Here are the top 5 things to take away from Knicks/Bulls on Thursday night…
1. Raining threes – After a few off games from behind the arc, the Knicks lived by the three pointer. You’re not going to lose a lot of games shooting the ball at a 66% clip. Whether the good vibes from behind the arc continue will be an interesting sub-plot for the next week. For the D’Antoni offense to work the way it should, the shots have to fall from the deep part of the floor. Maybe they don’t have to fall at the kind of pace they did last night, but it has to be relatively close to that number.
2. Gallinari breaking out – The talk around Knick land before the game was that it had to be a big night for Gallo. The Italian Stallion was unspectacular in the first handful of games. This was nothing to be extremely worried about, but that big game had to come sooner rather than later. It came last night. Danilo finished second on the Knicks with 24 points. He was 4 – 4 from behind the arc and 6 -6 from the line. Now, that’s more like it.
3. Toney Douglas showed why he has a big future – These are the kind of games that make it okay to love Toney Douglas. He led the team with 30 points in 31 minutes off the bench. You want quick scoring? Toney Douglas’ got it. He was also stout defensively. Toney had 4 steals! His line looks even more impressive when you look at his production verses the amount of minutes he played.
4. Maybe it’s time Ronny Turiaf started on a regular basis – If you’ve read this space at all during the last month, you know that we love Timofey Mozgov. He’s going to be a top five center in the conference at the apex of his career. Remember that, you read it here first. But he’s clearly not ready. Aside from a small stretch at the beginning of the game, Mozgov was yet again unspectacular in his ten minutes of play. Now, it’s nothing to go nuts about because of the minutes, but it’s still a bit disconcerting to start games with four effective players on the floor. Mozgov played well enough in pre season to earn the job, but he hasn’t played well enough in the first four games to keep it.
5. This game was way too close in the second half – Any time you win on the road in the NBA, it’s outstanding. Especially when you project to be a fringe playoff team like the Knicks do. But, as a general rule, when a team puts up 70 in the first half, they should not be up by eight early in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls had a 7 -0 run and a 9 – 0 in the third quarter. This got them back in the game. To the Knicks’ credit, they answered every big run and never trailed or were tied in the second half. The Bulls are a good team and probably did themselves in by keeping their two best players on the bench late in the game, but the Knicks made a few key baskets late in the fourth. The Gallinari three with just over four minutes to go was huge. Hey, when a team puts up 70 in the first half, a few key hoops is all they’re going to need.
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1