Stymied by a futile first-quarter offensive display today in Milwaukee, the Knicks (35-34) dropped their second game in a row, this time falling on the road to the Bucks, 100-95. New York shot 39% from the floor in the contest, but far worse during the foreboding first quarter, a frame in which the Knicks’ game-fortunes were ultimately decided.
Now 0-2 in the middle of a particularly brutal stretch of four games in five days, the Knicks are tied in the loss column with the Philadelphia 76’ers, and they are perilously close to letting their record slip to .500 on the season.
Bucks forward Carlos Delfino scored a career-high 30 points and pulled down 11 boards, and the Knicks just had no answer for him. He drained six 3-pointers, many assisted by woulda-coulda-shoulda-been-a-Knick Brandon Jennings, who finished the game just one assist shy of a triple-double.
On the bright side, Carmelo Anthony rebounded, so to speak, from a dreadful performance in Detroit on Friday night, pouring in 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, but of increasing concern is his consistently negative plus/minus. He was -11 vs. Milwaukee. Amar’e Stoudemire was extremely active in the affair, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Toney Douglas continued his love affair with the Jekyll and Hyde routine, shooting 3-for-13 for seven points off the bench. In fairness, Douglas did doll out nine assists, but given New York’s lack of depth and consistent outside shooting, he needs to score more for the team to compete.
The Knicks’ lack of size and their inability (aka unwillingness) to box-out were also evident throughout the game, as they were out-rebounded yet again, this time 50-39.
It’s been said over and over — by folks a lot smarter than me — but right now New York simply lacks the kinds and number of players required to perform with team-consistency in the NBA today.
The Knicks lace ’em up at home against the Boston Celtics tomorrow night at 7:30. Since the ‘Melo trade, New York has lost just one game against teams with plus .500 records, but they’re sure to be well tested against the one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams on Monday.
Associated Press Photo by Morry Gash