[This is the space where I am supposed to write a summary of last night's game but really, the picture I posted above summarizes it quite nicely. It was either that or a picture of poop and quite honestly, both would have sufficed.]
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- The first quarter.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Everything after the first quarter.
- In the 2nd quarter, the Lakers posted an OEff of 144.0 on 90% True Shooting and that was nothing compared to what was to come in the third quarter.
- The Lakers bench scored 39 points on 16 of 23 shooting in the first half. They were also 7-9 on threes and had 10 assists. The Knicks bench, Tim Hardaway Jr., had five points in the first half.
- After the Knicks cut the Lakers’ lead to eight at halftime, they went on to give up 51 points in the third quarter. FIFTY ONE @#$%ING POINTS. Not only that but the Lakers shot 73% (19-26) and they scored at least a point on 88% of their third-quarter possessions. Oh and they also had an OEff of 204.0 on 91.9% True Shooting. The third quarter of doom took on a whole new meaning last night. It was the apex of suckage.
- That 51-point third quarter was not only a Lakers franchise record, but it was the most the Knicks have ever allowed in a quarter. Can you believe that? None of the previous Laker teams, even with guys like Magic Johnson and James Worthy or Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal ever had a third quarter like that. But the 2013-14 team, who until last night had only 23 wins, accomplished that feat without Kobe, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash.
- If you ever needed proof of how much of a shit-show the 2013-14 campaign is for the New York Knickerbockers, just watch last night’s third quarter.
- Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre combined for 21 points on 9-14 shooting with 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers.
- Carmelo Anthony started the game 0-7 shooting and finished 10-21 from the floor. He scored 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds but he was about the only “good” thing about the Knicks last night and he’s still in the what went wrong section because he was playing like he was drunk in the first half.
- Kent Bazemore scored 18, Xavier Henry scored 22 and Nick Young scored 20 – four of those 20 came from a four-point play in the 51-point third. Apparently, he has five four-point plays this season. Good for him. He also hit four other three-pointers.
- All of the Lakers finished with a positive +/- while all of the Knicks finished with a negative number. The biggest culprit for the Knicks was Amare Stoudmire who finished at a -30. Yuck.
- This was a game the Knicks needed to win if they wanted to keep their scant playoff hopes alive. Then again, why on earth would Knick fans even want to see this team in the playoffs? They’d be swept out of the first round.
- The Knicks had a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter then the Lakers went on a 22-4 run and never looked back.
- Phil Jackson was in a suite at the Staples Center watching the game and he was hanging out with Metta World Peace. At one point, the camera showed them laughing together. I’m pretty sure they were probably guffawing at the Knicks playing “defense.”
- There’s no rest for the weary as the Knicks will be playing the Kings tonight in Sacramento at 10 p.m.