This week, the Knicks flew past the season's quarter pole with exciting wins against the Nets, Lakers and Cavs. The 3-0 week brings them to 18-5 on the year, which is just as good as it looks: they're two games up on Miami for the top spot in the East and five games ahead of the Nets in the Atlantic Division. As we've previously discussed, success over the last couple of weeks would prove that the Knicks were for real. Well, the results are in: they are 9-1 over their last ten games. The season is no longer young, the sample size is officially significant: the Knicks are a force to be reckoned with.

What Went Right This Week: The Knicks won all three games and maintained their perfect record at home, where they are now 10-0. On Tuesday night, they fought their way back from a 17-point first quarter deficit in Brooklyn for a 110-107 win when sherpa-shooting guard Jason Kidd made a game winning three with 24 seconds left. Kidd was brilliant throughout that one, making six of eight from three. JR Smith had a very strong second half in that game, finally waking up out of his slump and battling through back spasms to help the Knicks get the win (he finished with sixteen points).

Carmelo Anthony had back-to-back masterful performances, scoring 45 points in an every-second-was-necessary 44 minutes in Brooklyn, and 30 points in just 22 minutes against the Lakers. Before he left the game with a left ankle sprain (more on that below), Anthony ran the fledgling Lakers off the court with an absurd scoring performance that started with three consecutive triples. The Knicks had the game well in hand when Melo left and held on to win 116-107. Over the course of the two games, Anthony shot an absurd 64% from the field and 66% from three. Steve Novak repaid Mike D'Antoni for giving him a shot in New York last season by going 4-5 from three in D'Antoni's return to the Garden and JR Smith had a second solid performance, shooting 7-14 for eighteen points.

Despite playing without Anthony and Rasheed Wallace against the Cavs on Saturday night, the Knicks won a game they controlled throughout but almost coughed up 103-102. Although they had to deal with Kyrie Irving, the Knick backcourt carried the day: they turned the game into a patented Tyson Chandler dunk show to go along with a vintage nine point, eight assist, six board performance from Kidd (very vintage: he shot 3-14) and a strong all-around night from Raymond Felton (25 points, seven assists). And of course, like senior citizens living on fixed incomes, the Knicks hold on to their things: they continue to turn the ball over less than any team in the league.

I'm Freaking Out About Not Freaking Out: Fear not. First and foremost, Carmelo Anthony got hurt in the third quarter against the Lakers. He's day-to-day and isn't likely to miss significant time (he's questionable for tonight's game with Houston), but the injury looked ugly and was an uncomfortable reminder of how important he is. Rasheed Wallace continues to struggle with a foot issue. The combination of the two injuries required Chris Copeland to start against the Cavs. He can shoot it some, but his defense is terrible (he also has only 2,700 twitter followers, a troublingly low number.)

The Knicks gave up 23 easy points to Andray Blatche and narrowly beat a Nets team without Brook Lopez. Throughout that game their defense was sloppy. Second-year Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving torched them for 41 points on 15-25 shooting while wearing a zorro mask. They played generally soft interior defense throughout the Cavs game, and only a missed free throw by Anderson Verajao with one second left kept it from going into overtime. Still no minutes for Marcus Camby. And no, the Knicks still can't rebound very well (they have the 22nd most rebounds in the league).

Player of the Week: Even though Carmelo Anthony had two classic performances, this one goes to Jason Kidd being instrumental in the Knicks winning all three games. The game winner against the Nets would have made it a successful week, but a solid performance against the Lakers and a strong one against the Cavs gave this week's POW award to Kidd. Besides, Melo can't win it every week.

Coming Up Next: The Knicks continue their homestand with games against the Rockets, Nets, Bulls and Timberwolves. The week has it all: Lin's return to MSG, a chance for the Knicks to get revenge for earlier losses against the Rockets and Bulls, another exciting clash with the Nets, AND a ho-hum Sunday game with the Wolves to boot. More than anything, it's a chance to build momentum before the Knicks first west coast trip of the season, which begins against the Lakers on Christmas Day.

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