This recap was written by Knick fan Jason Landy.
Today the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets in a home matinee contest, which saw Amare Stoudemire break a Knick record for most 30 point games in a row with eight. More importantly the Knicks added to their win total and are riding a streak of eight straight wins. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to see the Knicks play for the first time this season, and I was very impressed with their energy on the court and court awareness of the team.
I like the pieces that GM Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni have put together to make a competitor in the Eastern Conference. This team can score. They have a true leader in Amare Stoudemire. Wilson Chandler is improving his game. Danilo Gallinari, is a complementary player on the wing. I love the point guard play of Raymond Felton, and I have been a fan of his since his days at UNC. And Landry Fields could creep up into that rookie of the year conversation if he keeps playing as well as he has been playing as of late.
I like the young pieces this team has in place and the direction this franchise is headed in, I have been a Knicks fan my whole life, and its a breath of fresh air to see this team playing competitive basketball once again.
Entering the game, there had been little difference in Stoudemire’s impact when he had been on the floor. Stats and Information’s Mike Lynch checked the numbers and saw the Knicks entered the day outscoring opponents by 1.9 points per 48 minutes with Stoudemire on the floor and outscoring them by 1.8 points per 48 with Stoudemire off the floor.
But this marked the second straight game in which Stoudemire’s impact was MVP-like. In a six-point win in Washington on Friday, the Knicks were plus-13 with Stoudemire on the floor and minus-7 with him out. That’s two straight difference-making performances heading into games this week against the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. The Knicks head into the week with their first eight-game win streak since the 1994-95 season.
Perhaps Stoudemire’s greatest impact is on point guard Raymond Felton, who had 19 points and 17 assists in the win Sunday.
With Stoudemire on the floor, Felton is shooting 48 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. With Stoudemire out of the game, Felton is shooting just 41 percent from the field and 24 percent on 3-point attempts. Sunday was a rare good day for Felton with Stoudemire out, as he went 3-for-4 from the field when the Knicks big man was in foul trouble.