – 7:00pm (TNT) – at Brooklyn
For a matchup that was so hyped up all summer long, this is shaping up to be a dud. With a combined record of _, the Knicks and Nets have been duking out last place in the Eastern Conference for the last week or two. Still, most fans are amped up to prove that their team is the city’s best, so hopefully the players will be too. Expect tons of New York City jokes from Charles Barkley.
Friday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Orlando
Most thought that Orlando would be a pushover this season, but despite the fact that it doesn’t necessarily reflect in their record, the young guys have been playing pretty well this season. Victor Oladipo is starting to get more run and is proving his worth on the defensive end and Nikola Vucevic is impossible to keep off the glass. The Knicks can’t overlook this matchup.
Sunday – 12:00pm (MSG) – vs. Boston
The Celtics team that the Knicks will be playing on Sunday is far different from the one that they eliminated from the playoffs last season. Rajon Rondo’s recovery from ACL surgery has obviously hindered the team, but I think the loss of Doc Rivers is a much bigger deal than the departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. This is a game where the Knicks just may actually have the advantage in both the front and back courts.