Who needs an all – star? Of course, the sarcasm flowing through my fingers is palpable. There may be three or four teams that the Knicks would have beaten Saturday. The New Jersey Nets are one of those teams. Here are five things from the Knicks 105-95 win over the Nets.
1. From downtown! – The Knicks got hot from behind the arc at the exact right time – twice. They started out the game launching them from triple range, scored 13 points in the third, then went unconscious in the fourth quarter. Toney Douglas hit some clutch threes (I know! Really!). Landry Fields hit a big one in the corner. Even Bill Walker pounded a few in from long range. Perhaps the only player that wasn’t good from behind the arc was Raymond Felton (1-6). Overall, the Knicks shot 16-34 (47%) from behind the arc. It was the only way they could win this game, which was evident early.
2. If Amar’e misses any significant time this team will miss the playoffs – If that wasn’t already the most obvious statement in the league right now, it was after tonight. The absence of Stoudemire makes it even more imperative that three pointers fall. The lack of a low post, inside presence is so obvious when he’s not playing, that it’s almost hard to watch. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to miss any significant time, but if he does, uh-oh. Be my guest; take Mozgov and Turiaf banging down low for 48 minutes. Good luck with that.
3. That being said…it was a good win – Any time a team gets a win on the road with its lifeblood superstar in street clothes, it’s something to celebrate. It doesn’t matter that it was the Nets, this team needed to beat anyone- if nothing else, to get some confidence in them with one game left until the break. Can you imagine if the team had lost tonight, while putting up a 13 spot in the third? The whole team may have been traded. They can win with Amar’e. They might one out of every five without him, but at least they can do it.
4. Toney Douglas- He’s been killed so much in this space that he deserves some credit when he does well. Douglas was the MVP of the game. He looked in control of the offense. He scored 19 points in 21 minutes. He was an asset. Douglas was who we thought he’d be. Nice to see.
5. Say what you want about the Nets…- but the broadcasts are sooooo much better. I watched the YES feed tonight with Ian Eagle and Jim Spinarkle and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here’s the thing about MSG – If Breen is not on the broadcast, it’s not good. I’ve never thought Clyde was insightful enough to carry a broadcast with a boring play by play man. Too often, the MSG broadcasts are boring, especially a Saturday night slop fest in New Jersey. Eagle and Spinarkle was a nice change.
About the Author
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