Are NY Knicks a Mediocre Team or Just Going Through a Rough Patch?

November 30th, 2012 by Vin Getz Leave a reply »
The New York Knicks just weathered their first rough patch of the season, but was it also a sign of something more to come? Are the 2012-13 Knicks the same-old, mediocre team we’ve seen the last two years or was that early-season flash destined to last?

Once again, Knicks fans do not know exactly what they have. After bursting out of the gate with six straight wins, the Knicks have settled to .500 ball, going 4-4. They beat the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs but then lost badly to the subpar Houston Rockets, and their latest rival, the Brooklyn Nets.

It’s very early, but the Knicks' position in the standings alone indicates they are better than their typical mediocre (or worse) selves. They still are playing their best basketball in nearly 20 years, and it will continue.

They cling to a first-place Atlantic Division tie with those Nets and a half-game lead for the second seed in the East.

And they are putting up good numbers on solid play, though both have slipped some of late.

The Knicks have the fourth-best offense in the NBA, and now the eighth-best defense, in terms of points. The ...

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