With a current four game losing streak, the New York Knicks may soon be getting ready for major changes to the team’s roster.
One of the changes for New York is that head coach Mike D’Antoni will be going back to his old Knicks starting lineup, benching Wilson Chandler and putting Ronny Turiaf back in as the starting center for their matchup tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. The move will allow Amar’e Stoudemire to slot back to his starting-power-forward slot.
It is certainly a change that makes sense at the moment as the Knicks have looked worn down lately and have caused to play lazier on defense and not be as offensive lately. In two of their last three games, they have averaged 85 points a game. That’s a far cry from the 107 points a game they average game on the season which is tops in the NBA.
One Knick that has struggled lately is Raymond Felton. He has totaled 27 points and shot 23.8 percent in his last three games. Felton is having his best season as a pro with 17.7 points and 8.9 assits per game. As his play has regressed, it’s no suprise that the Knicks have gone down as well.
The Knicks officially completed the halfway point of the season on Wednesday night as they lost to the Houston Rockets, 104-89. They are now 22-19 and are on pace to win 44 games whichwould be their highest win total in 10 years. They are sixth in the Eastern Conference and have a decent lead over the 7th place Sixers by five games. However, they have lost 10 if their last 16 and it’s only gets tougher to end the losing against the Spurs.
The Spurs will be looking for revenge tonight on the Knicks. New York played it’s best game of the season as they shot 54.9 percent in a 128-115 victory back on January 4th. It was the most points San Antonio allowed in a regulation game since March 1993 that prompted their head coach Gregg Popovich to say that the defense was “pathetic”.
They are now back on track from that game as they have won seven in a row and continue to dominate the NBA with a league best record of 36-6. They’ve held the Knicks to 85.7 points per game in winning the last seven meetings in San Antonio. In their last game, they came back from an 11-point halftime deficit in the third quarter en route to a 104-95 win over Toronto on Wednesday night.
After tonight’s game, New York will head to Oklahoma City to face another first place team in the Thunder. New York defeated the Thunder in thei previous meeting on December 22nd, 112-98.
There has been rumors that Knicks forwards Anthony Randolph was already traded to the Indiana Pacers for a first round pick but nothing is done. Randolph has practically been a ghost all season and doesn’t look to get any playing tme anytime soon. Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has tried to use Randolph to acquire a first round pick so it can improve their chances to acquire Nuggest forward, Carmelo Anthony.