The Knicks are only down three points at the half to the team that is most likely the best team in the NBA. They’re playing without Stephon Marbury. I should be happy. Instead, I am pretty aggravated, as the Knicks were up TEN with eight minutes to go in the half, and proceeded to completely change the game plan that worked so well earlier in the game.
Remember last game? The terrible loss to the Heat? In the middle of the Heat’s big run, the Knicks could not keep from stopping the run because they kept rushing jumpers – refusing to slow the game down and just pound the ball down low. And the big difference is that in that game, they didn’t ESTABLISH their down low prescence in the game – which the Knicks did, with 21 points from Eddy Curry, with about 6 minutes left in the half. Curry would not score again in the half.
Because Jamal “1-5″ Crawford, Nate “1-7″ Robinson and Quentin “0-4″ Richardson kept taking outside jumpers and bricking, allowing the Suns to start their break, and quickly come back and take a three-point halftime lead. I don’t mind jumpers mixed in, but when you go to it TOTALLY and when you’re clearly NOT FEELING it….man, is it painful.
There’s 24 minutes to play, and with the way the Suns cannot seem to stop Eddy Curry, the Knicks are VERY much in this game (especially with Amare having three personals). However, if they do not play a smart second half, they do not have a chance. Yes, Curry is being doubled, but that does not mean you have to take a jumper every time when they aren’t going in.
Please, Knicks, play smart in the second half.
I would greatly appreciate it.