Breaking Down the Knicks’ Crunch Time Struggles This Weekend

The Knicks came away from this weekend with two home losses against teams that are virtual locks to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

If you’re looking for silver linings (I understand if you’re not in the mood), it’s that both games were competitive. Philadelphia and Boston each needed to come through in the clutch to pull out these victories.

Conversely, that means New York let two winnable games slip away. Sure, the most important parts of these games are less about the wins and losses; instead, it’s about the development of our young core. But, it would certainly be encouraging to see that young core pull off an upset win or two and show flashes that they can produce when it’s winning time.

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The Only Way Up is Down

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the vets not excelling
And everyone telling you the end is neeeeeeeeeeeear
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the crap-crappiest season of all
With some December beatings and the season’s fleeting
Randle please pass the baaaaaaaaaaaall
It’s the crap-crappiest season of all

There’s allowed coast to coasting
Knox defense for roasting
And several DNPs for Zo
There’ll be plenty of stories
And tales of the glories of
Ewing’s Knicks long, long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be some players going
And we’ll soon be knowing
If Fizdale’s still heeeeeeeeeeeere
It’s the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the yeeeeeeeeeeeear

Ah, December, the month that seemingly always breaks the Knicks. New York hasn’t survived December without either a losing season or some sort of skid for six years. It doesn’t appear this year will be any different.

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On This Date: Bernard King returns to MSG as a Washington Bullets player and Jeff Van Gundy unexpectedly quits

December 8, 1987: Bernard Kings makes his first visit to MSG as a member of the Washington Bullets

Bernard King returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a Washington Bullet. The Knicks got the last laugh in a 116-92 blowout victory. King came off the bench to score 19 points in 32 minutes. Continue reading →

On This Date: Patrick Ewing scores 43 to withstand Dominique Wilkins and the Atlanta Hawks in Double Overtime

December 7, 1991:  Patrick Ewing & Dominique Wilkins face off in a head-to-head matchup, but Ewing comes out victorious in a 137-128 thriller in double OT

December 7th 1991 marked a head-to-head duel between two of the top scoring phenoms in the league: Patrick Ewing & Dominique Wilkins. Ewing dominated inside the paint with a variety of low post moves and a reliable midrange shot. Dominique dominated the game with an array of dunks, spin moves, and midrange jumpshots. Continue reading →

On This Date: Anthony Mason posts historic line off the bench

December 5, 1992: Anthony Mason comes off the bench to post a historic statline as the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98.

In 30 minutes of action, Anthony Mason became the first Knick to come off the bench and score 25 points, grab 8 or more rebounds, and shoot better than 75% from the field Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks celebrate Bernard King’s Birthday with a game-winning basket

 

December 4th 1984: Darrell Walker hits the game winning basket to help the Knicks win on Bernard King’s birthday

Future Knick assistant coach Darrell Walker hit the game-winning basket with 3 seconds remaining as the Knicks came back from a 15 point deficit and defeated the Denver Nuggets 100-98 in Madison Square Garden. Walker had a rough shooting night with 12 points from 4-12 from the field, but his baseline jumper was the most crucial basket for the Knicks. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks fire Stu Jackson

December 3, 1990: Knicks fire Stu Jackson and hire John Macleod as head coach

The Knicks fired Stu Jackson and hired John MacLeod to take over as head coach. Jackson was an assistant on Rick Pitino’s staff dating back to his days coaching the Providence men’s basketball team. Once Pitino left the Knicks for the University of Kentucky, the Knicks hired Stu Jackson as head coach, marking him the third youngest coach in Knicks history, at the time.1 Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks crush Cavs and Latrell Sprewell remains with Knicks

December 2, 2002: The New York Knicks crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-93 and Latrell Sprewell remains a Knick for the remainder of the season

The Knicks capped a three-game winning streak, crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers by 32 points. For the Cavs, this game marked the 15th straight loss for the team which further put them in greater odds to win the LeBron James sweepstakes. Continue reading →

On This Date: Antonio McDyess makes his Knicks regular season debut and Stephon Marbury is banished from team

December 1, 2003: Antonio McDyess makes his Knicks regular season debut against the Detroit Pistons

Antonio McDyess finally made his Knicks regular season debut in a 79-78 overtime loss against the Detroit Pistons. McDyess was on a minutes restriction and only played 13 minutes. He had a meager statline of 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Continue reading →

On This Date: Carmelo Anthony hits game-winning shot against Timberwolves

November 30, 2016:  Carmelo Anthony hits game winner over Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves

Carmelo Anthony countered an off-shooting night by making the game-winning basket against Andrew Wiggins. Melo used his signature jab-step to get space against Wiggins to hit the midrange jump shot. This was Melo’s 2nd game-winning basket in 5 days hitting the go-ahead shot against the Charlotte Hornets. Continue reading →

On This Date: Chris Duhon sets Knicks record for assists in a game

November 29, 2008: Chris Duhon sets a Knicks record with 22 assists in a high-scoring affair against the Golden State Warriors

