(6-7) Rockets 131- 103(8-3) Knicks
Say it ain’t so. For the first time since Coach Mike Woodson took over as NY Knicks head coach did his team lose back-to-back games. Wednesday the Knicks lost to Dallas in a nail bitter. Last night against the Rockets wasn’t quite the same. Coach Woodson is taking blame for both loses, when it is really due to a lack of defense. A team that was giving up an average of 90 points, coughed up 114 to the Mavericks and 131 points to the Houston Rockets. The Knicks have gone 5 straight quarters giving up more than Woodson desires of less than 24.
Carmelo Anthony got a career high of 7 three pointers and collected 37 points, however his teams defense never showed up. . James Harden and Chandler Parsons dominated the Knicks, both having over 30 points. NY collapsed and there was no catching up. They had no attack at the rim. With Chandler having a horrible game the question I have is why was Camby not put in?? Some might say he is not in perfect shape, but Curt Thomas? Thomas was having a problem running up the court. This time around it was the Knicks that looked timid both offensively and defensively. Defense was not forcing clean hard fouls, and could not keep up with the west coasts style offense of fast play. Offensively they were afraid to drive in the lane. Last night was an up hill battle that the Knicks could not climb.
By the time the third quarter came to play the Knicks were losing their cool, looking like they did against the Grizzles. Frustration got the best of them. Letting teams out rebound them is something that must get worked on. It’s unfortunate for them that they will not get in the practice time to correct these mistakes before Sunday’s game.
I toss last night up to: “Sometimes you lose a doosie”. Yes it was an awful performance, but without a doubt fixable. They had their worst pick n roll defense all year and that will not continue. They looked red hot from down town. They just need the fast pace transition offense and defense that we all know they have. Sunday New York will face the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden for a one o’clock game. The Knicks are unbeaten at home this year and they are most certainly looking forward to keeping it that way.