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GAME RECAP: Warriors 126, Knicks 103

The Knicks stink.

I don’t know any other way to put it than that. Every night the New York Knicks take the floor I find watching them a legitimate struggle. With our boys in blue nearing the home stretch of their 82-game circus act, the show reached new highs (or lows?) with an embarrassing 23-point loss to Mark Jackson’s Warriors that was, believe it or not, much less of a game than the score suggests.

Carmelo’s shot was off all night and without his usual heroic contributions, the excrement hit the fan EARLY, as Mike Woodson’s sham of a defensive philosophy was dragged into the light by it’s ear by Golden State’s dynamic shooting duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. With the Warriors coming off a bad loss to Chicago, the “Splash Brothers” righted the ship, combining for 52 points and 10 made 3-pointers. Curry even had a triple double with 4 minutes left to go in the 3rd quarter.

The highlight of tonight was a Toure Murry buzzer-beater to end the 3rd. This is who we are now. Last year’s Knicks weren’t perfect, but they were fun and more importantly, competitive. You always believed they had a chance when they suited up; these guys? We’re entering brown paper bag territory. The coach has lost the players and the boat is a listless one. Watch or don’t, the ship will still be sinkin’.

WHAT WENT RIGHT:

  • Took a blowout for it to happen, but Woodson finally gave Toure some burn and while he wasn’t exactly Sir Thomas Beecham out there conducting the offense, his energy and intensity on defense were greatly appreciated. He finished with 8 points, 2 assists, and 1 block on Curry that elicited a Bravehart-esque roar that I’m sure my neighbors appreciated.
  • Tim hasn’t been having the greatest month shooting-wise, but he ended February on a high note, knocking down 4 3-pointers and racking up 22 points, second only to Melo’s 23. Way to bounce back from a shoddy outing against Miami, rook.

WHAT WENT WRONG:

  • Everything.
  • Ok, not everything. But most of the things. Melo didn’t get enough sleep or something like that and it culminated in him being off all night. I really feel bad putting him here, especially with the effort he’s been putting forth this season, but 23 points on 26 shots just won’t cut it with this team and supporting cast. He did pull down 16 rebounds (7 offensive) though.
  • Tyson Chandler is in a glass case of emotion right now. I get it; he’s sick and tired of being the only guy giving a damn defensively and its culminating in a lot of frustration that almost bubbled over last night with a shoving match with Marreese Speights. Folks are giving him heat for losing his cool, especially considering how piss-poor he was last night, but I can’t in good conscience kill him for feeling this way. He doesn’t agree with the coach’s philosophy, is on a terrible team, and nobody on this roster is enjoying playing basketball with each other. Still a bad move on his part.
  • We still have 23 games left to play.

KNICK KNACKS:

  • With one more double double this season, Melo will set a new career high (21).
  • The Knicks have the Bulls up next this Sun at 1:00 pm.