In last night’s loss to the Nets, the Knicks went with a shorter lineup. For most of the game, they played with only 9 guys. The Knicks starters were: Crawford, Richardson, Jeffries, Randolph, and Curry. From the bench, Isiah rotated in Lee, Chandler, Nate Robinson, and Fred Jones. For garbage time, Isiah brought in Nichols, Jordan, and Morris. Like the night before, the Knicks started off poorly, but cut the lead to 1 point by halftime. Unfortunately the Nets exploded for 38 points in the 3rd quarter, and never looked back.
The Nets front court of Kristic, Collins, Magloire, and Allen frustrated the Knicks. Randolph only hit 3 of 9 shots, while Lee shot an embarrassing 1 of 8. Curry scored 23 points, but was clearly frustrated by Magloire’s physical play, and earned a technical foul shoving Jamaal in the second half. Crawford was one of the few Knicks that played well, again continuing his preseason improvement of moving towards the hoop instead of settling for the jumpshot. He scored 22 points on 15 attempts, but did turn the ball over 5 times. The other Knicks that played well was Wilson Chandler. The rookie showed an all around game, doing everything but blocking a shot. He was active from baseline to baseline.
The Knicks were defeated by their lack of defense. They let the Nets shoot 61% (eFG) and were led by Jefferson and Carter. The duo amassed 47 points on just 21 shots with only 4 turnovers.