It would be hard to overstate how awful the 24 hours from Wednesday night to Thursday night were for the New York Mets.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in February 2016. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Credit P.J. Carlesimo and the Brooklyn Nets for not being blinded by stardom.
For the New York Knicks, Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards followed a familiar pattern.
A year ago Monday, Jeremy Lin came off the bench to rally the Knicks and shock the Nets with an elite performance.
If the Brooklyn Nets intend to make any kind of playoff run, they're going to need to close out games like Tuesday night's matchup at the Barclays Center against a compromised Los Angeles Lakers team.
In many ways, Kenny Cooper, traded on Monday to F.C. Dallas, was the opposite of the typical acquisition by the New York Red Bulls. He entered quietly, he succeeded beyond expectations, and he's leaving too soon.
The New York Knicks completed a five-game homestand on Monday night with a resounding 99-85 defeat of the Detroit Pistons. The Knicks built an early 20-point lead and never looked back against one of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference.
A front page story in the New York Post on Tuesday detailed a proposal from the owners of the New York Mets to build a casino next to Citi Field.
By itself, the acquisition of Brandon Lyon isn't going to give the Mets a great bullpen.
A fair number of the media's questions for Mike Woodson following the Knicks' 120-81 destruction of the Sacramento Kings Saturday night weren't about the team's fourth straight victory or its 30-15 start, but on whether Amar'e Stoudemire, the undisputed star of the night, would be starting anytime soon.