Depending on how you look at it, either the Golden State Warriors played excellent defense or the Knicks simply didn’t have it on offense—I would hazard to guess it was an unfortunate combination of the two.
In the first half the Knicks played well defensively and actually lead 43-37 by the break. The second half however, was a different story; the effort just wasn’t there defensively and Warriors started to get hot, and subsequently pulled away.
Amar’e and Melo both struggled offensively, shooting a combined 8-27 from the floor; and when those two guys struggle, this team just does not have the extra firepower to sustain itself offensively.
Despite the offensive struggles, the defensive effort by the Knicks is encouraging, especially considering that Tyson Chandler—the team’s defensive anchor—played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble.
We may see quite a few games like this over the course of the compressed schedule as players start to feel the fatigue that comes with playing so many games in such a short amount of time. Because of this, the Knicks are going to have to adjust, and learn to win games in which their shots are not falling.
This will very much be a work in progress as the team continues to grow and the players get used to playing with one another, but the squad is just too good to keep losing games like this.
One bright spot, if you can call it that, for the Knicks was the reception Jeremey Lin got from the Golden State crowd after entering the game late in fourth during garbage time. Jeremy Lin was well liked by the Golden State fans during his stay there last season, and they showed their appreciation for Lin last night.Lin made his season debut for the Knicks in that game, but didn’t register any meaningful statistics in just over a minute of play.
For the time being, the Knicks are going to have to put this one behind them as they look forward to tonight’s game against the Lakers at Staples. This one will be a true test of the Knicks perseverance and should be telling of what we can expect from the team this year.