I have seen less than 10 minutes of Knicks basketball so far in this winless start to the 09-10 season. Just based on what I have been reading in the papers and what I have seen from the basic counting stats, I have to pose the question: is this season already over after only three games? This team seems well on its way to underperforming even my very meager expectations. A blowout where the team quickly faded and two overtime losses where the team did not bother to play until late give this early part of the season an eerily familiar feel. We have all seen where perpetually indifferent defense punctuated by hot and (mostly) cold shooting get you. Most Knick fans recognize that this team isn’t very talented, but geez guys. Give us a reason to care.
I am already wondering aloud, what will D’Antoni do, if anything? His options for finding a spark are pretty limited. He could play Darko and move Lee to the 4, but beyond that no other obvious move improves team defense.
So far in the first three games the Knicks are shooting 51.3% (TS) while giving up just under 60% (59.5)%. By contrast, Oklahama, a similarly-sized team, in their third game (vs. Portland) comes in giving up under 50% TS. Small sample size and matchup caveats notwithstanding, it’s clear that the Thunder are at least playing hard on the defensive end for at least the first week of the season. There’s plenty of time for them to become jaded and defensively indifferent.
That seems like more than the Knicks can say at this point.