|Andrea Bargnani, PF 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -18Bargnani was superb tonight, making every rotation necessary on the defensive end and connecting on nearly all of his spot-up looks. Blake Griffin struggled to provide help defense while sticking to Bargnani, who spent most of his time behind the arc creating space for his teammates. Despite his distance from the rim, Bargnani was a factor on the boards as well.|
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 4-23 FG | 16-16 FT | 20 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | -12Carmelo was catching-and-shooting throughout his 32-minute showing (which was great to see, because he’s been playing so much lately) this evening, having an efficient scoring night and making Jared Dudley rotate instead of sitting around and waiting for Melo to try and post him up in an isolation set. Anthony was also a pest defensively, stripping the ball from both Dudley and Griffin with timely help.|
|Tyson Chandler, C 37 MIN | 3-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -8Tyson seems to have moved on from his upper respiratory illness, annoying the hell out of Jordan and Griffin with his tip-outs on the offensive boards and 2012-like omnipresent defense. He also finished well around the rim, going hard at the basket with slams, drawing fouls and making his free throws.|
|Raymond Felton, PG 32 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -6Felton decided to come into this game and go over every screen, improving the Knicks’ defense big time. Collison had no easy lanes to the basket and although Felton wasn’t great on transition defense, he delivered hard fouls which negated any easy bucket or and-one. Another great sign from Ray was his straying away from long twos and unnecessary lobs, instead siding for attacking the rim and only lobbing up Tyson when the avenue for the pass was completely clear. Hopefully he can keep up this effort.|
|Iman Shumpert, SG 25 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -4Shumpert broke out of his most recent stretch of poor shooting tonight, not hesitating when given some space and jacking up threes – a good amount of which that went in. What was great about Shump tonight was his quick decisions, either passing, driving or shooting as soon as the ball touched his hands. On the defensive end, he troubled Redick big-time with his like glue off-ball stickiness.|
|Jeremy Tyler, PF 14 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4He didn’t play because Woody sided with giving Melo minutes at the four instead of playing a big that can’t defend.|
|Toure’ Murry, SG 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -9Murry was the Knicks’ second-string point guard, which was a sigh of relief since this meant Woodson didn’t turn to the no-PG look in this game. Murry played some stingy defense and even ran the break with success offensively.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4Hardaway Jr. pushed the tempo for the Knicks, something we haven’t seen in a long time. In the open court he was a menace, even posterizing Blake Griffin! That was fun. He also made most of his wide open looks from deep, something I hope he keeps up.|
|J.R. Smith, SG 35 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | -5Alright, in reality J.R. was actually pretty good tonight – maybe even the best player on the team in this particular ball game. Made smart decisions, wasn’t a cancer on defense, took some good shots.|
|Kenyon Martin, PF DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | HOLDING ONTO HIS ANKLE,|
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | HOLDING ONTO HIS ANKLE AND DOWN.|
|Beno Udrih, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Beno played spotty minutes, but provided his usual smarts as the team’s best point guard intellectually.|
Mike Woodson had his best coaching night of the season. No zero point guard lineups, lots of Melo-at-the-four, gave Murry a ton of minutes and Beno few, didn’t overplay Anthony like he has all season, made adjustments that allowed the Knicks to pull away with the victory after a close start to the match.
Four Things We Saw
- Okay, enough of that. This was a typical Knicks loss, but especially worse since the Clippers didn’t have Chris Paul. Crappy schemes on both ends are exposed eventually because they are basic and dumb. See all the good things listed above? What happened was the exact opposite happened, basically. But instead of writing a sad recap about a sad game, I basically wrote the recap of this game from my dreams – minus Jeremy Lin, LeBron James and prime Moses Malone being on the Knicks. I’m pretty sure this idea for a recap has already been done this season for this site [EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, it has. Still worth repeating.], but Knickerblogger is like the Simpsons of Knicks recaps. They’ve done em’ all.
- One thing I’ve noticed recently – it’s clear that this is (so far, and probably will continue to be) a BAD Knicks season. But previous bad Knicks seasons, even WORSE Knicks seasons had fun stuff in them! Nate Robinson alley-oops, Jamal Crawford 52-point games, Chris Duhon holding a franchise record (LOL), and that something-sanity thing that wasn’t really a big deal. This season has been bleak, maybe minus Iman Shumpert’s game in San Antonio and Carmelo Anthony’s first quarter at Indiana. This conversation means nothing, and winning is obviously more important, but at one point the only fun in this team was watching Andrea Bargnani take an ill-advised three in a double overtime loss to a team trying to lose. Seriously? Let’s call up C.J. Leslie or something.
- I was going to write an entire piece on this trade, but felt like there wasn’t enough there. So I’ll just post it here: http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8145777/source-new-york-knicks-acquire-marcus-camby-sign-trade-deal-houston-rockets
Hindsight and all that I guess, but man, of all the talk about terrible Knicks transactions of the past years and this one gets no recognition. New York traded Josh Harrellson and basically four second round picks for what turned out to be, what, 3 games of crappy Marcus Camby? That’s so Knicks.
- This recap basically had nothing to do with tonight’s game. Sorry, fatigued after doing like 3 recaps in the past week. GET IT, BECAUSE IT’S LIKE THE KNI- *sobs*