The Knicks just could not get over the hump on Tuesday and were lethargic for most of the game. The Knicks never matched Charlotte’s intensity, as they hopelessly watched as Charlotte’s Kemba Walker (25 points) took over the game.
Overall, it was just another very bad night for the Knicks, who are still searching for answers at 1-3 and will have to regroup before playing the Bobcats again in Charlotte on Friday.
So, here are six key takeaways from the game.
Knicks say x-rays of Tyson Chandler's right knee are inconclusive. Probably an MRI tomorrow.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 6, 2013
Tyson Chandlers injures knee; leaves game early
If this is a serious injury, this could spell doom for the Knicks. If there is one player who is indispensable on the Knicks aside from Carmelo Anthony, it is Chandler, as he is the only legitimate big man who the Knicks can count on to play defense. With depth in the frontcourt already thin, this would set the Knicks back big time. Hopefully it’s not too serious and that it is indeed just a sprain.
Carmelo Anthony never found his rhythm
While he was more aggressive on the night, too many times Anthony forced the action and never got into a consistent rhythm. On a night when the Knicks could have used more consistency from Anthony, he disappointed. Granted he scored a team-high 32 points, Anthony struggled from the field, only knocking down 10 of 28 shots.
If it wasn’t for Metta World Peace’s efforts, the Knicks would not jave even been in this game
World Peace stepped up big time in this game, especially in light of Chandler’s injury. World Peace was active on both ends of the floor and provided the Knicks with a huge spark off the bench. World Peace scored 18 points (7-13 from the field) while also hauling down six rebounds and notching three steals. World Peace gets tonight’s game ball.
Andrea Bargnani continues to underwhelm
Bargnani is likely pressing while trying to fit in and justify the Knicks trading for him in the offseason. Despite starting, Bargnani played just 23 minutes and only chipped in with six points on 2-5 shooting. Bargnani is getting abused on defense and is hardly a force in rebounding the ball—something we knew was bound to happen. Don’t be surprised if Mike Woodson limits his minutes going forward.
Amar’e Stoudemire is nowhere near close to contributing
Simply put, Stoudemire has been awful this year and Tuesday’s game was a microcosm of that sentiment. Stoudemire scored two points on 1-3 shooting, while also committing five turnovers in 11 minutes off the bench. Stoudemire needs more time to recuperate, as he is bringing nothing to the table at the moment.
While the stats don’t reflect it, the team plays much better when Pablo Prigioni is in the game
Either through his pesky defense or his ability to set up the offense and make it move more flowingly, Prigioni is always making good things happen. Yeah, he only scored three points and had just one assist, but Prigioni is always at the right place at the right time. While he shouldn’t supplant Raymond Felton (who also gutted out a fine performance last night) as the main point guard, perhaps the Knicks should stick with both of them in the starting lineup.
The Knicks will look to get revenge against the Bobcats on Friday when they travel to Charlotte for the back end of the home-and-home series.
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