|Kenyon Martin, PF 24 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +17
Kenyon did what he’s supposed to do: rebound, play some defense, dole out some hard fouls, then give that Kenyon smirk at the player he just clobbered.
|Andrea Bargnani, PF 39 MIN | 8-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +3
In the first half, I thought Bargs was playing great. His shot selection was superb. I counted only 3 shots outside of the paint, and a couple of those were wide open. He was drawing fouls and scoring with ease, as well as rebounding the ball effectively. In the second half it was all long range 2’s and missed 3’s. As usual, Drea’s man to man defense was solid, but poor switching on pick and rolls left his man open too many times. But hey, anytime Gnani gets double digit rebounds, I’ll give him at least a B. I’m gonna keep searching for a decent nickname for him, too. I give myself a C.
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 41 MIN | 9-23 FG | 9-10 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | -2
That was some ugly shot selection by Melo most of the night. The long range contested jumpers a foot inside the 3 point line were on full display. The frustrating part was that when he was aggressive and driving, he was getting to the line. Maybe it’s a conscious effort on his part to pace himself with the heavy minutes he’s getting. A jumper requires much less energy than wrestling in the post or getting hammered on a drive. I guess I really couldn’t blame him if that’s the case. Anyways, another nice night on the boards for Melo. If he keeps up that effort once Tyson gets back, this is going to be a solid rebounding team.
|Raymond Felton, PG 35 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -6
It’s good to have Felton back. He looked speedy and driven in the first half, coming up with some steals, throwing some nice passes and being the main facilitator of the 13-0 run NY went on in the 2nd Quarter. He kind of disappeared in the second half, but still had a solid game.
|Iman Shumpert, SG 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0
Shump just doesn’t look particularly spry right now. He can’t hit a shot, he’s not moving much without the ball on offense, and he’s been pretty much invisible on defense. In this game he was so good at being neither seen nor heard, that I suspect he is a graduate of the Milford School. I’m not sure what to expect from Shump as the season progresses.
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -29
Pretty much all of Amare’s offensive possessions in this game came out of isolations. Did everyone forget that this guy is one of the best pick and roll finishers in the history of basketball? Sure he’s lost a lot of athleticism, but it’s worth a couple of plays to see what’s what. But 2 rebounds in 20 mins is just unforgivable. So was the horrible defense.
|Metta World Peace, SF 10 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -16
Only 10 mins, but he still got off 6 shots. That’s not what you should be doing Metta.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Really? Under 10 minutes for Prigs? That’s just ridiculous. There is absolutely no reason for that.
|Beno Udrih, PG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -1
Now, 3 minutes for Udrih is reasonable, considering he managed 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in that time.
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
|J.R. Smith, SG 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -14
I only noticed one really stupid thing JR did in this game. Near the end of the 3rd quarter, with under 30 seconds to go, Pablo made a nice steal, passes to JR, who takes an off balance jumper with a man in his face with about 20 seconds left on the shot clock. Otherwise, nothing that made me scream at the tv. The long 3 as the shot clock expired earlier in the 3rd was nice.
|Cole Aldrich, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
|Toure’ Murry, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Could he be worst than Udrih? Probably not.
Any game that Cole Aldrich stays on the bench while Bargs gets almost 40 minutes playing center, Woodson gets an “F” from me. Also, 9 minutes of Prigs is inexcusable, especially with Shumpert and JR being as horrible as they currently are, and Felton being in his first game in 2 weeks.
One Thing We Saw
- This was my first recap! It took way longer than I expected and I really have to go to bed so I can get up in a few hours to cook a turkey. I’ve written enough! Everyone have a great Thanksgiving! Drown your worries in gravy!