No preview for Saturday’s matinee against the Bucks. Not like the win was ever in question.
The Knicks (27-40) make it 6 straight and extend their longest winning streak (yea, I said it) of the season against a Bucks team that has only won 13 games.
Every Knicks player scored (but Pablo) and Carmelo Anthony led the way with 23 pts and 7 boards. JR Smith had one of his most efficient games of the season with 15 pts (5-7 FG), 8 rebs, 4 assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes.
The Good: Tim Hardway Jr. made it three games in a row with 20 or more points (albeit against mediocre competition). The Knicks bullied the Bucks in paint (mostly off post-ups), outscoring them 54-38.
The Bad: Not much to complain about about. The Knicks are now 2-7 in matinees, so that’s that. Guess playing Indy next is the worst thing that came from this game.
The Ugly: John Henson had a nice dunk, but it wasn’t worthy enough for me to post the video here. That about as “ugly” as it got.
The Difference: 18. That was the difference in the score at halftime. One team is looking to the make the playoffs this spring, the other is
losing looking to get Wiggins/Parker/Embid/Exum/Oscar Robertson/Lou Alcindor this summer. That was the difference.
The Knicks were all smiles after Saturday’s win. Maybe they were smiling because they heard Phil Jackson is part of the team. Maybe they were happy because this didn’t happen. Still three games out of the playoffs, they have a while before they have a real reason to smile.
Note: Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire both returned to action Saturday after missing the last game due to personal reasons and knee issues, respectively.