First thought after yesterday’s loss to the Suns – “what’s the excuse this time?”
Not that the players were making it, they weren’t – but the media was.
The Utah loss last Wednesday was “well, they’re looking ahead, they want to get home.” Ok, plausible
The Kings loss on Friday – “Hey, long west coast swing! Of course they’re going to come out flat.” Ok, plausible (although we would have bought it more had they not mailed in the Utah game)
After yesterday, I was half expecting MSG to come down with the “day games are tough.” line.
Here’s the truth: the defense in the last few games has been a step slower then it was towards the beginning of the road trip. It was seen in the first quarter on the Suns loss to a major degree and never recovered. Even Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t look good on the defensive end yesterday, despite 41 points.
One thing that was good to see was the play of Danilo Gallinari. He showed almost no ill-effects from the injury. He had pep in his step and looked healthier than many of the other players who didn’t spend the last two weeks on the bench. Sometimes a player struggles to get back in the swing of things athletically when they return from the sidelines- Gallo didn’t. Good to see.
If the current roster has hit the mid-season wall, as it’s looked in the last few days, Gallo and Amar’e might have to carry this team for the next few weeks.
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This is interesting. The need for a backup point guard was whispered around Knick land early in the season, but now it’s becoming evident. If Felton is “tired” playing 39-40 minutes a night now, imagine what kind of ghost he’ll be come April. Toney Douglas, while not as awful as he was early in the season, hasn’t been the spark off the bench that he looked to be towards the end of the 2009-2010 season. When does it get to a point where the Knicks stop going after something they dont need right now (Carmelo) and start going after something they do (someone to spell Felton)?
Houston is my all time favorite Knick. I grew up in the late 1990′s, towards the end of Ewing’s greatness. My greatest single Knick memory is Houston’s shot at the end of game five against the Heat in 1999. To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever jumped higher. A close second is the Larry Johnson four – point play later in those playoffs, but I hated the Heat so much that the Houston shot is a no brainer – as is this honor.
Interesting stuff from D’Antoni about this being a “wake up call.” It goes back to the excuses point. The next few games will be interesting. Will the Knicks respond to the last week like they did after the last bad stretch of the year (remember the loss to the Rocket’s in Novemember, also at MSG….also in the day time) or is this the beginning of a sub par second half?
Enjoy the rest of Tuesday.
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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