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Bad Weekend Sheds Light on Major Flaws

Posted By Jordan Lauterbach On Nov 15 2010 @ 2:38 am In New York Knicks | 1 Comment

Two games, two more bad losses. The misery continues in Knick land on this Monday morning. Is it just me, or has this Knick team regressed in the last ten days? Is it just me or has the continuity within the offense become worse since John Wall and company left the building last Friday night? Night after night the team looks like they were drafted to play together five minutes before tip off. Doesn’t this team hold practices? Don’t they know what the others look like? It doesn’t make any sense sometimes.

We thought this team was improved. We thought the team would move farther and farther from the last few years with each passing game. Sure, it looked like that early on, but it hasn’t looked like that in over a week.

A few things specifically have to concern the Knick fan going into a road trip that, based on recent results, doesn’t promise to be kind.

1. When the threes don’t fall, the team don’t win – It always has to concern you when a team is so one dimensional offensively that one single offense aspect of a game determines every result. But that’s what it’s become with this Knick team. They don’t have anyone who can penetrate a defense well, so they rely on jump shots – specifically those of the three point variety. When those don’t go, they don’t know how to respond. They shot 18% from behind the arc on Sunday and lost badly. They shot 37% on 29 attempts on Friday and were stunned by the worst team in the league. Its an awful trait.

2. They are consistently being out rebounded – Maybe not by a lot every night, but it’s been a rare occurrence when the Knicks have won a rebounding battle. I’m still not sure how Kevin Love grabbed 31 on Friday. Wasn’t this guy not getting minutes? Don’t the Knicks teach the art of the box out? I think I learned that in CYO ……..and I was terrible in CYO (2 seasons .01 ppg, 1rpg, .002apg)

 3. Sorry Amar’e, you’ve been generally disappointing – Maybe it’s because the Knicks haven’t had a star in a long while (Spreewell, probably), but I expected more from Stoudemire. I expected him to take over games. I expected him to be dominant. While the stats haven’t been bad, the dominance hasn’t been their. In the fourth quarter last night, it occurred to me that, although he finished with 25 points, Amar’e had little impact on the game. His nickname may be “stat”, but I think I’d rather it be “impact.”

 He hurt the Knicks against Philiadelphia in the closing moments last week and did nothing to stop the bleeding late against Houston. 25 points is great, but when your team looses at home to a team that is without its star (just like Phila was) and shows little fight in the fourth quarter, what good is it?

 The good news, as always, is that the Knicks play in the East. A bad swing now may not impact playoff standings right away. It’s more the way they are loosing that’s troubling. Blowing leads and loosing late is easier to correct then being blown out by bad teams. Then again, right now, the Knicks are a bad team.

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