|Andrea Bargnani, PF
33 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | +7
[Afraid to say anything that might jinx it]
|Carmelo Anthony, SF
44 MIN | 17-30 FG | 9-11 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 45 PTS | +7
Brilliant. Totally and completely brilliant. One horrible decision (his off-ball foul on Howard after the 2 minute mark) detracts little from the fact that he took the Rockets on by himself and nearly won the damn thing. I still think it was a continuation and if it had been called that way and he completes the four-point play this is one of the most memorable regular season wins in ages. We’ll win a lot more than we lose when he plays this way.
|Raymond Felton, PG
41 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +4
Bad. Lots of folks pointed out that this isn’t the first time he’s looked to be forcing things against Jeremy Lin since replacing The ‘Sanity here in New York and while I don’t claim to be inside Felton’s head, enough circumstantial evidence exists to support this suspicion. 41 minutes for him and 7 for Prigioni seems crazy but you’re probably sick of me banging that drum by now and we have 74 games to go so I’ll leave that there.
At times, Woodson used him on Parsons and the off-guard on Beverly/Lin. I liked that.
|J.R. Smith, SG
39 MIN | 4-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -1
Shooting numbers really surprise me because it didn’t seem like he was THAT cold. Filled up the stat sheet otherwise and was active on defense. I had him at 1 for 5 on long twos which is annoying but he got to the rim a bit to the tune of a 5/7 night at the line. Threes and layups, JR. We’re not hard to please.
|Iman Shumpert, SG
30 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +14
Blech. A startling +14 but generally pretty bad. Hassled Lin to force the shot clock violation that set up Melo’s un-game-tying non-three. Otherwise not a lot of memorable moments.
|Kenyon Martin, PF
10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Mostly invisible. Whistled for a really soft flagrant and looked a tad cautious thereafter. A non-factor tonight.
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF
5 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7
Only played 5 minutes tonight and still gave the TNT crew enough footage for a “Look at how poorly the Knicks are guarding the paint!” montage that featured him in the leading role. It’s bad.
|Metta World Peace, SF
17 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -19
Got beaten off the dribble a few times, his shot didn’t fall, and he didn’t help out much on the boards. Which in Ron’s case means there wasn’t much good to say about this one.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG
7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7
I blinked and missed the whole time he was in the game.
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG
14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -10
A generally solid performance highlighted by an absolutely gorgeous gliding transition finger roll after a takeoff just inside the free throw line. Aesthetics count when they’re that breathtaking.
Too much doubling in the interior. Too much Iso in the end (Melo’s stats were great but he actually missed 9 of his last 15 shots after they stopped coming in the flow of the offense). Where is Prigs? Did we really need 80 combined minutes of Felton and JR on a night when they went a combined 7 for 25?
That said, he almost beat one of the League’s better teams on night two of a back-to-back using black magic and duct tape so screw it, take a B-minus.
Two Things We Saw
- Things Andrea Bargnani can not do: stay in front of his man, move laterally, chase his man around the perimeter, establish rebounding position, judge the trajectory of a rebound, rebound, get rebounds, help consistently, close out shooters.
Things Andrea Bargnani can do: stand his ground in the post, go straight up and contend shots out of the post.
He will get murdered and embarrassed on a lot of nights but he stood up to Dwight Howard tonight. He didn’t flinch. And Dwight Howard had 7 points on 1-for-5 from the field.
He can do this part. He did it tonight. It’s one more part of the increasingly complex portrait he’s painting of his Knick career.
- Really quick recap tonight, I know. Bunch of things going on. More next time, I promise.