From my perspective I don’t expect for there to be a lot of change in the end of games until the lineup changes. Again Chris Duhon, Hughes, and Harrington were among the top minute getters (along with Chandler). Again Harrington had a lot of points, but failed to get his teammates involved. Again Robinson played well without getting many minutes (36 minutes total). Toney Douglas spent the whole game on the bench, while Jared Jeffries saw 21 minutes of court time.
After tonight’s game, my wife asked “the Knicks seem to be losing a lot of close games, isn’t that a good sign?” I replied “good teams win a lot of blowouts, bad teams lose a lot of close games.” Perhaps this is just an extension of the “Guts and Stomps” theory, but I think it applies to tonight’s game. The Knicks had a last second opportunity to tie the game, but the refs didn’t call a foul on a Larry Hughes three point attempt. Ultimately it doesn’t matter if it was the right call, because there would have been a lot of “ifs” for the Knicks to actually win this game. If the refs make the call, if Hughes hits all three free throws, and if the Knicks win in overtime. In other words, it’s more likely that the Knicks lose than win.