New York Knicks: Why Other NBA Teams Should Fear the New-Look Knicks

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New York Knicks: Why Other NBA Teams Should Fear the New-Look Knicks
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New additions have the Knicks flying high, but will they live up to expectations?

The New York Knicks certainly had the bubbly flowing on the home-bound flight following an impressive conquest in Sacramento to ring in the New Year.

Carmelo Anthony referred to the game against the Kings as a "must-win," and rightfully so considering the Knicks fell short of the Lakers and Warriors by considerable margins in their two previous contests.

In all honesty, the Knicks had performed pathetically since squeezing out a victory over the Celtics on Christmas Day in which they squandered a 17-point lead in the second half.

Last night, New York looked like the team we saw during the first half versus Boston; they distributed the ball, executed on offense and were active on defense as well.

After the surprise signing of Tyson Chandler and the subsequent addition of Baron Davis, many were quick to crown the Knicks as one of the movers and shakers in the Eastern Conference.

However, early struggles indicate this assessment may be a bit premature.

The holiday season has been a mixed bag for the Knicks, but they enter 2012 on a positive note with a .500 record. Here’s why New York will live up to the hype and strike fear into the hearts of opponents in the coming months.

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