I’ll give you one guess which team has the worst defense in the league? If you picked the Toronto Raptors, you’d be right. The Raps have a defensive efficiency of 113.0, but if you watched yesterday’s Knick game you probably didn’t need to know that number to come to that conclusion.
New York teed off against Toronto last night, shooting a sizzling 67.3% eFG, including 15-27 from downtown. The long range festival was led by Toney Douglas (6-9) and Carmelo Anthony (5-7). ‘Melo’s three point percentage on the season is now 37.2%, and 42.4% as a Knick. This would be the highest total of his career, edging out his 37.1% in 2009. Anthony’s downtown mediocrity was a concern prior to the trade, but so far he’s alleviated those fears.
Jared Jeffries started the game at power forward, although he saw only 13 minutes. His two points on an open layup came courtesy of a brilliant behind the back pass from Chauncy Billups. Derrick Brown saw some minutes in the fourth quarter. The seldom used guard played the final 10 minutes, played some solid defense and had a crowd pleasing left handed dunk.