The Knicks fell to the Bobcats last night, 118-110. The return of Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire was not enough help to slow down the offensive juggernauts from Charlotte. Wait, Charlotte is one of the worst offensive teams in the League right? Yes. Knicks defense was completely non-existent yesterday, allowing the Bobcats to score a season-high 118 points. The Knicks were out-played by the great Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson. Diaw is not known for big numbers, and Henderson is a nice young talent but definitely not an All-Star caliber player just yet. Bottom line is, the much talked about defense from New York was just not there.
Yeterday’s loss was very reminiscent of a 2010-2011 Knicks team loss, high-scoring and no defense. Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler are here to make sure this isn’t the case anymore right? It’s still very early but a lack of effort at the very minimal is something to be concerned of.
Iman Shumpert was the only bright spot during the loss, Shump’ was extremely effective in his 29 minutes of play. He finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Iman ran the point-guard spot at times and was very comfortable with the starters. He was in fact he was the only player on the Knicks that gave a great effort on both ends of the floor, so much that the MSG faithfuls chanted “Shump-ert” “Shump-ert” while he was on the court. And when he was subbed out the chants turned to “We want Shumpert”.
In the end, the Knicks team was serenaded with only ‘Boos” as they left the court losers and embarrassed. Boris Diaw channeled the spirits of his team’s owner Michael Jordan as he eventually torched the Knicks. Hopefully defenseless losses like these will be a learning process for the Knicks, not a growing trend. The Knicks travel to Washington on Friday to face the Wizards, hopefully they pack their defensive effort with them on the trip.