Today the Knicks hosted the Philladelphia 76ers in a noon matenee game. With Andre Iguodala out with an achilles tendon injury, the Knicks look to take their third victory in a row for the first time since January.
The Knicks looked lethargic early and often in this game which is a surprise considering they are coming off two nice wins and one would think they would want to put Philly away early. Elton Brand, shooting seven for eleven and finishing with twenty points, most of which were in the first half had his way with the Knicks throughout the game.
With Douglas and Chandler once again providing some spark off the bench, the Knicks gain the lead for the first time with about a minute to go in the half. Douglas has proved thus far to be a very valuable backup point guard on both ends of the court. He has been shooting unconsciously and has made his mark on the defensive end averaging over three steals a game.
Following halftime the Knicks begin to gain momentum and develop a double digit lead. It took long enough but it looks as though the Knicks might be able to make a push to put this game away in the third quarter.
Shortly after building a nice lead the Knicks begin to turn the ball over and seem to not be able to find the bottom of the net. The rookie point guard Jrue Holiday shot 4 for 5 from downtown and finished with nineteen points to give the Sixers a huge boost in the second half.
The Knicks fall to a double digit deficit in the fourth quarter as the Seventy-Sixers move on to take the W with a score of 106-96. Elton brand, with 20 and 7 was the high scorer for the Sixers as Stoudemire, with 21 and 15 records a double-double as the high scorer for the Knicks.
Although this game is early in the season and is not a devastating loss, it is considered a discouraging one. After coming off two wins the Knicks who play a young and injured Sixer’s team should have been able to take this game at home by at least fifteen points. This is a team that the Knicks will ultimately have to beat most times they see them in order to make the playoffs. The Knicks have such a tough schedule in the next too months with seven straight games against West Coast opponents starting Wednesday and a Tuesday night game against a very strong Milwaukee team. We know that the Knicks are going to have games in which they struggle, mostly against above five hundred teams. The Sixers are a team that the Knicks need to consistently beat in order to give them some breathing room when they do play the better teams in the league. Hopefully they will be able to bounce back Tuesday night, a W against Milwaukee will be the cure for any bad feelings the Knicks have left today.
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Written by Justin Sammartano
Born and raised in Long Island NY. Iona College Graduate. Die hard NY Knicks fan.