Recap: Knicks 111, Rockets 116 (OT)

We’ve all had a night to sleep on the frustrating and disappointing loss to the Houston Hardens last night. In my quick recap I didn’t get into one of the unbelievable stats to come out of the game. The Knicks are the first team since 2013 to lose a game while shooting as high as 57.7% from the field. I’m not in love with that stat. It’s way too specific, and feels a bit like cherry picking, but it does tell part of the story. The Knicks did just about everything right (for once) on offense. Afflalo was cooking and hitting from all over the floor. They got him in the post and he was brutalizing whoever he had on his back. I’d like to see a lot more of that when Melo sits. Staggering Melo, Porzingis, and Afflalo so that two of them are almost always on the floor together seems like the way to go. Part of the effectiveness of the offense, though, is the continuing horribleness of the Rockets defense. In the game thread, I alluded to the fact that the Rockets are near the bottom in the whole league in defensive efficiency and it stands to reason that allowing a team to hit nearly 58% of their shots from the field won’t help that number.

The Heat’s defense made the Knicks look awful. The Rockets defense made the Knicks look like world beaters. The truth probably resides somewhere in between.

The story of the game was turnovers and offensive rebounds. Calderon and Seraphin each had 5 turnovers. Calderon’s turnovers came as a result of Patrick Beverley’s tough on-the-ball defense. He was lazy with his dribble on several occasions and it really cost the Knicks late in the game. Seraphin’s turnovers were the product of his high self esteem. He’s a black hole when the basketball touches his hands. He tries to lead the break. He tries to dribble between two post defenders. He tries to speed-inbound the basketball when caution is advised. He tries to Magic Johnson the ball into the hands of his teammates when a simple pass will do. I hate to get on him after he outplayed Dwight Howard all night long, but you can’t turn the ball over 5 times from his spot in the rotation. Too many of those turnovers were of the knuckleheaded variety.

I could write this whole recap about the Rockets, frankly. I noted in the game thread that we’d probably learn more about them than we would about the Knicks. I think that’s mainly the case. Instead I want to note the quietly efficient game that Porzingis played. He took what the defense gave him for the most part and rarely forced the action. He only took one three pointer, and that was because the shot clock was winding down and he had the ball in his hands. One day you’d like to see Kristaps become a go-to-guy and put the team on his shoulders. We’ve already seen him do it a few times. For now, as he’s getting his feet wet, he’s just excellent at letting the game come to him and he puts himself in the right spot to succeed without the ball in his hands. He could definitely find the ball in his hands more, but the Knicks’ guards can’t seem to find him when he’s open. Every game I shout at the TV when he’s got space without a defender nearby and the ball inevitably swings to the other side of the court. Dwight Howard isn’t the player he once was, and I think it’s mainly a mental thing. He does have the super powers to dunk a player into the great beyond and Porzingis was posterized for the first time in his career. It almost felt like the Matrix. As soon as that dunk went through, ripples of digital surf radiated from the #6 on Porzingis’ back.

Up next, the Knicks get the Philadelphia 0.76ers and their tank-tastic brigade of sourpusses. I won’t be happy unless the Knicks win that game by 15-20 points. They’ve played tough teams close all season. They’ve made mediocre teams look better by allowing them back in games. We’re entering a stretch against the weaker part of the NBA and it would behoove us to destroy as many of them as possible. It will show that we belong in the mid-to-upper tier of teams in the league. It ought to build some confidence. It should give the key guys some rest and the bench some fine tuning minutes. If we end up allowing any of these teams to hang with us into the final minutes, I’ll be very cranky with my television, which is an otherwise lovely part of my family.

Knicks Morning News (2015.11.30)

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant to Retire at End of Season (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:15:28 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Says He Will Retire at End of Season (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:51:31 GMT)

    The decision by the Lakers’ shooting guard, not totally unexpected, was announced in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Hand 76ers 18th Straight Loss of Season (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:33:27 GMT)

    Power forward Zach Randolph posted a double-double and point guard Mike Conley scored a game-high 20 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Philadelphia 92-84 on Sunday, sending the 76ers to their 18th consecutive loss to start the season.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Scores 13 After Announcement, but Pacers Beat Lakers (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:24:48 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting after declaring he will retire at the end of the season, and the Indiana Pacers hung on to send his Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive defeat, 107-103 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Rockets 116, Knicks 111: Knicks’ Big Lead Collapses With a Thump (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:19:01 GMT)

