The New York Knicks are out of sync. With Carmelo Anthony dealing with an ankle injury, the offense is lacking playmakers and the team is 0-4 as a result with the star hurt. However, the Knicks are getting Anthony back in the lineup and a return home against the five-win Philadelphia 76ers could be what is needed to get the wins coming again.
According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony will return following a two-game absence in which the Knicks lost both games following four-straight wins at home. Anthony suffered the injury after falling on a ref and struggled to get healthy. He is set to return and play against Philadelphia although it is unknown what his exact impact will be and how much he will really play.
The Knicks are coming off a disappointing loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Arron Afflalo and Langston Galloway made up the starting backcourt for the team. They combined to go 7 of 22 while the team went 5 of 20 from long range. It is clear without Anthony there a lot of shooting issues for the team and the Knicks are happy to see his return to the court.
A game against the 76ers could be the perfect recipe for New York to get a win. The Knicks have won their last three games against Philadelphia including one at the start of December. The 76ers are looking more improved than before while still only having the handful of wins. Jahlil Okafor is healthy while Ish Smith is proving to be a worth pickup. The point guard is averaging 21.5 points during a four-game stretch for the team. That has paired well with Okafor's recent scoring binge. While the 76ers are 0-24 against Eastern Conference teams this season, the Knicks' defense has struggled and could give up points to the team.
The Knicks allowed 37 points to come from Marc Gasol while Zach Rudolph put up 14. Post players have been an issue in New York which means a healthy Okafor could make a real impact during the game. If Anthony is struggling to score coming back from the ankle injury, Philadelphia might be able to escape with a win.