Since this is the current “Most Important Game of the Season,” I figured we should give it as much mojo as we possibly could.
This is a game that the Knicks need to win, but moreover, this is a game that the Knicks should win. Milwaukee’s defense is not particularly good for a team with one of the top defensive coaches in the league (put it this way, a Scott Skiles team being 16th in Defensive Efficiency is like a regular team being 160th in Defensive Efficiency) and the Knicks’ problem is that it is difficult for them to score on the top defenses in the league because they can give Melo his points and just not let the other players beat them. Against good defenses, that can be a major problem for the Knicks. Against the Bucks, the Knicks’ supporting cast should perform better.
Of course, they need to have at least one of Smith, Shump, Fields and Novak to show up tonight to give Melo some help.
Last time, both Shump and Smith came through against the Bucks. The Knicks need that again tonight. I’m currently knocking on wood with crossed fingers.