Knicks @ Bulls – 3-2-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

New York continued their losing ways in matinee games.

            New York got throttled by Chicago in a Sunday matinee game. These teams are complete polar opposites. While Chicago’s management tried to tank the season for a projected outstanding 2014 draft class, by trading their leading scorer Luol Deng, the Bulls didn’t sulk. The Bulls refused to give in, and continued to give maximum effort every night, and the results speak for themselves. Chicago is an impressive 20-8 after trading Deng early in January.

           New York on the other hand looks to have talent on paper, but the sums do not add up to the whole. New York does not play with effort, does not play with any passion or urgency. It was another case of that Sunday afternoon, as the Knicks allowed the Bulls to jump out to a 12-1 lead within two and half minutes of tip off. Joakim Noah was destroying New York on hand off screens, creating the breathing room needed for shooters to get a clean shot. Noah created three of these opportunities for his Bulls teammates during the quick outburst to start the game.

            After a quick timeout to try to stop the Bulls’ momentum, the Knicks missed, and Noah grabbed the rebound and went coast to coast for a layup. Not exactly what Mike Woodson drew up (if he draws up any plays in the huddle). Chicago hit the 20 points mark before it was even mid-way through the first quarter, and this is a team that is the worst offensive team in the league at 93.1 points per game. When it was all said and done, the Knicks would allow Chicago to score 37 points in the first quarter.  37 points is the most points scored by the Bulls in any individual quarter all season. Continue reading

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Knicks vs Hawks 11-16-13 – Game Recap

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Tonight’s matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks marks the second time the two has faced off this week. It is very difficult to defeat the same opponent twice in the same week, and this proved true tonight, with the Hawks winning 110-90. The Hawks had a balanced attack, with eight players in double figures scoring. The game was close through the first quarter, the Knicks did not shoot well all night, but scrapped to get the offensive rebounds. The Knicks had six offensive rebounds, for eleven second chance points, in the first quarter. The rebounding edge gave the Knicks a 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks were content on settling for three points shots early in the game, finishing the first quarter with ten attempts. The Hawks left a lot points off the board, missing wide open threes, especially Kyle Korver, who missed three straight before making one at 4:06 in the first quarter. This three kept Kyle Korver’s streak alive for consecutive games with a made three, pushing it up to 83 games straight. Continue reading