RECAP: Knicks 125, Clippers 70

Los Angeles Clippers 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 New York Knicks
Andrea Bargnani, PF 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -18Bargnani was superb tonight, making every rotation necessary on the defensive end and connecting on nearly all of his spot-up looks. Blake Griffin struggled to provide help defense while sticking to Bargnani, who spent most of his time behind the arc creating space for his teammates. Despite his distance from the rim, Bargnani was a factor on the boards as well.

Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 4-23 FG | 16-16 FT | 20 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | -12Carmelo was catching-and-shooting throughout his 32-minute showing (which was great to see, because he’s been playing so much lately) this evening, having an efficient scoring night and making Jared Dudley rotate instead of sitting around and waiting for Melo to try and post him up in an isolation set. Anthony was also a pest defensively, stripping the ball from both Dudley and Griffin with timely help.

Tyson Chandler, C 37 MIN | 3-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -8Tyson seems to have moved on from his upper respiratory illness, annoying the hell out of Jordan and Griffin with his tip-outs on the offensive boards and 2012-like omnipresent defense. He also finished well around the rim, going hard at the basket with slams, drawing fouls and making his free throws.

Raymond Felton, PG 32 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -6Felton decided to come into this game and go over every screen, improving the Knicks’ defense big time. Collison had no easy lanes to the basket and although Felton wasn’t great on transition defense, he delivered hard fouls which negated any easy bucket or and-one. Another great sign from Ray was his straying away from long twos and unnecessary lobs, instead siding for attacking the rim and only lobbing up Tyson when the avenue for the pass was completely clear. Hopefully he can keep up this effort.

Iman Shumpert, SG 25 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -4Shumpert broke out of his most recent stretch of poor shooting tonight, not hesitating when given some space and jacking up threes – a good amount of which that went in. What was great about Shump tonight was his quick decisions, either passing, driving or shooting as soon as the ball touched his hands. On the defensive end, he troubled Redick big-time with his like glue off-ball stickiness.

Jeremy Tyler, PF 14 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4He didn’t play because Woody sided with giving Melo minutes at the four instead of playing a big that can’t defend.

Toure’ Murry, SG 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -9Murry was the Knicks’ second-string point guard, which was a sigh of relief since this meant Woodson didn’t turn to the no-PG look in this game. Murry played some stingy defense and even ran the break with success offensively.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4Hardaway Jr. pushed the tempo for the Knicks, something we haven’t seen in a long time. In the open court he was a menace, even posterizing Blake Griffin! That was fun. He also made most of his wide open looks from deep, something I hope he keeps up.

J.R. Smith, SG 35 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | -5Alright, in reality J.R. was actually pretty good tonight – maybe even the best player on the team in this particular ball game. Made smart decisions, wasn’t a cancer on defense, took some good shots.



Beno Udrih, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Beno played spotty minutes, but provided his usual smarts as the team’s best point guard intellectually.

Mike Woodson
Mike Woodson had his best coaching night of the season. No zero point guard lineups, lots of Melo-at-the-four, gave Murry a ton of minutes and Beno few, didn’t overplay Anthony like he has all season, made adjustments that allowed the Knicks to pull away with the victory after a close start to the match.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Okay, enough of that. This was a typical Knicks loss, but especially worse since the Clippers didn’t have Chris Paul. Crappy schemes on both ends are exposed eventually because they are basic and dumb. See all the good things listed above? What happened was the exact opposite happened, basically. But instead of writing a sad recap about a sad game, I basically wrote the recap of this game from my dreams – minus Jeremy Lin, LeBron James and prime Moses Malone being on the Knicks. I’m pretty sure this idea for a recap has already been done this season for this site [EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, it has. Still worth repeating.], but Knickerblogger is like the Simpsons of Knicks recaps. They’ve done em’ all.
  2. One thing I’ve noticed recently – it’s clear that this is (so far, and probably will continue to be) a BAD Knicks season. But previous bad Knicks seasons, even WORSE Knicks seasons had fun stuff in them! Nate Robinson alley-oops, Jamal Crawford 52-point games, Chris Duhon holding a franchise record (LOL), and that something-sanity thing that wasn’t really a big deal. This season has been bleak, maybe minus Iman Shumpert’s game in San Antonio and Carmelo Anthony’s first quarter at Indiana. This conversation means nothing, and winning is obviously more important, but at one point the only fun in this team was watching Andrea Bargnani take an ill-advised three in a double overtime loss to a team trying to lose. Seriously? Let’s call up C.J. Leslie or something.
  3. I was going to write an entire piece on this trade, but felt like there wasn’t enough there. So I’ll just post it here:
    Hindsight and all that I guess, but man, of all the talk about terrible Knicks transactions of the past years and this one gets no recognition. New York traded Josh Harrellson and basically four second round picks for what turned out to be, what, 3 games of crappy Marcus Camby? That’s so Knicks.
  4. This recap basically had nothing to do with tonight’s game. Sorry, fatigued after doing like 3 recaps in the past week. GET IT, BECAUSE IT’S LIKE THE KNI- *sobs*
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David Vertsberger considers himself a precocious neophyte, writing for ESPN TrueHoop site HawksHoop as well as Hickory-High. A member of the younger generation of Knickerbocker fans, his fondest memories of years past have been the trade for Larry Hughes and Nate Robinson scoring 41 following a month-long benching.

