Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heat 99, Knicks 89 - Recap

What a wacky game. Truthfully, I didn't have any hope of a Knicks victory going into last night, and was sort of pleasantly surprised/bewildered at the Knicks performance.

Minus Melo, Baron Davis (I'm still using this as an excuse), and Jorts, Mike D'Antoni went deeper into his bench and switched up the starting lineup, and what resulted was a barrage of 3-pointers. 43 downtown bombs, and just 41 shots from inside the arc. They also didn't get to the FT line with their usual frequency and thus, New York just couldn't find the offense they needed to overcome a forceful foe.

Take the jump for just a few notes.

 - Amar'e Stoudemire failed to seize the chance he had to make a statement. With trade rumors swirling (I believe they're probably all false), Stat needed a dominant performance to hush critics up and he didn't perform. 12 points, 5-14 shooting with 6 rebounds for Stoudemire, who to his credit, saw a lot of double teams. Miami was clearly going to make other Knicks beat them.

 - Bill Walker stepped up in a big way, regardless of how much luck was invlved in his performance. Coming off the bench, Bully dropped 21 points on 7-12 shooting, 7-10 3FG, with 7 rebounds. His big burst came in the 3rd quarter where he put up nine points in 69 seconds, including one banked-in, deep 3-pointer. However, he also fouled out and had 6 turnovers as well, so it was sort of an admirable, yet typical Walker performance.

 - Steve Novak, Knicks fans' flavor of the week player, finally got playing time and promptly launched six 3-pointers, connecting on two of them, in nine minutes of playing time. Mike Bibby had nearly an identical performance, with 6 points on 2-8 shooting from downtown.

 - What's up with Shump? He seemed invisible out there to me.

 - I had a feeling putting Landry Fields on Lebron was a bad idea, and I guess I was sort of right. James had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, which I guess is sort of typical of him. Fields meanwhile, had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, but shot only 4-12. Still good signs of progress though for Landry.

That's pretty much it. The Knicks play Houston tonight and will still be Melo-less, and most likely exhausted from playing last night. We'll see how that goes, but once again, the chances of something good happening seems sort of slim. And so it goes....

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