New York Knicks

Needing an impressive performance after a good old fashioned beat-down the New York Knicks will take on the Sacramento Kings.

New York Knicks (10-13)
Sacramento Kings (8-15)
Thursday, December 10, 10:30 PM on TNT
Sleep Train Arena

By Chip Murphy

The New York Knicks will attempt to snap their three-game losing streak tonight on the road against Rajon Rondo and the Sacramento Kings. After a catastrophic finish to last season, which resulted in his needing to sign a one-year contract, Rondo has recovered some of the magic that made experts call him a max-player.

Come this offseason, the Knicks will resume their never-ending search for a point guard and Rondo will be at the top of the list. The four-time All-Star is averaging 12.5 points, 11 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the three point line.

Rondo leads the NBA in triple-doubles (4) and is starting to take shape as the player he actually is instead of the superstar the league thought he was. He’s a pass-first role player who makes others on his team better.

Carmelo Anthony has always played best when there was a great point guard by his side, ie. Chauncey Billups and Andre Miller, so a pairing with Rondo would be ideal for him and could only help the progress of Kristaps Porzingis.

Tonight will be about more than just Rajon Rondo and the future it will be about DeMarcus Cousins and the Knicks trying top stop one of the best centers in the NBA. The Kings are one of the league’s worst defensive teams in the league and the Knicks are one of the league’s worst offensive teams so it could be yet another ugly game tonight as the Knicks look to rebound from a blowout defeat to the Utah Jazz, 106-85.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.