    Playing without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were blindsided by a late Rockets comeback and squandered a 15-point lead before losing to Houston in overtime.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Tie NBA Worst With 0-18 Start After Loss to Grizzlies (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:00:49 GMT)

    The Philadelphia 76ers were again poised to end their losing streak. And, as has happened lately, they were unable to close the deal.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Rally in Fourth, Beat Knicks 116-111 in Overtime (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:54:46 GMT)

    Trevor Ariza hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:14 left in overtime and Marcus Thornton made two free throws with less than a second left as the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 116-111 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Edge Past the Pistons With a Late Surge (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:44:08 GMT)

    The Nets scored the final 6 points after trailing by 2 with 1 minute 21 seconds remaining for the win at home.

  • [New York Times] Eric Bledsoe Powers Suns Past Raptors, 107-102 (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:37:26 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe wasted little time atoning for a missed free throw with just 12.3 seconds to go.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant to Retire at End of Season (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:09:28 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Spurs at Bulls (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:03:04 GMT)

    Each game for Stephen Curry and Golden State is a must-watch event right now, but San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich takes a longer view of the regular season.

  • [New York Times] Oladipo Scores 19 to Lift Magic Over Celtics 110-91 (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:51:54 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and Nik Vucevic added 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics 110-91 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Young Helps Nets Beat Pistons 87-83 (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:39:43 GMT)

    Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Brook Lopez scored 15 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 87-83 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:37:28 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers star announced Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website that he will retire after this season, his 20th in the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Powers Clippers to Win Over Timberwolves (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:15:27 GMT)

    Forward Blake Griffin had 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

  • [New York Post] Why Knick doesn’t believe Kobe Bryant will actually quit (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:26:13 -0500)

    Kobe Bryant is the closest thing to a Michael Jordan clone the NBA has ever seen, and Bryant's former teammate, Sasha Vujacic, said he wouldn't be surprised to see the Lakers legend emulate the former Bulls' star when he finishes his final season. "He'll be bored with retirement, so he might come back,” Vujacic said…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Porzingis will remember Dwight Howard’s vicious slam (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:01:47 -0500)

    Dear Basketball: Overtime turned into a painful reality for the Knicks and rookie Kristaps Porzingis. Kobe Bryant wrote an online poem Sunday entitled "Dear Basketball'' to announce he was saying goodbye to the sport after the season. For nearly 3 ½ quarters Sunday, the Knicks were weaving a more pleasant fairy tale. The club soldiered…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks blow 14-point lead, fall to Rockets in OT, 116-111 (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:28:59 GMT)

    It was just two points on the first play of overtime, but it seemed symbolic – a sign of where this was headed.

  • Quick Recap: Knicks 111, Rockets 116 (OT)

    Maybe the Knicks like sleep. They sure fell asleep on multiple occasions down the stretch in this game and gave away a 14…..14…..14….14…..14 point 4th quarter lead. They slept on inbound passes. They slept on the defensive glass. They slept while dribbling in the vicinity of Patrick “I’ll pick your pocket just like that” Beverley. There was some very nice hooping and then there was deep, deep slumber.

    The Positives: The Knicks seemed eager to share the ball and got Afflalo cooking on a night when Carmelo Anthony sat out with some sort of flesh-eating virus. Porzingis played within himself and rarely forced the action. Seraphin was slippery and tough on defense.

    The Negatives: Lance Thomas and Kevin Seraphin have the same disease. They both think that when a couple of things go well for them, they’re Kobe Bryant. Seraphin threw away a ton of possessions. Lance Thomas took a seriously boneheaded shot late in the 4th quarter. Knowing your limitations is an important life skill that neither of those guys possess. Maybe it’s what’s got them where they are as pro athletes, but they’re really painful to watch when they try to do too much. Langston Galloway couldn’t hit a snowflake at the South Pole at this point. He looks lost and pretty useless out there during his minutes. I thought Grant had a good thing going and he hardly saw any action. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but Calderon’s 5 turnovers were killer. The lazy dribbling along the sideline that Beverley exploited was one of the key plays of the game. The Rockets are so much better with Beverley on the floor.

