Knicks Defense Staying Elite
Did anyone see it coming that the Knicks would upset the Celtics? They didn’t just beat them but did so handily by 30 points in a game that Kemba Walker made his first start in the season after a long rehab stint from a stem cell injection in his knee.
New York can be a strange team in that they could go on a five-game losing streak and follow that up with a dominant win against a Celtics team that right now holds the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks do, however, deserve some credit though. If the season ended today, they would be one of the eight Eastern teams to qualify for a playoff spot. That’s not to say that they’re ready to hang up a banner at Madison Square Garden, but they’re showing they won’t be an easy out this season. New York is ranked 29th with just 100.6 points per game. They desperately need some perimeter shooting as they’ve made the fewest three-point baskets (9.4) per game and attempted the fewest (27.4).
Tom Thibodeau always instills a defensive work ethic into his teams. They can stay in games because they lead the league in allowing opponents only 102.7 points per game.
If New York can improve their scoring, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to finish with an above .500 record.