It was one of the wildest weeks in recent memory for the Knicks, who started the week by narrowly overcoming a 54-point performance from Steph Curry to beat the Warriors (109-105) and handling the Wizards with a dominant fourth quarter on Friday night. A sixteen-point first half lead wasn't enough to outlast the Heat on Sunday afternoon (99-93) but the Knicks may have learned something about not giving up from LeBron and company as they fought back from a 22-point deficit to right the ship with a win in Cleveland (102-97).

Although the loss to Miami was disappointing, the Knicks surely walk away happy that they started an incredibly difficult stretch of the season 3-1. That pleasure is tempered somewhat by the uncertain status of Carmelo Anthony, who left last night's game in the second quarter after injuring his right knee. The Knicks do not believe the injury to be serious, but of course the Knicks are known to be less than open about player injuries, so it's entirely possible that they're in the process of harvesting his organs.

With just 25 regular season games left, the Knicks are 36-21, half a game behind the Pacers for the East's two seed and 3.5 games ahead of the next closest team.

What Went Right This Week: The Knicks beat the Warriors despite an absolutely amazing performance from Steph Curry. Curry's 18-28, 11-13 from three, 54-point performance was so fantastic it cannot wait until the next section.

The Knicks won despite all that, thanks in part to Curry's victim for much of the night, Raymond Felton, blocking what could have been the game winner by Curry with ninety seconds left in the game. [Editor's Note: We were there, and it was the most exciting game we've seen at the Garden since the late '90s. Also: Chandler had 28 rebounds!] They also got strong performances from JR Smith (10-19, 6-11 from three for 26 points) and Amar'e Stoudemire (6-7, fourteen points) as Carmelo Anthony played the role of willing passer, dishing out eight assists to go with 35 points, thirteen of which came from the free throw line. Melo lived at the line all week as he took 34 free throws in the three games he played in full, enough to keep his scoring up as he struggled with his shooting from the field.

In Washington, the Knicks again coughed up a first half lead in the third, except this time they made up for it with a dominant fourth quarter in which they held the Wizards to just eleven points. JR Smith grabbed twelve rebounds and Raymond Felton had his first robust offensive game in a long, long time (23 points, 9-18 shooting).

In Miami, the Knicks did a lot of good things, especially in the second quarter when they shot 14-19 from the field, with ten of their baskets assisted. And although they weren't able to hold the Heat off in the second half, Jason Kidd—coming off the bench and playing some backup point guard—finally broke out of his funk, scoring fourteen on 5-7 shooting (4-5 from three), and adding eight boards, six assists and three steals.

It isn't entirely clear whether Kidd is coming off the bench because Pablo Prigioni's back is bothering him or because he's fallen out of the rotation but either way, Kidd—playing the same number of minutes as always—is coming off the bench with James White playing token minutes as the Knicks' starting small forward and Iman Shumpert, showing occasional signs of defensive life, at shooting guard.

Kidd continued his unfunk by contributing twelve points, eight rebounds and three steals in a wild game in Cleveland last night. The Knicks, who were down 22 points in the second quarter and gave up 62 points the first half, came back to win without Carmelo Anthony who left the game after getting his feet tangled in the second quarter.

In Anthony's absence, Amar'e Stoudemire played like the franchise player he was two seasons ago against Cleveland. He showed his full array of post moves and rolls to the rim on his way to 22 points on 10-15 shooting, including what was more or less the game clinching shot with forty seconds left and the Knicks up two.

The Knicks didn't leave their comeback until the last minute either, fighting back from the 22 point deficit to make it just twelve at halftime and four to end the third quarter. During that stretch JR Smith had sixteen points (6-13 shooting), three assists and six boards (he finished with seven of each). Another Knick in a funk, Steve Novak, got busy in Cleveland as well, shooting 4-7 from downtown and making some huge threes.

What Went Wrong This Week: First and foremost, Carmelo Anthony got hurt. Until it's certain that he's OK, Knicks fans should be on pins and needles.

After a 5-18 performance against Miami that featured way too many missed threes and a turnover that ended the game, anti-JR sentiment was strong around the city on Monday. That's not really fair to Smith (although the decision to make that final pass was an awful one).

A talented scorer and shooter, many of Smith's misses came on open looks on shots that need to be taken. It isn't clear whether Carmelo Anthony was being unintentionally ignored by his teammates or whether the combination of the best player in the world defending him and some bumps and bruises from the first half slowed him down, but with Melo going just 3-9 in the second half, someone on the Knicks had to try and score the basketball. Smith tried. He failed. Fans who tune in only once a week might consider reviewing what Smith did during the Knicks' other games.

The real onus for Smith's performance is on coach Mike Woodson. Woodson's decision to play Smith over Stoudemire down the stretch was the wrong one, and his argument—that the Heat were playing with a small lineup—doesn't hold water. Despite his size, the stationary shooter Shane Battier is the perfect player for Amar'e Stoudemire to guard.

Against the Heat, the Knicks turned the ball over seventeen times, way too many against the most devastating transition team in the NBA. It wasn't just against the Heat that the Knicks didn't take care of the basketball either, as they averaged 15.5 turnovers a game during the week, almost four more than their average.

The most troubling thing about Sunday's game in Miami wasn't that the Knicks lost or JR Smith impersonated John Starks or that Carmelo Anthony is in the midst of a shooting slump. It's that the totality of LeBron James' performance (29 points, eleven rebounds and seven assists), both in this game and during the Heat's ongoing fifteen game winning streak, suggests the Knicks might have to wait until he's out of the league to win a championship. Sound familiar?

Time For a Funny?: Fine, but just this, a photo of JR Smith inspecting Chris Andersen's tattoos. One gets the feeling that these two former teammates share a lot of knowing glances.

Player Of The Week: Because he carried them to a week-saving victory in the second half in Cleveland and might have changed the result against Miami, Amar'e Stoudemire takes this honor.

Up Next: The Knicks have what qualifies as an easy week in an otherwise difficult month: they travel to Detroit to play the Pistons and Oklahoma City to play the Thunder before heading home to host the Jazz on Saturday night. Another winning week would be respectable and an undefeated one would have the league buzzing about the Knicks again, but all bets are off until Carmelo Anthony's status becomes clear.

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