New York Knicks Preview – Week of January 6th

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The Knicks have three games on their schedule for next week, including a nationally televised, primetime matchup against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

LAST WEEK

The Knicks looked to have turned their season around on the Texas Triangle trip. After defeating the Spurs on the first night, they nearly pulled off the upset and took down the Rockets on the following one. Iman Shumpert finally broke out of his shell in those two games, averaging 26.5 points while shooting 12-14 from downtown. New York then took down the Mavs in convincing fashion, despite missing Tyson Chandler for all but four minutes. Each game is becoming more and more critical, but at least it seems that the 2014 New York Knicks seem to have left the nightmares of the end of 2013 behind.

Of course all of this basketball playing was overshadowed by more Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin whispers. The Knicks are probably better off with a 2014 lottery pick than Griffin, but this just sounds more like teams reaching out to do their due diligence anyway.

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

Knicks 105, Spurs 101

Rockets 102, Knicks 100

Knicks 92, Mavericks 80

THIS WEEK

Tuesday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Detroit

The Pistons already have one win against New York under their belts this season and are going to give the Knicks fits with their big man trio of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith. The Knicks certainly aren’t going to win the rebounding battle, so they’ll have to shoot well from the field to have a chance in this one.

Thursday – 8:00pm (TNT) – vs. Miami

Sometimes the Knicks get up for big primetime mathcups, but let’s just hope that LeBron takes it easy on them.

Sunday – 7:30pm (MSG) – at Philadelphia

This should  be a winnable game for the Knicks, but the Sixers played the Knicks close last season and are a better team than most give them credit for. Still, the Knicks have the size advantage and enough veteran experience to be able to get them through this one, even on a bad night.

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