The Knicks had a big offseason. For one, they signed former MVP Derrick Rose. Then they went out and grabbed former Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah. Pairing these two with stars Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis creates a lethal and well-balanced team … if this were 2011. Although the Knicks are better overall, they are still underachieving because that is what the Knicks do best — disappoint.
Yes, the Knicks roster is much improved from last season, but that wasn’t hard to do, since last year’s Knicks were a dumpster fire. Filling the roster with aging, injury-prone stars seems more desperate than dynamic. The Knicks are better because of their offseason acquisitions and will compete for a low-seeded playoff spot, but they are no threat to the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The one factor that is a positive for the Knicks is their experience. That is their calling card this season. If the Knicks can beat up on teams that lack experience, the playoffs are a realistic expectation.
The Timberwolves, on the flip side, are riddled with young, inexperienced phenoms like Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony Towns, Zach Lavine, and Ricky Rubio. Despite their youth and limited time in the NBA, their talent alone is good enough to push them into playoff contention. However, that is not the case so far this season, as the they’ve limped to an unimpressive 5-12 record. How is that possible with so much talent? Well, they have been dreadful at closing out games, which brings to light their youth and inexperience. That being said, more playing time brings a better understanding of the game and a better ability to finish off opponents. Once the Timberwolves solve their on-court problems, watch out. This team will immediately become a major Western Conference threat. But until then, anyone can beat them.
The Knicks and Timberwolves face off twice in three days. The first game is in Minneapolis, and the second in New York. Each team is desperate to win, and vying to prove themselves makes the bigger of the two games at the Garden as it will test the makeup of both the Knicks and Timberwolves.
How will the loser of the first game respond? Is the winner of the first game capable of sweeping the two-game series? What are both team’s season outlook after this series? These important questions will be answered after the short series is finished.
The Knicks will need to exploit the Timberwolves’ inexperience to have any hope in winning. Tthe Timberwolves need to rely not only on their talent, but their intelligence. If they can take a step forward with their basketball IQ, then the Knicks are in for long, frustrating night. Both teams need to prove to themselves and to their fan bases that they aren’t the disappointment originally thought. This game will test each team’s resolve and how they handle and overcome their weaknesses, be it youth or old age.
The Knicks have one of the fiercest and most loyal fan bases in the entire NBA. Knicks fans have waded through season after season of mediocrity and disappointment. They want and deserve a winner. With the addition of Rose and Noah, fans are optimistic the Knicks will take the next step forward and contend in the East. Fans believe they have a great opportunity to beat the Timberwolves — so much so TickPick has seen a huge surge of ticket sales. Within the last week alone, ticket sales have increased almost 100 percent. With a get in price of only $88 and over 800 tickets still available, affordable tickets will become harder to come by, so be sure to get yours on TickPick, where there are no buyer fees! The outcome of this game is completely up in the air. Either team is fully capable of defeating the other. Look for the Dec. 2nd game to be a battle.