    On the Rockets end, James Harden did just about everything poorly. He’s just selfish and stupid most of the time. Every bad thing that happened to the Rockets tonight started with Harden being a ball hog. Every great thing that happened for them started with Beverley’s defense and Harden’s amazing passing. He didn’t do it enough, or the Rockets may have won the game in regulation. Dwight Howard is a giant ass. He has a punchable face.

    More tomorrow when I cool off from watching that disaster.

    2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Rockets

    Oh, the ups and downs of the long NBA season. The Knicks, very recently, looked like an up-and-coming team, coherent on offense and much improved on defense. How quickly things fall apart. A four game win streak was immediately followed by a three game losing streak, and the Knicks’ offense sure looked impotent in those most recent three losses.

    I’ve been on record recently as a Miami Heat believer. It pains me to admit that, given my long standing hatred of Pat Riley and his stupid beachfront franchise. The Heat’s defense can be stifling at times and the Knicks showed their inability to hang with them for more than a half at a time. Hassan Whiteside is an absolute beast. The two losses we’ve been handed at the hands of the Heat are painful, but not quite as bad as the emotional aftermath would seem. The Heat are second to the Spurs in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency. They can make you look bad.

    The Rockets, on the other hand, have been very bad. They are near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency and in the bottom half in offensive efficiency. Dwight Howard has been on and off the court throughout the young season, which probably skews those numbers unfavorably, but the eye test would also suggest that Houston looks like a mess in all aspects of the game. Harden is typically disinterested in the defensive part of the game. Ty Lawson has been poor. The team, in general, looks like a bunch of individuals trying to figure out the game on an individual basis. There’s no cohesion, as Clyde likes to say.

    Anytime you go up against a team with James Harden, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, and Terrence Jones you feel as though the deck is stacked against you. There are other names that jump out on any given night, and it’s hard to believe that the Rockets are as bad as they’ve been so far. On any given night, you expect that they’ll figure something out and go on a 10-game winning streak. The key for the Knicks is to exploit the Rockets’ lack of cohesion on the defensive end and limit the Harden express train to the free throw line. He’s going to stick out his arms and jerk his head back on every possession and you have to be smart about how aggressively you reach in on him. Porzingis ran a clinic on defusing James Harden’s wild forays to the rim in the clubs’ first meeting of the season.

    Everyone has theories about why the Knicks offense disappears for long stretches. The bench has lost its early season luster and everybody seems to have gone cold at once. That’s going to happen. It’s also likely to happen against a team like Miami, as I mentioned above. The key is not to panic. I’d like to see the Knicks get Afflalo more involved via ball movement. He’s good at posting up and he’s good at flashing to the lane, off the ball. I’d like to see him triangulate with Melo and Kristaps some and get a few easy looks as team’s try to compensate for the double threat known as Melzingis.

    I’m not sure what we’re going to learn about the Knicks from this game. I think it’s far more likely we’ll learn something about the Rockets, and whether they’re just a bad mix of players or a very good team working through some early season growing pains. For our sakes, I hope they’re a bad mix of players who wilt at the sight of our New York Knickerbockers. Let’s go Knicks!!!

    Knicks Morning News (2015.11.28)

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Lose Davis to Injury, Clippers Win 111-90 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:12:39 GMT)

    Doc Rivers rested all of his starters throughout the fourth quarter against New Orleans on Friday night, a rarity for the Clippers coach this season.

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 41 Points, Warriors Pour in 3s to Go 17-0 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:24:42 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors rained 3s in the desert and pushed their NBA-record start to 17-0.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Extend Unbeaten Streak (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:09:27 GMT)

    Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored 41 points and made nine 3-pointers as the Warriors extended their unbeaten streak to start the season to an NBA-record 17 games in a 135-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Scores 25, Spurs Beat Nuggets 91-80 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:03:32 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard is on quite a roll. The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year also is being noticed for his play on the offensive end.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins Scores 22 as Timberwolves Beat Kings 101-91 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:42:39 GMT)

    Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Zach LaVine added 19 points and eight rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves got a big game from their reserves in a 101-91 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Green Leads Way on Offense, Defense for Heat (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:36:27 GMT)

    Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points in Miami’s 97-78 win over New York on Friday, but his defensive effort against Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony might have been the most impressive part of his performance.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 50 as Rockets Beat Winless 76ers 116-114 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:24:45 GMT)

