New York Knicks: Does Big Win Over Spurs Prove They Are Contenders?

January 5th, 2011 by Philip Lombardo Leave a reply »
Last night, the New York Knicks recorded what was probably their biggest win of the year, defeating the San Antonio Spurs—who hold the best record in the NBA at 29-5—by 13 points to improve their record to 20-14.

Raymond Felton had 28 points and seven assists, Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Wilson Chandler added 31 points and nine rebounds. The Knicks shot 54.9% from the field and had only six turnovers, but forced San Antonio to commit 16. New York was without Danilo Gallinari, who will miss two to three weeks with a left knee sprain.

But does this win truly mean the Knicks are contenders in the East?

A single "big win" does not determine whether a team can hang with the big boys or not, but you can't ignore the change in attitude this Knicks team has from the teams in the past decade.  Obviously, having Amare and Felton—two veterans who have been around the block helps—helps, but this team is a confident group every time they step onto the court.  They expect to win every game, and that goes a long way in professional sports these days.

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