Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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35min 22pts (7-18 2-6 6-6) 9reb 4ast 3stl 0blk 3To
Gay ( C+ ) -- up, down, and all around. Started off the game with excellent hustle energy, but quickly established he could not hit a shot and the Knicks length bothered him. Came out in the 3rd firing and a major reason why we got back into it, but decionmaking was sloppy all night, and nearly random play down the stretch did not help.
43min 36pts (9-30 4-10 14-16) 12reb 4ast 1stl 3blk 2To
Cousins ( B- ) -- I mean, what to do with this stat line? Team really let him down here. Came out of the gate playing GREAT inspired ball, scoring and smothering Porzingis on D. but as the rest of the team did nothing, Cuz got ganged up on, got desperate and reckless, had brilliant moments but played the entire second half and could not figure a way to get the big shot to go down.
Koufos ( C ) -- Being overcome by emotions watching the exciting KK play takes me a minute to gather my thoughts. Started the game with a missed 1-ft tip in, an indication of things to come. Then lead a fast break and from a great dish by Collison made a layup, his only made shot in the game. Mainly guarding Noah in the first half did good job of holding him down. Once switched to Carmelo and standing straight and tall as he does blocked his 3 ft shot. Came out at the 5:00 min mark of the first and got back in mid second and held his own as he usually does on defense getting all of his 11 rebounds in the first half and doesn't make any bonehead plays. Missed 3 straight under the basket tip ins then gets replaced by Willy at the 3:11 mark of the 2nd. Starts the 3rd and does well on defense guarding Porzingas, missing shots but ending up with 11 rebounds. Is replaced by Willy at the 8:15 mark of the 3rd and is done for the night. His close in shots just were not working going 1 for 7. --Cruz
17min 3pts (1-4 1-1 0-0) 2reb 0ast 1stl 0blk 0To
Afflalo ( D- ) -- made one good play all night, when he hit the kickout three the way he is supposed to. Otherwise invisibility may finally have cost him his spot. Think not blocking out or moving for a rebound the Knicks got finished his night.
39min 13pts (4-10 1-3 4-4) 3reb 6ast 2stl 0blk 2To
Collison ( C+ ) -- was really and sincerely pissed at his murderous passivity in the first half as he provided no offensive help at all, and let Derrick Rose go all Deliverance on him right in the middle of MSG on defense. But after half he settled in and steadied and joined Cuz in playing the entire way as we tried to pull it out.
17min 2pts (1-11 0-4 0-0) 3reb 1ast 1stl 0blk 1TO
Barnes ( F ) -- could not hit a bleeping shot on a disastrous night. Shot 1-11 from the floor, with the one being a layup, and a -21 in 17 minutes of play.
20min 6pts (2-4 0-1 2-2) 3reb 1ast 2stl 0blk 0TO
Casspi ( C ) -- followed up a crappy first half stint which actually saw him get barked at by Cuz when he just stood there dazzled by the MSG lights as the Knicks ran by him for an o-board and a score, with a competent second half as we responded to our eternal SG problem by simply playing without one, and playing SFs all over the court.
23min 9pts (4-7 0-0 1-3) 4reb 0ast 1stl 0blk 0TO
Cauley-Stein ( B ) -- hey! We got a game out of Willie. And maybe this will be the one decent game that gives Joerger an excuse to start him. With Kosta incompetent, and Matt trying to kill orphans with howitzers, Willie came in and looked mostly competent. Finally got active on D, but made dumb young player mistakes on fouls.
9min 0pts (0-2 0-1 0-0) 0reb 1ast 1stl 0blk 2TO
Lawson ( F ) -- was so bad in his first half minutes that he actually cost himself his 2nd half. Did absolutely nothing as the Knicks poured on a barely deserved lead. No offense, and critically none of the defense or scrap that has surprised early in the year.
18min 5pts (2-3 1-2 0-0) 3reb 1ast 1stl 1blk 1TO
Temple ( B- ) -- was our only perimeter player to give us any game before half, and yet was largely frozen out in the second half as Collison went the whole way and we went big at the SG spot. Highlight moment when he flew over to block Porzingis inside.