Great win tonight by the Knicks. I know it was a high scoring game, but the tempo of the game betrayed the quality of D the Knicks played. The Knicks came up with 5 blocks and 12 steals, not to mention quality man to man and help D, particularly by Jeffries (man I hate complimenting him). True, the Suns shot 47%, but the Knicks were definitely active.
However, as is the case with most Knicks victories, the Knicks won on the offensive side of the ball, with a respectable team shooting percentage of 46%, 49% if you remove Chandler’s 1/9.
Duhon is proving to be a clutch performer, hitting another big trey in crunch time. This time it was with 2:04 left to put the Knicks up by 7.
Nate finally came around but it looks like he passed the flu in his game over to Wilson Chandler, who despite some decent D, stunk up the joint on offense.
Allan Houston David Lee was phenomenal yet again. 25 points and 16 boards with the best outside shooting performance of his career. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Knicks have to reconsider trading Lee and limit the scenarios to ones where they receive an established or budding star and/or early draft picks. At this point he’s worth the $10 million. At this point I’m worried the Knicks will give him more. (It should be noted, however, that the 25 points came on 21 shots. I’d like to see higher efficiency. Also, he was -12. Don’t dismiss the +/- numbers. Lots of coaches, Stan Van Gundy for example, live by them.)
Lastly, how could anyone not love fancy Allan Houston Gallo at this point. He only played 18 and half minutes but was +21 during that time. It didn’t even seem like he got that many minutes, probably because I wanted him out there the whole night. The ball moves better when he’s on the floor, the spacing is better because he’s so deadly and the intensity increases a level. He energizes the squad, there’s no doubt about that. Don’t sleep on his D either. He recorded a rejection for a third night in a row, this time on Shaq, sending a buzz through the crowd. He also D’d up Amare really nice on one particular post play, knocking the ball out of Stoudamire’s hands before Stoudamire eventually got it back and put it in. If it bounced a different way it could’ve been a turnover.