12 thoughts to “RECAP: Knicks 125, Clippers 70”

  1. I say fuck this game, absolutely nothing worth discussing.

    I do want to talk about Tyson Chandler a bit, though. I think the Knicks are a better team right now without him. And it’s not because he’s bad at basketball or I don’t like him. He’s great, or at least, he can be. The problem is – and I admit that I’m basing this off of too-few minutes-worth of on/off and lineup combination stats, and general observation of the Knicks’ defensive exertions – the rest of the guys are so used to Tyson covering for their mistakes and erasing or covering up deficiencies in team defense that the defense around him has completely fallen off in effort, intensity and intelligence. Felton seems particularly guilty of allowing guys to blow past him as if he knows help is coming, but there is only so much Tyson can cover for. When a guy de-pantses Felt on his leisurely jaunt down the lane, it’s a simple matter of taking it all the way to the rack for an easy bucket if Tyson can’t adjust fast enough, or if he IS there, kicking the ball to a perimeter shooter who is invariably ready for an open jumper. I frequently see Felton and others spinning around waving their hands in disbelief at the help defense that never came when their man has gone right past them virtually unmolested. Chandler is a great defender because in addition to his individual skills he is a smart and effective team defender who can totally mitigate occasional mistakes, but that’s not sustainable on an every-possession basis. They are simply asking him to do TOO much to make up for their disinterested or incompetent defensive flailing.

    To that end, the best thing would be to listen to trade interest for Chandler. They’re committed to Melo, which is fine, since it seems as though they play better defense without Tyson, knowing they can’t simply rely on him to cover for them all the time. Their defense sucks either way, but as a team they’ll be marginally improved and get assets.

  2. Was curious how many 20 pt/20 reb games Ewing had in his career so I looked it up and found he had 19 such games. Only once did he do it in the playoffs but it was in Game 7 of the 1994 East Conference Finals so he chose a pretty good game to do it in lol.

  3. Would the Knicks beat a team of Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Timofey Mozgov, Danilo Gallinary, Wilson Chandler, Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, etc.?

    I don’t think so…

  4. Good prank. I came home, turned on the DVR’d game and the comments. I thought I glimpsed your “score” as I clicked the game thread. It seemed possible for a quarter of rec league caliber basketball. By the middle of the third I suspected I was pranked or drunk. Geez does this team suck.

  5. completely agree with #2. we need more booty tweets from JR, perhaps shump records a melo diss track, a k-mart incited bench clearing brawl……something, anything

  6. It is time to give James Dolan his due.

    I have been known to leave comments on this board about my burning desire to see this man literally shredded in a wood chipper and fed to mollusks. But when I watch Friday Night on MSG, I realize he has made one great hiring move during his tenure.

    Robert Randolph and the Family Band really do rock a great theme song. It’s pumping, tight, and works well in even just ten seconds, getting you in the mood for great basketball.

    He may be the useless idiot son of the uber rich, wasting away our beloved franchise with his petty attempts to be sports business mogul. But he knows a good blues guitar player.

    Thanks, Jim.

  7. The defense employed by Woodson is just inviting the opposing team to shoot 75% from the floor and give the Knicks little chance of victory against any halfway decent team. Bargnani ending up guarding the point guard and JR switched onto the center is not a recipe for success in any universe. I can see if this might happen on a bad switch one time, but it happens on just about EVERY possession. It is the stupidest defensive idea I’ve ever seen. Why put your already defensively challenged players in positions they cannot possible succeed in? Actually this puts them in position to be embarrassed regularly on that end of the floor, and that’s what happens. I don’t pretend to know more about hoops than Woodson, but I know a little, and this philosophy makes zero sense. I can’t understand why he keeps rolling it out game after game. Does he know that Denver owns the Knicks 1st round pick this year? Just ridiculous.

  8. Robtachi may be on to something with Tyson. in a weird way they look better without Tyson but it’s not cuz the defense relaxes they just can’t defend and it becomes obvious.

  9. Ok…I’m from PR born and raised. My family on my mother’s side is from the Bronx, so I lived in the Bx since I was just a week born till I was 3 years old. Then I came back to the island, visiting the states every now and then. I love NY. Grew up to be a NY Yankees, Giants….and Knicks fan. Diehard fan…..I forgot why I started writing all this….ohhh ok….what I’m trying to say is that from 1989 till this very sad day, this freaking team has given me more sorrows than happy memories. Don’t know why I keep caring about them, hoping for a miracle that could bring back the old glory from the 90’s. Please forgive all this crap…I wish there was like a “Knicks Fans Anonymous” meetings here in PR…whatever!!! Trade Shump, Trade Tyson…Trade someone!!!! Get some draft picks and REBUILD!!!! Have a blessed day!

  10. Woodson ought to reimplement D’Antoni’s offense.
    Play small and chuck like Jamal Crawford at a Jersey Shore carnival ‘ball and basket’ game.
    Put JR/Felton, Hardaway, Melo and Udrih/Prigs out there with Chandler and simply run and gun. Yes, they will give up a lot of points; but good defense is when you score more than the other dude.
    Fuck it. At least it would be more entertaining than the last two games.

  11. I think the robtachi is misplaced. So punish the guy who does his job because others who don’t do their job rely on him to cover their lack of intellect and effort?
    How about shedding the idiots who don’t do their jobs.
    Felton, Shump should not be playing. They simply are terrible. Run Murry and Hardaway. JR is a bad influence give Udrih more minutes. He’s actually a Bette shooter. When Tyson needs a blow, get Cole and Tyler in there and let those guys rebound.

    It’s simply stupid to play guys who have simply been terrible for a third of a season. At this point, you can pass judgment. They are not playing well.

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