The Knicks took a beating from the Nets last night. I’m not just talking about Jason Collins’ getting a flagrant on Tim Thomas, sending the Knicks SF for overnight hospitalization. Nor am I speaking of Frank Williams getting hit on a fastbreak (albeit on a clean play) and falling on the court, with Kidd standing over him.
I’m more talking about the 24 point loss they suffered on the scoreboard. The Nets seemed almost unstoppable on offense. They had an excellent 53% eFG%. The source of their excellent offense was being able to constantly get fast breaks against the Knicks. The Knicks’ 19 team turnovers were the main source of the Nets breaks. In addition, the Nets had more foul shots, due to 5 Knicks having 4 or more fouls.
Most of the Knicks had quiet nights. Marbury had a quiet 13 points. T.Thomas had 12 points, but most in the first half. Of course he didn’t have much of a chance to score in the second half, due to the hard foul by Collins. Most quiet were Anderson and Kurt Thomas with 4 points apiece. Kurt, normally a 47% (eFG%) shooter, shot a miserable 1-10. I think this says a lot about Kenyon Martin’s defense.
To add injury to insult, Tim Thomas might miss a few more games due to the injuries sustained tonight. The initial results are that he suffered a bruise, and would be day to day for the rest of the series. Without Thomas, or a miraculous recovery from Houston, the Knicks already slim chances get even slimmer. I won’t go on record saying that the Knicks are done without both of these players, but it does make them that much more thin at the 2/3.