Knicks Getting Nicked Up In Playoffs

By Jerald L. Hoover BASN Staff Writer
Updated: April 22, 2011

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The running wounded

The running wounded

NEW YORK—Talk about a case of bad timing; with all of the excitement regarding the Knicks being in the NBA Playoffs first time in 7 years, they couldn’t be hit with the injury bug at a worse time. Going into the big dance, the team brass knew they had a flawed roster. But what they banked on was their veteran star power in the Big Apple 3 of: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire to at least make them represent-able. But, a (not so) funny thing happened along the way, Chauncey “Mr. Big-Shot” Billups drove to the basket in Game 1 and came down awkwardly and hurt his left knee. He will probably miss the series.

The super stud power forward in Game 2 in the second quarter had to disqualify himself because of back spasms. This type of injury was a shock for Stoudemire who said, “I’ve never had this type of injury.” Usually a gamer especially this time of year, Stoudemire was only able to muster 4 points before leaving.

Picking up the slack however in Game 2 was Melo who was his idol, Bernard King like brilliant. After a very subpar performance in Game 1 where he was 1 for 11 in the second half, the star small forward carried the team on his back to the tune of 42 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Too bad the Knicks came up short, 96-93.

The Knicks could have very well won the first 2 games of the season as opposed to being down 0-2 in the series. The one thing young and or inexperienced teams have to learn is game management in the crucial moments of games. In the Playoffs, it can be the difference of a half-inch or a tenth of a second in effort or clock. The coach also must be savvy enough to know how to control games to his style of play and defend with reckless abandon.

The Knicks known as a team to not play a lot of defense and with good reason has turned it up a notch on that end. That is particularly telling with two-thirds of the Big Apple 3 hobbled or missing in action. Effort and heart can go a long way, but in the end talent and stars (healthy) win the big ones.