SEE! I told you it was a trap game! With a hefty 17 point lead in the fourth quarter, the New York Knicks (29-40) almost… ALMOST managed to lose the game because of some shoddy coaching that also included some questionable efforts by the players. It’s like the Knicks handed the game to the 76ers on a shiny, new, silver platter, but because they’re so bad, they took it to the Antique Roadshow to get it checked for its value, instead of opening it up.
Nevertheless, the Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers, extended their winning streak to eight games, and creeped closer to eighth in the east, with the Atlanta Hawks finally losing a game.
The Knicks got some help last night that enabled them to claim the victory. The 76ers had some clear chances to steal the win from the Phil Jackson’s team. All James Anderson had to do was ship the ball inside to Thaddeus Young for the easy hoop. Instead, it rolled out of his hands and out-of-bounds. The Knicks got the ball afterwards, drained some clutch free throws, and held on for the win.
But that’s what the Knicks need in order to make the playoffs. They’re going to need a lot of help and it all starts with the opponents they’re facing now. Their schedule is humorously easy and they’re going to need to take advantage of it to advance to the playoffs. However, they’re going to need to get by with a little help from their friends.
The Atlanta Hawks are a full three games ahead of the Knicks and if these heroes in orange and blue want to play meaningful basketball in April and May, they’re going to need to pray that the Hawks lose.
Eight down, 13 to go.
WHAT WENT WELL:
- The Knicks leading scorer for the evening? Amar’e Stoudemire! With 22 points in his arsenal, he energized the team which eventually led to the win. He also had a double-double and snatched in 10 rebounds.
- Who else joined in on the double-double party? Tyson Chandler. The center had 17 points, to go along with ten rebounds, two assists, and a block.
- Carmelo Anthony was highly inefficient, but was able to contribute in other aspects of the game. ‘Melo finished the game with 21 points, on 5-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, five steals, one steal, and one block.
- Welcome back, Pablo Prigioni! Well, he’s been playing for a while now, but it’s been week since he’s had a stat-producing game like he did last night. Pablo ended the game with nine assists, leading the team for the evening, and was able to grab four rebounds. He didn’t score anything in 17 minutes of play because that’s what Pablo does.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- I mean, first things first, how do you almost lose an easily sustainable 17-point lead to the Philadelphia 76ers? They came into the night losing 22-straight games, but thanks to the Knicks, make that 23 games.
- The effort was lacking all game. They looked out of it in the first quarter, got back into it during the second and third quarters, but then put on their sleeping masks on during the fourth quarter. C’mon.
- J.R. Smith looks like he’s on his patented slumps yet again. Earl shot 2-for-10 from the floor, including 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. He was also the team’s leader for turnovers with three. Tim Hardaway Jr. also joined in on the slump party. He only scored six points on 3-of-11, 0-for-5 from beyond the three point line. Luckily, the Knicks were able to win without them.
- Tyson Chandler attempted a three-pointer last night. He hasn’t attempted a three-pointer since March 2012.
- The Knicks head back home to face the Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow at 7:30pm.