Knicks 96 Wizards 88
The New York Knicks overcame a usual trend tonight: getting frustrated during games, complaining to officials and unraveling to a loss. Tonight was a different story; they overcame their emotions , refocused on the task at hand, coupled with some Washington turnovers and got the win 96-88.
Things That Looked Good:
- Raymond Felton was on all night, he pushed the ball and was aggressive the entire game. When Ray is pushing the ball the Knicks are unstoppable. He finished with 23 points.
- Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and once again got to the line going 8-9. Melo is almost the entire offense, but if others get involved the Knicks have a great chance of getting the win.
- JR Smith crashed the boards tonight, as he impressed me with his rebounding ability. There is no question JR has the tools to be a great player, however can he put it all together and stop making bone headed plays. He grabbed 12 boards and dropped in 13 points.
- Iman Shumpert was aggressive early on, as it looks like he is rounding back into form. Even though the stat sheet didn’t show it, Iman has been a better defender the last 2 games.
- Amar’e Storudemire chipped in with 12 points in 22 minutes. Amar’e will be limited to 30 minutes a game for the rest of the year, but it’s to his benefit. I am extremely impressed with Stat’s post up moves. I was not sure he could adapt his game and evolve into a low post player, but he has. Now the challenge is defensively, if Stat could hold his own on the D, he would play the full 30 minutes allowed.
Things That Need to Improve:
- Steve Novak does not get a lot of play. The reasoning being, Steve’s defense is not up to par with what Mike Woodson wants. He can shoot, that is for sure, but if his defense does not come together, then I do not expect to see much of Novak.
- The Knicks shoot way too many three’s. They have many chances to run offensive sets or pound the ball into Melo or Amar’e, but for some reason take quick three’s at the most inopportune time. They shot 28% on 8-28 from downtown.
- I was a little surprised that Kenyon Martin did not get into the game tonight. Sometimes Mike Woodson is a little stubborn. With the addition of K-Mart to the team he can only help defensively, but for some odd reason he did not see any action. I thought the perfect chance to insert him into the game was for Tyson Chandler at his usual time. Amar’e can slide over to the 5 and K-Mart can slide into the 4 spot, while Melo or Novak are at the 3. I am curious to see how Mike Woodson uses K-Mart.
- Like Clyde said tonight, the Knicks were double-teaming for the sake of double-teaming. This makes no sense to me, if NY wants to be an elite team they must know their opponent very well and know who to double and know whom not to double.
- New York gets frustrated very easily during games. They complain to refs all night and are building a horrible reputation of “complainers”. This will not help their cause in the playoffs, that’s for sure.
Overall, the New York Knicks broke a trend of “frustration”. They fought through their complaints and got a win that brings them to a 3 game winning streak and one day closer to a Sunday match-up with the Miami Heat. New York is now 35-20, tied for 2nd in the East and have a 3 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division. The game and win were not pretty, but the inconsistent Knicks got the win.
Peter A – Knickswag