Game Recap: Knicks 111, Bucks 107
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 41 MIN | 13-26 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 32 PTS | +10
Do any of you realize how hard it is to score when you are facing a quadruple team with two of the four defenders wearing black pants and grey shirts? Well being that I’ve never been good enough to play a basketball game that involved an official, I can’t tell you. But to me it seemed that Carmelo Anthony was getting pushed, held, and grabbed on nearly every offensive possession. What did Anthony get for this? 5 free throws. He even got a ridiculous tech for slamming the ball in clear frustration and pain from yet another hit. In spite of the refs Anthony scored efficiently from everywhere and pulled down 10 boards. He played the power forward position very much like Amare did before the Melo trade. Well except that Anthony only had 3 turnovers.
|Landry Fields, G 31 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +14
Interestingly enough the ESPN shot chart can’t tell the difference between Fields and Shumpert. It gave me the same shot chart for each player. I only looked because in my game notes I did not write “brick” “WTH?”, or “Woodson time to make a change” as I did in the Chicago game. The stats back up my lack of anger (confirmed with a quick rewind of the DVR). I’d still like Landry to have any kind of game outside the paint, but who can really complain with this boxscore? Add 2 steals, 1 turnover, and a +14 to the numbers you see above and you get a very well rounded player. This is exactly the sort of player we need as a reserve. Now if we only had a backcourt good enough to make Fields a reserve. Oh well
|Tyson Chandler, C 39 MIN | 6-6 FG | 7-7 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +12
Though the boxscore does not at all reflected this, Chandler looked totally gassed. I find that very strange because according to the Terminator Wiki Chandler’s Iridium nuclear-energy cell has a functional period of 120 years.
|Baron Davis, PG 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +15
19 minutes. Really? That’s it? Okay how would you feel if I only gave you 39% of this reca…
|Iman Shumpert, G 42 MIN | 6-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | +4
Much like Anthony, Shumpert had to deal with a ton of contact without a much love from the refs. Like Anthony, Shumpert only got 5 free throws. Games like this you forget Shumpert is a rookie. He played defense as well as Chandler, was as multi-dimensional as Fields, and as fearless as Anthony. In the biggest game of the year he gave just about everything you could ask of him. I still don’t care for the ritual, but I can’t argue with the results. “Fire Dolan! SHUMP SHUMP.”
|Mike Bibby, PG 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | -15
The Egyptian Hieroglyphic symbol for “near failure” looks like a bird, a broken tool, and a scarab but the drop down of this fine recap tools only allows for English so a D it is.
The curse of the mummy was in full effect this evening. After a blistering first 8 minutes for the Knicks resulting in a 30-18 advantage Pharaoh Bibby II was summoned. Bibby picked up two nice dimes early while the Bucks slogged through a comatose first quarter, but by the second quarter Monta Ellis figured out that it is really easy to blow past the undead. Bibby returned to the sarcophagus with 5:26 left in the 2nd.
|Jared Jeffries, PF 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -8
I had a great recap written in notepad for Jeffries. However, every time I tried to cut and paste it into this recap, I just kept missing the mark. I don’t get it. Cut and paste should be as easy as making a layup when you are 6’10. Why do I keep missing?
|Steve Novak, SF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | 0
Nice to have Novak back. You did your thing, but I have to give you a B- minus because you took a 2 point field goal. Let this be a warning to you.
|J.R. Smith, SG 27 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -12
“…Einstein’s theory of relativity. Grab hold of a hot pan, second can seem like an hour. Put your hands on a hot woman, an hour can seem like a second…”
My game notes actually read “Hot shooting tonight” next to JR’s name. How is a 5-13 night hot shooting? Because it isn’t 6-22.
Four Things We Saw
- The Knicks showed they can clamp down and weather a storm. For the second time in three games we watched this team hold it together and come from behind to win a game. No, an 8 point hole with 8:52 to play is by no means insurmountable but when you think about the way this team executed over the last decade, you have to be impressed with the fortitude of this team. The Knicks had to have this game and they played like it.
- The Knicks really need help at the point. It is pretty clear Baron Davis should not play more than 20-25 minutes a night. Bibby shouldn’t play more than 2-5. That leaves a huge hole at the point. Neither Davis or Bibby can attack the defense with the same speed than Lin can. I’m not sure how Woodson plans to address this over the remainder of the season but whatever that is, it needs to be worked out soon.
- If the Bucks can’t convince more than 5, 000 people to come to the biggest home game of the season, I’m not sure they deserve a playoff team. Yikes those empty seats were surprising.
- Brian mentioned in his game preview that the Bucks don’t play great defense. They did not disappoint allowing the Knicks to shoot 51.3% from the floor. Thankfully the Knicks were able to capitalize on this while *ahem* holding the Bucks to 49.4% shooting.
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