The New York Knicks have been battling for the eighth seed for a while now and after about a month of hard-fought games, they stand 1 game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Tonight, the Knicks play the Jazz and the Hawks play the 76ers. I feel like the Knicks are certainly capable of defeating the Jazz like they did last year on Utah’s home floor, however I feel like the 76ers may lose to the Hawks. Hopefully, after losing 26 of their last 27 games the 76ers can pull out their second victory in the last 28 games. Michael Carter-Williams might go off or something like that, you never know! Most importantly for the Knicks, they need to defeat Utah tonight after defeating a tough Golden State squad by 5 points.
Anyway, let’s get into some key matchups that I am looking at seeing in both games. The point guards for the Hawks and Sixers will be a matchup I am looking forward to. Jeff Teague and Michael Carter-Williams are good young talent for both of these teams. In the long run, I feel that Carter-Williams will be a better player and I feel that he has the advantage over Teague because of his height and quickness. The point guards for the Knicks and Jazz game will certainly be cool to watch as well. I would like to see if Raymond Felton can keep up with the fast Michigan point guard Trey Burke. The key to this game will be if it comes down to the wire because Burke has hit big time shots in crunch time situations. Another key matchup will be the small forwards for the Knicks and Jazz game. Carmelo Anthony and Gordon Hayward are matched up in this category and they are both phenomenal players. Carmelo is Carmelo but Hayward is more of a diamond in the rough type of guy. He was picked up from Butler in the NBA draft and he has been a great pickup by the Jazz. Carmelo easily wins this matchup because he is way too skilled for Hayward. My final key matchup is the power forwards for the Hawks-Sixers game in Paul Millsap and Thaddeus Young. I feel that Millsap is bigger and stronger than Young but Thaddeus has speed and quickness on his side against Millsap. I can’t wait to see this matchup. I also can’t wait to see both of the games. What do you think? Do you think that there is a matchup that is worth mentioning that I forgot about? Tell me, what are your thoughts? Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment!
Apparently, there is something to be said about experience, because the Knicks are on a 4-0 record start. The last time the Knicks did that was when they went 7-0 in 1994 and went to the NBA Finals to lose against the Rockets and Hakeem Olajuwon. Anyway, I believe that the Knicks are going to have a great season this year looking at their first four wins.
The first one was against the Miami Heat and we crushed them 104-84 at Madison Square Garden. It was really fun to watch because everyone was getting the ball and getting an opportunity to score. The next two games were both against the Philadelphia 76ers, one at home and one away, and we won both. The home game that we played against the Sixers ended in another slaughter with the Knicks winning 100-84. The away game that we played was, for the third time in a row, a blowout, but this one was biggest of all. We won 110-88. The most recent game was on Friday night. However, this one was not a slaughter.
When we started the game against the Dallas Mavericks, I actually thought that we were going to lose our first game. They were actually up by 11 points at one point in the 2nd quarter, but we would not give up. We came soaring back and in the 3rd quarter were up by one.
I had to give it to O. J. Mayo though. He had a game that I did not even think that he could ever have. He was the main reason why the Mavericks were up by so much. Then, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, and Raymond Felton kept the lead for us at the end of the 3rd and the rest of the 4th. We won by 10. The score was 104-94.
Overall, I think the Knicks are having one of their best season starting records of all time. This is a very good sign. I cannot wait to see what will happen with the Knicks in the 2012-2013 NBA Season. So far experience is working for New York. Please comment. And remember, GO KNICKS!!!!
The Orlando Magic may not recover from this disappearing act. Its superstar, Dwight Howard, a non-free agent that was still the biggest name in free agency, finally walks away with a deal in Los Angeles to play with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and the Lakers. I do not get why in the world the Magic took this deal. Did they just completely overlook the Brooklyn Nets deal? Howard averaged 20.6 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game and an astonishing 2.2 blocks per game last season. So, the Magic lets him go and now they have one of the worst teams in the league. I remember learning that the same thing happened in 1996 with Shaquille O’Neal going to the Lakers from the Magic, and then winning 3 straight titles with Kobe Bryant. Now Kobe will, in my opinion, get his sixth ring to tie Michael Jordan, thanks to the Magic...
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.