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.
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....