Yeah, so, about yesterday’s matinee game at the Garden…YIKES.
Consider yourself lucky if you skipped the affair, instead opting for some excellent NFL action, because after San Antonio went on a 10-0 run about three minutes into the first quarter, that was pretty much all she wrote as the Knicks (now 2-4) were obliterated by Spurs. New York was outplayed in every facet of the game – they were lackadaisical on defense, they could not buy a bucket and they played without energy, passion or even the slightest hint of dedication to their craft.
The effort — or lack thereof, if we’re being honest here — was best summed up by Coach Mike Woodson When during his postgame presser. ”We didn’t compete…that’s unacceptable,” he said. Gee, really, ya’ think?! Carmelo Anthony expanded upon his coach’s sentiments by telling reporters that the team was embarrassed by its performance. Perhaps it’s time for another players-only meeting! Seriously, we are six games into the 2013-14 NBA season and the Knicks are already talking about not competing and describing their play as embarrassing. We’re rapidly approaching dumpster fire levels of ineptitude here, and with Tyson Chandler not expected back for at least a month, it’s hard to see how New York is going to turn things around.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- Seriously, nothing.
- By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs were on pace to score 179 points, but the Knicks managed to right the ship and hold them to just 120 points.
- No one got hurt.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- J.R. Smith. If you squinted really hard, J.R. almost looked like his brother Chris out there.
- Toure Murry and Cole Aldrich got some burn during garbage time, and if you needed another indicator of just how badly New York played, they were the only Knicks to finish with positive +/-. Murry actually scored his first points as a Knick, which gave the fans some warm and fuzzies.
- Pablo Prigioni only played 15 minutes yesterday. He started and played for five minutes in the first quarter, but wasn’t seen again until the second half. I’m not entirely sure than anyone understands Woodson’s thinking here. Raymond Felton was clearly not feeling it — his couldn’t orchestrate the offense and he was taking all sorts of ill-advised shots — yet Prigs remains glued to the bench?
- The Knicks were once again outrebounded, this time by a deplorable count of 51-33. Long Island native Danny Green had 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
- In the first half, the Knicks allowed San Antonio to score 14 fast break points and make 10 layups. New York was basically saying, “Why yes, you can drive to the basket uncontested, no problem!”
- Oh, Andrea Bargnani. After “breaking out” against the lowly Bobcats on Friday night, the Italian returned to form by grabbing just one rebound. Yes, he scored 16 points, you do realize that Bargs is seven feet tall, right? I mean, even I could grab an accidental rebound if I was playing in the NBA. And I’m a girl! Miss you, Tyson, get well soon, Big Guy!
- STOP SWITCHING!!! Oh my God, the switching. It was so brutal that at one point Bargnani was guarding Tony Parker. That’s like asking a giraffe to guard a squirrel.
- The Knicks are now 1-3 at Madison Square Garden on the young season. Even worse, they’re been outscored by 104 points in those four opening quarters — they are surrendering some 35+ points to the opposition early in games at home. This needs to stop. Yesterday was a carbon copy of how last Sunday’s game against Minnesota began, but this time, the veteran Spurs didn’t allow the Knicks to go on any sort of a run. Anytime it seemed like they could get something going, coach Popovich would call a timeout and stuff out any New York momentum.
- Why does Al Trautwig keep referring to Metta World Peace as Ron Artest? Does he still call Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay?
- The Knicks are now 0-3 in the orange alternate uniforms. I won’t go so far as to say they need to retire them, but if they get to 0-5, they may have to shelve them for a bit.
- This was the Knicks’ biggest loss at home since Jan. 24, 2010 when the Dallas Mavericks beat them by 50.
- Justin Bartha, also known as the guy who no one knows from “The Hangover”, spoke with Jill Martin during halftime on MSG. We learned that his dog is named Larry David and that Bartha was sitting courtside next to the real Larry David. Illuminating stiff, Jill, thanks.
- J.R. played terribly, but he was in midseason form when he kicked things off with one of his signature pre-game dances in the tunnel:
- The Knicks battle the Hawks on Wednesday night, but don’t worry, James Dolan has guaranteed a New York victory!