Record during the week: 1-3
Game results: Win vs. Suns (98-96); Loss @ Bobcats (108-98); Loss @ Pacers (117-89); Loss vs. Clippers (109-95); Loss vs. Nets (103-80)
Overall record / Games Behind: 15-26, 5.5 GB
Coming out Ready: What was initially one of the Knicks' worst characteristics has slowly turned into a positive one. The Knicks have been coming out with energy and purpose in a way we did not see over most of the first half of the year. Against the Suns, the Knicks were up seven after the first quarter, and the team played well in the opening frame against the Pacers and Clippers in following games. Waking up before tip-off is something this team had a lot of trouble doing earlier in the season, so it is good to see they remedied the problem.
Kenyon Martin: Martin played spectacular ball in the fourth quarter and OT against the Suns last Monday. In the Knicks patented switch-on-everything defense, Martin held his own against and stayed in front of Goran Dragic, who had shredded the Knicks the first three quarters. Offensively, he had two huge put-backs that allowed the Knicks to separate themselves in the overtime period. Just like Jason Kidd last year, Martin's presence on the floor makes the Knicks a better, more confident team. For all the money thrown around to lure guys into the Garden, a veteran's minimum might have been the best investment.
Coming out Ready: What the heck was that on Monday afternoon? Who sleepwalks through a rivalry game on national TV? How does Mike Woodson explain having his team so unprepared to play in front of its home crowd? Despite how good the Knicks made them look with yesterday's performance, it's not as if the Nets are some Eastern Conference juggernaut. They stink, and the Knicks came out so flat that they made the Nets look like contenders. A truly pathetic showing by what is slowly but surely becoming a truly pathetic team.
Kenyon Martin: After playing so well against the Suns, Martin injured his ankle against the Pacers and has been in civies ever since. Add in Amar'e's bum ankle and what was slowly turning into a solid two-headed monster is now a bench-ridden nothing. Kenyon and Amar'e need to get healthy if the Knicks are going to turn this thing around. These sentences get more and more sad with every passing week...
THE WALT CLYDE
Takes a Fashionista to Know a Fashionista: Complimenting Woodson's turtle neck and sports coat look against the Suns, Walt commented, "I've noticed Mike's gotten some new suits." Imagine that guy critiquing your style on a regular basis. We need to get Walt to rank the Knicks from most to least fashionable. This needs to happen. This season is so depressing we need novelty fun like this. Jill Martin, I'm looking at you.