Clippers 116, Knicks 108

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Knicks

As been the case for much of the new year, the Knicks put up a disappointing performance. This time, they laid an egg against an inferior opponent at home, falling 116-108 to the L.A. Clippers tonight. Although super rookie Blake Griffin had a nice game, the Knicks were burned late in this one by first-round bust Randy Foye, who hit three after three in the fourth quarter to cut off a nice Knicks run.
After a solid start (Knicks led by 1 after 1), the Knicks fell into a lull for much of the second and third quarters, eventually falling behind by 17 late in the third. This is becoming an alarming trend with this team, and although they usually come back to make a game of things in the fourth, ultimately they don’t play enough defense to make the comeback complete.
Tonight, I place a good deal of the blame on coach Mike D’Antoni. Young 7-footer Timofey Mozgov had 18 points and six boards through three quarters, yet didn’t even sniff the floor in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Knicks had to double-team Griffin because Wilson Chandler couldn’t guard him, leaving Foye wide open time and again. A bigger lineup would have allowed the Knicks to play Griffin man-up, but D’Antoni just doesn’t seem to get it. He loves to play small ball, and so the Knicks get killed on the offensive glass and leave guys on the perimeter open because they’re forced to double-team people.
It’s getting old, and now they face the Lakers Friday night. That’s a sure loss, which will drop the Knicks to 26-26, which is about right. They need to make that trade for Carmelo Anthony soon. This team is playing like a Dead Team Walking since all the trade rumors started, it would be nice to have the move done and proceed with the rest of the season. Although knowing the Knicks, they’ll probably whiff on Melo like they did with LeCon, further exasperating a fan base already weary from a decade of losing. Get this trade done, Donnie Walsh!


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