The Knicks began the week with a hard-fought overtime loss to the rival Brooklyn Nets before winning three straight games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, and Phoenix Suns to finish the week.
How it went down:
Coming off of a week of basketball in which the Knicks seemed to lose their ways, New York was able to get back to the style of basketball that allowed them to open the season with a six game winning streak. Despite allowing the Nets to steal a game that the Knicks seemed to have in hand on Monday night, New York showed great resilience with a convincing road victory over a good Milwaukee team on Wednesday night before winning both games of a two game home stint against the Wizards and Suns.
What we learned:
Remember when the Knicks started this season with a perfect record of 6-0 through six games? Yeah, that was no fluke, as proved by this week. In the four games this week, New York held three of its opponents under the 90 point mark in regulation (Brooklyn was able to tally 96 due to the overtime period). The three wins to finish the week put the Knicks back into first place in the Atlantic Division, and this team won’t be losing their elite status anytime soon.
No Kidd, no problem–for now:
Jason Kidd missed all four games this week with back spasms, but the Knicks were still able to get solid point guard play from more than just Raymond Felton. How? Pablo Prigioni, that’s how. Prigs, as Knicks fans like to call him, earned extra minutes due to Kidd’s absence, and he capitalized. In the two games that Prigioni played significant minutes, he averaged over nine points and six assists. Of course, the Knicks will need Jason Kidd back if they want to compete with the league’s elite–like, say, Miami on Thursday night–but Prigioni has proved that he deserves to get minutes.
The Knicks hit the road once again this week, with games in Charlotte on Wednesday, Miami on Thursday, and Chicago on Saturday before returning home on Sunday to meet the Denver Nuggets.