March 26, 2012 12:00 AM
" Saturday night should have been a night for relieved sighs at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were routing the Pistons, quelling any concerns that Friday night's listless loss in Toronto was a sign that the team had taken one of their customary turns on a dime from winners to losers.
The Pistons are a bad team, obviously, but the Knicks haven't done particularly good work against bad teams this season and it's always nice to have a laugher with two games on deck this week.
Alas, all was not well in the middle of Manhattan. It wasn't just the fact that the Knicks had the same kind of offensive stagnation, turnover fetish and poor free-throw shooting as the night before in Toronto, either.
Amar'e Stoudemire left the game early with a back injury and Jeremy Lin sat out the final quarter-plus with a knee issue, adding layers of worry to a win that couldn't overshadow just how big a task the Knicks have ahead of them the rest of the season "
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