The New York Knicks play four games next week against….well, does it matter?
Last week was exactly what we have come to expect from the 2013-14 New York Knicks. In four games against some of the league’s better competition, they barely bothered to show up. The team was abysmal, save for the final few minutes against Dallas and some of the first half against Miami. The same questions that surrounded the Knicks in late-November are still pertinent today. When will they catch fire? Where’s the consistency? How many times does a guard have get stuck guarding Joe Power Forward before they stop switching? Why is Mike Woodson still employed?
The Knicks also officially parted ways with Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace, instead opting to bring in Earl Clark and Shannon Brown. It’s not like there are any Ron Artest fans in New York City anyway.
As if the on court product wasn’t bad enough, Raymond Felton brought things to a new level when he was arrested after Monday’s loss to the Mavericks. Felton faces charges on three criminal gun possession charges after an altercation with his estranged wife from a few weeks ago. He turned himself in before she had a chance to nail him first. Because his court date isn’t until June 2, he’s in no jeopardy of missing any action.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Bulls 109, Knicks 90
The Knicks haven’t been mathematically eliminated, but it feels like they’re 100 games out. This week, they have two matchups against teams directly ahead of them in the standings, so maybe they can make up some ground? These games look a lot more winnable than they probably are, so do yourself a favor and expect the worst. It’ll do wonders for your blood pressure.
Monday – 7:30pm (MSG) – at Detroit
The Knicks are 1-1 against the PIstons so far this year, and will have a hard time dealing with their monster frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith. Expect Felton, Iman Shumpert, or J.R. Smith to be switched off on one of these guys on most trips up the court.
Wednesday – 8:00pm (MSG) – at Minnesota
Is anyone else sensing another 30-rebound performance from future-Knick Kevin Love? Why not a triple-double from supposed-to-be-Knick Ricky Rubio?
Friday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Utah
Utah has done w wonderful job of tanking while still developing young talent. Still, if the Knicks lose this one, I think we found rock bottom.
Saturday – 7:30pm (MSG) – at Cleveland
Cleveland has been one of the hottest teams in the league to end February, winning eight of the last 12 games since firing their GM.