Well that just sucks, eh? The New York Knicks season came to an end tonight with a 106-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers. It was a frustrating end to an enjoyable season and kicks off an off-season of limited flexibility for the Knicks, who will still have their share of question marks to sort out.
When looking back on this series, it really came down to a few factors. Roy Hibbert completely dominating a likely injured Tyson Chandler. JR Smith being awful. Ray Felton being inconsistent. Mike Woodson making questionable line-up decisions. Tonight featured just about all of those things.
The Knicks played a weak first half and got themselves down by 12 midway through the 3rd quarter. The only reason it wasn’t by 24 was because Carmelo Anthony was utterly phenomenal up until that point…then Iman Shumpert caught fire, knocking down 3 three pointers and leading a charge that tied the game heading into the 4th quarter. The game was tied with about 4 minutes left but the Knicks got sloppy late, with turnovers, poor clock management and misused fouls.
Anthony wasn’t great in the 4th, only hitting 2 shots and having 2 bad turnovers but tonight wouldn’t have even been competitive without his 39 points (15/29 shooting) and 7 rebounds. Iman Shumpert had 19 points, including 16 points in the third quarter charge. Chris Copeland knocked down 3 three pointers, including two in the fourth quarter.
JR Smith? 4/15. Lazy defense. Lazy chasing after loose balls. Stupid…poorly played basketball to cap off an awful series and post-season for him. Ray Felton was a no-show and 0/7 from the field. 0/7 from your starting point guard, yikes. Tyson Chandler had 2 points, 6 rebounds, a couple of missed lay-ups, a missed dunk and fouled out. Roy Hibbert had 21 points and 12 rebounds.
We’ll get more into this disappointing series and the questions that are up ahead for the Knicks in the upcoming week. But for tonight, let’s just try to shake the images of Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert dominating the Knicks out of our heads.