|Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 16-29 FG | 8-12 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 42 PTS | +5
Just a great game by Carmelo. He singlehandedly won the Knicks this game in the 4th quarter, driving to the hoop to hit short pull-up jumpers, rather than settling for fall-away 20 footers. The four rebounds, despite playing most of his minutes at the 4, is the only thing that keeps me from giving him an A+. But just like WP, I probably overvalue rebounding.
|Tyson Chandler, C 36 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +7
Anthony Davis blocked a Tyson shot early, and then nailed some jumpers over him, but Tyson wasn’t too bad on the whole. He fought on the boards, at least. I do miss Tyson the Destroyer of Worlds that roamed the court for the few games before he broke his leg, and previous seasons before he inevitably broke down. I want that guy back…
|Raymond Felton, PG 33 MIN | 1-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +15
Ray really didn’t help his trade value tonight, but what is there to say about the guy that hasn’t been said 100 times before? His offense has been almost as putrid as his defense. His ceiling is a mediocre player — that’s it. And that’s if he’s in shape.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -9
Prigs does seem to settle the offense when he’s in there, but here’s the problem with Prigs playing SG in the 2 PG lineup:
|Iman Shumpert, SG 17 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +2
The Knicks’ PR said that Shumpert had a “sprained knee” shortly after he was helped into the locker room in the 3rd quarter. Hopefully it isn’t anything more serious than that, but honestly, how much can you point to potential when a guy is in his 3rd year in the league and really hasn’t improved at all? At least other teams seem to value him, so there may be something to pointing at the failings of the coaching staff to put Shump in the best position to succeed.
|Jeremy Tyler, PF 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2
Jeremy did good enough in his limited minutes, although he still has a lot of work to do on his defensive positioning and help defense, but that can go for everyone else on this team.
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +9
He’s just fun to watch, isn’t he? Fast as hell in the open court and been great at converting at the rim — both of which the Knicks sorely lack. Right now he really brings nothing to the table other than scoring, but he is, after all, only a rookie. The other stuff will come in time.
|J.R. Smith, SG 40 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +8
I like this new J.R. — he’s played within the offense, most of the time, and has been scoring pretty efficiently since he was let out of the Woodson doghouse. Maybe he really wants to stay a Knick. It’d be interesting to see if he would regress with a different coaching staff.
|Beno Udrih, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Evidently several teams have been rumored to be interested in trading for Udrih. Just like Shumpert, it seems that other teams believe that the Knick’s coaching staff isn’t putting a good player in a position to succeed. Go figure. If Beno does get traded, I will be the first to write a tribute. I like the dude.
The East may be big, man, but against this Western Conference team Woody busted out the small ball, and mainly stuck with it throughout the game. Maybe someone finally got in his ear and convinced him to go back to 2 PG lineups and playing Melo at the 4. Or maybe it is all because of injuries. Either way, Woodson didn’t do anything too terrible tonight and we won.
And just in case you were going to try to sleep tonight, just remember this guy is always watching, waiting for a moment of weakness: