SI.com: Even a loss shows Knicks on the rise
December 16th, 2010
07:10 PM ET

SI.com: Even a loss shows Knicks on the rise

The Celtics weren't the only winners filing out of Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Although the Knicks fell to streaking Boston, their performance showed the vast improvement that they've made, says SI.com's Chris Mannix.

Granted, the sting of Amar'e Stoudemire's off-the-rim miss in the final seconds of the game is not likely to fall by the wayside immediately, but the Knicks' back-and-forth scuffle with the Celtics provided undeniable proof that this is not the same team that Knicks fans have watched over the last few years. Instead of being blown out by a team pegged as one of the championship front-runners and a group coming off 11 straight wins, the Knicks came within just a shot of the win. As Mannix points out: "Indeed, lost in the constant Carmelo Anthony watch in Manhattan is one inescapable fact: This Knicks team is already pretty good."

With Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Landry Fields, the Knicks have a stacked team able to contend with some of the league's best. Would the addition of all-star forward Anthony be nice? Of course. But the simple fact is that this Knicks team has improved leaps and bounds over some of its recent predecessors. "These Knicks, these Carmelo-less Knicks, are for real," Mannix writes. "They are young, hungry and have a winning-starved fan base emphatically behind them. The team has suddenly given the city a reason to watch."

Up tonight:

San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers (8:20 p.m., ET)

With both teams still in playoff contention, look for the 49ers and Chargers to battle it out in the NFL's Thursday night face-off at Qualcomm Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

266 - Number of games legendary baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller won during his 18-year career. The former pitcher died Wednesday night at age 92 after battling leukemia.

5 - Number of inactive players Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi instructed to form a wall on the sidelines during the now infamous game between the Jets and Dolphins. Alosi has been suspended indefinitely for his actions.

13 - Number of points Blake Hoffarber scored in Minnesota's 66-58 victory over Akron. His performance put Hoffarber over the 1,000 points scored mark.

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