Knicks 99 Pistons 85
Knicks came into tonight a half of game behind the Miami Heat for the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, 3 games up in the Atlantic and winner of 4 in a row. The New York Knicks started off the game on fire and never let go. Although they relaxed in the 2nd half, the Detroit Pistons were no match for the NY Knicks tonight at MSG. The Knicks ran away with this game early in the 1st and never gave up the lead or double digits the entire night. Knicks win big 99-85 and have now won 5 in a row.
Things That Look Good:
- Amar’e Stoudemire continues his solid play with 20 points in 28 minutes. His timing and legs are back to pre injury levels. He is a potent player off the bench for this deep New York team.
- Tyson had another great night; he pulled down 20 rebounds for the 3rd straight game tying him with Willis Reed who did it twice in two seasons. Tyson gets another chance to claim the record for his own Wednesday in D.C.
- JR was killing it in the first half, but came down to earth in the 2nd half. His defense intensity is another part of his game that we don’t discuss, but should be noted.
- Melo had another MVP type game with 27 points and 7 rebounds. His efficiency (10-17) tonight was his highlight of the night for him.
- Knicks ball movement has been the key to all these victories. This is something discussed on many Knick blogs and we are all right to point this out. Ball movement and defense is the key to winning.
- It is amazing that Kidd has regained his form only because of the relief of pressure from running the point and sliding back to the 2 spot. He only played19 minutes tonight, but contributed nicely while getting some much-needed rest.
- Raymond Felton had a quiet game, but if you look at the stat sheet he did what point guards are supposed to do, he ended with 9 assists and 5 rebounds, while scoring 4 points. His job is to be the floor general. He did a great job of moving the ball and penetrating all night.
- I thought Iman Shunmpert had a solid game, it is obvious he doesn’t have his legs and timing back yet, but I thought he did an admirable job from beyond the arc in 16 minutes of play, with 8 points (2-2 from three) 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
Things That Need to Improve:
-The Knicks clearly took their foot off the pedal after the big lead going into halftime, but this was to be expected. It is human nature to relax a little with such a huge lead. This problem clearly irritated Mike Woodson.
- Tonight the Knicks continued their sloppy ball handling with 15 turnovers. This is an issue that needs to be corrected, especially against the elite teams in the league.
- The Knicks outrebounded another opponent tonight (46-43) and this has been a trend this past week, mostly because of Tyson Chandler. This is a solid sign for New York, no matter whom they are playing.
- When the Knicks stat sheet is stuffed with assists (22), this is a sign that the ball is moving and they are playing well.
The New York Knicks are now 31-15 and have won 5 in a row with a chance to build that streak in the coming week. The most not worthy observation that come from these past 5 wins is the Knicks ball movement and floor spacing has been tremendous. This creates room for Stat, Melo and Tyson to roam on the floor, while creating open three’s for Novak, JR and whoever else is out their at that moment. If the Knicks can play solid defense and get out and run on defensive turnovers, then this team could and would be unstoppable. This task is easier said then done. Lets Get It!!!!
Peter A – Knickswag