Knicks vs. Bobcats 11-5-13 – Game Recap

It’s probably OK to panic now

Written by William Lee

The Knicks were upset by the Bobcats Tuesday night 102-97. This was not the worst news of the night, as Tyson Chandler hobbled off the court with 5:25 left in the first quarter. Kemba Walker drove into the paint, and ran into Tyson Chandler’s right leg, both players collapsed to the floor. At first Chandler tried to get off the court on his own will, but was helped off the court by teammates, when it became evident he could not. Chandler was taken into the locker room later on, after icing his right leg on the bench. This may have a crippling effect on the Knicks, as Tyson Chandler is the most important Knick after Carmelo Anthony, especially with the lack of depth at the center position on the team. It could be argued that he is the most important Knick, because of this fact. Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire are on minute restrictions, and Andrea Bargnani at 7 feet isn’t exactly striking fear into anyone manning the paint. This is what makes the Chris Smith signing for the Knicks that much worse, he has taken a spot that should have belonged to a potential back-up center for the Knicks. Knicks D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, recently traded for Jeremy Tyler, who showed potential during his stint with the Knicks’ summer league team. He could potentially be the short term answer, as Tyson Chandler was seen leaving the locker room on crutches.

As for the game itself, not only did Kemba Walker take out the Knicks defensive anchor, but he was causing the Knicks all sorts headaches all game long, finishing the game with 25 points 5 rebounds and 6 assist. He started off the game quickly, scoring the Bobcats’ first two baskets, finishing the first quarter in double figures with ten points. Carmelo Anthony helped keep the game close for the Knicks, closing out the first quarter, scoring nine of the last eleven Knicks’ points. Bobcats lead 31-28, at the end of the period.

Both teams continued to produce effectively on the offensive end, shooting over 50%. The Bobcats finished the first half with 64 points on 56.8% shooting. To put this in prospective, the Bobcats came into tonight’s game dead last in points per game, at 85.7. And there were only two teams worse than the Bobcats in field goal percentage, at 39.5%. Amare Stoudemire was atrocious when he was on the court tonight, this is how he performed in the second quarter (plays from

Stoudemire Layup Shot: Missed Block: Adrien (1 BLK)
Stoudemire Layup Shot: Missed Block: Kidd-Gilchrist (2 BLK)
Stoudemire Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Kidd-Gilchrist (1 ST)
He was mercifully substituted out of the game on the next dead ball. In 11 minutes of play, he got blocked two out of his three attempts, and turned the ball over five times.
            Raymond Felton knocked down back to back threes mid-way through the third quarter, to cut into the Bobcats’ lead to 71-66. Injury was the theme of tonight’s game, Kemba Walker was substituted out of the game with 4:45 left in the third quarter. He exited the game, and went into the locker room, with pain on his left hand after running into Metta World Peace’s knee. With the Bobcat’s leading scorer out of the game, they only made three field goals in the entire third quarter. The Knicks had cut into the lead at the end of the third quarter, with the Bobcats leading 82-76.
            KembaWalker made his return into the game with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter, he missed six straight before hitting the biggest shot of the game for the Bobcats (last field goal made by a Bobcat, shoot free throws the rest of the way) to give them a 97-91 lead, with 48.3 seconds left in the game. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller both splitting on free throws, it opened the opportunity for a miracle comeback from the Knicks. Anthony out of a timeout, made a three from the top of the arc, with 16.2 seconds left, cutting the Bobcats lead to 99-96. Raymond Felton then tipped the inbound pass, the ball landing in the hand’s Iman Shumpert. He was immediately fouled, and sent to the free throw line. Shumpert split his free throws, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to 99-97. The Knicks continued to foul to stop the clock, and Gerald Henderson was sent to the line, making both his free throws, increasing the lead to four, effectively closing the door on any hope of a Knicks comeback.
Notes: Carmelo Anthony accidently tipped in the ball in for the Bobcats while trying to get the rebound, it was officially awarded to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This was big with the victory margin so low. With Tyson Chandler out, Mike Woodson went to a small lineup in the fourth quarter, showing that he does not trust Andrea Bargnani or Amare Stoudemire in crunch time minutes. Majority of the minutes in the fourth quarter went to the lineup of Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin.

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