Here’s what concerns me most about last night’s Knicks loss to the Bucks:
After Sunday’s loss to the Sixers, the talk in the locker room was angry. Raymond Felton talked about how embarrassing the loss was, how they got out hustled and generally outplayed by a team they should beat. That’s all well and good. In fact, it was refreshing to hear that kind of candor coming after an early November loss. Then, a little over 48 hours, they’re BLOWN AWAY in the first half, showing much of the same effort that they showed on Sunday.
What does it say about a team that knows the effort isn’t there and still can’t ratchet it up against a good (but struggling) team on the road? Not good things, that’s for sure. That’s why tonight’s first quarter is huge. Kelly Tripuca said it towards the end of last night’s broadcast on MSG. You would expect the energy to be at an incredible high. It will say a lot about the team if they don’t.
It will be a emotional night. The crowd will be buzzed with the return of David Lee. Lee was a fan favorite. A little careless with the ball and an awful defender, but a fan favorite nevertheless. Many wanted him back, but understood how counter productive that would have been. The Knicks needed to move past the last decade, even if that meant getting rid of the “best player on the team.” After all, David Lee defined the term “best player on a bad team.” His double doubles were heralded, but probably a bit overrated.
Lee is still churning out numbers in Golden State. He’s averaging 12 and 11….Tonight also marks Stephen Curry’s entry into MSG. Remember, Curry was high on the Knicks list in the 2009 draft. Curry is averaging 21 points and 7 assists a game. Ah, what could have been….
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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