What a game! This was Melo’s finest moment as a Knick. Regardless of what critics say about his game, whenever you need a big shot or someone to carry your team, Carmelo’s your man. The Knicks needed this win in the worst way. With the victory and with the Sixers’s loss, we not only have more breathing room, we were able to move up to seventh place. This is not an ideal spot to be in the playoffs because we’ll then be playing the Heat. Yesterday’s win was not only critical because of the playoff standings, but it also helped the Knicks gain more confidence. This game showed that the Knicks can be a force come playoff time. Melo proved that he is one of the top players in the game. Also, Tyson Chandler showed why the Knicks decided to trade for him as opposed to keeping Chauncey Billups.
His leadership and defensive hustle cannot be questioned. Tyson changed the Knicks’s culture around. How about rookie Iman Shumpert? This kid has really been playing well. He’s been known for his defensive play, but his offense has really come along. Not only can he take it to the hole, but his jump shot has been effective as well. Iman has been one of our most valuable players, playing multiple positions (small forward, shooting guard and point guard). Amar’e and Lin are sorely missed, but thanks to the trio of Melo, Tyson and Iman, they have Knicks fans believing that we can not only stay in the playoff race, but also be a threat come playoff time, regardless of our opponent.
I’m not sure what place the Knicks will end up in in the playoff standings, but I do know that yesterday was an important win for them. They secure their playoff position and gained mentally confidence. We beat the team with the best record in the NBA. The game was played with extreme playoff intensity, which included the return of last year’s MVP, D. Rose. Of course there are still games to be played, but yesterday the Knicks showed that they are for real.