It’s good to see the New York Knicks back in action, even if it’s just the preseason. On Thursday October 11, 2012, the Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards 108-101 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. It was their first preseason game of the year, but there was much to like in this one.
Carmelo Anthony looked healthy and sharp. Anthony dropped in 17 points in 20 minutes. He went three-for-three from long range.
The point guards played well. Raymond Felton was far from fat. He had eight points and eight assists in 21 minutes. Ball movement was excellent with Felton in the game. Jason Kidd contributed four assists of his own and four points. 35-year-old rookie Pablo Prigioni was impressive with four assists and 14 points. He already looks like a valuable addition to the Knicks’ backcourt.
Tyson Chandler continued his high-percentage scoring ways. Chandler connected with the guards on some nice alley-oop dunks.
Sharpshooter Steve Novak was a perfect seven-for-seven from beyond the arc. He led all scorers with 21 points.
One glaring hole was the absence of Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire missed the game with a bruised left knee. Head Coach Mike Woodson said that the injury isn’t serious. But this is a bad start for the oft-injured Stoudemire.
The Knicks stormed to a 38-21 first quarter lead, but relinquished it when their bench took over. Nonetheless, the Knicks looked very good. And this is just their first preseason game. Ball movement, which seemed to be a problem last season, was much better. The three-headed monster of Felton, Kidd and Prigioni showed poise and control. The Knicks are a different team with them in the backcourt.
The Knicks are off to a quick start. And if this first preseason game is any indication, the Knicks are going to be very fun to watch this season.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.