It hasn’t been dandy for the two New York basketball teams these last few weeks. Surprisingly, before the season began, critics and hardwood fans alike all selected the Nets and Knicks to be atop the Eastern Conference, but 13 games in, both teams are on losing skid—with the Knicks currently on a 6 game losing streak. To the Nets defense, the team hasn’t quite jelled as of yet, and with a depleted roster with injuries keeping them down and out, it certainly hasn’t helped their cause one bit (and, uh, Jason Kidd sure doesn’t show emotion, huh?). On the other hand, the Knicks, who also are missing Tyson Chandler’s presence in the middle, are a squad who just haven’t found ways to win or close out games thus far—and with all this stagnant one on one ball interrupting the team’s chemistry (eh hmm…Carmelo)—it can all mean bad news for head coach Mike Woodson in the near future.
And unfortunately for them, they ran into a hot Portland Trailblazers team (at Rose Garden) who won 11 games in a row and currently sit at the second best record in the Western Conference with a 13-2 record. They fell 102-91. Melo managed to put up 34 points and snatch down 15 boards, however, Damian Lillard and Nicholas Batum outmatched the Knickerbockers by each scoring 23 points, respectively. The Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a solid 18 points for them as well. So what does this mean for the Knicks and Nets? Is there changes to come sooner than later, or will one of these coaches not live on the sidelines to see another week? Um, well, tune in next time for the “sad times of New York” sports. Peep the highlights down below and check the commentary out here.