Orlando 94 New York 89
* When Curry had that “and 1″ with 2:00 left he actually got emotional and let you a loud yell. While I like seeing an emotion out of Curry that isn’t that sulking/whiney look when he doesn’t get a foul call or any penetrator makes him look bad (was that Dooling or Nelson that made a layup running into his chest?), I’m not too happy with the timing of it. At the time I looked at my roommate and said something to the effect of: “You know what I hate about these Knicks? Everytime they make a shot with under 2 minutes to go in a close game, they act like they just clinched the 7th game of the Finals. It’s way to early in the game to celebrate, and hell it’s way too early in the season to celebrate. Watch they’re going to lose it.”
* I like seeing Collins on the floor more and more these days. But he needs to work on his three point shot in the summer league.
* It was great seeing the one guard lineup. At one point Frye was the small forward. Another time the shooting guard was either Jeffries or Balkman. When Isiah puts these big lineups on the floor they just shut down the middle. I hate to pick on him again, but Eddy Curry is just an awful interior defender. The Knicks look so much better big, because it covers his defensive deficiencies.
And jump all over me for this one, but why doesn’t Jerome James get play in the second half of the game if he does well in the first? While he shot two awful 15 foot mallards yesterday, he played pretty well. James had 6 points in 6 minutes. Sure he gets stupid fouls, but he at least seems interested in the defensive end. If he’s worth 6 minutes in the first half, then why not give him another 6 in the second? I’m not saying prime minutes. But maybe mid-late 3rd for a Curry breather. And before you criticize me for that thought, then answer this question: Why does Malik Rose play only 4 minutes in the first half, then almost 11 in the last quarter? Here is how I envision Rose: comes into the game, pulls the chair out on defense, throws that lob pass for Curry, comes out of the game for good. He’s not a good rebounder (anyone else throw something at the tv, when he let that rebound go between him & Steph?), and I’ve said in the past what a bad low post shooter he is (28% of his close shots get blocked!). I know Frye is shaky in high pressure situations, but I’d rather see him out there to close the game than Rose.
* I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Knicks need to work on their last second plays. They were down by 3 with 20 seconds, and you have 2 options in that scenario. The first is to get a quick unguarded layup, then quickly foul. The second is to shoot a three. What do the Knicks do? Dribble the ball for half the shot clock looking for an opening, then have the layup blocked to clinch the loss. They looked like a playground team that had stepped on the court together for the first time.