Four Things We Saw
- It’s not often I get to write recaps, but when I do, it’s for 3 hours of the most awful basketball ever played outside of a preschool gym. I was very much tempted to just forget about the recap template and go on a thousand word rant about how awful and stupid this team is, but decided I would do what the Knicks have proved incapable of: Show some damned structure.
These are NBA players, how is it possible to not know the very basics of basketball when you have devoted your entire life to this game? If I go into a bank to make a deposit, I expect the teller to be able to count what I give them, just as I would expect a PROFESSIONAL basketball player to know when a good time to call a timeout is, and when to and not to take a shot at the end of a game (hint: if you’re up and the shot clock is off, DON’T SHOOT THE F’ING BALL!). I’m going to keep watching the Knicks play this season, but any optimism is completely gone now. I’m now going to watch to see how far into the absurd this team can go, and I’m going to keep a list of the most ridiculous things that they do so that in future seasons I can look back at that list and say “Man, at least they aren’t THAT bad!”
- Here’s the biggest issue with having a lame-duck coach: he is going to sacrifice the long term good of the team for short term successes. That’s the only way he has a chance of keeping his job. Playing Tyson Chandler nearly 40 minutes after 6 weeks of recovering from a broken leg is horrible, but Woodson knows that’s his best chance to win now and get the media off his back. It’s not just Chandler, either, Melo barely got any time on the bench. With the minutes he’s been logging, he’ll be lucky to make it to the All-Star break without an injury.
- This kind of game is exactly why it made sense to develop a backup center on this team. If Aldrich actually got more that a couple minutes of playing time in games that weren’t particularly close in score (there have been plenty) maybe the coaching staff would feel a little more comfortable sitting Chandler in a close game when he’s limping up and down the court with cramping calves.
- It’s time for the grades now. I’m going to switch it up and try to be as positive as possible. I need to get up early in the morning and taking all this anger and frustration to bed will keep me up all night. We won the game, after all. A win is a win, right?
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 55 MIN | 9-29 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | +7
Great shooting from the line for Melo! I’m glad he’s around to take all those shots so the other guys don’t hurt their wrists!
|Tyson Chandler, C 37 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3
While he wasn’t the all powerful destroyer of worlds that he was before breaking his leg, Tyson is still the best defender on the Knicks. The guy is a fierce competitor which may be his downfall, since the dumbass coach is going to ride him into the ground. Stay positive, Kevin, stay positive… Deep breath…
|Beno Udrih, PG 40 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +3
Udrih had a capable game, for the most part. He was a dead-eye from 3, and had many good looks. He missed the potential game winning shot at the end of the 4th, but it was a good shot. That happens. Sure he made Brandon Knight look like Jordan, but nobody expects him to be a good defender. He’s the kind of guy you have to hide on defense, but he’s the best option at the point right now.
|J.R. Smith, SG 48 MIN | 7-23 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -3
J.R. sure played a lot of minutes which were totally earned because… um… he’s capable of breathing on his own? Ah, who am I kidding, J.R. could be comatose on a ventilator and Woodson would still give him at least 30 minutes.
|Iman Shumpert, SG 31 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 1 PTS | -10
Oh Shumpert, I don’t even know what to think anymore. I used to think you were a diamond in the rough that just needed some individual attention and nurturing to become one of the best players on the team. I don’t even know what to think anymore. Maybe going to a real professional basketball team is what he needs. He certainly is killing his trade value, though. Oh yeah, I need to say something positive! 6 rebounds 5 assists and 2 steals are a solid night, and he didn’t force many bad shots. So there’s that.
|Andrea Bargnani, PF 34 MIN | 5-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +16
I have nothing to say about this man.
|Metta World Peace, SF 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +3
Limiting Metta’s minutes aren’t a bad idea, but only 12 when he was really getting after it on defense (4 steals in 12 minutes!) seems excessive. It would have been beneficial to give Metta about 8 more and Chandler 8 less minutes. He looked really good when he was out there.
|Toure’ Murry, SG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4
Dude can foul with the best of ’em!
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13
Hardaway was looking pretty good out there. Certainly he could have taken a large portion of J.R.’s minutes without the team’s play suffering. I think we’ve all been pleasantly surprised with Jr.’s play. Keep it up rook! At the very least, you’re helping your trade value.
At over 3 hours, maybe this game just moved too fast for Woodson.