I thought the Rose late game drive non call and #kporzee's(showed spunk tonight) 5th foul was suspect but of course not the reason why we lost, we got our share of calls. This game came down to who wanted to play defense the absolute least, which happened to be us.
Very sad to see Oakley go out like a sucker tonight, no matter what his personal beef was/is, can't do that when there's no upside. Why tarnish your reputation doing that and Phil had to calm him down? What another bizarre season with added sugar sprinkles.
I agree. KP's 5th foul was brutal, and it cost NYK b/c KP had to sit most of the 4th (and foul trouble had him sit last 3 of the half and most of the third).... but you have to blame Horn for not keeping him out there in the 4th. KP was a monster in the first and after bricking a 3, coming back in cold with 3 left in the game, he started to make a difference again.
Still, KP missing the FT at the end was a killer, more so than the refs not calling a foul when DJ slapped Rose in the face. NY never gets a call in those late game situations, so I don't even expect them to call the close 50/50 calls (bc they ignore blatant fouls).
Still, other than those 2 calls the Knicks got the majority of the calls tonight.
Just a typical game this 2016-2017 season. They fail to make plays down the stretch to win.
Melo was fantastic. Played good, inspired defense too.... but he supposedly can sacrifice a lot of the "game" bc he can "make shots.... well, game tied at 111-111 and he missed the shot.... and down 3 as time expires.... he misses the shot again.
And, once again, the other team never misses these shots vs us.... As Jamal Crawford sank 5 quick points after Melo miss. Teams don't miss these shots bc we play little defense most of the game, so these guys are in rhythm.
And, it's either the Big 3 are lame and the bench is hot or vice versa.
Rarely do all the elements click.
BJ, Holiday, and Kuz were awful. Might as well been playing for LaC. And lee was another no-show. He made a 3, 1 late shot, and had a sweet assist to KP. That was it. When he drove and pulled up and bricked a shot.... that was a major turning point late.
Had these role players made the many wide open looks DR and melo
feed them, NY would've been up by 20.
Good news is Melo and rose showcases their talents, we were competing, and with each loss the ping pong balls add up.