53 more games of this. Good god.
The Knicks hit up Toronto for the second game of their back-to-back with the Atlantic Divison leading Raptors, and honestly, the biggest difference was the color jerseys being worn. Seriously, stop me if you’ve heard this before.
- Knicks keep it close to start.
- Dig themselves a double digit hole in the 2nd and 3rd with their incessant switching and mind numbing offense.
- Spark a trademark, frantic comeback in the 4th but ultimately struggle to sustain consistent stretches of good basketball and fall short.
I’m not kidding guys! This is becoming the norm. It’s gotten to the point where when the Knicks have back to back sequences that resemble a professional basketball team, I’m legitimately at a loss for words. It’s becoming DIFFICULT for me to explain it when they do something right. Actually, after watching the replay, I honestly still don’t know how we cut the deficit to single digits in the 4th. This is absurd.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- Remember a few weeks ago when I declared that Mike Woodson can’t expect to win basketball games with Amare Stoudemire playing heavy minutes? Well….we’re still losing and my opinion hasn’t changed, but for what its worth, Amare had himself a game last night. With 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 12 shots, he was a lone bright spot during a 48-minute tumble through hell.
- 11 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals in 27 minutes of play. Best thing about young talent; it usually gets better. Give Toure’ all teh minutz.
- Knicks surprisingly enough were 39-80 from the field.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- Toronto noticeably had their way on the boards last night, finishing with 13 offensive rebounds and 45 total. It led to a plethora of second chance points and really deflating buckets. Which leads me into this next bit…
- Tyson Chandler for all intents and purposes had a great game scoring the basketball (16 points), but clearly got his food eaten on the glass by Jonas Valanciunas last night. The young Lithuanian held the former DPOY to just 2 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. I take solace in the fact that we won’t see this everyday.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. has been doing a good job racking up points over the past several games but a noticeable trend has been the decline in his shot selection over the course of 4 quarters. The later into the contest he goes, the more difficult shots he takes, and last night was no different. He finished with a very top heavy stat-line of 12 points on 11 shots, 1 rebound and 0 assists. Tough night for the rookie.
- JR Smith isn’t a very good basketball player right now. Another night with more shots than points.
- Shump is broken and I don’t know how to fix him, guys. Really don’t want him to fall into the “Landry Fields” category.
- A young, talented point guard that the Knicks have been connected to in recent trade talks dropped a triple double on them last night. Still have no idea whether or not this is good or bad.
- The Knicks head to San Antonio for a 8:30 PM match-up with the Spurs on Thursday, January 2nd.