HOUSTON On those nights when the law of averages catches up to the Knicks, when their fascination with straddling the arc and hoisting jumpers feeds their mounting discontent over their inefficient offense, it's easy to wonder what goes through the minds of their opponents.
The Rockets knew precisely what was ahead Saturday night at Toyota Center. The Knicks were without All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, sidelined by a variety of ailments, and were coming off a remarkable shooting performance that produced 18 3-pointers in 43 attempts in a loss at Miami on Friday night. Against the Rockets, like they do against every NBA team, the Knicks were going to fire away from the perimeter.
What was required of the Rockets was only marginal defensive stress, especially with the Knicks content to launch far more frequently than attack. Following a sluggish first quarter the Rockets methodically pulled out a 97-84 win that was a case study in defending a bad offense.
"We didn't really have ...