NYK Weekly Report: Kidd saves the day, Melo's injury scare
I'll give the Knicks an A- for their week, their only demerit being that they let Kyrie go off for 41 points and barely squeezed out the victory over the 5-20 Cavs. Here are my key stories/observations from the past week of Knicks basketball:
As a Knicks fan, I did not want to lose to the Nets twice in a row. They came into my team's city, had a bunch of neutral basketball fans jump on their bandwagon (though I do understand there are plenty of longtime faithful fans as well), and have the media saying that they're better than the Knicks. I couldn't stomach two straight losses to the Nets to start off this rivalry. Obviously, I was nervous early on in Tuesday's game, as the first quarter finished up with the Knicks in a 30-16 hole. They couldn't play offense, couldn't play defense, and looked damn near hopeless. They fought back, however, and had themselves right in it with a chance to win at the end of the game. That's when Jason Kidd saved the day by draining a three with 24 seconds left. I knew that Kidd was going to be a fine addition to this team, but I didn't know he'd be this big. He's a great presence on the floor and can hit any shot when he has some space, especially in a big moment. He finished the game with 18 points (6-9 shooting), 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
While Kidd's three was the highlight of the game, there's no doubt that Carmelo Anthony was the player of the game. Melo went off in jaw-dropping fashion, shooting over 60% on his way to 45 points. He managed to stay on fire for two more days, and came out blazing against the Lakers, scoring a ridiculous 22 points in the first quarter. However, he took a hard spill after a Dwight Howard foul, landing with a great deal of his body weight on his left ankle. He missed Saturday's game against the Cavs, and is ruled out for tonight's game (Monday) against the Rockets. "Hopefully, he'll be ready Wednesday," said head coach Mike Woodson.
Other notes: Chris Copeland started for Carmelo on Saturday and scored 11 points in 19 minutes, but he contributes nothing other than scoring... Rasheed Wallace will miss his second straight game Monday night with a troublesome foot, and the 38-year old likely won't play until it's 100% healthy... Raymond Felton averaged 7.0-19.3 from the field in last week's games - he's taking far too many contested shots for my liking... Tyson Chandler has averaged 20.5 points per game over the past two contests... Steve Novak is 8-12 from three over the past two games... JR Smith seemed to be coming out of his slump early in the week, but took a step back on Saturday when he shot 6-20... Only two players had a game with more than seven rebounds - Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd - and they each did it only once... The Knicks were out-rebounded in all three games last week... Amar'e Stoudemire is set to practice this week, and didn't rule out playing on Friday or Sunday.
This week's Knicks games: Monday vs. HOU, Wednesday vs. BKN, Friday vs. CHI, Sunday vs, MIN.