The Knicks escaped with a win vs the Cavaliers to remain undefeated at home
The Knicks fortunately only trailed by one point, 28-27, after a rough defensive first quarter. The Cavaliers while not moving the ball particularly well – they only had four assists – but seemed to consistently beat their man one-on-one. Much of this had to do with the absence of Carmelo Anthony and Rasheed Wallace, as the Knicks were forced to play Chris Copeland and Steve Novak (at one point together) for extended minutes, neither of whom are as good defensively as Anthony. Wallace’s absence hurt Tyson Chandler’s aggressiveness as he was tentative to get a second foul after a touch foul early in the quarter. Copeland for his credit did hit all three of his shots in the quarter. On the other side of the spectrum, Jason Kidd, the number one three point shooter in the NBA heading into the night, was 0-4 from three, appearing to rush his shots. It seemed that in the absence of Carmelo Anthony, the offense did not open up as much as Mike Woodson would like as Raymond Felton and JR Smith took multiple long two pointers. The Cavaliers had opened up a six point lead when a few timely offensive rebounds led to shots by JR Smith and Steve Novak (a three pointer). The last play was particularly wild (and of no consequence) as the teams traded steals. Overall, the late quarter surge put the Knicks in a good situation, despite playing poorly in the quarter.
I’m not sure if we will ever be able to beat them.
I would rather play the Celtics, Heat, Lakers, or Spurs, instead of playing the Caveliers.
They make us look slow, stupid, and fat. They out-hustle us, they out-assisted us, and they out-scored us.
After a feel-good win against the New Orleans Hornets, the Knicks will now have a chance to retaliate against the Caveliers Friday night.
Last time the Knicks and Cavs played, the Cavs out-hustled, and out-played the Knicks. Hopefully Friday night will be different.