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So far, the New York Knicks blockbuster deal to land All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups has not panned out they way they expected.
The Knicks are still, at best, a second-tier team in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-29.
Yes, they have an impressive win over the Heat, but the Heat haven't been all that competitive against anyone with a winning record, but we'll get to that later.
The fact that the Knicks lost their third straight game to a frankly pathetic Cleveland Cavalier team shows a weakness in the Knicks that may be incurable.
New York has a losing record on the road (14-15) and is 26th in the league in points allowed, giving up over 105 points per game.
There are redemptive qualities in the Knicks, though. They have one of the most explosive offenses in the NBA, scoring over 106 points per game and against the elite teams in the league (Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, Bulls, and Heat) they have a decent record of 5-8. Granted, it's a losing record, but it proves that when the Knicks are at their best, they can compete with almost anyone in the NBA.
The fact is, with a starting lineup that can match up with the NBA's best, the Knicks can beat any team on any given night.
With games against Dallas, Boston twice, Chicago and yes, Cleveland, the Knicks need to finish the season strong if they want to be considered a contender for an NBA championship.