Knicks Bounce Back to Beat Cavs, Melo Suffers Knee Injury
On Sunday, the Knicks lost a critical game against Miami. The Heat were down 14 at halftime but controlled the second half in the Garden. The loss hurt New York, but the question that remained was whether the defeat would linger into Cleveland in a showdown vs the Cavaliers.
At first, it looked as though the Knicks were still thinking about that loss against Miami. Cleveland came out of the gates firing, pushing the lead to at least 22 in the first half. What was more concerning for New York was that their star Carmelo Anthony was dealing with an apparent knee injury. Melo played sparingly in the first half, but didn't log a minute in the second.
Despite the injury, New York made a spirited comeback. The Knicks had a clear height advantage, as Cleveland was playing a big man down. Tristan Thompson and Marreese Speights played well for the Cavs, but Amare Stoudemire was able to get inside on numerous occasions, scoring around the rim. Stoudemire was the Knicks' leading scorer with 22.
New York relied heavily on 6th man JR Smith in the second half, and though Smith struggled from the 3 point line, he managed to have a good all around game. The Knicks' 32 point 4th gave them the edge in the game.
Fans of the Knicks will closely be watching for news from the team regarding Melo's injury. If the Knicks expect to make any moves in the playoffs this season, they'll need Anthony to be 100%.
- Knicks fans saw a third straight start for James White. White played just 4 minutes in the entire game. Only time will tell whether Coach Mike Woodson will continue to start White.
- Kenyon Martin received a DNP-Coach's Decision in this contest. It's an understatement to say Martin has played sparingly as a Knick. Melo's injury may afford Martin a few minutes in the Knicks' upcoming games.
- Marcus Camby saw game action for the first time since January 10th. Camby didn't take a shot, but managed a steal in his 7 minutes.