So here we go Knicks fans, tonight’s game is the 2nd test for the Knicks. In many ways you can say that the Knicks have already shown a lot; it has been a LONG time since NY was this excited about basketball. The Knickerbockers are 16-10 and coming off a heartbreaking defeat to the Celtics; without a doubt Amar’e Stoudemire has made an early case for MVP. Stoudemire aka STAT (Standing Tall And Talented) set the Knicks record for 8 consecutive games scoring 30 or more points including adding his 9th straight game with a dominant performance against the Celtics. This current streak by STAT has put him in the same company of the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaq O’Neil.
Needless to say STAT has already put his stamp on this team!
Many critics will say that during their 8 game winning streak that the Knicks have not faced quality opponents; while this is true you have to keep in mind where this organization has come from. For TRUE Knicks fans no matter the quality of the opponents we know that the games we have won during this winning streak would not have been possible a year ago. Even with the loss Wednesday night against the Celtics the Knicks have put an early stamp on the season; just ask the Celtics if they think the Knicks are for real. Actually the Celts may not publicly say anything but the look on Paul Pierce’s face when Amar’e hit what was thought to be the game winning shot was priceless!
But enough of the Knicks losing to the Celtics… I will give the Knicks credit for giving the Celtics a run for their money but that’s it! At the end of the day a loss is a loss and tonight we have the Heat and LeBron; no disrespect to Dwayne Wade but Bron will be the focus of NY fans tonight. I expect tons of booing and unlike his past performances at the Garden when he was with the Cavs their will not be any cheering moments by Knicks fans for Bron Bron. If the Knickerbockers REALLY want to show NYC and the rest of the NBA that they mean business they must win tonight!!!
There will be no moral victories!!!!
Against the Celtics the Knicks were able to hang and at times control the game; the Heat are not as good (team wise) as the Celtics so YES I am expecting the Knicks to win tonight. Good teams bounce back and win these games, a win tonight will show that this Knicks team is more than just a .500 or barely above .500 team.
One thing for sure is that Knicks fans will not be a WITNESS tonight to the greatness of LeBron like Cavs fans were (Bron Bron made Cavs Fans Once Again Witness His Greatness…)
What I will be watching tonight is how the Knicks manage to play when Amar’e is not on the court; against the Celtics his absence was a problem as the team lost its way. In my opinion this is the reason the Knicks need a solid 2nd scoring option, now is that player Melo??? That is still to be determined….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!