The New York Knicks had a hard fought battle Yesterday Afternoon against a young hungry Minnesota Timberwolves team. The Knicks fell behind by as many as 11 points but fought back in the fourth quarter to take the lead and eventually win the game. Carmelo Anthony struggled from the field all game long and it seemed like he was going to let the refs get into his head again but he put the Knicks on his back and scored 10 points in the final 2 minutes to win the game.
The Knicks have struggled to get going in these Sunday afternoon games and yesterday was no different. The rebounding was a problem Yesterday and it has been a problem all season long. The Knicks will play good defense for 24 seconds but then allow an offensive rebound or put back. The problem right now is Tyson Chandler is the only big man on the court and when he goes to help it allows teams to secure the offensive rebound. This problem should be helped by the return of Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Amar'e Stoudemire.
On the offensive end it seems like there is a lot more 1 on 1 going rather than ball movement to find the open man. Part of that is the struggles of Raymond Felton and it seems like the 3 point shooting is starting to come back down to earth. Felton definitely had a better game yesterday but his assists were low and that was part of the problem Yesterday. Felton needs to get back to finding his teammates but right now he is trying to be the second scoring option and that is not his game.
When talking about Yesterdays game you have to mention J.R. Smith. When he came into the game Yesterday he put the team on his back when the rest of the team was struggling on the offensive end. It was not just his scoring either, he rebounded the basketball and he also helped facilitate getting his teammates involved. J.R. Smith for the first time in his career has a coach that holds him responsible for his actions on the court and for the first time Smith is starting to play to his potential and within himself and not trying to do to much.
The Knicks with the win Yesterday are now 20-7 and have the best start to a season since 1989. The Knicks however have not played on all cylinders like they did to start the season but they are going to be getting a boost this week. Although Amar'e Stoudemire is out for Christmas Day against the Lakers, he will be traveling with the team and could play during the short 3 game road trip. Marcus Camby will be active for the Christmas Day game. Rasheed Wallace remains day to day with the stress fracture in his foot.
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