Find a way to win. That’s the theme for the New York Knicks so far this season, and tonight, with Carmelo Anthony leaving the game due to injury with just over two minutes remaining, it quickly became apparent that someone else would have to step up in order for the Knicks to win, who trailed by two at the time.
And, as we have seen time and time again, this team–one so different than Knicks teams in years past–found a way to get it done.
With three seconds remaining in a tie ball game, New York turned to J.R. Smith, who was just 5 of 15 from the field up to that point, to nail the buzzer-beater that gave the Knicks their 13th win in 17 games on the season.
And forget just the final two minutes of the game; the Knicks were carried all night by guys other than Carmelo Anthony, most notably Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
In arguably his best game of the season, Tyson Chandler put together a more than impressive double-double as he dominated down low for the duration of the game, tallying 17 rebounds and 18 points. As for Felton, he didn’t turn the ball over in 36 minutes of play, while nearly nabbing a double by dishing out nine dimes and adding 17 points.
This style of basketball, in which there is someone different to pick the team up each night, is going to have to continue for this team to keep winning, and it likely will. While Carmelo Anthony could very well win MVP this season, the 2012-13 New York Knicks are predicated around their deep roster. It’s one so deep that it’s almost unfathomable.
Whether it’s Felton, Jason Kidd, the pesty Pablo Prigioni, Steve Novak, a rejuvinated Rasheed Wallace, J.R. Smith, Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas, Tyson Chandler or, of course, Carmelo Anthony, there is always someone to hit the big shot, make the big pass, or make the important defensive stop. Oh, and this is not to mention the fact that New York is without both Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire, and essentially without Marcus Camby for now.
The Knicks, now with a record of 13 wins and 4 losses, hold the Eastern Conference’s best record, and take on the defending champion Miami Heat tomorrow night in South Beach.
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Written by Michael Burke
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