Sunday, January 8, 2012

Knicks 103, Pistons 80 - Recap

Well, that was much needed! The Knicks took it to a weak opponent missing several rotation players and moved back up to .500.

There were some great things about this game: Iman Shumpert getting the start, Amar'e Stoudemire attacking the rim, Mike Bibby finding the bottom of the net, and dunks!!

I hardly even realized this, but the Pistons were missing Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, and Austin Daye, so this win wasn't exactly the Knicks winning the NBA Finals. However, it was the kind of win that gets confidence and chemisty and hopefully, a little bit of momentum.

  • So, Iman Shumpert got his first career start. The young iMan was somewhat quieter than in previous performances, but once again, he looked like the most apt ball-handler on the team. He had a few drives to the paint where he set up Amar'e Stoudemire for some easy dunks, and even finished two alley-oops himself. 11 points, 5-10 shooting, with 3 assists for the rook.
  • Mike Bibby! As Clyde always says, "Like Lazarus, risen from the dead!", so has Mike Bibby found his game. 16 points, 4-4 from downtown, and 3 assists, and a generally splendid effort from the Bibs.
  • Another point guard note. If you had asked me during the preseason which tow guards I feel most comfrotable with having on the floor, I probably would not have said Iman Shumpert, the rookie, and Mike Bibby, the 13-year old veteran.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire looked like the Amar'e Stoudemire we saw from last season. With the exception of one jumper from the right elbow, all of STAT's points came from the paint or the free throw line. His effort was there defensively, and he was active on the glass. 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Stoudemire. 
  • Carmelo Anthony's shooting was off (5-13), but he made up for with 7 assists and an absolute facial on Greg Monroe!
  • The Knicks employed an interesting defensive strategy (a change from recent trends). When a player, usually Greg Monroe on the low block, got the ball, they sent a double team. Sometimes this resulted in missed rotations and open shots, but often it resulted in steals as the Pistons do not have many proficient passers.
  • All 13 active players got to play, which is awesome. Jeremy Lin scored, Renaldo Balkman grabbed 7 rebounds in 13 minutes, and I like Jerome Jordan.
Just an overall, good team win. Charlotte Bobcats on Monday, before a tough to schedule! Let's go Knicks!

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