The New York Knicks have catapulted to an extraordinary start this season, and in the process, notched victories against the Miami Heat, who e-mailed it in on opening night at Madison Square Garden, and the San Antonio Spurs. The latter (November 15) represents perhaps the most impressive Knick road victory in years.
They are in the midst of a mini road trip, with the last one in Memphis against the Grizzlies, on the rear end of a back-to-back after the Spurs. Already, they’ve taken two of those three, assuring a victorious swing.
So then, there are no caveats to a six-game winning streak at any time of the year or a 6-0 record. A negative spin cannot be attached, though everyone might wonder how long the old legs on Jason Kidd and others will support the enthusiasm of this streak, or the dreams it evokes. Indeed, if in fact you believe they will break down at some point, then generating wins on the front end is a great idea.
What is apparent, after watching league-wide basketball over the first couple of weeks, is the dearth of good teams in the NBA. If you add to them the teams who have sustained injuries to key players, such as the Philadelphia 76ers with Andrew Bynum, the Indiana Pacers with Danny Granger, and the Dallas Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki, you are further buoyed by the Knicks’ chances to enjoy a special year. Take a look at the Knick conquests to date, outside of the Heat and Spurs. They defeated the Mavericks, a team that appears very ordinary, the dreadful Magic, and the shorthanded 76ers twice.
In the Eastern Conference, there’s the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, and Charlotte Bobcats, to name a few. If the Knicks simply play to potential, which is probably a touch below the stellar caliber of play to date, they should never lose to those teams. They did last year, and it sabotaged their season, because a seventh seed meant playing the Heat in the first round.
The Knicks aren’t as great as they’ve seemed in this tremendous start, but they may not have to be.
Glenn Vallach has been a basketball fan, player, and coach during his lifetime and, as such, an ardent follower of the NBA even with all its warts. He have also been a New York Knick fan since the days of Howie Komives and Walt Bellamy, when he regularly boarded the IRT Subway at 180th Street in the Bronx for a trip to the Garden to see his heroes.
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