Amar'e just can't finish anymore.
Outside of sixth man Alan Anderson, the Raptors also got a nice performance from John Lucas III tonight, as he subbed in for the ejected Kyle Lowry. Lucas has said before he just "can't make himself into a pass-first point guard" (via Raptors broadcast), but maybe he really shouldn't even try.
There's a place in the league for hired gunners, and his play is very reminiscent of Damon Stoudamire in terms of style and substance.
Amir Johnson also came in and helped slow Tyson Chandler down at a time when Andrea Bargnani couldn't figure out where the heck Chandler was on any given play.
Bargnani played a very worthless 11 minutes, and his trade value probably couldn't be any lower on an $11 million contract. He hit his only shot of the night, but his defense was horrible as it usually is and there was really no place for him on the court.
The Knicks received a nice boost from Steve Novak in the 11 minutes he played in, as he hit three consecutive threes in his first five minutes on the court. Novak shot only one more time following that sequence (missing), but performed his usual role of three-point specialist.
Amar'e Stoudemire has declined so noticeably as a player that it's painful to watch. Andrea Bargnani, one of the worst defenders at the power forward/center spot in the league, blocked Stoudmire's layup, which may have come as a relief to STAT since he had missed an uncontested layup moments earlier.
Amar'e hit 4-of-13 from the floor, and the only reason he had five offensive rebounds was because he was following his own missed shots at point-blank range.
The Knicks are living to regret amnestying Chauncey Billups instead of their max-contract forward who likely will never return to being a fraction of the player he once was.
Knicks Bench (minus Smith): D
Raptors Bench (minus Anderson): C +