Believe it or not, there's a good chance Landry Fields may go through a period of poor play too. Danilo Gallinari hasn't had a very consistent season to say the least. Plus Ronny Turiaf has been hurt and Toney Douglas hasn't been all that great either. All great signs. This team CAN, and needs to, be better.
"We can definitely get to another level," Felton said after producing 17 points and 13 assists. "We can get even better."So why must we continue to hear about Eddy Curry?
The obvious answer is that the team is only 2 games over .500, one bad loss from all the questions starting again. But last night's win, and the team's overall performance on the road, really has me thinking that the team has turned a corner and is playing, not just to make the playoffs, but to beat who ever is in their paths.
If you believe it, you can do it. Just ask the Jets. Now, D'Antoni isn't preaching championships like Rex Ryan boasts Super Bowls, but you can see the expectations climbing. And that is really fun to watch.
It's why injecting Curry, even for a few moments, makes no sense. Shawne Williams (whose signing with the Knicks was first reported by TKB), now that's a different story. The guy can make shots and worked himself into shape. He looked like he was often going to puke during camp, but he stayed ready and came in and contributed in a major way.
It's a simple answer to an even more simple question. Curry has played 10, count them, 10 NBA games in the last 27 months. His legs wouldn't allow him to get through training camp, where he wasn't even asked to do all too much physically. He could take a break whenever he wanted. Unlike high school tryouts, he was never in danger of getting cut. Ever try to play in your local "A" recreation league after not playing competitively for a year?
"I should've done it [put him in the lineup] a few month ago," D'Antoni told reporters in reference to playing Williams. "I got up the courage [this week]."
Don't get me wrong, I loved what Curry brought to the team last year in his brief cameo. He was playing hard, getting to the line and being effective. The problem was playing hard. It caused him to get hurt.
It's hard to say whether Curry could even get through a group of games. He couldn't last year and couldn't get through camp. If you're the coach, there's no reason to even risk it at this point, because of the fact that the team is really in a groove and you don't want to mess that up.
Should they need help up front, there is help via trade or free agency.