    With Philadelphia desperately for its first win, James Harden took over for the Houston Rockets.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Harden’s 50 Drop 76ers to 0-17 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:13:14 GMT)

    James Harden had 50 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, and the Rockets beat the 0-17 Philadelphia 76ers, 116-114, in Houston.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: Kentucky Cruises to a Win in Miami (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:12:09 GMT)

    Jamal Murray had 21 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the final 15 points of the first half on the way to beating South Florida, 84-63, in the Hoop-Hall Miami Invitational.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Mexico Is Suspended (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:08:48 GMT)

    The Mexican basketball federation was suspended by the world governing body FIBA because of the national government’s interference in how the sport is run.

  • [New York Times] George’s Big Game Pushes Pacers Past Bulls 104-92 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:06:38 GMT)

    Paul George and the Indiana Pacers picked up right where they left off before a three-day break.

  • [New York Times] Payton’s Double-Double Powers Magic to 114-90 Win Over Bucks (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:18:54 GMT)

    Elfrid Payton has been inconsistent this season for the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] Millsap’s Double-Double Leads Hawks Over Grizzlies, 116-101 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:18:52 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds, one of six Atlanta Hawks players who scored in double figures during a 116-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat 97, Knicks 78: With Little Bench Relief, Knicks Run Out of Steam (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:59:47 GMT)

    The Knicks withered against the Miami Heat, their third consecutive defeat. The ugly loss ensured that the searching and tinkering would need to continue for the team.

  • [New York Times] Durant Leads Thunder to 103-87 Win Over Pistons (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:54:46 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers and James Top Hornets Once Again (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:46:45 GMT)

    LeBron James extended his personal run of dominance against the Charlotte Hornets by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-90 victory Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Gerald Green Scores 25, Leads Heat to 97-78 Rout of Knicks (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:18:48 GMT)

    Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng, and the Miami Heat beat New York 97-78 on Friday night for their second victory over the Knicks this week.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Run Away From Wizards 111-78 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:12:33 GMT)

    Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] James Scores 25 to Lead Cavs Over Hornets Again, 95-90 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:00:37 GMT)

    LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds, extending his personal run of dominance against the Charlotte Hornets by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-90 victory Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ foul-plagued Porzingis, cold Melo fall to Heat (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:26:25 GMT)

    Black Friday traditionally signifies the start of the holiday shopping season, but the carnage inside the Garden mostly was tinted Green.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Rivalry doesn’t cook on holiday (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:23:54 GMT)

    There was a time when the rival Heat sharing an in-season holiday meal with anyone on the Knicks was unthinkable.

  • [New York Post] Justise Winslow shows Carmelo Anthony why he was Top 10 pick (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:38:04 -0500)

    The Knicks probably would have ended up happy either way. Once in consideration to be taken by the Knicks with the fourth overall pick in the draft, used on Kristaps Porzingis, Heat forward Justise Winslow displayed the two-way skills that made the Duke swingman such an attractive rebuilding piece in Miami's 97-78 win at the…

  • Knicks 78, Heat 97

    Sometime towards the end of the second quarter, the Knicks decided they were willing to get outcompeted by the Heat, which is a discouraging trend of late. When the lead evaporated before halftime and the third quarter became a friendly competition between Knicks to see who could hit the front of the rim the softest, the signs were there. Even with a spirited start to the 4th, the Knicks were caving faster than a mole with vertigo and they essentially watched Gerald Green assassinate their chances to avenge the loss on Monday.

    The turning point happened when Green was fouled on a 3-pointer in the beginning of the 4th, resulting in three made free throws that effectively Frankensteined a player that every relevant statistic considered to be an inanimate corpse. The Knicks then watched helplessly as Green went all NBA-JAM-He’s-on-Fire for the next few minutes and put the game out of reach.

    It certainly didn’t help that the Knicks only managed 29 2nd half points, resuming their woeful offensive play after a promising first half, or that The Latviathan was laden with foul trouble throughout and could never really establish himself in the game, but a lot went wrong in the 2nd half.

