In case you fell asleep, here are five somewhat connected thoughts on Friday night’s Knick win over the Golden State Warriors
1. Bad road trip? What bad road trip? – Sometimes teams defy logic. The Knicks appear to be one of those teams. Remember on Sunday after the Rockets game when I shuttered (in type, of course) about the Knicks West Coast Swing? Two wins and a two point loss to a team with one of the five best players in the league (Denver) and the Knicks are back to looking like the team seen in the first week of the season. Last night’s win was impressive for many reasons that we’ll detail in the coming bullet points. But not the least of which was the fact that Golden State was undefeated at home. Suddenly, a win over a Clippers team who is so bad ESPN posed the question “will they win more games then the 2009 – 2010 Nets”? on PTI today and the Knicks come home winners of three of four on the West Coast. If you’ve figured out this team, please leave a comment.
2. Raymond Felton – best game of the season – Two players had their “best games of the year” last night. One was Felton. 35 points. 11 assists. Finally, he’s showing some of the things that Knick fans expected from him when he was acquired. For a point guard in a new system with new teammates, it’s bound to take time to gel. That time can not be replicated in pre – season or training camp. Felton’s consistency is a top story line over the next two weeks.
3. Danilo Gallinari – best game of the season – Finally, Gallo seems to be coming out of his slump. He was the player of the game tonight, not Raymond Felton. Felton may led the team in points, but the Knicks don’t win the game without Galinari’s clutch shooting at the end of the game. It almost got comical at the end when Gallo hit shot after shot. It looked like the game was over after each one, but the Warriors kept crawling back. He’s shooting a better percenatage from three point range, keeping him more engaged in games and thusly, more effective. All told, Gallo finished with 23 points.
4. Knicks starting to win these close games – This would have been almost as bad a loss as the Minnesota game last week had the Knicks blown it. After all, they scored 72 points in the first half and were still in a close game with five minutes left. But, it’s hard to get picky against a good Western Conference opponent on the road. They won a game where the home team had a 40 point scorer. They won a game where the home team kept knocking on the door and the Knicks, for once, kept it closed.
5. Toney Douglas is really struggling – A friend suggested to me that Andy Routins should be getting minutes if Douglas continues to be this bad. The theory being “it can’t get worse.” While he’s correct, I don’t know if sitting Douglas for a guy who isn’t guaranteed to be that much better of an option is a good idea either. The Knicks are clearly letting Douglas play himself out of his horrific slump. As long as they’re winning, which at the moment they are, I don’t see an issue. Especially if the other options is Routins. Is he going to do a noticeably better job?
Win of the year? I think so. Leave a comment.
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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