Coming off a big opening win at home, the Knicks opened their West Coast swing in old Knick fashion. Looking unfocused and sloppy, the Knicks held on to a small lead throughout, waiting to give the game away. Come the 4th quarter, the Warriors and their home crowd took over and put the Knicks, and their fans, to bed.
With no real facilitator on the court, New York’s offense was stagnant throughout as their “Big Three” accounted for 31 points total on 9-28 shooting. There was absolutely zero ball movement, with most possessions ending with STAT or Melo settling for a contested jump shot at the end of the shot clock (if we hadn’t already turned the ball over at that point). I can only imagine Baron Davis is chomping at the bit to come back, as his services are desperately needed.
Defensively, the effort just wasn’t there. Tyson Chandler was in outer space (and in foul trouble most of the game) leaving the paint wide open, as the rest of the team struggled to stay in front of their man. Without Steph Curry playing, you would have liked to see the newly focused Knicks take care of the teams they should be taking care of. It is a long season, so we won’t over react here but the Knicks MUST regroup and bounce back tonight against the Lakers. Judging from last year’s post-Melo squad, I’m sure that won’t be a problem, as they tend to play well vs. the big dogs while lying down against the pups of the league. As the season progresses we can only hope some sort of consistency develops where we can finish off the games for the taking.