The Knickerbockers lost their 6th straight game last night and have officially gone 0-4 on their homestand vs the likes of the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and Denver Nuggets. Former Knicks Al Harrington, Timofey Mozgov, and Danilo Gallinari scored a combined 77 points and grabbed a combined 29 boards as the Knicks were defeated by the league’s second best offense 119-114 in 2OT.
Where do I begin with this one?
Well, I guess I can begin with this: Amar’e Stoudemire was completely nonexistent in the fourth quarter, in overtime, and in the second overtime. That’s not an exaggeration. Stoudemire had 0 field goal attempts once the third quarter was complete. Keep in mind, Amar’e Stoudemire is 6x All-Star. The fact Stoudemire didn’t have a single field goal attempt is startling and actually is a great example of Stoudemire’s season thus far.
Carmelo Anthony, who would probably admit he had a terrible first three quarters, kept the Knicks in the game during the fourth quarter and overtime as he scored 25 points, shot 33% from the field tonight, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out 5 assists. He almost singlehandedly kept the Knicks in it late in the game after he was booed by the crowd earlier. In all, it was an okay night for Carmelo despite his struggles early in the game.
Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields both performed well as they combined for 36 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals. Landry Fields performed very well during the Knicks’ past three games as he averaged 15 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Hopefully Fields can continue his solid play as the Knicks need their players to contribute as much as possible right now.
Bill Walker tonight was on fire as he made 5 of his 6 field goal attempts and scored 15 points. However, he only played 11 minutes tonight despite his great shooting. Why D’Antoni only played him for 11 minutes is beyond me but the Knicks sure could have used him at certain times tonight.
So where do the Knicks go from here? Well they embark on a four game road trip starting Tuesday where they play at Charlotte (Let the Boris Diaw nightmares begin again), Cleveland, Miami, and Houston. Before the season began I would have said the Knicks should go 3-1 or even 4-0 on this road trip but now? I would be content with the Knicks going 2-2 based on the way they’ve been playing lately. D’Antoni’s job status continues to be more in question with each loss and of course tonight’s loss didn’t help. This is going to be a very important week for the Knicks because if they keep struggling, D’Antoni might not be the Knicks’ coach one week from today.