The Knicks managed to pick up the W against the Clippers tonight, in typical Knick fashion. The game was back and forth, with the Knicks building several 8 or 9-point leads and then letting the Clippers shoot their way back into the game for the most part. The biggest blow of the night for New York was hearing that the almighty Bobkittens blew the game against Orlando which, in turn, shattered the Knicks 6-seed aspirations.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Melo and STAT were extremely average tonight. Neither of the 20-million-dollar men shot the ball very efficiently, shooting 7-16 and 4-9 respectively. Carmelo, however, made up for it on the defensive end which is more than can be said for Amare. Melo held Caron Butler to 9 points on 3-for-8 shooting while Blake Griffin absolutely trounced Amare for 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
- Defensively, the Knicks reverted back to their 2010 defense. The Knicks allowed Blake Griffin to shoot 79% (yes, 79%) from the floor, while also somehow managing to allow 28 points by Randy Foye. Those were the only 2 slip-ups by the Knicks on defense though as those guys were the only Flop City members to score in double figures.
- Let’s hear a round of applause for the Knicks MVP tonight, Earl Smith III. Once again, JR lived up to his X-factor status as he was the main reason the Knicks were victorious tonight. JR contributed 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and led the team in all three of those stat categories. JR didnt force the issue tonight, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and also didn’t turn into “iso-earl”, as he has done several times this season. JR also continued his chemistry with Steve Novak, finding him in the corner a couple of times tonight although Novokaine only hit one shot off of JR’s feeds. JR also got Landry Fields involved and he needs all the help he can get at this point. I thoroughly believe JR is the best point guard on this team and he helped prove it again tonight.
- Now on to the actual point guards, and they were nothing to brag about. Of course we wouldn’t dare expect to good games in a row from Baron Davis and tonight, he showed us why. Baron did contribute 12 points tonight but also contributed a lackluster ONE ASSIST. The Cryptkeeper, Mike Bibby, did not score in the game but facilitated pretty well as he contributed 5 assists. Baron’s +/- for the game was -9 which was the worst on the team(imagine that). While Mike Bibby missed every shot he took and did not get to the free throw line one time, he had a +/- of +11.