In what was a thrilling finish, the New York Knicks ultimately lost to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, as Derrick Rose’s floater along the baseline with 5.7 seconds left was the difference in the game. Carmelo Anthony had a chance to get the lead back, but his last-second three point attempt was short.
Regardless, the Knicks gave one heck of an effort and can’t be disappointed in how they performed on this night. They showed great resiliency in battling back in the fourth quarter and coming back from double-digits to take the lead late in the game.
So, let’s examine what we learned in the Knicks 82-81 loss at Chicago on Thursday night.
- The commitment to defense was outstanding tonight. Although the Knicks lost, you can’t pin this on the defense, as Rose made a very tough, leaning floater in the closing seconds. You just have to tip your cap to Rose, as that’s what superstars do. But outside of that tough shot the Knicks did well in shutting him down, limiting him to 18 points on a dreadful 7-23 shooting from the field. Sure, Rose had a sore neck but the Knicks’ pesky defense did not help matters.
- Carmelo Anthony had solid overall stat line despite a bad night from the field. You live and die with Anthony and he did well down the stretch but he just couldn’t nail down the last shot. Anthony finished with 22 points (8-24 from the field) to go with six rebounds, six assists and six steals.
- Andrea Bargnani started and did much better in his second game. Although he didn’t exactly light it up, Bargnani was efficient, scoring nine points on 4-7 shooting while starting his first game of the year after coming off the bench for the game against the Bucks.
- Tyson Chandler’s tenacity on the boards was what kept the Knicks in the game. Between his 19 rebounds and countless tip-outs to reset the offense, Chandler was a beast down low. He actually had a chance to tip in Anthony’s miss at the end but could not get a good handle on the ball. He definitely gets the game ball.
- While he was great in the preseason and in his game against Milwaukee, Shumpert didn’t have it going in his return to his hometown. Shumpert just scored seven points on 2-6 shooting. Chalk it up to a bad night.
- Amar’e Stoudemire, Pablo Prigioni, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace provide little off the bench. Between the four of them, they scored only 13 points on 5-14 shooting to go with just six rebounds and four assists. Once again, the bench was hardly a factor. On the other hand…
- Tim Hardaway Jr. did provide a late spark. Hardaway Jr. once again gave the Knicks some offensive punch off the bench. Albeit he wasn’t very efficient, Hardaway Jr. scored 10 points (4-13 from the field, 2-6 from three-point territory) and keyed a late rally.
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