This week, the Knicks played 4 games and went 2-2. In those games, they only were able to break 100 points one time and in the losses, looked anemic on offense once again. The wins were good solid wins. Against the Orlando Magic, the Knicks won in a blowout, scoring 121 points in a true team effort. Seven players scored in double figures with Carmelo Anthony leading the way with 20. The offensive start of the week had to be Amare Stoudemire. He played in three of the four games over the course of the week and was highly effective in those games. Stoudemire was able to put up double digit point totals in all three games despite never playing more than 30 minutes. On top of all of that, he shot 68% from the field over the stretch. With increased minutes to come, Stoudemire will be key to turning the Knicks offense around.
Defense is something the Knicks should be good at. They have a number of players that stress the defense is greater than offense mentality. This week we finally saw them putting the pieces together. Unfortunately, the things that hurt them continued to hurt them. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving torched them for 37 points and center Jared Sullinger put up 21 points in the loss to the Celtics. The Knicks have trouble containing those two positions and it showed this week. With Raymond Felton joining Tyson Chandler on the bench for the next few weeks, Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih will have to step up their defensive games or point guards will continue to smoke the Knicks.