    Bosh Spice

    Bosh Spice was extremely effective at bothering Porzingis and helping get him into foul trouble. Because of his unique skill set and underrated defensive ability, I assumed Bosh would be problematic for the Zing God, but Bosh really brought it tonight. Must have liked the spread at Melo’s Thanksgiving last night or something, but the sequence when Bosh blocked Porzingis and found Green open for 3 to extend the Heat’s lead to 13 early in the 4th was dream-shattering. It essentially ended the game.

    The bench was notably improved, going 18-43 for 28 points, but still shot a poor percentage and had too many defensive breakdowns. It was a step in the right direction, but in the past three games the second unit has been little more than an awkward euphemism for a 2nd-string sex toy.

    The Heat undeniably have more talent than the Knicks right now, and they are a good test because of that, but the Knicks have to play with more intensity against the good teams in this league. The Heat had 28 FTA to the Knicks 15, only 4 of which came from the starting 5. That kind of emphatic lack of aggression is a symptom of an uninspired team, and that understandably happens from time to time in a sport where teams play 82 games in a season, so hopefully the Knicks can rise above their Holiday malaise and regroup.

    It’s important to point out how good the Heat’s defense is and how that is a contributing factor to the Knicks’ performance against them, but to be held under 80 points twice in four days by the same team is concerning no matter the situation. The ball moved less than a coma patient for large portions of the second half as the offense stalled and that’s something Phil Ja–err, Derek Fisher, will need to address. Even a simple pick & roll from the top has been difficult to execute lately and a lot of that has to do with the terrible outside shooting, resulting in defenses sucking in towards the paint and sealing off driving and passing lanes.

    The Knicks will be glad to see a team dealing with a host of their own existential issues, the Rockets, on Sunday, but they have plenty to work on until then.

    2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Heat

    What could be better than a quick sojourn to Florida for Thanksgiving just as winter is beginning to set in up north? Apparently, anything, so far as the Knicks are concerned. They couldn’t get on a plane back to New York fast enough after Wednesday’s appropriately recapped performance, and hopefully an exorbitant meal and the nostalgic sight of a behemoth-sized Snoopy floating through the streets gave the Knicks back whatever they lost in the Sunshine State.

    I assume that none of you decided to attend the music-less moshpit known as Black Friday since you’re all aware of the existence of the internet, but I would be remiss not to list what I’m thankful for on this post-Thanksgiving morning that I’ve spent hiccuping through the aftermath of mixing roughly 139 different versions of alcohol.

    I’m thankful for the impending Kristapocalypse that was foretold by James Naismith as he climbed a ladder to retrieve a ball from a peach basket that, incredibly, no one thought to cut the bottom out of for FIFTEEN YEARS. I’m thankful for every moment Sasha “.33 TS%” Vujacic spends on the bench thinking about what to get Kobe for Christmas and not on the court trying to outduel him for the ’15-16 title of Least Efficient Shooter. Get Cic or Die Tryin’ literally has 45 points on 66 shots, which is an incredibly impressive feat of mediocrity. And finally, I’m thankful for Amazon. Seriously, is anyone still leaving their house to do their Holiday shopping?

    Game 17 of the season welcomes the Miami Heat to New York, a team they played just four days ago. Miami ranks 3rd in the league with a DRtg of 98.7, and they held the Knicks to a season-low 78 points on Monday. A lot of that had to do with the bench’s recent allergic reaction to success, having shot put the ball towards the general vicinity of the basket to the tune of 7-47 in the last two games, including 0-16 from 3. Everyone on the bench is sneezing and itching, but Langston Galloway has broken out into hives and is in danger of going into anaphylactic shock if he doesn’t improve on his 1-14 performance over the last two games. If the Knicks are going to beat this very talented Heat team, their bench is going to have to show up for work.

    The good news is that Wade and Bosh have been slumping lately. They shot a combined 8-28 against the Knicks on Monday (an agonizing stat after seeing how badly the Knicks were beaten despite this) and combined to go 4-18 in their loss at Detroit on Wednesday. They also had to spend Thanksgiving in Detroit, where I imagine they were served slow-roasted mufflers smothered in recycled oil with a side of dirty air filters basted with engine coolant. Also, Luol Deng is sitting tonight, which I’m not sure is a good thing since that means more minutes for Justise Winslow.

    Should be fun, and a good test for the Knicks’ struggling offense. Only one thing left for me to say about this game:

    Round 2: Fight!