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A night of high excitement for the Knicks ended in embarassment and disappointment for them and us, the fans.
The Knicks came into last night’s game as winners of three straight, including a huge win over San Antonio. The Knicks played a pretty solid first half, and only trailed by 4 at the break.
The second half was all down hill though. The Knicks didn’t give this game away, the Lakers just dominated them.
New York actually won the turnover battle, and if you told me before the game that they would win the turnover battle, I would have thought they would have a great chance of winning.
The other thing you need to do though to succeed in the NBA is rebound the basketball. The Knicks couldn’t seem to do that at all Sunday night, as Stoudemire was the only player on New York with double digit rebound, and he had 10.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were rebounding the ball like crazy. Three players, Kobe, Odom, and Gasol, all had at least 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom really dominated the glass, getting 18 rebounds in under 28 minutes. Ron Artest also added 9 boards, and Andrew Bynum had 7.
After last night’s game, I can’t help but wonder if the Knicks are just going to stack up their wins against bad teams this season. Sure, they just beat San Antonio, but that was at home. New York has yet to have a signature road win this season, their biggest one being in Chicago in October.
The biggest problem the Knicks seem to be facing when playing the elite teams, is their size. The Knicks are just way too small. You simply can’t have someone like Ronnie Turiaf playing center, and Amar’e just is not a true center.
I think for the Knicks to solve their biggest issue, they need to make a big push for Samuel Dalembert. It is seeming less and less likely that Dalembert will stay in Sacremento, and I think he’d be a perfect fit in New York.
Dalembert would compliment Stoudemire very well in the Knicks’ frontcourt, and would most definitely help solve their size and rebounding issues.
I definitely hope the Knicks can get Melo, but he isn’t going to make them a bigger team. A guy like Sammy Dalembert would do just that, and I think if they can get him in a trade and Carmelo by next season, they will be a legitimate contender in 2012.
One thing is for sure: The Knicks have to do something by the deadline. The Lakers really exposed New York last night, and their problems need to be addressed.