Sunday, January 30, 2011
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The Knicks offense shined, reaching the 30 point plateau in all four quarters of Sunday night’s victory. New York’s breakout performance came from the most unlikely of sources; their seven foot rookie Timofey Mosgov. (You heard correctly) Mosgov collected 23 points and ripped down 14 boards en route to New York’s 124-106 outlasting of Detroit. The Russian rookie secured career highs in points, rebounds and minutes which spans over 25 games this regular season.
The Knicks are searching for a front court mate to keep Amare Stoudemire fresh and have been actively pursuing a trade for a backup power forward or center. The answer to New York’s search for a viable backup may be right under their nose in Mosgov. Coach Mike Dantoni is notorious for playing a short rotation of players, but by Dantoni providing Mosgov significant playing time against Detroit the rookie proved his worth.
The unsung hero for New York was forward Danillo Galanari, whose timely shooting was instrumental in helping the Knicks put the game out of reach late. Detroit and New York were deadlocked at 91 at the end of the third quarter then the Knicks caught fire and opened the flood gates. The man they call Gallo finished with 29 points on 7 of 12 from the field to go along with 5 rebounds.
MVP candidate Amare Stoudemire poured in 33 points and snatched six boards, all in a day’s work for the man at the heart of New York’s resurgence in the East. The Knicks will have the next two days off, before playing host to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday Night. The Knicks matchup with Dallas will be a good barometer in an effort to determine whether New York is a possible contender or a mere pretender.
Prediction: Dallas 114 Knicks 111
Player of the Game: Dirk Nowitzki 32 points, 5 rebounds 4 assists.