Jan 20 2012
^ Remember that. Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a Knick came last season against the Milwaukee Bucks. Since that game, the Knicks own a modest 20-22 record including a 6-8 record this season. The Knicks look to turn their season around tonight against a Bucks team that they finished 1-3 against last season.
Here’s what to watch for:
- Milwaukee ranks 24th in offensive efficiency. The Knicks improved defense may have to carry the team tonight as the offense has struggled all season. The Bucks rank 11th in defensive efficiency and played the Knicks very tough last season. I think the defense will have to carry the team tonight as I don’t see the offense breaking out.
- Melo must distribute. With his injured wrist, Melo has been off the past couple games. I have not had an issue with his shot selection but the results do not lie. Anthony has made only 14 of his past 49 shot attempts. In addition to scoring more efficiently, Anthony will need to get others involved if the Knicks are going to win tonight.
- Fields must continue to play well. Landry Fields played a very good game in Wednesday’s loss to Phoenix. His impact was felt and must be felt again tonight. Rather than detriment the team with air balls and turnovers, Fields was an efficient scorer Wednesday night. With the recent struggles of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks need Fields to help contribute to the offensive cause tonight.