Knicks' struggles continue as they fall to Cavs
If the Knicks' goal was to prove their win over the Bobcats was a fluke, they succeeded. New York followed their best game of the season with one of their worst. This was the same old Knicks team that we've come to know over the past decade.
With the game tied at half, the Cavs completely outplayed the Knicks for the final 24 minutes as Cleveland pulled out a 91-81 victory.
It was one of New York's sloppiest performances of the season. The Knicks committed 22 turnovers, including 6 from Amare Stoudemire.
Instead of moving the ball like they did on Tuesday, the Knicks settled for outside shots. Bad outside shots. New York went 3-20 from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent from the field. Toney Douglas was the biggest culprit, going 2-8 from three point range. Douglas is just a 23 percent shooter from distance on the season.
Carmelo Anthony had another subpar showing, scoring just 15 points. Tuesday was an anomaly. Last night was the norm. The Knicks' offense has not been effective when Anthony doesn't put up a lot of points.
The Cavs were able to win comfortably even though Kyrie Irving made just one field goal. Good NBA teams win games when their opponents' best player makes just one shot. Right now, the Knicks are nowhere near being a good NBA team.
Nets surprise Sixers
This is why the Nets traded for Deron Williams. Williams took control as the Nets had trouble scoring most of the night. He created offense for his teammates and hit clutch shots to lead New Jersey to their most impressive win of the season.
The Nets upset the 76ers 97-90 as they picked up their first victory over a winning team. This was the case of one player willing his team to beat a superior opponent. Deron Williams scored 34 points and dished out 11 assists. More importantly, he hit back to back shots in overtime that tied the game and gave the Nets the lead for good.
Kris Humphries also had played well. He chipped in 13 points and 19 rebounds. It was one of the few games in which the Nets had the game's top two performers.
New Jersey did an excellent job of stopping Philadelphia's balanced attack. The Sixers scored just 82 points in regulation. The Nets slowed down the game and only allowed five fast break points.
After 19 games, the Nets finally have a marquee win. They did it on the road and without rookie MarShon Brooks. All things considered, it was probably one of the most unlikely wins of the entire NBA season.
Wagner vs. Sacred Heart
It's a quiet night on the New York sports scene. Both local NBA teams are off and there are no hockey games because of the All-Star break. So how about a Wagner basketball prediction?
Wagner is in the midst of its best season in a few years. The Seahawks are 15-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play. They picked up a signature win at Pitt earlier this year and were able to hold their own against Connecticut.
Tonight they visit Sacred Heart in a game after falling to LIU, who is undefeated in the NEC. Wagner is the better team. Sacred Heart has the advantage of being home, but Wagner doesn't get fazed by road games. The Seahawks are 8-2 on the road.
Wagner is a mentally tough team. They're good away from home and are looking to make the NCAA tournament this year. They won't let a losing team like Sacred Heart get in their way. Wagner 74, Sacred Heart 66.