Raymond Felton: Overall it was a good game for Felton. He shot 40% from the field, scoring 14 points, including two big three pointers. What impressed me about Raymond was his ability to drive to the basket. Unfortunately for the Knicks, he is the only guard on their roster who can put his head down and aggressively drive to the hoop. What didn’t impress me about Ray was his shooting from three-point range. Even though he buried two three’s, overall he struggled, going 2 of 8 from downtown. This is an easy fix – get hot and hit the open shots – nothing significant for Raymond to change.
Injury Update: Felton was injured and diagnosed with a bruised ankle in the third quarter. He returned and played just as well. Hopefully his ankle doesn’t have any carry over effects to the Warriors game on Wednesday.
Jason Kidd: This game, like many others, was a struggle for Jason, as he shot 14% from the field (0/6 from downtown). The positives in his game were his surprising rebounding numbers (9 boards, including 6 offensive rebounds). J-Kidd was less hesitant to take the open three, however the negatives are more obvious to spectators: an overabundance of missed shots, lack of penetration and no ball movement when he is on the court without Felton.
Iman Shumpert: A great start for Shumpert turned into another poor outing at forward. He started the game forcing two Philly turnovers. One of these turnovers resulted in a Kidd layup and the other started a trap, which led to an out of bounds call. After that, he struggled tremendously, shooting the ball poorly and even losing his man on defense a few times. It is obvious that he is not 100% and might not be for the rest of the year. His lateral movement looks strained, his legs (after the first couple of minutes) looked heavy, which is unlike the Shumpert we saw in his rookie year, this will take time.
Carmelo Anthony: For Melo, his game had plenty of ups and downs. He shot 33% from the field, but ended up with 29 points. The reason for this was his ability to drive on the Sixers and draw the foul. He shot 18 free throws and ultimately made 16 of them. Defensively, Carmelo had his struggles at times, but for the most part held his own as usual.
Tyson Chandler: Even though he only scored 5 points, Tyson may have had the best all-around game for the Knicks. He ended up with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks; was second on the team with +14 +/-. Tyson is looking like the All-Star he is and he is bringing energy on both ends of the court more consistently than any other Knick on the roster.
Amar’e Stoudemire: STAT may have had the biggest instant impact of the game overall. He came off the bench and dominated offensively, dropping 22 points in 22 minutes on 90% shooting. However, he did struggle on the defensive end of the court while in the line-up without Tyson Chandler. The Knicks gave up multiple easy buckets in the paint with Stat at the center position, but this is something we all are going to have to accept if we want Amar’e to get major minutes. This was a rare game for Stoudemire, as his offense not only made up for his poor defense, but also made you feel like he was returning to form.
J.R. Smith: An overall good game for Smith is exactly what he needed. J.R. finally has put a stop to his shooting woes, as he shot 50% from downtown for the second straight game. He has also shot 50% overall from the field in that span. In addition to his good scoring skills, J.R. also grabbed 6 boards and has really impressed me on the glass this year.
Steve Novak: Even though Novak only took 2 shots (making one), he has had an impact to the Knicks that you can’t measure by numbers. The need to cover Novak in the corner opened up some easy lay-ups and baskets in the paint. Novak ended up +20 in the +/- category and just as impressive, finished with 6 rebounds.
Pablo Prigioni: Even though Prigioni got limited minutes, he has shown that he can help the Knicks move the ball on offense. He was part of an interesting line-up that is becoming one of my favorites (Prigioni, Smith, Novak, Stoudemire, Chandler) and there is no doubt in my mind he is the reason for that line-up’s success.
DNP: Out of the four players that didn’t play (James White, Chris Copeland, Kurt Thomas, and Kenyon Martin), only one was a surprise to me, Kenyon Martin. After getting signed to a 10-day contract, Martin didn’t get to see any court action against Philly, even though the crowd was chanting his name in the 4th. I expect Martin to get a few minutes in Wednesday’s against the Warriors.
Max Marcilla @Max_Marcilla – Knickswag Contributor
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