Knicks 100 Nets 97
The Knicks came into the Barclays tonight on a mission to stomp the Nets hearts out and get some revenge. Then, the game started and everything went out the window. Knicks looked sluggish and slow. Their defense was horrible to start as Tyson picked up to two quick fouls and had to leave the game very early. This caused the Knicks interior defense to be very small and weak, reminding me of the D’Antoni years.
TheTale of two quarters: The Knicks started to chip away the lead, 16, 14, 11, 9, and then saw the light at the end of the tunnel. The Knicks in total, hit 7 three pointers in the half and Melo did what Melo has done all year…score. He single-handedly got them back in the game with pure heart and his jumper. The Knicks eventually cut the lead to 4. They were very lucky to get back into the game as it was slipping away from them.
Notes: Steve Novak on the floor for a long period of time did not take any shots. The Knicks have to figure a way to get Novak involved, as when Novak goes the Knicks are hard to stop.
The Knicks came out of the 3rd like most games, on fire and focused. They cut the lead and then took it from the Nets. However, the Nets regained the lead as the Knicks got caught in defensive lapses and quickly went down by 10 again in the middle of the 3rd. Raymond Felton picked up his 4th foul and had to leave the game. If it was not for the three ball, the Knicks would have been down by 20. JR smith drained a jumper at the end of the 3rd to cut the lead back to 5 and keep the Knicks in striking distance.
The 4th started and the game turned into a never ending odyssey. I have seen a lot of games in my life, but this one was incredible. I am not sure where to start.
Here I go; Melo lit it up as he is a stoned cold assassin. Jason Kidd hit big three after three and JR Smith played hurt almost the entire game and actually got hot in the 4th. JR’s falls to the floor along with collisions with opposing players physically shook him, but he gained a new found respect from me.
In the end, Melo had 45 points and Kidd hit a clutch three pointer with the foul. However, he missed the free throw and gave the Nets a chance to win the contest twice, but they could not prevail. So much to say about this game and this team, but I need a drink. Wow, what a game. Rivalry is in full effect. Knicks 100 Nets 97
Notes: JR Smith took a hard foul to the floor and looked to have a back issue the rest of the night. Don’t be surprised if he takes a game or two off.
Gerald Wallace is called “Crash”. He earned that name. Gerald is a menace on the court in a bad way. Bodies pile up around him and I am sure some Knicks players will miss the Lakers game or two because of his reckless play.
Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor