Welcome the MSGknickz33 postgame show. The Knicks could of had this game, but they gave it away in the fourth quarter. Zach Randolph missed a couple of shots and layups. When he plays bad, it seems to effect the rest of the team.
Lets take a look at stats and breakdown what happened tonight.
New York Knicks
Eddy Curry-21pts, 8rebs
Zach Randolph-19pts, 10rebs, 5asts, 3TO
Stephon Marbury-21pts(7-13), 4asts
Quentin Richardson-15pts(6-18), 9rbs, 6asts, 3TO
Jamal Crawford-10pts(2-11), 4asts, 3rbs
Grant Hill-28pts, 8rebs, 7asts, 3stl, 4TO
Steve Nash-9pts, 15asts
Amare Stoudamire-28pts, 12 rebs
Shawn Marion-15pts, 7rebs
Stephon Marbury was the best player tonight for the Knicks. He was very efficient on offense and he played good defense on Steve Nash. Nash shot just 30% from the field (3-10). His lack of points was not a factor. His 15 assists was a game high and he only had 1 turnover tonight.
Jamal Crawford had a quiet night after exploding in the 2nd half Friday night when he lead the Knicks to victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He only shot 2 for 11 tonight, but he did have 4 assists and only 1 turnover. Crawford is a talented player, but it seems like he will never step his game up to the next level because of his inconsistent play from one night to the next and his lack of discipline. Crawford takes alot of bad shots and his defense is non-existant.
Quentin Richardson statistically had a good game, but those who watched the game knew that he did not really have a good game. He allowed Grant Hill to score 28 points. Richardson scored 15 points(6-18 from the field) with 9 rebounds and 6 assists. He also turned the ball over 3 times.
Zach Randolph at times looked very sharp offensively and at other times he looked selfish despite his 5 assists. Zach needs to learn how to become more of a team player. He is a similar player to Crawford, both of them do not know when to stop shooting. Randolph cost the Knicks the game by allowing Pheonix to gain momentum after missing a couple of shots and layups early in the 4th quarter.
Eddy Curry had his best game recently scoring 21 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. His defense was not impressive, but he gets a pass tonight because of the quicker and more athletic Amare Stoudamire. More effort on the defensive end would still be nice to see from Curry, but with the way hes played recently fans should be happy with what he gave them tonight.
David Lee brought his normal energy coming off the bench scoring 12 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Other than Lee, the bench did not make a big impact tonight. Nate Robinson did not play. Fred Jones has replaced Nates spot in the rotation.
When a team gets 37 assists in one game, they are very likely to win. Pheonix defines what a team is. They are a very unselfish team that will make it far in the playoffs this year. The Knicks have now dropped to a record of 5 wins and 11 losses.
Join me Tuesday night for a preview of Wednesdays night matchup in New Jersey against the Nets. Thanks for tuning into my show, I'm MsgKnicks33 and have a good night.