GAME RECAP: Knicks 108, Jazz 81

Slowly, but surely… right?

Can it happen? Can these lowly New York Knicks (23-40) really sneak their way into the playoffs? Well, after losing seven straight games, in rather dismal fashion, maybe they’re on their way back to mediocrity. And with the Eastern Conference looking like it is at the moment (the Atlanta Hawks are the 8th seed with a record of 26-33), perhaps the playoffs aren’t out of the reach of the Knicks.

Maybe it is. Maybe the Knicks are doing Knicks-ian things and pulling their fans in like they always do. Who knows? But with rumors of the team offering former Bulls and Lakers head coach Phil Jackson a front office job, maybe the Knicks are heading towards a positive era. An era that fans desperately need.

I mean, the media is already burying the current Knicks… placing Carmelo Anthony on the Bulls, and stating that future Knicks are hopeless. But, what happens if the Knicks happen to win out and win themselves into the playoffs. Who’s the subject of the joke? The league or the fans?

Well, let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. There’s still 19 games left in the season. Nineteen long games to go. But for now…

TWO GAME WINNING STREAK!

WHAT WENT RIGHT:

  • ‘Melo is just something else right now. Last night marked the 12th straight game of 21+ points scoring. He ended the evening with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting, a season high eight assists, four rebounds, two steals, and to top it all off, one block. Oh, he also knocked down three shots from beyond the arc. Carmelo the Savior.
  • Another evening, another double-digit rebounding game for Tyson Chandler. The center snatched down 11 rebounds to give this his 10th straight double-digit rebounding game. He was also extremely efficient from the field scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
  • There’s been lots of negativity swirling around last year’s Sixth Man of the Year winner, but, J.R. Smith is finally putting all of the pieces together to show the league why he was such a dynamic player last season. Earl the Third was able to continue his torrid scoring pace, ending the night with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including five three pointers), three rebounds and one assist. Last night marked his 10th straight double-digit scoring evening.
  • The Knicks as a team were super effective on both sides of the court. They were able to out-assist the Jazz by 24-13 and, more importantly, were able to force 19 turnovers while only coughing up the ball a total of seven times. Additionally, they were able to knock down 49 percent of their shots from the field while holding the Jazz to a field goal percentage of 41 percent.

WHAT WENT WRONG:

  • Surprisingly, not much.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. had a night-to-forget from the field. He was held to five points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field. He was an abysmal 1-for-6 from beyond the arc as well. I mean, every shooter has their off night. Last night was one of his. He’ll come back in the next one.
  • Even though the Knicks were a well-oiled machine without him, Raymond Felton, fell back to Earth after the best game of this season against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Felton ended the evening with two points, five assists, and two rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

KNICKS KNACKS:

  • Last night marked the first time Pablo Prigioni has missed a free throw all season. That being said, he has only taken eight total free throws all year. He is currently seven-of-eight from the charity stripe.
  • Also, last night marked the fourth game all season the Knicks won where Tim Hardaway Jr. made less than 50 percent of his shots when he attempts 10 or more shots in a game. He has 20 total games with less than 50 percent shooting with at least 10 field goal attempts. 4-20? Yeesh.
  • The Knicks head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tonight at 7:30 p.m.