Womp womp womp.
Anyway, the Knicks (15-23) looked lethargic against the Bobcats (16-23) last night. They had “we played overtime the previous night and flew in late” syndrome and definitely played like they had no idea there was going to be a game.
So the loss ended their five-game winning streak but the story dominating the post game chatter on social media was the benching of J.R. Smith. According to a tweet from Bryan Gibberman: “In his last two games Smith was 10-21 from the field, 3-5 from three, had 8 assists, 5 boards & only committed one turnover. Exactly the time to stop playing him.” Obviously, he was being sarcastic because why would they bench Smith?
And after the game, when asked about it, Coach Mike Woodson said, “I’m not even commenting on JR. I just didn’t play him tonight.”
Then Smith himself was asked about the benching and whether or not he thought it was because of the shoelace incident. He said, “I don’t even know. It could. It could not. For that to be the trigger point for all of this to happen is ridiculous.” He then added, “Communication, from my end, is over.”
So what could be the real reason behind why Woodson benched Smith?
- Smith put a whoopee cushion under Woodson’s chair.
- Smith saran wrapped Woodson’s toilet in his hotel room.
- Smith “pantsed” Woodson before they left the locker room.
- Smith has played like crap all season and has acted like an unprofessional goofball.
Ding ding ding! It’s probably the last one.
I think last night’s game was blip because the Knicks have been playing a lot better of late.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- STAT! Amar’e Stoudemire looks revitalized and not like a guy trying to play with an 85-year-old’s knees. He scored 17 points on 6-10 shooting, was 5-5 from the free throw line and did it in 22 minutes.
- Raymond Felton was good for the first half of the game and he kept Kemba Walker in check.
- Tyson Chandler was back and didn’t die from the plague-like illness he seemed to be suffering from this past week.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- The Knicks looked tired and couldn’t get anything going in the second half.
- Felton forgot Walker existed and Walker scored 25.
- Iman Shumpert’s game was, as the great Clyde Frazier would say, lackadaisical: He didn’t shoot a lot, only had three rebounds and Gerald Henderson scored 17 points.
- Al Jefferson was able to score 35 points for the Bobcats.
- I’ll cut the Knicks some slack. It was the second game of a back-to-back and they looked lifeless. Then again, Woodson could have subbed some of the more tired guys for fresh legs off the bench but what the hell do I know? I just recap basketball games after watching them from the comfort of my couch.
- I just realized something. I recapped the last loss – against the Rockets. Why does this team hate me?
- Next up for the Knicks: Thursday night against Indiana Pacers at 7:30 P.M.