|Carmelo Anthony, SF 36 MIN | 5-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -9
In a sense it wasn’t as bad as you probably think. He actually passed very well and hit the boards nicely. You could argue that it’s a bit unfair that Melo gets called one-dimensional and selfish when he scores a ton but when he DOESN’T score, the rest of the line doesn’t even matter to the same people as they pounce on him.
All of that said, he was beaten up on both ends by Kevin Durant today in a game where he was going to have to play that matchup to something resembling a draw in order to get the victory. It’s a bad performance.
|Tyson Chandler, C 32 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -10
Had a few flashes (a big block stands out especially) of actually being, you know, “Tyson Chandler.” But has still never looked like the same guy all year and today was only sporadically an exception to that. His offensive game is so conservative that even when he has a bad day his stats will never scream out “I stunk today” at you but…yeah, he stunk a little bit today.
|Raymond Felton, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -14
What do you want from him? He actually kept them in the game (!) with scoring (!!!) in the first quarter, where he dropped 10 of his eventual 16 including a loooong contested three to open the afternoon’s scoring and some really nice work from floater range. He was mediocre at best on the defensive end, got caught a couple of times straying away from Derek Fisher who you should basically never give space to because he’s about as likely to blow by you as, well, Raymond Felton. In the end though it’s 16-7-7 and if everyone played as close to their ceiling today as Felton did, this is probably a win.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 22 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +1
5/4/1/1 on 2/2 and 1/1 in 22 minutes? I believe the Spanish word for that stat line is “Un Prigioni.”
|Iman Shumpert, SG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -5
Came out of the gate hot off of corner catch-and-shoots. That’s really the only shot he should ever be taking other than an uncontested dunk or lay-up. I increasingly get the impression that the scouting report is to help off of him, especially when Melo drives, and he has to be able to hurt teams for it because his defense hasn’t gotten to the point where he’s worth playing 4-on-5 on offense. That was demonstrated in spades today by his inability to do anything to check Durant — a forgivable vice but also an indication that we got a bit ahead of ourselves in thinking he was an All-NBA type of defender. The troubling part, though, is that he doesn’t really seem to be improving on that end, no matter his assignment. In crunch time the minutes that would once have been his went to Hardaway and the odds are fairly good of that becoming the new normal.
|Jeremy Tyler, PF 11 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +2
Is there a good basketball reason that Jeremy Tyler isn’t the first big off the bench? Especially when Melo is on the court. It would be better for everybody if we subbed Tyler in first to play off of Anthony and then let the O run through Amar’e and JR when Melo got a blow. His athleticism is a revelation among his thoroughly analog Knicks teammates, he doesn’t pooch easy finishes and his motor on defense is impressive. There’s a lot of work to be done on his basketball IQ (I could do without the 18-foot stepback on offense, if you wouldn’t mind, and he certainly lacks Chandler’ preternatural sense of defensive spacing) but man, if we don’t at least use the rest of the season to figure out what we have in this guy then we are even dumber than I thought. Which is already pretty dumb!
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -14
He’s just a role player at this point, of course, but he’s one who produces points pretty efficiently. His burst is still there a few times a game and his mid-range ability is one of the few elements of any Knick’s offensive game that actually creates matchup problems. A small gripe: he’s developed a Zach Randolphian tendency to catch in space and then waste his look with a series of herky-jerky hesitation moves that only serve to give the defense time to adjust. He’d benefit from quicker decisions and a slightly more straightforward approach.
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -7
Not much today. He’s one of the three guys on the team (Chandler and Tyler) who would benefit the most dramatically from the acquisition of an above-average point guard. Not only would they be able to take better advantage of his developing ability to clear himself in the corners and on the wings but his ability to finish in transition could actually become something that we see more than once or twice a week.
|J.R. Smith, SG 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -10
Can’t guard Kevin Durant, to the surprise of literally only Mike Woodson. Took a nasty knock to the head in the fourth quarter but returned to the game quickly. Hopefully the Knicks’ concussion tests involve something other than asking him what color an orange is and sprinkling Holy Water on his temples.
Would’ve been nice to try MWP on Durant instead of saving him for garbage time. Would’ve been nice if Jeremy Tyler got more than 11 minutes. Would’ve been nice to run some pick and roll and force the Thunder to move on defense instead of standing back with their bases covered and making the Knicks shoot over them. Would’ve been nice.
It’s been real and it’s been fun but it hasn’t been real fun.