The New York Knicks were 8-15 and had lost 11 of 13 entering play on Feb. 4. Many believed Mike D'Antoni's job was on the line before that night's game against the New Jersey Nets. Because of a pending contract deadline, the coach decided to insert Jeremy Lin with three minutes to go in the first quarter, and it changed everything.
New York reeled off seven straight wins, providing D'Antoni with a modicum of job security and breathing new life into a season that started with high expectations.
But Linsanity didn't mask everything for these Knicks. They were handcuffed by poor point guard play before Lin's arrival, they've struggled to knock down shots throughout the season and Amare Stoudemire is in the midst of the worst year of his career.
With all of that in mind, we have our first-half grades for the Knicks. Check them out here.