Watching the Knicks (21-36) this season has not been fun and after most of their games end, we’re all left feeling like this:
Last night’s loss to the Mavericks (35-23) was no exception.
The game itself was a typical Knicks game: Mostly Melo on offense – though Chandler and Smith both finished in double digits, hardly any defense, a spirited run to get the fans’ hope up and make them foolishly believe that the Knicks could pull this one out followed up by a :24 violation which left too much time on the clock and it all resulted in a last second, soul-crushing defeat that made us say:
Dirk Nowitzki put up a shot at the buzzer that probably had no business going in but since it was against the Knicks, of course it went in.
At this point, what can you do? No matter what happens, the Knicks are never going to fire Mike Woodson. It’s too late in this lost season to do anything. He is so untouchable that he could walk out to mid-court during a timeout, take a dump on the Knicks’ logo and owner James Dolan would probably yawn as if nothing happened.
I actually slept on this recap because if I had written it immediately following the game, like I usually tend to do with my recaps, when I was feeling like this…
…it wouldn’t have been pretty. It more than likely would have been a string of very unladylike expletives and who wants to read that? So I slept on it and now that I’ve had some time to process last night’s game, I feel like this:
And poor Carmelo Anthony. He’s at a loss.
Psst. Run, Melo. Run as far away from this godforsaken team as you can. Believe me, it will be the best thing for you.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Melo scored 44 points, is averaging 40.3 in his last three games and he hit the three to tie the game.
- J.R. Smith scored 15 points and Tyson Chandler added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton combined to score 16. That’s good right? I don’t know. It’s better than putting up zeros, I guess.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Vince Carter scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks. This is a constant theme with the Knicks. It seems like they’re allowing a different guy to hit either a season-high or career-high against them in every game.
- Monta Ellis finished with 22 points and Jose Calderon had 20 points, six assists and three rebounds.
- The Knicks had 19 turnovers. You can’t win a game when you commit 19 turnovers and yet, the Knicks almost did.
- While Melo, Chandler and Smith were doing nice things on offense, they combined for 12 of the Knicks’ 19 turnovers.
- That :24 second violation near the end…Why does this always seem to happen to this team? I said it in my last recap, the Knicks have a basketball IQ of -13000. It’s amazing to watch and definitely not in a good way.
- The Knicks out-shot Dallas 53 percent to 48 percent AND STILL LOST.
- Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih were both waived before last night’s game and MWP was tweeting about the game though I’m not actually sure he was really watching it because what he was tweeting wasn’t exactly matching up with what was happening on the court.
- Apparently, Walt Frazier once got so drunk on mimosas that he doesn’t drink them anymore. Maybe he should start again because they’re probably the only way to get through the rest of this season.
- Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, who are two of the greatest people on the planet, were sitting courtside for last night’s game. Poor guys. I hope they were drinking.
- Up next for the Knicks: Thursday night at Miami. Oh dear.