The New Jersey Nets were clearly upset about how much media attention the Knicks were getting for their ineptitude, so they decided to make a play for that attention themselves, by losing to the Knicks 98-91, bringing the Nets record for the season to a whopping 0-13!
There were a lot of positives about this game, with perhaps the most pleasant being Wilson Chandler’s offensive game. While one of his trips to the line was not him driving, Chandler still ended up taking as many free throw attempts as he did shot attempts – and get this, of Chandler’s six shot attempts none of them were three-balls!
Other positives included Larry Hughes overall play plus the fact that people were actually passing to Gallo today (granted, Gallo did not have a great shooting game, but he wasn’t awful)!
David Lee followed up a rough first half with a strong second half, and the rebounding was there the whole game, which was nice.
The Eddy Curry Experience had a downturn after the previous win against the Pacers – 1 for 5 with three turnovers. Ouch.
Brook Lopez once again looked like a beast against the Knicks’ front line.
Nate Robinson almost made an insanely bad play when he chucked up a shot at the Nets basket as time expired in the first, just as a bit of a joke. The shot was after the buzzer, but it went in and had he shot it before the buzzer, he would have given the Nets three points!!
You know one thing I noticed today (and based on D’Antoni’s comments, it was also there in the Pacers game)? It seems like D’Antoni has a double standard when to comes to Gallo. I don’t even think it is a bad thing, per se, because you could argue that D’Antoni knows he is going to be coaching Gallo for awhile, while he cannot say the same for Hughes, Harrington, Duhon, etc. In addition, perhaps D’Antoni knows Gallo will respond to this style of coaching while the others might not. However, the end result is that Gallo got benched quickly when he made a mistake in the second half that I can’t help but think that no other Knick would get benched in the same situation.
In any event, a win is a win, and the Knicks are on a two-game winning streak!! Woohoo!