The New York Knicks lost to the Detroit Pistons on the road, recording their seventh straight loss. The Knicks now sit 19 games under .500 and their playoff chances are fading away day-by-day.
- If you want to have a career night on the court just circle the Knicks on your NBA calendar if you’re an opponent. The question lately is becoming which opposing player is going to go off? Last night it was Andre Drummond who torched the Knicks with 17 points, 26 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Detroit has been a disappointment this season given the talent on their roster, but Drummond has a really bright future and continues to grow every time he takes the court. For the Pistons the win snapped a four-game losing streak of their own and kept them within striking distance of a playoff shot.
- Carmelo Anthony put up another 28 points in a losing effort to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists, but he also had six turnovers which is a lot for a front-court player. Anthony shot 11-21 from the field and continues to play a high volume of minutes night in and night out, but his effort is more than commendable thus far. At this point it even seems like Anthony has thrown in the towel on this season.
- Coming into this game I said Brandon Jennings would have a major impact on the game, but I was wrong. Granted he finished with 9 points and 11 assists on the night, but he’s still struggling with his shot as he has throughout the year. Instead the backup guards WIll Bynum and Rodney Stuckey combined for 32 points, 16 apiece, and both shredded any Knicks guard all night. Most of their points came from drives to the basket, which just goes to show you it’s not just the Knicks perimeter defense that is struggling, but the interior defense as well. Which, then, equals the whole defense.
- Mike Woodson elected to change his starting lineup looking for a scoring punch so he inserted Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith. Stoudemire played very well finishing with 22 points at 6 rebounds, but continues to be a terrible defender. At this point, we all know who Stoudemire is and he’ll never play solid defense. J.R. Smith continues to have a terrible season and it doesn’t matter if he starts or comes off the bench. Smith finished with 16 points, but shot just 5-17 from the field including 4-11 from three.
The plan ultimately backfired on Mike Woodson because by taking away all the scoring from the bench, that second unit came on the floor and couldn’t score whatsoever. As a matter of fact the bench finished with a total of 7 points, all of which came from Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni. The young guns, Jeremy Tyler and Tim Hardaway Jr., both finished with zero points and played decent minutes.
- Raymond Felton continues to struggle as well and just seems to have lost his game completely. Personal life aside, Felton hasn’t been this bad since his days in Portland with the Blazers, and the way he is talking to the media you have to think his head just isn’t in the game right now. Felton scored 4 points on the night along with 5 assists, but also had 4 turnovers. He shot 1-9 and his defense continues to plague the Knicks, but unfortunately they don’t have many options at the starting point guard position at this point.
-Stat of the night: No Knicks player who played above twenty minutes played, had a positive grade in the plus minus category. The lowest player in that department was Carmelo Anthony with a -17. A lot of people don’t take this statistic seriously, but to me it shows just how inefficient the Knicks are as a team, they have no balance or continuity on the court as a team and their record shows this. Case and point the Pistons are among the worst defenses in the league and the Knicks only managed to score 85 points as a unit.
Coming up next for the Knicks is a trip to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves followed by a game at MSG to play the Utah Jazz. They finish the week on Saturday with a game at the Cleveland.