The Knicks returned home today following a four game, six day road trip in which they went winless, only to get embarrassed on their home court by the division rival Philadelphia 76ers.
The Knicks, who trailed by just two at the half, were nothing short of dismal in the second half of play; they were outscored by 14 in the third and missed several opportunities in the mid to late fourth quarter to really get back in the game.
It was a total team effort for the Sixers, as Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, and Lou Williams all shined, scoring 19, 24, and 28 points, respectively, on a combined 26 of 44 shooting.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks, scoring 22 in just 29 minutes, and at times, along with Landry Fields, who played very well, looked like one of very few interested in winning the game.
The lack of effort and intensity was at times very evident, and the Knick faithful expressed their disapproval with boos and late chants urging the Knicks to fire coach Mike D’antoni.
This is the point where the Knicks and management simply cannot overreact. Yes, they have lost five straight and, at times, have severely lacked necessary effort, but this is no time to make any changes.
New York has all the pieces in place in order to be a true championship contender; the only thing the team needs right now is time.
Time for Carmelo Anthony to fit into this offense as well as he can. Time for J.R. Smith to get back to playing up to his full potential. Time for this team as a whole to get that good team chemistry that is necessary for success.
Remember, this exact team, with Jeremy Lin as the point guard and centerpiece, along Carmelo Anthony back in the equation, has really only been together for a few weeks, and time to gel is vital. The eventual conference champion Miami Heat struggled off the bat last season, starting just 9-8, and we are currently witnessing the Knicks go through the same struggle.
New York still has a little while before the playoffs, and lucky for them, they are still in line for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference, so this is no time to panic. If the Knicks can figure out their chemistry issues for the most part, and I think they will, they will be a very, very tough out for anyone in the postseason.
Just give them time, and nothing else. This of course includes not firing Mike D’antoni—D’antoni is not the problem here, and this team fits exactly what a successful D’antoni team needs; the Knicks have a good point guard in Lin, and there are plenty of scorers around him. This team is nothing short of a perfect match for D’antoni, and firing him at this point would be a monumental mistake.
Time, time, time. This team will have further success with time. The New York Knicks are fine.
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Written by Michael Burke
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