Defense was optional in the high octane matchup matchup featuring Mike D’Antoni’s speedball Knicks team and Don Nelson’s “Nellie Ball” Warriors roster. The Knicks scored 138 points in the victory at home against the Warriors. New York shot better than 51% from the field and connected on 13-27 from three. They scored 82 points in the first half to propel the team to victory. Continue reading →

On This Date: Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell score 30 points each to lead Knicks

November 27, 1999: Allan Houston & Latrell Sprewell score 30 points each to beat Orlando 99-96

Latrell Sprewell & Allan Houston displayed their potential as a dynamic duo in the victory against the Orlando Magic. In addition to 30 points scored, Sprewell had 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and made 9-9 free throws. Similarly, Houston had 6 rebounds and 5 assists while shooting 60% from the floor and making all 4 of his free throw attempts. Continue reading →

On This Date: Nate Robinson hits game winning three in post-Thanksgiving thriller

November 26, 2005: Nate Robinson wins the game for the Knicks in OT against Allen Iverson & the Philadelphia 76ers

The New York Knicks & Philadelphia 76ers certainly turned this post-Thanksgiving Saturday into a basketball thriller at Madison Square Garden. Nate Robinson hit the buzzer-beating three in the right corner in overtime to stun the 76ers by a score of 105-102. Continue reading →

On This Date: Melo scores 29 to lead Knicks past Pistons 121-100

November 25, 2012: Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points to lead Knicks past Pistons 121-100

The Knicks jumped out of the gate with a hot start to the 2012-13 season. In their matchup against the Pistons, they showcased the formula that would lead the team to their first Eastern Conference Semifinals since the 1999-2000 season. Continue reading →

On This Date: Bernard King scores 52 points to beat the Indiana Pacers

November 24th 1984: Bernard King scores 52 to defeat the Indiana Pacers

Before the days of Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, the Davis duo, and Rik Smits, the Knicks & Pacers had drama-free games. For most of the 1980s, the Pacers mired themselves in the bottom of the standings while the Knicks made the playoffs for several seasons. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks score 133 to shock Pistons

November 23, 1988: Knicks utilize half-court trap and three pointers to shock the Detroit Pistons 133-111 in the Palace of Auburn Hills

The road to the championship for the Detroit Pistons, who went into the game 9-1, approached a bump in the road against Rick Pitino & the New York Knicks.  The combination of aggressive half-court traps and 3-point shots stifled the Pistons, who came into the game limiting opponents to only 98.6 points per game, a mark 2nd in the league. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks post 28-0 run in 3rd quarter to beat Raptors

November 22nd 2017:  The New York Knicks post 28-0 run in 3rd quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in MSG 

In a – quite recent – flashback, the Knicks took a 11 point halftime deficit and went on a historic 28-0 run to defeat the Toronto Raptors.  The win put the Knicks at 10-7 to start the season.  According to Ian Begley, the 28-0 run was the longest run – at the time – since 2009.  The Knicks outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third quarter. Continue reading →

Knicks Kicks of the Night: 11-20-19 vs. The Philadelphia Sixers

Marcus Morris returned home to the City of Brotherly Love with the Knicks to face the Sixers, in a fun fought battle of two Atlantic Division teams.

Even though Mook and the Knicks came up short, Morris took to the court in the Nike Kyrie 6 Pre-Heat “Los Angeles”. His teammate, Bobby Portis, played in the “Miami” colorway on Sunday at The Garden. The Nike Kyrie 6 Pre-Heat collection is quickly becoming one of the more popular shoes to play in league-wide this season. Both retail for $130.

On This Date: Knicks trade Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph

November 21, 2008: The New York Knicks trade Jamal Crawford & Zach Randolph in separate deals with the Golden State Warriors & Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, for Al Harrington, Tim Thomas, and Cuttino Mobley.

On the road to the summer of LeBron, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh traded Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington. He subsequently traded Zach Randolph for Cuttino Mobley & Tim Thomas. The contracts acquired all expired before the start of 2010 Free Agency. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks beat Warriors and Sprewell returns to face old team

November 20, 1999: The New York Knicks get a 86-79 victory in Golden State in a game that marked Latrell Sprewell’s return to Oakland and John Starks’ first matchup against the Knicks

Two years after Latrell Sprewell infamously chocked his coach in practice, he returned to Oakland for the first time wearing a New York Knicks uniform. In Sprewell’s return, he posted 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in 39 minutes in an 86-79 Knicks win. Continue reading →

Knicks Kicks of the Night: 11-18-19 vs. The Cleveland Cavaliers

In a big win against the Cavaliers, Bobby Portis balled out in the newly released Nike Kyrie 6 Pre-Heat “Miami”.

This shoe was released with 10 other city-exclusive colorways including, New York, Shanghai, Houston and Berlin. The Pre-Heat Pack dropped on November 11th and is exclusively available in each respective city. You can learn more about the collection on the Nike website. They retail for $130.