With the team’s next game (tonight at 6pm vs. the Wizards) just hours away, here are some quick observations from last night. Remember to check out the goodies (this week including what Amare Stoudemire and his former Suns teammates thought about Coach D’Antoni, and what it would be like if Stephon Marbury were still donning orange and blue with Amare) by clicking each player’s name:
- In a surprise move, Mike D’Antoni started Toney Douglas next to Raymond Felton in the back court. Given how many natural shooting guards (off the bench) have been impressive thus far, it was odd that Douglas was given the starting nod.
- Perhaps the logic behind starting Douglas was to give Felton more offensive opportunities. Felton recorded his best offensive contribution to date, finishing with 16 points on 6-13 from the field, with 5 assists.
- Douglas also had 5 assists, but shot 0-7 from the field. The team struggled to get in sync with Douglas throughout the game. This only proves how crucial a more efficient and free-flowing point guard (like Nash was, or what the Knicks hope Felton can be) really is to this offense.
- Better team rebounding has been preached all preseason long. Unfortunately, it hasn’t clicked for the Knicks yet. Rookie Landry Fields led the team with 7 rebounds off the bench. It’s also mentionable that Fields himself only stands at 6’7 and 210 pounds….
Maybe it was because Amare Stoudemire sat out last night’s game, but the Knicks’ big men need to step up and rebound if the team wants to contend for a playoff spot.
- The Timofey Mozgov Watch continued as “The Big Russian” was given the start against Shaquille O’Neal. While he did foul out in just 20 minutes of play, Mozgov continued his fine shooting touch, connecting on 3 out 5 from the field and did block two shots. One of those blocks sent Paul Pierce to the floor. Check it out below.
Enjoy. See ya next time, folks.