The New York Knicks (18-21) will wrap up a four game road trip this evening against the Milwaukee Bucks (15-24) as both teams will look for a vital Eastern Conference victory. With both teams struggling under the .500 mark, they still have a chance for a playoff spot-which can become more secure with a good game tonight.
New York had been red-hot recording a season-high seven-game winning streak, as fans got to enjoy a sight that hasn’t been seen in a long time. The Knicks were playing as a cohesive unit, with heart, fire and determination.
As of late though, the Knicks have struggled dropping three straight games and six of their last nine. Not helping the Orange and Blue’s cause has been the amount of turnovers and the struggle that head coach Mike D’Antoni of putting the pieces in place for a playoff run.
D’Antoni’s problem is finding the right amount of minutes for stars like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, while also finding a place for his new stars to shine.
There needs to be time found for players like Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak.
At one point in time, the craze was around Lin, but now the sharp-shooting of Novak seems to have gotten fans in a tizzy. With such catch phrases as Novakcane and Discount Novakcheck, the forward will return to Milwaukee-which is where he played college hoops.
Novak, an alumnus of Marquette, has impressed in his playing time for New York-recording 8.3 points off the bench. The forward has been red-hot from the three-point arc, hitting many deep shots from downtown.
One of the biggest concerns for Knicks fans is going to be the play of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has shot a career-low 40.1 percent, and is in the middle of playing in his second lowest scoring-average season since 2004-’05. New York needs ‘Melo’ if they want to have any chance at a playoff spot.
The Knicks/Bucks game will air on the MSG network, with tip-off slated for 8:30 p.m.
Written on March 9, 2012