Who in the east should really be a candidate? … plus finishing the west.
The Knicks went on a 23-6 run in the 4th quarter to trim their deficit to 5 but a few lucky bounces went the Warriors way resulting in a 106-92 loss.
The Warriors are arguably the league’s best team, dropping a tough one in Atlanta Friday night when they matched up with the Eastern Conference leader.
The positive for the Knicks is that Amare Stoudimire showed signs of life, the team was playing without Carmelo, and on paper this looked like they had no chance. They didn’t even look like they had a chance down almost 30 in the 4th quarter but stepped up the defense.
On the flip side, the Warriors were playing their 4th game in 5 nights in their 4th different city. They had played an emotional game on Friday night and arrived in New York at 3 am Saturday morning. The Splash brothers combined for a paltry 13-40 from the field aided by two huge 3-pointers from Thompson with a 3 and a driving layup by Curry that sealed the deal.
The Knicks quest for the #1 draft pick continues Monday at Miami.
The Nets will retain bragging rights over the Knicks for another year which unfortunately doesn’t mean as much as fans of New York City’s two NBA squads have underachieved this season.
A close 92-88 victory, their 3rd in a row, raises the Nets into a temporary tie with Miami (currently playing San Antonio) for the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks loss drops them into a tie for the worst record in the NBA which will help their chances in the lottery for the #1 draft pick in this June’s draft.