Carmelo Anthony may be enjoying his best scoring stretch in over two years, but the New York Knicks have just one win to show for it.
Facing the Detroit Pistons may be just what New York needs to begin building momentum.
Anthony will try to overcome a sore hip and help the Knicks win consecutive games for the first time this season Saturday night against the Pistons.
Anthony ranks among the league leaders with 29.1 points per game. He has scored at least 30 in three straight contests -- averaging 34.7 -- but New York (3-4) has only won once in that span.
He came up huge in Friday's 99-96 victory over winless Washington. Anthony shook off a sore right hip and scored 37 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining.
"I was hurt. I was just praying it went in. I wasn't going to try to drive at all, I knew I didn't have any push off on my right leg," Anthony said.
The four-time All-Star hasn't reached the 30-point mark in four consecutive games since a five-game run with Denver from Dec. 8-16, 2009.
It appears the Knicks may not need another big scoring effort from Anthony against the Pistons (2-5), who are among the lowest scoring teams in the NBA at 84.9 points per game while surrendering 93.3.
New York, however, allowed the Wizards to have their most productive offensive performance of the season, two days after doing the same against Charlotte in a 118-110 loss at home.
"We're a long ways from being any good, but we have the spirit and we are fighting," coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Anthony, though, may be looking to erase the memory of his last visit to Detroit on March 8, when he turned in his worst game as a Knick. He missed 10 of 12 shots -- all five in the fourth quarter -- to finish with six points in a 99-95 loss, ending New York's four-game win streak in the series.
The Knicks are averaging 114.2 points in their last five meetings with the Pistons.
Amar'e Stoudemire has averaged 30.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in three games against Detroit since joining the Knicks.
He's shown no adverse effects from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for two games. Stoudemire has totaled 48 points and 24 rebounds in two contests since returning.
The Pistons are trying to avoid their second three-game skid of the season after falling 96-73 at Philadelphia on Friday. The listless performance included matching a season-low 36.0 percent shooting from the floor while missing all 10 3-point attempts.
"When the dam exploded, it really exploded," coach Lawrence Frank said.
It's unclear if Detroit will have guards Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey back. Gordon, the team leader with 16.2 points per game, sat out Friday due to personal reasons, while Stuckey was absent with a sore groin.
Gordon averages 18.7 points in 23 games against the Knicks.
Greg Monroe may be looked at to pick up the scoring slack. The center matched his season high with 22 points while pulling down seven rebounds against the 76ers.
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Jan 07, 2012, 04:54
Nice GT debut from our Euro connection.
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Jan 07, 2012, 12:49
This will go to Triple OT.
Jan 07, 2012, 12:51
Last season that triple OT win over Pistons was the start of our W8 streak... :)
Jan 07, 2012, 16:32
Nice game thread, do I dare say win streak?:peace:
Jan 07, 2012, 17:07
I agree as well, nice game thread! You gotta think Melo's tired after carrying the load during this shortened season. Hopefully the Knicks have their sh*t together and whoop up on Detroit.
Jan 07, 2012, 17:14
NOBODY forget that shump looks like he can direct the offense now, allowing our other players to get good shots and score, without the insane amount of iso's
Jan 07, 2012, 18:13
Key Points from my eyes
STAT-Jerebko match up- I'm afraid of this match up, STAT has to destroy him on O and play great D on him. Jerebko is a pesky international player and you know how they play D this should be STAT's game
Melo- has to finish stronger on D, he got blocked 7 times be it against McGee but he has to start dunking the ball and using his pump fake more if he cant rise over guys anymore
Douglas/Fields/Walker- Bibby's back is tweak so he might be out, We need strong games from these guys, they need to set the tone and make the small things happen.
Chandler- has to dominate the boards for us they're small so we have to eat the boards
ShuMVPert(credit to KingStarbury3)- Be our Point Guard our leader make plays make shots and play D
Jan 07, 2012, 18:26
Lol thats about right, Bibby hits some shots yesterday and now might not be able to play? Oh well, if Tyson can neutralize Monroe, Stoudemire should win the 4 battle, I think we'll be good. Anyone get any word on Stuckey or Ben G playing tonight? I'd imagine starting lineups are out but yeah... I'm a TWC customer, haven't started watching on here yet