Despite playing some of our worst basketball of the season. We are still better than the New Jersey Nets.
This game had disaster written on it after yesterdays horrible performance against the Lakers and an even worst performance against the Clippers 72 hours earlier.
The Terror Threat Level was raised to RED when the Knicks announced Amar’e Stoudemire would not be playing due to a sprained toe.
Luckily for the Knicks, the 3 point shot was falling for us. 16-34 from 3 point range tonight for 47%. To quote Pat Riley though, “it’s fools gold.” When we shoot like this from 3 point range, we are pretty hard to beat. Problem is it is pretty hard to shoot like this from 3 on a consistent basis. I much rather see some pick & roll plays and drives to the basket but we won tonight so I will save that for another night.
Toney Douglas played a very efficient game on the offensive end but failed to rack up any assists. Not a good statistic for our “back up point guard”.
Raymond Felton had a decent game racking up 13 points and 11 assists. Flip side to that was he shot 4-13 and had 6 turnovers. Raymond has looked better over the last few games and I’m hoping he has shaken off whatever it is that slowed him down the last month or so and can regain close to the form he played earlier.
Amar’e must have met with Wilson and told him “Listen, I know you tanking on purpose so you don’t get traded but we really need you to play well tonight” because he had his best game in quite some time. 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a whopping 5 blocks.
I was surprised Gallo only find his way to 5 shot attempts. I’ve said this before but Gallo can be his own worst enemy when it comes to not demanding the ball and getting shots on the court. The team won though, so no need to micro examine the boxscore any further.
The Nets are pretty damn sad though. Brook Lopez could not win a rebounding drill against Earl Boykins. Devin Harris still has the most offensive mustache this side of “Boogie Nights” and Avery Johnson is not worthy of a head-coaching job in my opinion.
The Nets played at home today but the crowd was cheering for the road team after the game. Anyone wonder why Carmelo Anthony had no interest in coming to the swamp? I don’t. Playing for the Nets must be similar to dying and going to hell as a player.
This win assures us we will enter the Allstar break @ .500 which is a good thing. It would be even better to figure out a way to beat Atlanta.
Anybody know how long a sprain toe takes to heal?