NYDN – “We want to beat them, let’s be quite frank about it,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks’ 100-85 victory. “We always want to beat Boston. New York in anything wants to beat Boston. And when we do it, it’s a good feeling.” Smith, Anthony’s friend and teammate, led all scorers with 32 points on 13-for-24 shooting. Smith showed aggressiveness in attacking the basket. In fact, he had more offensive rebounds (four) than three-point attempts (3).
There’s only one thing thats stopping the Knicks from winning 34 straight games:
There’s only 13 games left.
Looks like they’ll just have to take this 5 game winning streak, rattle off the next 13, and take an 18 game streak into the playoffs. 2 weeks ago the Knicks were in full blown free fall mode on their disastrous West Coast trip. Now Carmelo’s healthy again and they’re rolling. JR Smith was Dr. Jekyll last nite – 32 points with only three 3pt attempts. Carmelo didn’t shoot well but dropped 30 and led the team in rebounding. It was like an NBA Jam show last night. 2 man show just abusing Boston in the paint and barreling towards the hoop possession after possession. I know the Knicks have pretty much committed to living and dying by the 3, but when you see a game like last nite, and you see that no teams in the East (other than Chicago if Noah is healthy) has big time inside presence, you see that this team can have just as much, if not more, success attacking the hoop.
Good to know that that if we end up with a 2-7 Knicks-Celtics first round matchup, the Knicks can go into Boston and mop the floor with whats leftover from that franchise.