It was another solid performance for the Knicks, beating the Bucks 102-88. They were a bit flat in the first half but really took off in the second. Novak got the nod to start the third quarter and did a great job spreading the floor with his shooting as the Knicks put the game away in the first six minutes of the second half. Novak, a Milwaukee native, always kills the Bucks (he had nineteen). I think you can expect to see him playing as many minutes as his defense will allow until Jason Kidd gets back. It was another great game for Melo, who finished with 29. Tyson Chandler had another big scoring night with seventeen and Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni both played very well. It was nice to see Felton bounce back from his performance Monday night.
But another regular season win isn’t the big news. The big news is this from Ian Begley at ESPN.com:
“All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning,” said one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks. “He’d be fine with coming off the bench if that’s what they want.”
So it’s just like I told you: with the Knicks rolling, Amar’e doesn’t have any choice and he isn’t crazy. He’s put the word out there that he’ll come off the bench. And if you’ve been watching the last week or two, you know they can badly use someone who can put the ball in the basket as part of the second unit.
I can’t tell you how happy I am about this.
Alright folks, enjoy the day. Up next: the red-hot one-win Wizards in a dreaded Friday Night Knicks showdown. Look out.