The New York Basketball Knickerbockers’ Win Streak

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The Knicks have gone into the month of December with 10 wins for the first time in 13 years.  My beloved Knicks had begun a gradual slide from great, to good, to bad.  Then Isiah happened.  And then LeBron never showed up.  But the Knicks picked up the pieces and have gone from irrelevant to good (enough).  The Knicks have won nine of 10 games, including four in a row.  Amare has been posting huge numbers during the streak as well.  However, the wins have come against losing teams.

  • The Knicks have defeated The Kings, The Warriors, The Clippers, The Bobcats, The Pistons, The Nets, The Hornets, and The Raptors.  Except for The Hornets, none of those teams have a winning record.  The Hornets, however, have lost four of their last six games, including the Knicks
  • Amar’e Stoudemire has averaged great numbers during the streak.  He’s averaging 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and two blocks per game.  He’s been shooting 58% from the field, and 85% from the line.  10 rebounds are especially refreshing from Amar’e.  Nearly 3 per game are offensive rebounds.
  • The Knicks supporting cast is showing up.  The knicks currently six players averaging 10 points or more per game.  Of those, four are averaging 15 points or more per game.  As a team, they average seven blocks per game, versus their opponent average of four per game.

Credit the players and Coach D’Antoni for figuring out how to play well together.  Beating the bad teams should be good enough to get you into The Playoffs in the East.  The Knicks appear ready to start the long climb back up.

That's your problem right there. You're SUPPOSED to try. Now go out there and get 'em!

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7 Responses to “The New York Basketball Knickerbockers’ Win Streak”

  1. jpalumbo Says:

    In that photo Gallinari looks like he’s thinking about what that girl in the 3rd row is thinking about his hot Euro haircut.

  2. High Above Courtside Says:

    Well I’m certainly looking forward to the Knickerbockers beating the Heat!
    During the holiday, a sports journalist of some notoriety reminded me and questioned me about the time Dave DeBussierre (sic), {DD does not stand for drunk driving} defended Wilt Chamberalin. I had not thought of this in decades, but I do recall the game. The Knicks of the early 70’s were a great TEAM and I mean TEAM. Their movement without the ball (Bill Bradley, Jim Barnett, even Earl the Pearl adjusted his game) their team defense, their control of the boards, actually blocking out their man.
    These were the skill sets that won them 2 championships and enabled a 6″ 6′ DD to play Wilt.

    As much as I hated them during this time period, close to 40 years later I look back and realize how good they were. Today’s Knicks as well as the talents of South Beach could learn a lot by watching some of the old video.

  3. jpalumbo Says:

    I honestly don’t think the Heat have good enough shooters to emulate those Knicks on offense, but that would be the perfect team to copy defensively with their overall team speed and lack of size up front.

  4. High Above Courtside Says:

    By the way that Knick team shot .467. Current Heat team is shooting .471. If the Heat players who can shoot move without the ball better for more open looks it could only help. And remeber there was no three point shots in those days.

  5. jpalumbo Says:

    I’m pretty sure the reason the Heat shoot better isn’t the ability to make open shots off cuts but the ability of Wade and James to dunk the ball. Nobody did more for team field goal percentage than Shaquille O’Neal who is about as good a jump shooter as my mom’s cat.

    • High Above Courtside Says:

      The Knicks knew how to dunk too, although they were mre likely to just lay it in, same pct shot, maybe better as sometimes a dunk gets blown.
      And the Heat definately take more long range shot due to trying to make threes. If they could learn to play team pick and roll and pick and pop basketball as opposed to two of their best shooters who can’t do a thing unless they have the ball in theor hands, they could help off-set their glaring weaknesses inside and at point guard.

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