It was clean-out-your-locker day for the New York Knicks on Monday in Tarrytown, with the group that went down in six games to the up-and-coming Indiana Pacers attempting to explain why they lost, and why a team full of aging veterans will do any better next season.
So much about the first round playoff series between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics had been the mirror image of 2011, when a pair of stars—Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire then, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett now—couldn't measure up to a full team run by a dynamic point guard and danerous role players.
If Sunday's demoralizing loss to the Miami Heat contained a number of positive trends, it is equally true that Monday night's thrilling comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-97, held within it a development that could derail the Knicks' season.(2)
A year ago Monday, Jeremy Lin came off the bench to rally the Knicks and shock the Nets with an elite performance.(2)
The New York Knicks have plenty of problems right now. Unlike much of the previous decade, the Boston Celtics are not one of them.
It's been a tough offseason for fans of the New York Mets, following a tough season.
It wasn't really a representative Knicks team that lost on Thursday night, 81-76, to the Indiana Pacers.
It's been a consistent formala that produced the remarkable 20-7 record over the first third of the Knicks' season.(1)
A dozen games or so into the decision by the New York Knicks to jettison Jeremy Lin for Raymond Felton, the verdict had come in from all over: Felton was a better fit for the Knicks than Lin after all.(9)
Entering Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat, a shocking 112-92 win, it was still theoretically possible to downplay the impressive start to the season from the New York Knicks.