This was the weekend that the Knicks were going to get healthy. This was supposed to be the weekend when we opened up the conference schedule (which began with the W at NJ on Wednesday) on a positive note and settled in for long homestand. Instead, the Knickerbockers were thoroughly outplayed in a 96 minute, home-and-home set with the Philadelphia 76ers this weekend. The first four quarters took place in Philly on Friday and the second four took place at MSG on Saturday night.
The Knicks were outscored by 4 points in the 1st quarter(s).
The Knicks were outscored by 13 points in the 2nd quarter(s).
The Knicks were outscored by 7 points in the 3rd quarter(s)
THe Knicks were outscored by 16 points in the 4th quarter(s).
The Knicks were outrebounded during that span, 68 to 92. Eddy Curry managed only 7 rebounds for the whole weekend. He is listed at 6 feet and 11 inches tall. He weighs 269 pounds. Yet, in a combined 46 minutes of play he only collected 7 rebounds. 8 players tore down that many in a single game this weekend. Kyle Korver had more rebounds this weekend with 8.
Curry also had 18 points in the span of two games. His entire career is predicated on his offensive production. We allegedly condone the lack of rebounding and defense and intelligent play because he can fill it up. And, yet Samuel Dalembert (a center whose entire career is predicated on rebounding and defense and shot blocking) scored 20 points on Saturday alone.
Of course, Curry was not the only Knick with an abysmal showing. As a team the Knicks made only 62 of 156 shots while the Sixers made 85 of 167. The Knicks needed to take 41 three-point attempts to get 13 of them to go down yet the Sixers got 11 to fall pure while only tossing up 22 attempts.
Most notably, Zach Randolph racked up 6 points this weekend. 6 points. Our indomitable, unstoppable offensive juggernaut of a frontcourt contributed 24 points through the weekend. 24 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, 6 assists, 1 steal and 5 turnovers. It took them two games against a bad team to do this. Those are great numbers for a single all-star but not the aggregate total for two players who claim such status.
And, yes, I am a masochist for putting all of these numbers together. But then again so was everyone else who sat through the second half of Saturday's game. Saturday night was as bad as it gets and yet Isiah Thomas has not been fired. He hasn't even been put on notice that he's got to shape up or be shipped out (on the 110-foot S.S. Severance that Dolan has docked at Chelsea Piers). In fact, Dolan apparently came out yesterday with a vote confidence for his overmatched coach. I am utterly befuddled by this and need to stop attempting to decipher the logic of such inaction. It is entirely illogical.
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