The New York Knicks head into Oracle Arena to take on the juggernaut Warriors and turn their season around.
After starting off their road trip with two wins and two losses, the New York Knicks face the gargantuan task of taking on the Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena. The Warriors are returning home from a five-game road trip in which they won four games.
The NBA’s defending champs have the best record in the NBA at 37-10 to go along with a strong 16-6 record at home this season. While that home record is impressive, it’s also the worst the Warriors have played at home in the past four seasons. The Warriors only dropped nine regular season home games in the three years prior to the 2017-18 season.
Not only is that outrageous, but all the evidence anyone needs when it comes to just how dominant this team is at home.
The Knicks allowed 127 points to the Lakers on Sunday and if they bring that same defensive effort to Oracle, they might as well pencil in a loss. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant must be licking their chops. Needless to say, they have their work cut out for them.
That being said, a win could help end the Knicks current skid and put them back on a path towards the playoffs. Oracle Arena could be a crucible of sorts for this young Knicks team that is still trying to find their identity.
Jason Kidd Fired in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks head coach and former Knicks guard Jason Kidd was fired on Monday, via reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The perception is that the Bucks have underachieved with Kidd running the show and it looks like dropping to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference was the final straw for Milwaukee’s front office.
Milwaukee has fired coach Jason Kidd, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 22, 2018
Because this is the NBA, nothing can happen without a certain level of drama and theatrics. In this case, it appears that Kidd was unaware of his firing when Wojnarowski broke the news, according to reports from Chris Haynes of ESPN.
Sources: Jason Kidd hasn’t been officially told yet. Giannis Antetokounmpo is devastated. https://t.co/FGaqQybJtn
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 22, 2018
Giannis Antetokounmpo being upset about his coaches firing isn’t all that shocking. But again, in the NBA there needs to be something more. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN is reporting that the Greek Freak was even willing to make a last-ditch effort to save his coach’s job. You can’t make up some of the storylines in the NBA.
Jason Kidd tells ESPN that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before Kidd was officially notified he'd been fired by the Bucks and offered to help save his job.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 23, 2018
Other Knicks News, Stories
- ESNY writer Robbie Stratakos tells you why Tim Hardaway Jr. may not be the Knicks most talented offensive player, but he is their most prominent.
- ESNY’s own Danny Small reports on the Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and imagines how the Knicks could have pulled off a deal for the former Finals MVP.
- There are rumblings that the Knicks are interested in Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Collin Loring of ESNY examines the possibility.