Who’s the Moz? Unlikely hero steps up for Knicks

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Knicks

Timofey Mozgov came into tonight's game averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. In his first appearance in three weeks, Mozgov scored 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to help the Knicks beat the Pistons

One of my biggest problems with Mike D’Antoni this season is his stubborness, particularly when dealing with his short rotation. The Knicks have often been killed on the boards, yet 7-1 center Timofey Mozgov and 6-11 forward Anthony Randolph have been picking splinters out of their asses, rotting on the bench.
With the team missing Wilson Chandler due to an injury and Shawne Williams suspended a game, Ronny Turiaf got into early foul trouble. So, D’Antoni had no choice but to bring Mozgov into the game. In his first game action in three weeks, Mozgov produced a monster effort, easily reaching career highs in points (23) and rebounds (14) while playing 40 minutes in the Knicks’ 124-106 win over the Pistons at the Garden Sunday night.
The game was much closer than the final score indicated, as the Knicks trailed for a good portion of this game before really breaking through in the fourth. Despite being somewhat hobbled by a knee injury, Amar’e Stoudemire scored 33 points. Danilo Gallinari fell just short of 30, hitting a few big 3s early in the fourth to key a 12-2 run that effectively sunk the Pistons. Landry Fields and Raymond Felton also reached double digits in points, and Randolph even made an appearance with five rebounds in nine minutes.
When the Knicks are getting killed on the glass, it really pisses me off when D’Antoni doesn’t go to Mozgov or Randolph for help. Maybe tonight’s game will be the proof the stubborn coach needs going forward. Either way, it was nice to see Mozgov step up tonight.

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