January 15, 2018
By Nick Reyes
Remember when the New York Knicks were steam rolling at Madison Square Garden? Everything was going right for the team but the good feelings are disappeared fast. Their recent skid now includes four brutal home losses in a row. After yesterdays collapse at MSG to the New Orleans Pelicans, they are on a grueling stretch that finds the fading Knicks playing 16 of their next 20 games outside the confines of the Worlds Most Famous Arena – beginning today with a game at the Brooklyn Nets.
New York Knicks & Martin Luther King Jr. Day
It’s a tradition for the New York Knicks to take the court on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On MLK day they hold a 19-12 overall record and have played at Madison Square Garden every year since 1987. Today at 3:00 PM the New York Knicks will dawn road uniforms for the 1st time.
Last year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day the New York Knicks led the Philadelipha 76ers by 18 points in the third quarter, but Philadelphia came storming back and took a three-point lead with under one minute remaining in the fourth. Carmelo Anthony drained a clutch 3-pointer over Nerlens Noel with 3.4 seconds left in the game to force overtime. One overtime wasn’t enough in this thriller but the Knicks were finally able to pull away in double OT, winning 119-113.
I am not that picky on how it gets done today but the Knicks need a win! They have become a 3 Quarter team that cannot close out games. (Very Frustrating!!!)
Since The Nets Moved To Brooklyn
Since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, the Knicks are 12 – 11 against their cross-bridge rivals. They also hold a slight edge in the all-time series at 96-93. The Brooklyn Nets play the Knicks well at home, winning six of the last eight games at Barclays Center.
This game is a toss up. It should be a fun match up and looking forward to the extended weekend with some afternoon basketball but to be honest… the sting of yesterdays loss still resides. It is 7:30 AM and I am still not over the New Orleans meltdown. (Hoping another strong coffee will help.) With that said I will ready to go when the ball is tipped off!
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Go NYK!