The New York Knicks have three games this upcoming week, including a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Bobcats. Read on to see what else is happening in New York.
Last season, the Knicks came hot out of the gate, winning their first six games, and eight out of their first nine. However, things are coming along much more slowly this year. Woodson clearly has his work cut out for him as far as figuring out lineups goes.
A Derrick Rose’s game-winning floater is keeping the Knicks away from being over .500 right now. After last night’s loss to the Timberwolves, New York sits at 1-2.
In case you missed any of the games last week, here are the quick versions:
Tuesday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Charlotte Bobcats
Friday – 7:30pm (MSG, NBATV) – at Charlotte Bobcats
At first glance, this looks guaranteed to be two wins, but in the NBA, nothing is a sure thing. I know it was just preseason, but this team gave the Knicks fits on the night that the new Madison Square Garden was unveiled, and now have a healthy Al Jefferson to utilize. New York will have to keep Kemba Walker under control, as well as Gerald Henderson, who always seems to torch the Knicks. They are most definitely winnable games, but remember, it took a J.R. Smith buzzer beater to take down the Bobcats last season.
Sunday – 12:00pm (MSG) – vs. San Antonio Spurs
After being swept by the Knicks last season, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and crew will no doubt be looking for revenge, but it’s going to be hard to rain on the Knicks parade with J.R. Smith making his season debut. Smith presents another obstacle in the team getting acclimated with each other, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to add the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. We’ve seen some pretty sloppy basketball from the Knicks (and the rest of the league for that matter) so far this season, as teams are getting their legs underneath them. I wouldn’t expect things to change for this game given the early start.