That just about sums up the Knicks performance against the Grizzlies last night. The final score says the Knicks lost by 11, 94-83, but it was much worse than that. At one point, the Knicks were down by as many as 25. If you were one of the many who turned this game off during the 3rd quarter, I don’t blame you. It was bad to watch.
This night of disaster started quickly, with Amar’e Stoudemire picking up two fouls in the game’s first 90 seconds. STAT would never get it going, scoring just six points and seeing his streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points end at 137.
The good vibes of a great defensive effort against the Sixers was gone, quickly. On two instances in the first (and on many more occasions during the game), the Grizzlies had wide-open fast break attempts. Tony Allen bailed the Knicks out with a missed layup on one of those two, but obviously the Grizzlies didn’t end up missing those two points. By the end of the first, the Knicks were already down nine.
Then in the 2nd quarter, rookie Iman Shumpert must’ve thought he was still going through Draft workouts because he shot 3-9 from the floor in the second quarter alone (let’s not even talk about going 5-20 overall). He would finish with just three assists and six turnovers. But, on a positive note, he continued to show aggressiveness on the defensive end, finishing with four steals.
Adding insult to injury, Carmelo Anthony suffered a sprained left wrist in the first half (which he played through) and then a sprained right ankle in the second half (at which point the Knicks shut him down). Needless to say, the Knicks cannot afford for Melo to be out for an extended period of time.
Things don’t get easier for the Knicks. Up next, the Knicks visit to OKC to play Kevin Durant and the West leading Thunder.