Knicks 88 Clippers 102
Today the Knicks had a chance to make statement to the world and to all Knicks fans. This was not their day. The New York Knicks could not stop Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and the relentless offense of the LA Clippers. The Clipps held down the Knicks, despite Carmelo Anthony’s 42
points and 8 rebounds. The Clippers beat the Knicks 102-88.
Things That Looked Good:
- If you weren’t sure, now you are, Carmelo Anthony is the entire Knicks team. They have no second option and will never go anywhere unless someone steps up and helps Melo. Melo is the man, no doubt!
- Knicks defense came alive in the 3rd quarter, but it was nearly not enough to secure a win.
- Raymond Felton penetrated all night and he paid for it, as he was pounded to the floor play after play. Raymond is the point guard the Knicks need to get to the next level. He finished with 20 points and 5 assists, but 4 turnovers.
- The Knicks have a “fighting” spirit to them. They fight back when they are down in most games, but this is not a quality I think they should count moving forward.
- Iman Shumpert gave solid minutes. It might not show up on the stat sheet, but I thought he contributed, as he makes it back from knee surgery.
Things That Need to Improve:
- Defense wins championships. We all have heard it before and we all know its true. – This Knicks team does not have that defense to win a trophy at this point in time.
- Constant switching and mismatches have hurt the Knicks time in and time out. It’s getting tiresome reporting on it. They must change their bad habits or they will find themselves sitting at home at the end of the first round of the playoffs.
- JR Smith did not show up. His shot selection was awful and when he holds the ball the offense stops completely.
- Steve Novak was horrific today. His defense and missed assignments was not winning basketball. He needs to focus on the D or get out of the game. Harsh I know, but true!
- Amar’e has been playing great the last 10 games, but today he could not find it. His post up seemed rushed and off balance.
- New York was outrebounded today 43-35, which has not happened for the last couple of games, but then again they did not play elite teams this last week.
- NY only dished out 11 assists and had 16 turnovers; this is a horrible formula for winning.
Overall, the Knicks could not stop the relentless offense of the LA Clippers. The Knicks defense was picked apart and looked predictable all game. All season these defensive questions have been talked about, but not fixed. Mike Woodson is a defensive minded coach, however his team does not bring those fundamentals for 48 minutes a game. Excuses are getting old and eventually the playoffs will come and the Knicks will be “1 and done” if they don’t figure it out.
Magic Johnson is thinking that the Knicks should make a trade for a low post presence. It is true that the Knicks do not have a low post scorer, Amar’e is not that type of guy and they can’t count on Sheed and Camby to get healthy. Should they make a trade?
Peter A – Knickswag
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