(36-30, 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th Seed Eastern Conference)
Where do we even start with recapping this Knicks season? I think it had more twists and turns than a roller coaster. You had a coaching change, Linsanity, and the possiblity of not making the playoffs all in one season. That’s quite the ride for a team in New York, where the pressures are high anyways.
Starting out the season with a four game winning streak followed by the six game losing streak isn’t exactly coming out on fire. That first part of the season, the Knicks weren’t even near par. But things would turn around as they entered the month of Febuary.
In that month, they put together a seven game winning streak, where Linsanity took hold. That was when Jeremy Lin was inserted into the lineup just days before his contract was up, and times were going good in New York.
March comes around, and so does the losing. They start that month with a six game losing streak that came against the likes of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, among a few others. Yet again, not exactly the way you want to be playing. But with playing those tough of teams in this late part of the season, it’s going to be hard to win them all.
The coaching change hit as they hit the Portland Trailblazers with a huge loss, who ended up firing their head coach the next day. The Knicks got back to back wins against the Pacers that same week and things were looking back on the up and up.
A three game winning streak to close out the season, and making the playoffs happen, but here comes the Miami Heat.
This Heat team really took care of business against the Knicks as the Knicks lost a couple of key players in this series. Baron Davis goes down with a bad injury. Iman Shumpert goes out the first game of the series. Amar’e Stoudemire hits a fire extinguisher case, and it’s the drama of playing in New York again. They go out to the Heat 4-1 even after a valiant effort in game four.
But questions will remain for this Knicks team, starting with who’s going to be the coach? My money is on Mike Woodson as it looks like he wants to preach defense to this team, and that’s something they need to do. But is Carmelo Anthony suited to be there? What about keeping Stoudemire around? Can Jeremy Lin capture that energy he had going? When can Shumpert come back to play? And what about Baron Davis and the possibility of retiring? Lots of questions will be around for the Knicks only adding to their own pressure of playing in New York City.