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GAME RECAP: Kings 106, Knicks 101 (OT)

All the Kings’ horses and all the Kings’ men
Couldn’t put the Knicks back together again.

After facing the offensive blitzkrieg of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Knicks (20-32) returned home with hopes to conquer DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, they suffered yet another crushing defeat at home by a score of 106-101. This loss now caps off an extremely disappointing first half for the Knicks, which included a loss in five of their last six games.

The evening started well for the heroes in orange and blue. They jumped out to a quick 33-22 lead and their morale was sky high. Then, as easily as they created that lead, they decided to cough it up, slowly and painfully, losing every quarter there after. They could’ve then won the game at the end of the fourth, but shoddy playmaking skills and questionable coaching hindered any chance of a victory.

It’s been a tumultuous 2013-2014 season for the Knickerbockers. From the disappointing loss to the Pacers last year in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, to the J.R. Smith off-season “secret” surgery and suspension, to the disastrous nine-game losing streak in November and December, to the Iman Shumpert trade rumors, to the Mike Woodson firing discussion… the Knicks have seen everything but the kitchen sink thrown at them. So, what does that mean?

The Knicks are mess — an organized mess, if you will. Aside from injuries that have forced Mike Woodson to change some rotation players, the rest of the team has stayed the same. Nothing is consistent. They’re still a punchline for jokes and, most importantly, they’re not winning ball games.

Something has got to give right?  Let’s hope something can be done to salvage the bits and pieces of this whirlwind of a season. Otherwise, we’ll see this season continues its catastrophic ways.

WHAT WENT RIGHT:

  • Although inefficient, Carmelo Anthony raked in 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to finish his night with another double-double, his 17th of the season. He was able to knock down five three-pointers and was perfect from the charity stripe, going 7-for-7.
  • Tyson Chandler decided to chime in on the double-double party, by scoring 17 points and snatching away 11 boards. He added a steal and a block.
  • When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Amar’e (Stoudemire). STAT came to play tonight by scoring 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while also finishing up with eight rebounds. Make that four straight games of at least 15 points scored by Amar’e.

WHAT WENT WRONG:

  • Hmm, let’s see here… everything else.
  • After scoring 12 points in the previous game, Iman Shumpert resorted back to his single-digit ways. He finished the night with eight points, two rebounds, and two assists. Something to note, however, is that he only played 22 minutes last night. He’s still nursing an injury and appeared to get injured yet again. Someone wrap this man in a giant bubble, please!
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. is going through his shooting doldrums, again. After his hot streak to end the month of January, THJ has yet to shoot over 50 percent in a game. He also hasn’t scored more than 12 points in a game since February 1, against the Heat. The “rook” finished last night’s game shooting an abysmal 3-of-12 from the floor, while missing five of his six attempts from beyond the arc. His +/- number also reached Andrea Bargnani-level. Timmy finished with a -28. Yikes.
  • 12 assists is great on any night for a point guard. Raymond Felton achieved that feat last night. It helped that the Kings aren’t the best perimeter defenders in the league. They’re tied for 27th in defensive efficiency with a bloated 106.4 rating. But that’s not why he’s here in this section of the recap. Felt, missed a ton of open layups, got burned by Jimmer Fredette during the last few minutes of the game, and yawned during a time out. Yes. YAWNED. The dude was caught yawning as Mike Woodson was drawing up a play. I don’t even know what to say after that.
  • Despite his monstrous scoring game, ‘Melo’s clutchness has been put to the test yet again. He faltered during the last second shot at the end of regulation and missed all five of his field goal attempts in overtime. Most of it is on Carmelo, but the play at the end of regulation was just stupid. That goes on you, Coach.
  • 20 points and eight rebounds is great, right? Of course! But, playing 37 minutes for the first time since March 12, 2012 is not great. I’m not sure how STAT’s knees are looking like at the moment, but I’m pretty sure he’s still in an ice bath as we speak. Luckily for him and for Mike Woodson, the much needed all-star break is upon us. Amar’e will need it. Badly.
  • The Knicks out-assisted (27-16) and out-rebounded (45-42) the Kings, but still found a way to lose. The Knicks also let Jimmer Fredette beat them. Jimmer dropped 24 points, which included six bombs from three-point land. That’s so Knicks.

KNICK KNACKS:

  • J.R. Smith broke his cheekbone during the game against the Thunder and was a game-time decision to play last night. Unfortunately, he didn’t play because he said he didn’t find the mask to be comfortable. How fun would’ve been to see J.R. take contested fade-aways with a mask on?
  • This weekend marks the 63rd edition of the N.B.A. All-Star game. Carmelo Anthony is the lone Knicks representative for the game, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be teaming up with his father and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky for the Sears Shooting Stars Challenge, representing Team East 1. Players from the Knicks last won the challenge in 2012 when Landry Fields, Allan Houston, and Cappie Poindexter defeated Team Texas. The All-Star game will be played on Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT, while the Sears Shooting Stars Challenege will be aired on Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • The Knicks begin the second half of their season on Tuesday, February 18 at Memphis against the Grizzlies. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m.