Friday, December 30, 2011

Lakers 99, Knicks 82 - Recap

Well, this is going to be a short one. Frankly, this is was one of the worst Knicks games I can recall watching. Perhaps it's because this team has a buttload of talent, and I expect them to win... I don't know. But this will be a short recap of what went down.

I won't even bother to break it up into halves because it was all a terrible, terrible mess. Worse than the score would reflect.
  • Get well soon, Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert. Apparently Shumpert is the MVP of this team, because for some inexplicable reason, the offense in the Boston game went from passable and improving to a spiraling black hole of devastation, where nobody moves themselves or create off the dribble, except for....
  •  Carmelo Anthony. Melo had a redemption game of sorts (27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) after torching his own team against the Warriors with an abysmal shooting performance. Melo's jump shot was generally on-target, but he was most effective driving to the lane with series of strong spin moves, and drawing fouls on the block.  Melo's done his best to create plays for others, but it also results in a high number of turnovers (5). He looked like one of a few Knicks who cared during this game.
  • The Knicks managed to hang around within 8-12 points most of the game because they made 43-41 free throws as opposed to the Lakers' 14-22. Otherwise, the Knicks shot 31.3% from the field, and 6-22 from 3-point range. 
  • Toney Douglas is just flat-out not a point guard. He cannot run a pick-and-roll, let alone create for himself off a screen. He allows defenders too much time to recover because he doesn't attack the screen directly. Likewise, now that he tries to run the offense, he has even worse shot selection which he rarely converts on. Get well soon, Baron Davis.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was just awful. 4-17 with 15 points. Only 2 rebounds with 4 turnovers. Oh, and he sprained his ankle. Get well soon, STAT.
  •  I'll just right-out admit that I find Kobe Bryant to be highly unlikable, and I think he knows that because he likes to torture the Knicks. He had 28 points last night, and abused whoever defended him. The referees just didn't allow Landry Fields to breathe on Kobe (4 fouls in 24 minutes), but Kobe torched the likes of Bill Walker and Renaldo Balkman on multiple occasions. I don't even want to describe those occasions because it makes my blood pressure rise.
  • Steve Novak played 11 minutes and hit 2-3 from downtown, which brought slight but short-lived relief to Knicks fans. However, Steve should never dribble. Ever.
  • Tyson Chandler was better statistically, but in the same kind of poor way he has been so far. 14 points (11 from the FT line) and 11 rebounds with 3 steals and 2 blocks. The Knicks allowed 44 points in the paint though, so I don't know. That's kinda supposed to be Tyson's forte, isn't it?
Well, that's about it. Next game will be Saturday against Sacramento, who look like a pretty dangerous team. One that would potentially blow out the Knicks with their crafty dribblers and athletic youngsters. See you then!

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