Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Knicks’ Defense Loses Its Edge, Forcing Offense to Rally -

Knicks’ Defense Loses Its Edge, Forcing Offense to Rally - "While the Knicks, at 21-10, still have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games and are too often allowing their opponents to get comfortable on offense early. That, in turn, has forced the Knicks to spend much of the remainder of the game trying to rally.

The Knicks rank a modest 15th in the league in points per game allowed after starting the season right at the top. More troubling, over those last 10 games, they have allowed an average of 101.3 points per game, which ranks a dismal 25th for that span. In five of those games — against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets — the Knicks also found themselves trailing by 10 or more points in at least one juncture. Only against the Timberwolves, who were playing without their best player, Kevin Love, did the Knicks rally to win."

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