Knicks Morning News (Friday, Apr 13 2012)
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our “Opening Tip” segment.
Today’s Burning Question: With the Knicks seemingly relying on Carmelo Anthony to carry the offense the rest of the way, how far do you think he can take the team?
Carmelo Anthony seems to be one of those players that Knicks fans either love or hate. I see it on Twitter and in conversations with die-hard fans all the time: you either worship him or want him out of town.
The Knicks enter play Friday in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind seventh-place Philadelphia and two in front of ninth-place Milwaukee.
Based on strength of schedule (calculated by opponents’ winning percentage), the Knicks have an easier remaining schedule than the Bucks or Sixers. Though neither of the three teams have particularly tough stretches the rest of the way.
Here’s a breakdown, based on opponents’ winning percentage entering play Thursday:
NEW YORK: The Knicks’ remaining opponents have a combined winning percentage of .
There was a loose vibe in the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday night.
Veterans and younger players were joking around, laughing; everyone seemed ready to relax in the aftermath of a big win.
Rookie Iman Shumpert said the locker-room atmosphere felt like “fresh air.”
And why wouldn’t it?
The Knicks had just beaten the Bucks on the road to open up a much-needed two-game cushion over Milwaukee in the race for the eighth seed in the east.
Carmelo Anthony was all smiles after the win, having fun with Baron Davis, Shumpert and others.
The effect of Amar’e Stoudemire’s return to the starting lineup is one of many questions the Knicks face, while holding a two-game lead for the final playoff spot in the East.
C. J. Watson had 16 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and the host Chicago Bulls pulled away in overtime to beat the Miami Heat, 96-86.
A misfiring Derrick Rose forced the Chicago Bulls to rely on their bench but they still managed a 96-86 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Thursday to stay in the driving seat in the race for the Eastern Conference title.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and former Golden State lottery pick Brandan Wright had 16 points and nine rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Warriors 112-103 on Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls were forced to rely on their bench as a rusty Derrick Rose misfired but still managed a 96-86 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday that kept them in the driving seat in the race for the Eastern Conference title.
Had he known he was going to play so poorly, Derrick Rose might have sat this one out. Good thing for him, his Chicago teammates picked up the slack.
Tim Duncan had 28 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs snapped out of a funk to top the surging Memphis Grizzlies 107-97 on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers are getting healthy and starting to roll at the right time, with hopes high that they’re going to be playing deep into the postseason.
Greg Monroe had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons salvage a four-game road trip with a 109-85 rout of the woeful Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night.
When the Spurs traveled to Utah earlier this week to put their 11-game winning streak on the line, Coach Gregg Popovich left the aging stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili at home.
Without making any substantial moves, Coach Lionel Hollins has manufactured a deeper lineup in Memphis by restructuring his rotation.
Not even John Starks – the original hand grenade in high tops – and chuckin’ Jamal Crawford could prepare Knicks fans for J.R. Smith.
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