Knicks Get Revenge on Bobcats; Show Signs of Improvement

Jason RadowitzContributor IIIJanuary 10, 2012

The New York Knicks finally got revenge, and this time strong play by Tyson Chandler got the job done.

Many people were getting aggravated by Chandler's lack or production.

Last night, instead of meeting the president at the White House for his championship season with the Dallas Mavericks, he put up 20 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, with an alley-oop pass to lead the Knicks to a 91-87 revenge win over the Bobcats.

Chandler took in many alley-oops from different teammates and really played lights out the entire game, something he hasn't done since joining Stoudemire and Anthony.

Still, he continues to make silly fouls, and sometimes they will result to him being benched for the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter.

The "Big Three" combined for 67 points out of the 91 they put up, getting little production from their bench. Stoudemire had 25 points and Anthony had 22 points on the night.

The Knicks got only three points off the bench with their nine-man rotation.

Douglas put up just two points in his 13 minutes of action off the bench.

Many fans started to chant "We want Shumpert" while Douglas was playing, and that could be getting to his head.

Knicks fans need to realize, everyone needs a break, and not even Anthony can play every single minute of the game.

Douglas has proved he can be a legitimate backup point guard, and his shots will fall soon, just give it time.

Iman Shumpert played another terrific game alongside the dynamic trio, doing a little bit of everything. He had 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, showing off his quick hands.

Although many people talk about him on the offensive end, his defense is equally impressive. Point guards Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin combined for seven turnovers, and most were because of Shumpert's defense.

Creating turnovers had always been an issue for the Knicks, but with Mike Woodson as the assistant coach, the Knicks are putting a greater stock in defense. The breakaway chances during the Bobcats game were largely a result of the induced turnovers.

Going 30-of-40 from the free-throw line and playing staunch defense were keys to victory.

"It was just a will to win out there tonight," Anthony said. "Shots was going in and out, we wasn't making shots, myself, Amare," Anthony said. "We shot 30-something percent from the field, so we had to grind it out on the defensive end and then crunch time we had to make something do."

Boris Diaw didn't help the Knicks' case at all last night, as he erupted once again against the Knicks with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

D.J. Augustin also missed a three with seconds left to tie the game.

Overall, it was a great performance by the Knicks, but in the fourth quarter, they started to play more isolation, and their shot selection got worse. They need to continue to play like they do early, because that's how they got the lead in the first place.

However, coach D'Antoni believes that the Knicks aren't confident just yet.

“We aren’t a confident team,” D’Antoni said after the Knicks survived a late scare to defeat the Bobcats, 91-87, Monday night at the Garden. “It’s going to take a while to get to that and wins do help.”

The Knicks are 5-4, over .500...finally!

Jared Jeffries is expected back by the end of the week, and Baron Davis is expected back by the end of the month.

Right now the Knicks aren't worried about who they are getting back, rather, they want to continue their three-game win streak tomorrow against the 76ers.

Shumpert is expected to start, but with only three points off the bench last night, other guys, like Douglas, need to step up.

Knicks fans should have faith in Douglas.

He had the most three-point field goals made in the second half of the season.

Stop booing and watch this Knicks team take over!