|Landry Fields, G 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 6 PTS | +7
On anything other than a slash to the bucket Fields looked really bad. But when he slashes, he looks pretty decent. He made solid decisions on his passes, he rebounds well, and when he makes eye contact with backcourt, he can finish at the rim. But man oh man does the jumper look bad. His shot is basically a knuckleball, which would be fine if he played for the Yankees. Given the condition of that New York rotation, maybe he should.
|Josh Harrellson, F 30 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +17
Speaking of knuckleballs….
|Amare Stoudemire, PF 24 MIN | 9-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 21 PTS | +14
Stat looked very spry tonight running with basically the Knicks’ B team. The combination of the cornrows and Tyrus Thomas made Stoudemire look a good eight years younger (against Bismack Biyambo, not so much). You might have missed it, but our own Jim Cavan made the case for making Amare the 6th man. While I’m sure Stat would never go for it, he did look really good going against the Charlotte Police Athletic League All-Stars.
|Mike Bibby, PG 37 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 3 PTS | +15
A 12 dime, 1 turnover production really should warrant some protection from undead jokes. It really, really should..
|Iman Shumpert, G 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +7
Over at Grantland.com, Shump finished as one of the top ranked rookies. Well deserved. I’m not sure where this team would be without his play this season. Congrats on the great season.
|Dan Gadzuric, C 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
|Steve Novak, SF 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +16
He is not a “one trick pony.” He is a one trick thoroughbred.
|J.R. Smith, SG 36 MIN | 10-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 22 PTS | +18
It is very nice to see J.R. playing this well going into the playoffs. One of the few areas in which the Knicks may have an advantage over the Heat is in offensive depth, particularly off the bench. Smith really is the reserve X-factor because he is the one multidimensional reserve we have. The guy who does a little bit of everything will need to be very good at all of it.
|Jerome Jordan, C 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +6
Nice touch. Unlikely we will see it again this year, but nice just the same.
One Thing We Saw
- I’m sure some other contributor, a much better writer than I, will offer a retrospective of this season. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that this was one of the most frustrating– exciting–bewildering–nail biting–desperate–exhilarating–“man we stink”–“wow we’re good”–“Did you see that?”–“FML”–“What did I just see” seasons of my 27 years as a Knicks fan. I’m glad there is still more to this story. It has been great to share all of it with you folks who make this site what it is. Thanks for making this season such an enjoyable, memorable ride.
See you in Miami Saturday.
Go New York. Go New York Go.