The New York Knicks lost their first home game on Monday night to the Houston Rockets, and if the Brooklyn Nets have anything to say about it, they will have their first losing streak at home Wednesday night, when the Nets play at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks for the first time this season. With Carmelo Anthony missing the last two games, the Knicks haven’t been as sharp on the offensive end, and it isn’t surprising.
When Anthony was injured in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after receiving a hard foul from center Dwight Howard (who, as always, looked at the referee as if he hadn’t done anything to warrant the foul call) he completed his two free throws, but has not been seen on a basketball court yet.
This is unfortunately too bad for those watching, as Anthony was having his best offensive streak as a Knick. After scoring 45 points in Brooklyn last week to beat the Nets on 15-24 shooting, Melo had 30 points against the Lakers in 23 minutes on 10-15 shooting. It would have been quite enjoyable to see how long one of the most talented scorers in the NBA would have gone on this hot streak, but it has ended. Along with it, so has the Knicks home winning streak. Now, the Brooklyn Nets look to extend their home losing streak.
Help is on the way though, as Carmelo is listed as day-to-day. All star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is set to practice Tuesday with the Developmental League team, and if all goes well, will practice with the team. The Knicks could potentially have their two all-star forwards back playing together, and the rest of the NBA should take notice.