Down by three with 30 seconds left, Carmelo Anthony drove down the lane, hit a lay-up, and drew a foul. He headed to the line with a chance to make it a one-point game, but unfortunately missed the free-throw, and then ultimately fouled out of the game once Denver rebounded his missed shot.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 8 rebounds.
Amare Stoudemire 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
Chauncey Billups had 26 points and 8 assists.
The Knicks were out-rebounded 62-42, and this is inexcusable.
If the Knicks want to win, they must rebound the basketball.
The Caveliers had one, two, sometimes even three chances at scoring. The Knicks need to improve their defensive rebounding because they cannot afford to give good teams multiple chances to score.
If not for Chauncey Billups in the second half, the Knicks might have been blown out.
Chauncey sat for most of the first half because he picked up a quick three fouls, but in the second half he lived up to his nickname; Mr. Bigshot.
Billups finished with 26 points, and scored 20 of those in the 4th quarter.
I love watching Chauncey move down the court in transition, look behind him, stop and initiate the contact with the trailing defender.
Billups gets to the line a tremendous amount, and when you hit your free throws at about 90 percent, going to the line is like free points.
The Knicks have had only one practice with Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Amare Stoudemire all together. There is no way you can expect this team to come out and win when they have not figured out their spacing and all of their plays yet.
I think that this team has a lot of upside, and I think that they should definitely make the playoffs.
As long as the Knicks stay in playoff contention, you have to think of these games as practices. The real game starts once the playoffs do, and I think that Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will be ready.