Monday, February 20, 2012

Nets 100, Knicks 92

That should have been an avoidable loss, but sometimes these things happen in the NBA. The Nets, namely Deron Williams, were scorching hot from downtown, and the Knicks had no answer for him.

Jeremy Lin looked visibly tired and didn't have his normal speed and lift to attack the basket. Carmelo Anthony looked rusty, mainly with his drives and jumpshots, but he made an effort to move the ball and had a few nice dimes to Amar'e Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler got caught up in a battle with the despicable Kris Humphries and committed some silly fouls (and a technical foul) and generally got beaten on the boards. The Knicks looked like a group that hasn't played as a unit, which was mostly the case, and they missed the help of Iman Shumpert's defense, especially in that 3rd quarter.

These things happen. New York is 16-17, and lost to a team that relied on 38 points and stunning shooting from its superstar. No excuses, but Deron Williams is one of the best in the league, and some things faltered for the Knicks down the stretch.

Day off tomorrow (during which I hope they practice) before Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Recap tomorrow, ya'll.

3 comments:

  1. can't believe you aren't talking about the fouls. The nets are dirty dirty team. Lots of flopping and bad refereeing. We outplayed them in every way.

    that's why carmelo anthony and chandler got so angry. I've never seen them like that.

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    1. There was bad officiating on both sides. No doubt most of the Nets players were playing dirty, but Chandler and Carmelo needs to keep their emotions in check when they know that the team needs them on the floor.

      And I think Melo was more frustrated about his game and the fact that they were losing than a couple of bad calls. You cannot let that get to you.

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    2. I thought Melo kept his temper in check pretty well. He was clearly frustrated with his rust from now playing, but I don't think it threw off his game too much.

      Chandler on the other hand, has to keep a cooler head. The Knicks were getting stops and turning the momentum when he picked up that technical when the Knicks got the ball back. He should know better and minus that technical, a real comeback might hav possible

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