Post Game Recap
The Knicks struggles continued Friday night as the Clippers defeated them at
109-95. The score does not
do justice to just how poorly the Knicks performed as they were lucky to only
lose by 14. The Clippers struggled to shoot the ball throughout the night,
missing numerous open jump shots as the Knicks once again looked disinterested
in the game. The shorthanded Knicks were unable to get anything going
throughout the game on the offensive end as the Clippers stifled them
throughout the night. The Knicks will look to right their wrongs Monday in a
matinee affair with the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets at 2 PM ET at Madison
Square Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Madison Square
Player of the Game: J.R. Smith
Smith was inserted back into the rotation by Mike Woodson and he responded with one of his better performances of the season. Smith shot the ball efficiently, virtually the only Knick to do so, knocking down 9-18 from the field (3-7 3pt, 3-4 FT), adding four rebounds and two assists. Smith was game all night, playing tough defense and administering hard fouls to make the Clippers earn their points from the foul line instead of laying the ball in the basket. Smith, at least for one night, looked zoned in and ready to contribute to the team again after having a tumultuous season and especially last 10 days.
Match of the Game Recap:
Smith and Jamal Crawford both performed as expected from the pre-game; they put on shows and lit the scoreboard up. Smith and Crawford are two of the most explosive scorers in the NBA and are luxuries for the Knicks and Clippers to have such potent offensive weapons at their disposal off the bench. Tonight Crawford will get the edge because his team won and he ended up with more points; the only real barometer to grade these two gunners by. For Smith, if he continued playing more like he did tonight the Knicks will start to see a turnaround in their overall performance.
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Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring tonight with 26. The downside was how inefficient he was scoring the ball, as he shot 4-23 from the field. Anthony took permanent residence at the foul line, where he knocked down all 16 attempts. He was a monster on the boards once again, where he pulled down a season high 20; seven on the offensive side of the ball and 13 defensive. Anthony only had three assists tonight, continuing the trend of the Knicks losing more often than not when he is unable to hit the four assist plateau.
Jeremy Tyler received his first real minutes of his Knick tenure and they were mostly positive. He came in and gave the Knicks a spark, scoring six points on 3-3 from the field. He added two rebounds and also drew an offensive foul on Blake Griffin later on in the fourth quarter.
definitely held his own tonight against one of the top power forward/center
combinations in the NBA and should be the first big man off the bench in the
absence of Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin as long as Andrea Bargnani stays
in the starting lineup.
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Tyson Chandler recorded a double-double in the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds but it was the quietest, most lackluster double-double recorded.
Chandler was toasted by Griffin
on multiple occasions; Griffin went
off on the Knicks with a monster 32 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three
steals and one block. Griffin has
improved immensely on the offensive end, augmenting his scoring arsenal and is
one of the better passing big men in the league. He has a good idea of what to
do with the ball in his hands and is a willing passer. He has improved his jump
shot and foul shooting, which if he can continue improving should catapult him
to the upper tier of players in the NBA.
At halftime this game was tied and in the second half the Clippers turned things up while the Knicks were stuck in neutral. The Clippers struggled shooting the three ball throughout the first three quarters but were unconscious in the fourth quarter from deep. They knocked down four of their first six in the fourth quarter to knockout the Knicks and take control of the game for good. The Knicks were lucky this game wasn’t over by halftime; the Clippers shot a putrid 3-21 from the three point line to start, missing a number of open looks.
The Knicks, who turn the ball over as little as any team in the NBA, were a turnover machine on Friday night. Every starter had at least two turnovers in the game; feeling left our Toure’ Murry had two of his own off the bench as well to add up to 18 in total for the Knicks. Anthony and Raymond Felton tied for the most with four, as the Knicks offense operated as furthest opposite of smoothly as possibly.