Mike Goodson’s ‘No Nonsense’ attitude has transformed the Knicks. Under Goodson, the Knicks are 4-0 and have allowed 89 points per game. The Knick defense has been swarming to the ball and Carmelo Anthony looks like a completely different player. Take Melo’s performance last night against the Raptors. Anthony shot just 5 for 15 from the field, but he was able to get to the line and put pressure on the Raptor defense. Melo rounded out his line, adding eight boards, five assists, and three steals. 

In addition to Anthony, Amare Stoudemire has looked like the Amare of old. Last night, he scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jeremy Lin may not be scoring in bunches, but his 18 points and 10 assists will help every single night.

It’s clear that the Knicks have rallied behind Goodson and bought into his ball-swarming defensive mentality that Mike D’Antoni never bought into. The Knicks have a big test tonight in Philly against the Sixers. Remember, the Knicks were booed out of the Garden two weeks ago when the Sixers came to town. Let’s see how they tackle their first true road test under their interim head coach.