It's funny how so many can watch the same game and see different things. STAT's defense was terrrrrible tonight, Please let's get that straight.
I will concede that we had more glaring issues that put us in a hole , but when you are in a 2-7 point deficit dog fight for the better part of the 4th quarter, your 20 mil dollar man cant be missing assignments, wackin at players and not take one charge or lay a hard foul on someone.
The Last 2 nights STAT has looked particularly out of it on defense. His brother's death gets him a pass from me for now..but this cat has to contribute defensively in other ways besides the occasional athletic blocked shot.
Show and RECOVER, take a CHARGE stop being caught FLAT FOOTED and getting sucked up in opposing teams simple ass 3 man weave type plays.
*****I'm getting heated and this may produce a thread later BUT******
If our boy Amare does not begin to do the little things on defense to help us win he is gonna be the villan of NY. Think about it, this team as constructed, and his increasingly noticeable loss of lift, greatly diminishes his chances to be the scorer he used to be.
We have 2 other players Lin and Melo that dominate the ball, and should. So, unless Lin and STAT click ala Steve nash days, STAT's touches are going to be less frequent. This obviously will lead to less points.... at the same pay?? HELL NO BRUH!!! You better contribute somewhere else.
With the Lin circus, the signing of J.R. smith, the pending return of MELO and the team coming off a 7 game streak that he had largely nothing to do with, we are looking at a potential shrinking violet.
The pouty big sister who was prom queen now watching the younger sis get all the glory and feelin left out.
In order to be the man around here again he HAS to stay engaged on defense and work damn hard on the boards. As in, lead the team in that category avging. double digits.
He's goin through the motions out there a bit and I do, again, think some of it has to do with his brother, in any event, he needs to be an ENERGETIC BEAST out there and add some grime to his game and let the rest fall into place.
STAT is who he is, a great offensive force who sucks on defense. MDA knew that from day one. So should all Knicks fans.
This game was not lost because Amare played like himself on defense. NYK lost because they did not make their open looks.
Once again typical D'Antoni Knicks, get back around .500 and start losing games again. I was writing about this not so long ago, happened last season multiple times, happened this season as well. I expect an L5-L6 streak very soon, so we can once again make a run, reach the .500 mark and everyone starts talking about winning a chip.
It's funny the way everyone is all hyper and flashing their panties when we are winning but all it takes is one loss and people stress out.
Originally Posted by Dzwonsson
We aren't going to win every single game. Yeah it sucks to lose to the Hornets but it's not the end of the world. Can't wait for the next game to see how Lin "recovers" from his non-superman performance.
Stat has always been a bad defender I don't understand why people expect much different. However for a PF to go 38 minutes with 0 fouls is kind of ridiculous especially the way Ariza abused him inside a few times.
Well, maybe because people know it works here? History repeats itself, I don't understand people who say "it's just one game" because we all know we've seen it before and we should be aware that it turns into a long losing streak sooner than later. Under this coach we'll always be a .500 franchise.
Charles Oakley hustle more in 1 minute than Renaissance Man has a season.
D'Antoni simply keeps playing guys with huge contracts over players who play defense.
Wow, what a terrible loss for us!
I didn't see this one coming.
For 3 and a half quarters our defense was really bad by the look of it.
Lin had his worst game as a Knick (probably the hype is starting to suck his energy out).
Our bench had a stinker with the exception of Jeffries.
Looked like we simply got complacent and didn't take the Hornets for real.
The refs were horrible!!! Absolutely horrible for the third time in 5 games or so. There were atleast 7 fouls (clear fouls!) against Lin that weren't called. Then there were fouls against Jeffries and Stoudemire that weren't called.
Terrible job by the refs!
Stern has to look at it, because a guy like Dwayne Wade gets two shots whenever the PA-announcer looks at him funny which is a joke and Lin gets wrestled on the perimiter and they say 'play on' :alert:
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Originally Posted by Dzwonsson
When I saw JJ popping J's and playing scrappy D I just knew we were going to win...but Nola kept it consistant. I saw how both teams were feeding off of the Garden's energy. A healthy slice of humble pie from time to time is good for the soul.
This was a good lost for the knicks and a great win for Nola, lawd knows they needed it...
I don't think Linja is the type of kid to read into the hype. I love his interviews, very articulate and very humble. He had an off game, it happens.
Originally Posted by Sprewell-Houston
I truly love STAT, but do you believe that if he played, lets say, LAL, we would have won?
think about it
the Media and Hype has to GTFO!!!!they mess up everything... Lin must be under so much pressure... has him unfocused... and now Kim Kardashian slutty ass wants to take him out of his nba concentration even more
Lin just looked flat out exhausted at times. At first I really was afraid of Carmelo coming back, and even to an extent us signing Smith, but now I can't wait for Sunday to see them try and take off some pressure.
were not gonna win many games where the opposing teams cant miss and we cant buy a 3, regardless of either teams record. it would have helped if amare gave one iota of effort on the defensive end. i would love to hear tyson talk to him after games. if melo plays matador d were really screwed. i know with him its a matter of getting up for it but when he doesnt the offense is gonna have to be perfect. no jr or billy chucking, no 8 TO halves.