By Max Marcilla
Knicks 98 Wizards 89
It was a night that Carmelo Anthony must have had circled on his calendar for a while, resulting in an efficient game for the Knicks star player and his team for the win 98-89.
The Knicks All-Star played his first professional game in the town he grew up in: Baltimore. Anthony delivered scoring 22 points on 8/17 shooting. Keep in mind that his field goal percentage would’ve been above 50%, but he shot a pair of half-court shots at the end of the first and second quarters, both of which were inches away from going in.
It was a very efficient and special day for Anthony, but Iman Shumpert stole the headlines, however for all the wrong reasons. After a terrific put back slam that brought the memories of last years playoffs back, Iman Shumpert got his arm locked up with Bradley Beal.
The injury was ruled an elbow sprain, as Iman Shumpert and his new freshly cut hair did not return.
The Knicks will take the weekend off before playing their second preseason game in Toronto on Monday.
As far as the race for the final spot, I thought Toure’ Murry and Ike Diogu both showed why they could stick on this team. Ike grabbed some nice rebounds in the crowded paint, and Toure’ showed off a decent jumper along with some other intangibles that the Knicks are lacking in. Mike Woodson has some tough decisions to make with the bottom half of this roster. Who to cut and who to keep?