The New York Knicks are hoping to end their mini-losing skid after dropping back to back games against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Hornets. For tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, expect forward Carmelo Anthony to play despite soreness in his left knee.
Against the Hornets, the Knicks seemed to lose focus and momentum in the 2nd end of a back to back game.
“We just weren’t playing with enough energy,” Head Coach Derrick Fisher said. “We looked just completely worn down and worn out. We could not continue to bring enough energy to the game to have a chance. We just got some guys out there in the fourth quarter just to try to play hard and not really worry about the score.”
The New York Knicks open the regular season on the road tomorrow evening against the Milwaukee Bucks and the focus for the season should be defense and the establishment of a normal rotation and stay away from the “small ball” (two point guards alongside Anthony) that dominated much of last season whether due to injury or necessity.
The fact that the team is much deeper this season and, with an attempt to keep Carmelo Anthony’s minutes down, this roster of savvy veterans and youth looks to make the playoffs and predictions for the Knicks to make the playoffs have been echoed from pundit to pundit.
“We have a deeper roster now,” Anthony said. “Whereas before, I think that was kind of my problem in the past, that I was afraid to take a game here or take a game there, thinking I had to do it all myself and we’re not in that position anymore,” he said.
With the hometown fans on hand at the Barclays Center, the New York Knicks made many of them upset (one kid to the point of crying) with their selection of 7’1″ Kristaps Porzingis. Fans booed loudly as his name was announced by Adam Silver.
“Lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said. “I have to do everything in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. I was happy about it. Want to be part of this organization. The fans are harsh sometimes. That’s how it is in New York, and I’m ready for it.”
Also on draft night, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Washington Wizards for the draft rights to Jerian Grant, a combo guard with a high basketball IQ.