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Knicks Clipped Again at Home
Team falls to 7-13 at MSG
NEW YORK – Home certainly hasn’t been where the heart is for this year’s New York Knicks squad. In fact, the team has more wins and fewer losses on the road at 8-12; so it’s been more of a home is where the heartache is for the Knicks. “My whole mindset when I took over this team was to try to establish something at home. We have had some slippage this year and that is frustrating,” Coach Mike Woodson said. The slippage is an understatement to say the least.
Aside from talent, there are a lot of things that are missing from this year’s team. It is particularly evident in the leadership and consistency department where things are missed. One never knows which team will show up. Last season with now retired or inactive veterans: Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby, you know the type of style was being played and you knew the locker-room was policed in a certain type of way.
Carmelo Anthony was free to play at the power forward spot due to the injury to Amare Stoudemire and flourished so much he won the NBA scoring title and was in the top 5 for Most Valuable Players which eventually was won by his good friend, LeBron James. Carmelo was also free to just play his game and not so much be the vocal leader as he yielded that job to the aforementioned foursome.
The Knicks’ latest loss was to the Chris Paul less, Los Angeles Clippers, 109-95. And what’s more confusing is that one of the teams’ biggest weaknesses, rebounding, they out-rebounded the bigger Clippers, 55 (team season high, also included 20 offensive to Clippers 8 offensive) to 44. The Knicks who shot 35 percent from the field to the Clippers 42 percent also had more assists, 20 to 17.
However, one of the teams’ best assets, taking care of the basketball as they’ve led the League with only 12 turnovers per game again wasn’t apparent. The Knicks as a team had 20 assist compared to their West Coast counterparts, 11.
Coach Woodson also added after his team’s first loss of their 8-game home stand, “We still have seven more home games on this stretch and we have to try to win them all. We still have a shot at getting that 8th spot as well as win our division. We have to win at home.”
The Knicks have got to try to find a way to turn this nightmare into some sort of pleasant and sweet dream. There’s still time but the clock is ticking.
Carmelo had a weird double-double as he led the Knicks with 26 points and 20 rebounds. He shot a dreadful 4-23 from the field. But that didn’t count for how many times he went to the basket and got hammered and didn’t get any calls. So those missed field goal attempts are really nebulous.
JR Smith had a breakout game playing 35 minutes and scoring 24 points. Knicks record when they allow teams to score 100 or more points, 3-17. That kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?
Former Knicks and runner-up to JR in last season’s Sixth Man of the Year voting, Jamal Crawford played 29 minutes and scored 29 points. Blake Griffin led Clips with 32 points.
The Knicks starting backcourt of Ray Felton and Iman Shumpert only scored 5 points between them. Felton had 5 of those points. Shumpert can use another Texas trip.
Jerald L. Hoover