The Knicks are playing better -- and with more accountability -- since the team held a players-only meeting prior to David Fizdale's firing.
Recently, improving defensively has been a focal point of interim head coach Mike Miller, and the results bear that out. In back-to-back wins over the Nets and Wizards, the Knicks held their opponent to under 35 percent shooting for the game.
"I think we have sustained these possessions where maybe we would have a segment of three or four good ones," Miller said. "I think we're getting now where it's five, six, seven good ones, and we're able to impact the game a little bit more. I thought we defended really well at the beginning of the Brooklyn game, and in stretches, we put together really good possessions. And I think it takes some of the pressure off our offense. When it does that, we can get into a possession game and be able to make stops."