Well, in their second-to-last game of the year, the New York Knicks left their marquee players at home (Melo, J.R., Chandler and Stoudemire did not travel with the team), and threw out their second and third string players in Charlotte. Nine players dressed for the game, while eight played. Raymond Felton was the sole dressed player not to play, as he rested his body in preparation for the playoffs. He did say after the game, however, that he would likely play in Wednesday’s finale with the Atlanta Hawks, while Jason Kidd, who played today, would rest.
One of the biggest disappointments of the day, though, came from Rasheed Wallace, who suited up and was expected to play 12 minutes. After contributing four minutes, the Knicks let the public know that Rasheed Wallace would not return to the game, due to a sore foot — the same “sore foot” that has kept him off the court for a looooooong time. It’s still unclear if he was held out of the game for a precautionary purpose, or if he really re-aggrevated the prior injury, but I’m leaning towards believing the latter, as Coach Woodson voiced a desire to get 12 minutes of game time out of Sheed.
The game wasn’t too eventful, as the Knicks allowed for the Charlotte Bobcats to shoot 581.% from the field and score 48 points in the paint. As expected, the players put on the floor were not defensive stoppers, and their inability to play defense cost them the win.
In terms of offense, Chris Sopeland — who looked like one of, if not the best, players on the floor — poured in 32 points (a season high) and Steve Novak hit 5-7 threes.
After a day off tomorrow, the Knicks will play one more meaningless game on Wednesday vs. the Atlanta Hawks, before preparing for their first round series with the Boston Celtics.
Also, in light of today’s events, #PrayForBoston.