There are two kinds of Knick games at the Garden, and this was the type that Spike Lee does not bother attending. This was, in other words, a game against a lackluster opponent that was supposed to provide a welcome, conventional home victory with minimal fretting.
Instead, the 90-85 loss on Monday night to the Raptors set off several alarms in the building, as the Knicks stood around on offense in the first half, when they committed way too many turnovers and failed miserably to supplement Carmelo Anthony’s inevitable gunning out of halfcourt sets. While the Knicks had sailed past Sacramento without the injured Amar’e Stoudemire, they managed virtually no movement or penetration for too long against Toronto. Lacking both a playmaker and a consistent second scorer, they may have reached their tipping point.