On Wednesday January 04, 2012, the New York Knicks lost to the Charlotte Bobcats. It was a listless performance for the Knicks. They have dropped two straight at home against two non-playoff teams.
The Knicks were down early to the Bobcats. They trailed by double-digits in the second quarter and for most of the game. It was another frustrating game to watch. Teams like the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats should not be steamrolling them on their home floor.
Enough With the Three-Pointers
The Knicks took 29 three-point shots tonight and 35 in the previous game against the Raptors. I understand that you take the shot if it is open. But maybe they want you to take that shot? Whatever happened to high-percentage shots? Amar'e Stoudemire launched three three-pointers, hitting one in desperation. Apparently, Stat has been working on the long-range shot. I wish he would work on his inside game.
Diaw and Henderson, are you kidding me?
How did they let Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson beat them like that? Diaw and Henderson combined for 51 points on 22 of 28 shooting. Wow. Imagine what LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are going to do to the Knicks.
The one bright spot for the Knicks was rookie Iman Shumpert. Shumpert scored 18 points and hit four out of six from downtown. He did it all. Shumpert attacked the basket, played great defense, rebounded, assisted, and stole the ball. The Madison Square Garden crowd chanted his name, beckoning Coach Mike D'Antoni to put him in. Shumpert played with intensity on both ends of the floor. If the rest of the Knicks played like him, the team would be 6-0 not 2-4.
Does anyone know how to box out?
The Knicks were outrebounded in their first five games. They finally won the rebounding battle against the Bobcats, barely. But it was extremely frustrating to watch the Bobcats players get easy putbacks. This should not happen as often as it did tonight. Hey Knicks players, it is not hard. When the shot goes up, find your man and put your body on him. Box out.
This game was another frustrating loss for the Knicks. They are making bad teams look really good. The Knicks better get their act together soon. They have yet to play a good team like the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.