I’m not sure you can call that basketball, but the Knicks will fall to 1-2 on the young season.
The Knicks lost to the Lakers by a score of 99-82, in an ugly, ugly game.
Let’s look at a few numbers, before delving into how the game played out.
- The Knicks were 34-41 from the free-throw line, for 83%. They shot nearly double the amount of attempts they had against the Warriors in the previous game. I think this is a silver-lining, in an otherwise dreadful game.
- Knicks were 6-22 from behind the arc tonight, making them a combined 10-43 in the last two games. 23% from three-point land is bad, especially if you are shooting 20+ times a game.
- After shooting 40% against the Warriors, the Knicks followed that up with a 31% outing. I’m nauseous at the fact they went 21-67 from the field.
- Despite cooling down late, the Lakers finished above 50% in every shooting category: 56% from 3, 52% from the floor, 63% from the line. Now, you cannot allow for a team to shoot above 50% and expect to win… especially if they shot above 70% for two-and-half quarters.
- Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler all picked up a technical foul.
In the first quarter, the Knicks started strong. They came out looking like they changed things from yesterday; they started off 3/4 from beyond the arc, and 4/8 from the floor.
Despite building up a lead, due to their hot shooting, the Knicks’ buckets stopped falling. They ended the 1st quarter 3-6 from three-point land, 5 for 11 from the field, and down by seven points.
Amare Stoudemire looked more like a shooting-guard than a power-forward, and not in a good way. Stoudemire was 2-for-8 in the first half, and not one of his buckets came in the paint. Nearly every one of his attempts was a 15-20 foot jumper.
Now, I’m not an expert, but Amare Stoudemire should not be taking 62% of his team’s shots when he’s on the floor, especially if the shots are coming from outside of the paint.
Now, one positive note in the first-quarter was the Knicks’ ability to get to the charity stripe and knock down the free shots. They shot 11-for-12 from the line in the first quarter, helping them stay with the Lakers, despite missing buckets.
In the second quarter, the Lakers managed to start to pull away from the Knicks. However, despite allowing the Lakers to shoot 71% from the floor, while shooting 33% themselves, the Knicks were able to stay in the game, due to a bulk of free-throws.
For a team claiming that defense is a main focus, the Knicks were obliterated. It was an embarrassing showing. When Derek Fisher and Steve Blake are able to carve up your defense, you have problems…
On defense, ‘Melo was lacking any intensity. He half-assed his coverage, and lacked hustle. He looked uninterested, just as Stoudemire had on Christmas day.
As expected, the Lakers hot shooting cooled down in the third, allowing the Knicks to come within eight-points as the quarter ended. However, even with a victory in sight, the Knicks could not buy a bucket to start the fourth. The 8-point lead grew into a 12-point lead. Then the 12-point lead grew into 20-point lead. Then Knicks fans turned off their T.V.’s.
The Knicks are back in action on Saturday, as they wrap up this road-trip against the Sacramento Kings.