Are you swooning just a bit? I’m still swooning just a bit. I’m not ashamed to say that after the way this season started, I wrote this team off for dead but the way they have played over the last 5 games makes me say “I do believe I have the vapors.”
Between Stat looking something not quite but very close to spry, Shumpert doing his best Novak impersonation (17 of 28 61% from deep over the last 5 games), and Melo keeping the offense from looking like the GW bridge with two lanes shut down I’m actually invested in this team again. So much so that I took advantage of the fact that I still have editor access (Don’t tell Jim) and posted this little game thread.
Hopefully, our boys won’t spoil the party by taking a bad loss in Philly. The Knicks burned through their allotment of bad losses early in the year. At this point, they need to beat bad teams–even on the road–if they want to get back into contention.
Your in-game thoughts here. Go New York, go New York go.
By special request, “What to watch for”.
The Sixers are 27th in the NBA in defensive rating and first in pace, which means there will be plenty of chances for the Knicks (17th in offensive rating) to score points. The Knicks have fared well scoring efficiently of late (average eFG% .522 over last five games), so a big scoring night is to be expected if the Knicks keep up with the Sixers who lead the NBA in pace.
The Sixers don’t score efficiently at all (25th), so a solid defensive effort will make things easier.
A double-double from Melo (points and rebounds) and Felton (points and concession stand visits).
Everyone’s laces will stay tied.
If the Knicks win, a glowing recap from Jim Cavan.
If the Knicks lose, a scathing review from Robert Silverman with humor so dense only Stephen Hawking is bright enough to truly appreciate it.