Well, the New York Knicks blew a very winnable game last night. They lost to the Washington Wizards by a score of 106-96. As you can see from the title, I thought their performance was pathetic!! This is their worst loss of the season. If you look at their schedule so far, this is only their 2nd BAD loss of the season though, the other being a loss in Sacramento against the horrid Kings. That loss was a one point game on the road, but the way the Knicks pummeled them at the Garden last week, they made that loss look even worse. To the Wizards credit, they are a much better team with a healthy John wall and Nene on the floor. However, it is the way the Knicks played that really has me fired up today. I will elaborate on why they played so poorly but to sum up their problems in one word: DEFENSE(or lack there of). They looked lazy and uninspired on the defensive end. Guys were getting beat off the first step, and there was no help defense occurring in the paint. Side-note: I did like Amare’s block on John Wall in the 2nd half. I need to see a lot more of that when they’re getting broken down by opposing teams point guards. Let me see that or knock a little guy on his ass once and they’ll stop coming down by the trees real fast(trust me, I was that little guy in high school). However, at one point in the game it looked like John Wall was out there by himself doing lay-up lines. One of the Knicks biggest weaknesses is their inability to contain quick point guards. We saw it last night with Wall, we definitely saw it with Jrue Holliday two weeks ago, and even Jameer Nelson picked apart the Knicks last week(even though we won that game). The Knicks have a very good record this year, but it’s the games where they play solid team defense from the opening tip until the final buzzer that they look impressive. It’s in those wins that they look like a team that should compete for a championship. Last night was not one of those nights. They allowed Washington(the worst scoring offense in the NBA) to pretty much score at will. Their 3-point defense was atrocious as well. Now, I know they can’t win every game and it was just one game, but if they’re going to lose close games I’d like it to be against a formidable opponent. We might have lost to the Washington Wizards(just as the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder did), but do you know who I really feel bad for?? The Minnesota Timberwolves. I foresee a massacre in Minnesota, while the Knicks take out their frustration from a terrible loss. Only time will tell. Tune in to New York Knicks basketball as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday night at 8:00 P.M.
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