From the evening into the night, New Yorkers were greeted with some unpleasant weather. Along with heavy rain, the wind was relentless, so much that my office mate woke up this morning needing to repair one of his windows. Although the Knicks were 1500 miles away, it’s like they felt the wrath of the storm. Dallas blew them away in Texas, 127-109 yesterday.
The game was a laugher from early on. In the first quarter the Mavs went on a 12-0 run, and followed that up in the second quarter with a 14-5 run. New York’s defense let them down, as Dallas shot a healthy 56.9% eFG%. I forget the exact quote, but one NBA coach said that you can look at the schedule and cross off X games, because the team just wont get up for those. Last night’s nationally televised game was one of them.
* Landry Fields had a decent game, save for one awful possession where he drove baseline and attempted a shot (seemingly) over the backboard. He had 19 points on just 9 shots. For the month of March he’s averaging 14.1 pts/36 with a robust 70.1% ts%.
* ‘Melo had an inefficient night, managing 18 points on 5 of 15 shooting. He chipped in with 5 dimes, but his ts% was only 49.8%.
* Amar’e picked up his 16th technical, but I’m at a loss to say exactly what it was for. My guess is that it gets rescinded, otherwise he’ll be suspended a game.
* Like Fields, Toney Douglas is enjoying some good looks at the basket this month. His ts% is a robust 67.4%, and his 44.7% 3p% has raised his season average to 36.0%.
* Is Roger Mason back? In his last 5 games he’s hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46%) and is managing 18.8 minutes per game. Despite his downtown shooting, he looks over matched on the court. The effort is there, but Mason’s defense is suspect. He get beaten off the dribble too often. Behind him on the depth chart Andy Rautins has seen next to zero playing time (and he looked awful the last time he stepped on the court) and you have to wonder if he’ll ever get a chance to play under D’Antoni.
* If Anthony Carter isn’t doing fantastic things on defense, he’s hurting the team. Last night’s box score: 2 pts, 1-4 fga, 2 to, 0 ast. For New York, he’s averaging more turnovers (1.8 to/g) than assists (1.5 ast/g). Combine that with his 47.4% ts%, and you see why he needs to be effective on the defensive end to break even.