Knicks at Pistons – 11-20-13 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
Both the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons were shorthanded, but it was the Pistons who overcame the adversities and was victorious Tuesday night. Winning 92-86 despite their starting point guard Brandon Jennings leaving the game early with an upset stomach. Pistons were also without point guards Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) and Will Bynum (groin, hamstring). The Knicks were also without their starting point guard Raymond Felton, who missed the game because of hamstring soreness and a pinched nerve in his hip. Beno Udrih stepped into the starting lineup, but was held scoreless in 18 minutes of action. Mike Woodson decided to go to a big lineup to match up with the Pistons’ large frontline. Without Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin joined Udrih in the starting lineup for his first start of the season. Woodson also decided to put JR Smith back to his sixth man role, and inserted Iman Shumpert back into the starting lineup.
Both teams got off to a hot start, shooting over 50% in the first quarter. The Pistons lead 26-24 after one period, behind seven points from Josh Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope respectively. Andrea Bargnani led the way for the Knicks with nine first quarter points, highlighted by a driving and one dunk. The Knicks cooled off in the second quarter missing 14/21 shots, with so many misses, the Knicks kept themselves in the game with five offensive rebounds in the quarter. Amare Stoudemire showed flashes, with back to back spectacular dunks, part of an 8-0 Knicks run, to take a 34-28 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half. Brandon Jennings came back into the game, and was content with setting his teammates up, collecting four assist the rest of the half. With his fourth assist leading to a Gigi Datome buzzer beating three to end the half, to tie the game up at 43-43. Continue reading

Random Thoughts on Tonight’s Game Against the Pistons

  • I love super aggressive driving Bargs
  • It helps when Drummond falls for the pump fake every single time
  • Speaking of Drummond, how does one shoot 16% from the free throw line?  A child would probably hit 20%
  • We should definitely give a max contract to a guy who literally quits on defense whenever he misses a shot
  • The play where Peyton Siva was at the 3 point line and Amare was in front of him and for some reason assumed he would shoot and turned completely around only to have the player run past him pretty much sums up why Amare is a detriment even when his offense is kinda sorta not a travesty.
  • The entire Knicks team has no idea how to play help defense.
  • You know you suck on D when Priggy screams at you.
  • JR almost shot .500 and would have if he didn’t take 2 halfcourt shots.  In completely related news this wasn’t a weekend game.
  • Bargnani was super efficient on offense in the first half.  Good thing the Knicks went with iso-ball in the 2nd half.
  • I was worried no one was going to let an opposing guard run amok tonight since Felton was out.  Guess I was worried for no reason.
  • Things look bad now but at least we gave away 6 out of our 8 draft picks over the next 4 years……

The Knicks show the Cavs how much they want to play the Heat in the playoffs

Welcome back Amar’e!  Glad to see you watched no tape on how to play defense while you were out.

I felt even more miserable than they look while watching this game.

With this loss the Knicks will now be playing the Heat or the Bulls in the first round instead of having a chance at playing the Pacers.  Here’s some notes on the game:

  • When Mike Bibby was your best player, and it’s not 2004-2006, you’re going to lose.
  • Amar’e is (still) a complete liability on defense
  • This is why an offense based on jacking up 3’s isn’t always a good idea
  • Why look for Melo, he’s only been averaging 30 points a game for a month, instead….
  • whoever gets the ball first just jack up a shot.  No one needs to try to get the rebound either, that would use up energy that can be spent on contested 20-30 foot shots.
  • I thought the Cavs were the team that was supposed to be tanking.