W2W4: Knicks @ Cavs


On Wednesday, the Knicks will attempt to accomplish something they haven't done in two weeks -- win back to back games.

The Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak on Tuesday with a rout in Charlotte, showing a level of ball movement that had been mostly lacking over the last two weeks.

Will it continue against Cleveland? That's one thing to watch on Wednesday. Here are a few others:

MAKING HIS POINT: Carmelo Anthony scored just one point against Charlotte on Tuesday. He finished 0-for-7 but managed to contribute in other ways -- pulling down 11 rebounds and handing out four assists.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tuesday was the first time in Anthony's career that he's played more than two minutes and made no field goals. Anthony has had just one other game without a field goal, when he sprained his ankle 1:09 into a game against the Nets in 2005.

Of course, it's unrealistic to think Anthony to score just one point against Cleveland. But the real questions are these: Can Anthony's shots come within the flow of the offense? Will he pass up contested looks to find an open shooter?

On Tuesday, Anthony accomplished both. No Knick took more than 12 shots and six scored at least nine points.

One mitigating factor for Anthony? He is dealing with wrist and ankle injuries and hurt his thumb against Charlotte.

AMARE'S EMERGENCE: Amare Stoudemire had his second-best shooting night of the season on Tuesday, going 7-for-12 for 18 points. He had a couple of thunderous dunks and seemed to thrive as a result of the Knicks' increased ball movement.

Even after his strong night on Tuesday, Stoudemire is still averaging just 17.7 points on 42 percent shooting. Last season, he scored 25 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field.

He also scored 30 points per game against the Cavs last season. It'll be interesting to see if he can put together back-to-back strong performances on Wednesday.

BARON COMING BACK? Mike D'Antoni didn't dismiss the possibility that Baron Davis could take the court on Wednesday against Cleveland, the same team that got rid of him via the amnesty clause.

Davis, however, told reporters that he was less likely to return Wednesday after he scrimmaged with members of the team on Tuesday. Davis practiced and participated in 5-on-5 scrimmages on Monday for the first time since signing with the Knicks in mid-December. He has been sidelined by a back injury. The Knicks, by the way, haven't won at Cleveland since Nov. 29, 2006.

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