Game #52: Knicks at Raptors

When: 7:00 PM

Where: Air Canada Center

Network: MSG

Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

Raptors (22-33)

PG: Kyle Lowry

SG: DeMar DeRozanKnicksRaptors4-300x240

SF: Rudy Gay

PF: Landry Fields

C: Jonas Valanciunas

Knicks (32-19)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Jason Kidd

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Tyson Chandler

Matthew Falkenbury

Welcome to the first real crisis for the Knicks in the 2012-2013 season.

It’s honestly a very strong word and probably an overreaction considering they are still 2nd in the East and first in the Atlantic Division. But, based on what I have read in your comments on the posts here, being 2nd in the East and 1st in the division is not really all that comforting anymore.

There is a schism it seems between thinking what we have seen recently is either not the real Knicks and just a bad stretch or that this bad stretch proves that they are exactly what everyone thought they were. I’m almost hearing the voice of Dennis Green, the former football coach, as I type that.

Sure, the Knicks have been mediocre for more than half the season, as they are 14-14 in the past 28 games and have lost wire to wire in four of those losses. The defense has been bad, the three point shooting has dried up and slow starts have combined to take a toll on what had looked like a promising season.

Even Knicks GM Glen Grunwald, in an interview on ESPN Radio said ““Teams have adjusted to our offense a little bit and we need to continue to evolve. I’m very confident, Woody’s done a great job this year and he’ll figure out, going forward.”  We certainly hope the team and Coach Woodson will figure it out.

But, maybe tonight the Knicks will give us a reason to take a step back from the ledge. This can still be a promising season. It’s not over yet, obviously.

The team is in a funk and sure, you can say that based on the way they looked, they wont win another game. But of course they will win again, you know it and I know it. I have always believed the saying that “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” That certainly applies to the Knicks this season.

But still, until they do win again, the crisis of confidence with this team will continue. A win tonight in Toronto against an improved Raptors team would be a great place to start ending the crisis.

Five Questions About Tonight’s Game

  1. Will the Knicks bounce back from the disaster against Indiana?
  2. Can the Knicks three point shooting get back on track?
  3. Can Toronto use their athleticism to overwhelm the Knicks defense?
  4. Will Melo break out of his recent shooting slump?
  5. What will the starting back court of Felton, Kidd and Shumpert give the Knicks?