|Kenyon Martin, PF 36 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3Simply everywhere on defense for as long as the game was competitive. 3 contracts at or near the max, an 18-5 start, and yet I shudder to think what our outlook would be without this guy. He needs to not play 36 minutes in games like this.|
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 36 MIN | 11-28 FG | 9-10 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 32 PTS | +1Some brilliant shot-making tonight but it was scattered throughout some ugly cold stretches. The 11/28 shooting and 5 turnovers look ugly but 7 offensive boards and a 9/10 from the line (and oh how he finished through contact) makes it a plus night on the offensive end. Defense was unremarkable for better or worse.|
|Iman Shumpert, SF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +4Looking more and more confident in his shot and sharper and quicker on defense. Starting to play the passing lanes and body up quick defenders like he did as a rookie. When Chandler comes back, a lineup with Shump at the 3 and K-Mart and Chandler behind him could be an absolute brick wall when Melo needs a breather. Make no mistake, the difference between the team right now and a month ago is about K-Mart’s Renaissance and JR’s Reformation, but it’s got plenty to do with Shumpert’s Enlightenment as well.|
|Raymond Felton, PG 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +8There was a period where many Knicks fans (at least on Twitter) were firmly entrenched in two warring camps: one pro-Felton and one pro-Prigioni. At this point, it should be clear that we’re not dealing with an either/or proposition. Since Prigioni’s insertion into the starting lineup, the feast-or-famine Felton has been replaced with a far more consistent player who has shot less (between 6 and 12 FGA’s per game) and better (32/58 in the last 7) while limiting his turnovers as a result of his lightened playmaking burden. Prigs played just 11 minutes tonight but the calmer Felton showed up nonetheless, sinking 5 of 7 twos and 2 of 4 threes.
Felton’s TS% with Prigioni on the court this season is 59.0%. With Prigs on the bench, it’s 49.1%.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Prigioni’s TS% with Felton on the court this season is 64.0%. With Felton on the bench its 56.5%.|
|Chris Copeland, SF 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2Nothing to see here. With each passing day it becomes more apparent that there’s only room in the playoff rotation for one of he and Novak and I don’t like Cope’s odds in that battle. That said, neither of them was particularly necessary today.|
|Steve Novak, SF 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +14I SPACED THE FLOOR! PROVE THAT I DIDN’T!|
|Marcus Camby, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +72 points and 2 boards may not look like much but next to his pooped-in-the-fridge-ate-an-entire-wheel-of-cheese-impressive 4 foul, 1 turnover, 0-anything-else night against Memphis it’s like realizing there was one more Sour Patch Kid at the bottom of the bag.|
|Jason Kidd, PG 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -3Tonight it was rebounding. It’s always something. I don’t know what the most memorable play of the Knicks’ postseason will be this year but if it’s a happy memory something tells me Kidd will be involved.|
|J.R. Smith, SG 37 MIN | 12-18 FG | 11-12 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 37 PTS | +13I’ve spent hundreds of hours watching, thinking about, and writing about the Knicks this season. My girlfriend Emily has largely joined me on this journey and, while she likes both the sport and the team, it would probably be unfair of me to assume that this was the way she was hoping to spend her winter. In the first quarter last night, JR stepped up to the three-point line and employed a nasty stutter-step that sent his flummoxed defender (I think Gerald Henderson?) tumbling to the floor, able only to look up at Earl as he banged home a three. I yipped with excitement and called Emily in from the next room to see a replay.
Her response: “I love JR. I feel like he really represents the team this season. He kind of came out of nowhere and he’s really bad sometimes but when he’s good it’s so awesome.”
I have nothing to add.
|Mike WoodsonSome of the high minute totals seem a little silly in a game that stopped being competitive so early but I’m not sure what he was supposed to do with so few bodies at his disposal. Did I really want to see 15 minutes of James White in a game that ended up only being decided by 9? Bottom line is, for all of Woodson’s imprefections, he’s got an injury-ravaged roster peaking at the right time and he’s doing it with a handful of fairly unorthodox lineups that have been thrust upon him by both short-handedness and quirks in the personnel. Don’t know how you could call that a bad job at this point.|