The New York Knicks are headed down south this week for three unfavorable matchups in the dreaded Texas triangle. Read on to see what else they have on their plate for the upcoming week.
The most important thing to take from last week was the vote of confidence to the players and coaching staff given by James Dolan. I’m not sure if anyone truly believes that their job is safe, but it looks like the upper management will at least give Mike Woodson and company the opportunity to tun things around without any added pressure.
On the court, it was the usual, ugly Knicks. The team dropped all three games that Carmelo Anthony missed, winning only in Orlando against the lowly Magic. Raymond Felton left that game with a groin injury, and looks to be sidelined for at least a few weeks. Without their leading scorer and starting point guard, the Knicks were run out of the gym by the Thunder on Christmas Day. Things didn’t get any better after, as they squandered an opportunity to sweep the Toronto Raptors in a home-and-home series and bring themselves within a game of the Atlantic Division lead. The Knicks instead dropped both of those games and now sit five games out of the division lead and four games out of an eight-seed.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Thursday – 8:30pm (MSG) – at San Antonio
The Spurs beat the Knicks by 31 points at Madison Square Garden in early November, and New York has slipped since then. I’m scared to think of what Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and company will do with the home court advantage this time around.
Friday – 8:00pm (MSG, NBATV) – at Houston
The Rockets beat the Knicks by 3 in a November meeting at The Garden, but have been playing some of their best ball of late. It looks like the Dwight Howard-james Harden duo is a force that is going to have to be reckoned with come playoff time. Obligatory Jeremy Lin reference.
Sunday – 7:30pm (MSG, NBATV) – at Dallas
The Knicks haven’t played Dallas yet this season, but there is no one on the this roster that can even come close to guarding the versatility of Dirk Nowitzki, which is concerning because they have nobody to guard Monta Ellis either, who has been Dirk’s best sidekick since Jason Terry fell off the map.