If there is one word to describe the performance of the New York Knicks in tonight’s game against the Lakers, it is frustration. Coming off a disappointing loss in Golden State, the Knicks were hoping to avenge it with a victory over the Lakers. This was not the case.
The Knicks trailed right away, as the Lakers had a seven point advantage after the first quarter, which was opened up to twelve by the conclusion of the first half. Los Angeles would proceed to win the game by 17, after holding New York to a mere ten points in the fourth and final quarter.
To beat a team like the Lakers, your stars need to show up. I do not mean to ever blame a loss solely on one player, but tonight, Carmelo Anthony showed up, and Amar’e Stoudemire did not.
Carmelo was 8 of 14 from the field, had seven rebounds and six assists. Amar’e, on the other hand, was nowhere near his best. He shot 4 of 17 and had just two rebounds. That is not the Amar’e Stoudemire we have come to know and love as Knicks fans, and the Knicks will need him to play much better if they hope to beat the other elites of the league.
It is easy to pinpoint Stoudemire because he is a superstar, but the entire team, other than Anthony, was terrible on the offensive side of the ball. The Knicks shot a lowly 31% from the field, while missing 16 of 22 three pointers.
In similar fashion to their game against the Warriors last night, the Knicks seemed to panic when they found themselves trailing in the second half. Everything was rushed on the offensive side of the ball, their shot selection was very questionable to say the least, and as a whole they seemed very undisciplined.
If you ask me, problems like these fall directly on the shoulders of the head coach, in this case Mike D’antoni. I have never been a D’antoni fan, and for a team that desperately needs to improve defensively, he just is not a good fit. Can they win with D’antoni? Yes, they probably can, but firing him and finding a coach better suited for this team would be ideal for New York, in my mind.
For now though, Mike D’antoni is the head coach of the Knicks, and they will need to find a way to get back on track by defeating the Kings on Saturday night.
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Written by Michael Burke
I'm Mike. I'm 16 and love sports. I'm a Knicks, Yankees, Colts and Notre Dame die-hard. My dream is to cover the Knicks professionally, so I hope that PSB can help me reach that goal. Follow me on twitter: @michaelburke47