Originally written on Trade Street Post  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Here we see Tyrus and Amare struggling to "do the hokey-pokey"

The Knicks rolled into Charlotte on a six game losing streak. They were determined to end that streak.  Dj Augustin and Dj White were added to the inactive list as they both sustained injuries in previous games. The starting lineup consisted of; Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown, Tyrus Thomas, and Byron Mullens. The Bobcats were massacred by the Knicks 111-78.

First quarter started out ROUGH. The Knicks opened up an 8 point lead after a flurry of bad passes and suspect defensive play.  Poor shooting plagued both teams as neither could really hit anything consistently. Both teams had a number of frustrating rolls on layups and point blank shots. Kemba Walker exploded on the scene and got a few Knicks in foul trouble early on. Boris Diaw came off the bench and added his unusual spark against the Knicks.  He added a level of decent ball movement and inside scoring. The score was 26-23 Knicks after one. 

Kemba Walker was the man of the hour in the second quarter. While he lacks a lot of basic ball movement and the ability to find his teammates on a regular basis; he can absolutely take over a game.  He drove to the basket and was shooting very well early on in the game. He gave Charlotte their first lead of the game shortly into the 2nd with a 3.  The second unit came out and disaster struck. Corey Higgins looked disheveled early on and contributed to a number of mistakes.  The Bobcats could not get ANY-thing going through the middle of the second. Once again poor shooting on New York's part allowed the Bobcats to hang around.  Gerald Henderson had a couple of incredible drives to the rim before Jared Jeffries absolutely decked him on a fast break. Gerald landed on his hip and limped off. He came back like a trooper and finished the half.

The third quarter started off much like the rest of the game; with ice cold shooting.  Both sides could not find the hoop. Carmelo Anthony was 0-7 at this point in the game and did not make a shot other than the technical shot from Tyrus Thomas' offensive foul.  The Bobcats rebounding in this game was awful.  Amare and Tyson Chandler had their way with the Cats bigs as the carved their way to a 61-46 lead mid way through the 3rd. The Cats had a tough time with the Knicks big men as they pushed their lead to 16 by the end of the 3rd.

It will never enter in my mind as logical that ANYONE would play Gana Diop over Bismack Biyombo when the Cats are down by 20.  Stunting the kids' development and killing his confidence by shelving him on the bench is ridiculous.  Either way, more destruction in the paint. More Kemba and no one else scoring.  By some miracle of nature, Bismack entered the game. You'll never guess what happened; rebounding! Interior defense! and a few fouls.  I have to be completely honest; I don't know if there is a player in the league who gets more shots blocked than Derrick Brown. Maybe we could get some fact checkers to look into that for us.  The Knicks poured it on as the Cats continued to shoot poorly. They pushed the lead to 30 and never looked back.

I'd give a game breaker, but we lost by over 33. Kemba finished with 22, Henderson and Brown with 15 each(Brown's came in garbage time).  


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