- The New York Knicks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 118-104 on Monday night.
- Derrick Rose scored a season-best 25 points on the 10th anniversary of his MVP win.
- New York is 9-1 in their last 10 games played and has dropped only one game in their last 13 assignments.
Don’t look now but the New York Knicks have assured themselves of their first wining season since 2013 and they have solidified their hold of 4th place in the Eastern Conference. If the Knicks continue their winning ways, they could be on their way to snapping a seven-year playoff drought.
First Winning Season Since 2013
The Knicks have officially clinched their first winning season since 2013.
WHAT A TIME. pic.twitter.com/gNMzhoFhnZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 4, 2021
With their 118-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday Knight, New York improved to 37-28 on the season. And since the 2020-21 season only has 72 regular season games, the Knicks will finish at least one game above the .500 mark even if they lose their last seven games. But why lose games when you can win them?
That’s the mentality the Knicks have right now as they have won 12 out of their last 13 games to put a 1.5 games gap between them and the 5th place Atlanta Hawks. If New York holds on to the 4th spot, they will have homecourt advantage, against either the Hawks or Miami Heat who are just separated by one-half game in the team standings.
New York is just 7th in the Eastern Conference oddsboard at SportsBetting.ag with its +3300 odds. But with the way this team has been winning games as of late, don’t count out this Knicks who have thrived as the underdogs. At the start of the year, the best NBA betting sites had the Knicks as a +800 underdog to make the playoffs. Those odds have flipped as New York is now a -1500 to enter the postseason.
It was the 10th anniversary of Derrick Rose becoming the youngest MVP in league history. And he celebrated Monday by going vintage. https://t.co/fWkq88AXpY
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) May 4, 2021
The story for the New York Knicks this season has been Julius Randle who has emerged as an All-Star player in his best season ever in the NBA. The 26-year old former 7th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers is averaging a career-high 24.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 42% from behind the three-point line. But while it’s been Randle who’s led this Knicks renaissance, New York has also gotten a big lift from veteran Derrick Rose.
While Randle scored 28 points on Monday, Rose recorded a season-high 25 points on 11-15 shooting. Rose has scored at least 22 points in three of New York’s last four games played has averaged 18.2 points and 4.7 assists per game in his last 10 games played and the Knicks are 9-1 during that stretch. For the season, Rose has averaged almost the same numbers as he did when he played for the Pistons, but he’s shot the ball better while committing fewer turnovers with the Knicks.
In D-Rose’s 29 games with the Knicks this season, New York has posted a 21-8 record including 12-1 in their last thirteen games. There’s no question that Julius Randle has been the reason for New York’s overall success however, D-Rose has been a key contributor to the Knicks’ rise and they couldn’t have been where they are right now without the 2011 NBA MVP.