So I made this. Maybe it doesn’t sum up everything that’s wrong with this team, but I think it hits upon at least 3 things.
5 Things I Saw:
1. The Knicks were -32 points with J.R. Smith on the floor, but he dropped 20 points so there’s that.
2. The Thunder shot 61.3% eFG for the game, which prompted this from Tyson Chandler about the Knicks’ D: “There’s a lot of holes. If I started going on them all I wouldn’t make it home and allow my kids to open their gifts.” That’s cold. Spot on, but cold.
3. ESPN published an article saying that the players still support their coach. What do you expect them to say publicly? Quickest way to the unemployment line is to stand up in the middle of your job and say that your boss should hit the road.
Additionally the players quoted were J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. The former can shoot like a rec league chucker and get plenty of burn. While the latter can’t crack 30 minutes a game even though he’s the only guard that could stop a 5th grader from scoring. It would be dumb for either of them to say anything bad about the decider in a room full of people with cameras and microphones.
4. Cole! Aldrich had a little pep in his step against his former team. The stats didn’t show it, but I thought he played pretty well. He threw one ball out of bounds when a cutter stopped making his way toward the basket. Otherwise his defense was pretty good. Oklahoma had a more difficult time just walking up to the basket and placing it gently in the hoop with Colesanity on the floor. I thought he had two blocks, but I guess he didn’t get a piece of that second one.
5. Barring a miracle turn-around, the Knicks are going to fire Woodson this year. The only question that remains is — When? Lenny Wilkens and Don Chaney were gone after exactly 39 games, and D’Antoni lasted until the 42nd. Using that measuring stick, Woodson should be exiled between the 17th and 24th of January. If P.J. Carlesimo isn’t the replacement I lobby for Rasheed Wallace. Why not? It’s half a season that’s half way down the crapper.