During Last week's Knicks Fanatics Radio show, fellow Fanatic Peaceman, chimed in and he offered a concession in a Fonzie like fashion. (He was wrrrrrr, wrrrrrr, wrrrrr,) Yes, Raymond Felton has proved the non believers wrong by scoring 18.3 ppg, dishing out 8.4 apg and displaying leadership qualities that can only be measured by the win/loss columns. So far he's been draining buckets at a much higher percentage then most people had expected. This is important because he has made up for some sloppy transition turnovers by hitting clutch 3 pointers, etc.... So now that Peaceman has moved on we can finally put the Duhon bull to bed.
Now the other part of this clip that's timely is Peaceman's weariness from years of lackluster efforts from the New York Knicks. He represents a large portion of the fan base. Let's face it, we've all had the "same old Knicks" moment at least once this year. This coming week is being heralded as a true test of who the Knicks really are. Are they contenders or pretenders? Their recent run has forced the league to take notice. They've won 7 straight games and 12 of their last 13. Impressive no matter who they played, but there is no denying that the quality of their opponents has been less than what they'll be up against when they welcome the Denver Nuggets to MSG on Sunday, the Boston Celtics on Wednesday and the Miami Heat on Friday. Folks are just not convinced that the Knicks are at an elite level yet. They simply can not shake their past with one good quarter of a season.
This team is without a doubt better than its predecessors. They've already withstood a lengthy losing streak and instead of burying their heads in the sand and accepting defeat they bounced back, showing they're capable of conquering adversity and correcting mistakes. They're a solid team but are they capable of greatness?
This week could be a major turning point for the expectations of themselves and their fans. Should the Knicks be able to take 2 out of 3 of these games then you have to believe that this team is not only good enough to make the playoffs but they would have to be considered a team that could shake things up in the Eastern Conference. There's lots of basketball left in the season but this week is a big one.