The Knicks controlled the whole game on Wednesday night, but squandered a second half lead before falling to the Kings in overtime.
According to Carmelo Anthony, this one was a “must-win,” and while he certainly played like it was, the same could not be said for everyone else. Melo finished the game with 36 points and 11 rebounds, but struggled late, and wasn’t helped out by anyone else. The Knicks were up by 11 in the third quarter, but slowly leaked the lead away throughout the second half. Overtime was not any kinder, as the team shot 2-9 from the field, including an 0-5 performance from Anthony, who couldn’t find any rhythm down the stretch. In typical Mike Woodson fashion, he continually went iso-Melo on each and every play to end the fourth, despite it’s lack of success. Did he just coach his last game for the Knicks?
For a minute, I thought that I took the wrong train to the game and wound up in 2011. The Jimmer Show was in full effect, and he ended the game with 24 points on 9-14 shooting, including 6-8 from behind the arc. Fredette was up to his college antics, knocking down from 30-feet out and driving and dishing when the defense caught on. DeMarcus Cousins was also in beast mode, finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds before leaving with injury with just over three minutes to go. Who knows, if he was able to keep playing, maybe the game would’ve been over sooner! Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas (BOOOO!!!) hit some big shots down the stretch and both finished with 20 points.
On the positive side for the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire continued playing well, ending with 20 points and throwing down a few vintage STAT dunks. Tyson Chandler was as active as he’s been offensively all season, putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds.
J.R. Smith didn’t play after feeling uncomfortable wearing a mask to protect his facial fracture. Does anyone know how he got this injury? Would it be cruel to consider it ironic if he caught an elbow?
The best part of the night was the Derek Jeter chants coming from the fans exiting Madison Square Garden. It might as well be baseball season for most New Yorkers.
The Knicks head into the All-Star break with a record of 20-32. They sit in the tenth spot in the Eastern Conference, just two and a half games out of a playoff spot. Changes should certainly be on the way, but the unpredictability of this franchise has to leave you wondering. Their next matchup will be Tuesday night in Memphis.