At 4-0, Knicks Set to Leave Home

By JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A quick scan of the early schedule, and it is clear that the Knicks haven’t had to get on an airplane, or even pack many bags lately.

A 4-0 start for the Knicks included a home game against the Miami Heat, a home-and-home with the Philadelphia 76ers and another date at Madison Square Garden with the Dallas Mavericks. Additionally, the Knicks closed the preseason at the Sixers and against the Brooklyn Nets at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

Long story short, there hasn’t been much traveling for this team since late October, but that is about to change.

The Knicks, the NBA’s last unbeaten and the league’s top defensive team, will finally hit the road beginning Tuesday at the Orlando Magic. That matchup will kick start a string of three road games in four nights, while six of the Knicks’ next seven games are on the road after they’ve spent the better part of the last month close to or at home.

“We’ve had four good games and now we have to go see what we’re made of on the road,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said after practice at the MSG Training Center on Monday afternoon. “Road wins are tough to get, so you really gotta be focused and locked in as a unit. We can’t turn it over offensively and defensively, you have to play at a high level. All those things have to happen for us to be successful on the road.”

While the Magic (2-4) will begin this three-game road trip, the intriguing part of the trip sits at the end of the week when the Knicks play a back-to-back at the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

The Spurs and Grizzlies currently sit 1-2 in the Northwest Division, are a combined 11-2 on the season and both were projected in the preseason by many as top 4 teams in the Western Conference.

“Anytime you’re on the road, it’s always a challenge, regardless of who you’re playing,” Carmelo Anthony said. The first game is Orlando, that’s our focus and we’ll take it one game at a time.”

What the Knicks have been doing is playing sterling defense, giving up an NBA-best 87.5 points per game over their first four contests. Offensively, they rank second in both points per game (104.5) and 3-point percentage (43.6). All those points and that gaudy mark from deep are thanks to a renewed effort to share the ball and get quality shots. They rank eighth in the NBA in field goal percentage at 45.3 percent.

“This is our first real road road trip, we’re gonna be away for a little bit and we just feel like we have to continue what we’ve been doing and not get away from it,” Steve Novak said. “The next game is the most important and we have to continue the momentum.”

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114 comments
nesboogie
nesboogie

Hakeem Nicks, ODB, Kerley? lol..

marcus81
marcus81

we could use that extra 10mil on Holmes so he can stay and do nothing again

McGeorge
McGeorge

The extra 10MM is a disaster for the Jets.


The Jets were in a great cap situation and many other teams weren't and would have had to let players walk that the Jets could have signed.  Now with an extra 10MM those players will stay with their teams.

todd
todd

Was there any talk of franchising Folk? Because apparently that just happened...

todd
todd

Well.. maclins off the table now.. Eagles caved on the 1 yr deal

williamg1
williamg1

$140M may cover Darren Sharper's bail. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  THE Vontae Leach that was going to single handedly win Miami the Super Bowl last year?  Surely not.

todd
todd

Yeah that's what I figured, I just don't remember any talk of us franchising any of the pending ufa's

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Just use the same login info, that's what I do. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  Do I really have to sign up for a Chatzy acct?  I feel like I have 10,000 accts due to this site right now.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Come to the chat, we're talking Jordan. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @a57se  annyyywwaayyyyyy.....Sign me up for some Dion Jordan!!!


@Marcus Armstrong question for you - You don't think 18th is too much?  Couldn't we trade a combo of our 2nd round and 3rd round picks and maybe trade back the 18th to recoup a pick?  Any chance of that working?  I'm playing Madden GM in my cubicle right now....

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I already said you won TJB for the day, 57. Now you're just running up the score, like Belichick. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Agreeing with me kind of undermines your previous post.


Have a good weekend, 57. You win another day of commenting on TJB. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I copy/pasted something you said exactly like three posts ago. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You're terrible at debating things. 


Great, so you think the front office sucks, but that has nothing to do with the team wanting to move Jordan. Whatever, I don't care. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se 


"Philbin wasn't on board with the move and now they want to cut bait because Philbin thinks he isn't worth it.....to  Dion Jordan sucks........to the Dolphins are a bunch of clueless idiots like you claim.

I would venture to guess it is somewhere between the first two scenarios. "


When you said it's most likely some combination of Philbin not being "on board" with the pick and Jordan sucking, but not the Fins' front office being terrible. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  It is not "Dion Jordan sucks." He have factual, statistical evidence to support that. 


It's just amazing that you refuse to even accept that the Dolphins are a bad franchise. It's dumbfounding. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @a57seThe Fins have made the playoffs once in the past 12 years.  Their last conference final was in the '92 season.  Lots of futility in Miami after the Shula golden years.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, as always it's nothing to do with you. I get it. 


I still haven't seen you give a reason why you are against looking into Jordan besides "WE JUST DON'T KNOW!"

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, where you ignore the vastly greater list of reasons why the Phins are a poorly run team and franchise in favor of the UNKNOWN so there's no way to definitively prove you wrong. We know the "rational thought" you speak of. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Omgggg can't you ever just talk about something without turning into a forensic investigation? 



The Phins are a poorly run franchise, they have a star-f***ing owner, they have a loser as a GM and a head coach who has no control over his locker room. It's a shock that this triumverate of terror can't maximize the potential of an elite talent? 

levi
levi

@SackDance99 Maybe he wants out of that mess in Miami and is demanding a trade.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Wat. You misread what I said entirely. 


The Phins had a guy who was bordering on elite pressure numbers as a pass rusher, but didn't use him as a pass rusher. That is akin to the Jets not using Boss Hogg as a run stuffer. 

levi
levi

@Brendan Actually I like it when they put Boss Hog in on run plays. Ehh ehh?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes. They are a poorly run team who didn't use a productive player. 


How would you have felt if, say, the Jets kept taking Boss Hogg out on running downs? A similar type of mind-numbing stupidity was going on in Miami. 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se  They're a poorly managed team that couldn't figure out how to play a productive player. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  They're idiots, don't know how to use him properly, are a horribly run franchise....I mean, take your pick.