Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are now a winning team. The question remains whether or not they can keep it up.
The New York Knicks have been playing well, and it’s not just Spike Lee who likes it.
Obviously, Carmelo Anthony and company did not let Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves go home with the W on Wednesday or last night, and Knicks fans are getting comfortable in expecting a win from the team more than half the time.
Can they see the season through at this level? This is the all-important question of the hour.
Friday night started off rough for both teams — with Zach LaVine accounting for the only T-Wolves points during the first six minutes. In conjunction, Karl-Anthony Towns did not tally his first bucket until two minutes left in the first half. On the Knicks side of things, Kristaps Porzingis suffered through a rough first quarter.
History shows the Knicks usually beat the T-Wolves, 33 out of the 51 times they’ve met prior to Wednesday, and last night was no different as they pushed their overall average to +500, with consistency from starters and bench talent like Kyle O’Quinn.
On any given day, a .248 team could beat a .500 team …. weirder things have happened: See what went down at the Staples Center on Nov. 4. The question is: why did it take the Knicks a bet on a redemptive clutch shot on Wednesday and a loss of a lead in the in the fourth at MSG to beat a team that has won half as many games as them?
One thing is for sure, if this ‘Sota mini-series is an indication of the future, the Knicks have a slim chance of remaining a .500 team, since 34 of their next 63 games are away and the T-Wolves are on the “least of their worries” side of the list of opponents who will visit Madison Square Garden.
For now, though, a win is a win and every game Jeff Hornacek’s squad can climb north of the .500 mark is one that’ll be well received.