The New York Knicks schedule toughens up this week with matchups against two of the Western Conference’s best teams. Read on thee see what else the Knicks have on their plate of the upcoming week.
The Knicks continued their stellar play since losing Andrea Bargnani to injury, pushing the win streak up to four before falling at home to Miami on Saturday. The offense has been as rhythmic as we’ve seen all season, averaging 111.4 points over their last five games, and part of this is attributed to the explosion from J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Iman Shumpert left Tuesday’s game with a sprained shoulder, and while the injury isn’t believed to be too serious, it’s nice to see J.R. to slide in to the starting lineup and THJ slide in to the Sixth Man role seamlessly. If J.R. keeps up his play, it won’t be easy for Woodson to remove him from the starting five upon Shump’s return.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Heat 106, Knicks 91
Monday – 8:00pm (MSG) – at Milwaukee
Wednesday – 8:00pm (ESPN) – vs. Portland
The Blazers are quietly one of the best teams in the league this season, but are a little more beatable when they’re away from home. Still, they have already taken care of the Knicks once this season, and there’s no reason to think that they won’t be the favorites to do it again. If the Knicks are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to beat a good team at some point.
Friday – 7:30 (MSG) – vs. Denver
The Nuggets just aren’t the same without George Karl running the high-octane offense, but they’re still no pushover. Nate Robinson will miss a chance to light up the Knicks again after sustaining a torn ACL last week, but fans can still welcome home Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov. Remember when they gave up too much for Melo?
Sunday – 1:00pm (ABC) – at Oklahoma City
The Knicks will have a chance to avenge the Christmas Day licking they received from the Thunder in a nationally televised matchup that’s sure to be better than the first. This time, Carmelo Anthony will be available and Russell Westbrook will be absent, which means the Knicks should have a better shot at getting the win. Right?