What a week it was for our beloved New York teams. The Brooklyn Nets are battling for a playoff spot, the New York Rangers and New York Islanders are prepping for the playoffs, and we can thankfully say the New York Knicks season is almost over. This week, we see the dethroning of last weeks best team, and a new player of the week. Here are our performances of the week.
Team of the Week: New York Rangers
This would have gone to the Nets, but after their horrendous loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Rangers get back the title they have had for much of 2015. The Rangers played three games this week against the Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, and New Jersey Devils and won all three. Beating both the Jets and Wild 3-2 to clinch the Metropolitan Division title, the Rangers then drubbed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 en route to yet another perfect week.
Play of the Week: Knicks Manage to Execute Triangle Offense, Leads to Galloway Dunk
This was against the Philadelphia 76ers so I don’t know if we can count it, but Langston Galloway’s high flying dunks and clutch shooting has been a distraction in the latter part of the season from the Knicks horrendous play all season long. This was a nice escape from the general pain and anguish that comes with being a Knicks fan.
Game of the Week: Battle For New York
In a game that many thought would be a blowout, the Knicks actually put up a fight and managed to push Brooklyn to their limits as Lionel Hollins men were fighting for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Cleanthony Early took over the fourth quarter with his hot shooting as he poured in 14 points, while Andrea Bargnani put up 22 points for the Knicks, but 26 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds from Deron Williams was enough for Brooklyn to win and keep pace with the Boston Celtics in the East.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Knicks
If you take out the win against the Philadelphia 76ers (and you should), which almost hampered the Knicks chances in their current Tankathon, the Knicks were embarrassed by the Washington Wizards and lost a rivalry game against the Nets. While some consider that good for what the Knicks are currently planning, to most normal NBA fans, this is considered a less than impressive week for the still mediocre New York Knicks.
Transaction of the Week: Mets Trade For Torres and Belvins
The New York Mets made a couple of moves on March 30th to bolster their bullpen prior to the start of the MLB regular season. The Mets gave up Cory Mazzoni for Alex Torres (formerly of the San Diego Padres) who posted a 3.33 ERA last season in their first move of the day. In addition to this, the Mets also traded Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals for Jerry Blevins, who will likely serve as a lefty specialist after holding left handed hitters to a .212 batting average last season. Two good moves by Sandy Alderson to bolster the bullpen prior to the season beginning.
Worst Player of the Week: Markel Brown
Aside from a big game against the New York Knicks, Markel Brown was relatively useless this week for the Brooklyn Nets in their playoff spot pursuit. Brown shot 3-8 for 10 points against the Indiana Pacers, which was followed up with a 5-8 shooting performance against New York, prior to closing out the week with a 0-3 shooting performance for 0 points against Toronto and a 1-6 shooting performance for 3 points against Atlanta.
Player of the Week: Henrik Lundqvist
After a tough return in which Lundqvist game up 4 goals against the Boston Bruins, Lundqivst came up big this week as he won all three games, giving up only 5 goals over those 3 games. Lundqvist posted a 94.7% save percentage as he, alongside the Rangers, prepared themselves with a big week for the 2015 NHL playoffs.