The New York Knicks thoroughly embarrassed themselves from start to finish tonight in Indiana, getting blown out 125-91. This game was never close as they were trailing by 30…yes 30 points at the half. It was a gutless, lazy, sloppy 48 minutes of basketball from a team who talks about being a serious contender. There was a serious contender in the Eastern Conference on the floor tonight and they had about 25 uncontested dunks on the Knicks “defense.” This was the kind of game that leaves you scratching your head wondering if the Knicks are really just a 7 or 8 seed who happened to get off to a hot start.
There was no other way to describe tonight’s effort except for pathetic. Offensively, there is no rhythm and consistent missed lay-ups. Jason Kidd cannot remain in the starting line-up. He has not hit a jump shot since before Christmas. JR Smith is still too easily rattled by opposing teams and once things go south for him, he is done for the night. It is getting ugly out there and some kind of shake-up is needed. Tomorrow is the trade deadline so that shake-up could be on the way. Iman Shumpert certainly played like somebody terrified of being moved tonight as he stumbled around through another inefficient performance.
Knicks Game MVP – Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace - They didn’t see the floor tonight. Enough said.
Knicks Game LVP – Carmelo Anthony - Losses like this are reflections on your best player and team “leader” – Anthony gave a listless defensive performance and constantly settled for jump shots, finishing an ugly 7-21 from the field. He appeared to quit in the second half, as did the rest of the team around him.
Turning Point - Tip-off.
Play of the Night – JR Smith getting ejected - Symbolic moment of the night with Smith complaining to referees like they had anything to do with the Knicks being down over 30 points in the second half. Smith was 1-7 from the field and had 3 turnovers, at least he couldn’t hurt the Knicks any more from the locker room.
What’s Next - The Knicks are in Toronto to face the red-hot Raptors at 7PM on Friday. Toronto beat up on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden this past Wednesday.
YouTube Clip - Staff writer asked Matt Fritz asked me what happened in the first half and my response was “have you ever seen the baptism scene in The Godfather?”