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Syracuse Thoughts

Posted By Howard Megdal On October 23, 2012 @ 10:12 am In Post Game Thoughts | Comments Disabled

[1]Briefly, some takeaways from last night’s 98-90 loss:

1. This is a game the Knicks win if Steve Novak and Carmelo Anthony have even average shooting nights. Instead, Novak shot 2-for-10, Anthony 7-for-23. The flip side of this, however, is without Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith, it really is an attack based around those two scoring, or else.

2. The Sixers have impressed now, in consecutive games, against the Nets, the Celtics and the Knicks. And they’ve done it without Andrew Bynum, thanks in part to Thaddeus Young shooting 78 percent from the field (really!), but with an improved offense and a defense that seems to have lost little from last year. And that’s all without the second-best center in the league, who is expected to return shortly. So, look out.

3. Chris Copeland isn’t a bad offensive option at the four, but I’ve seen little to indicate he’s a particularly useful defender there. That’s a shame; he’s a good bet to get minutes early on, and the Knicks could use the help defending power forwards (see Young, Thaddeus).

4. Huge breakout game for Raymond Felton, including 5-for-7 from three-point range. The Felton who shot 38 percent from three in 2009-10 is a much more important part of the Knicks’ offense than the one who shot 30 percent from three last season. For the spacing to work this season, Felton is going to need to make more of those open threes. Accordingly, Monday night was a good sign.

What did you all see?

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