After an impressive win against Armani Jeans Milano, the Knicks gave a lackluster defensive effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their second preseason game, losing 106-100.
New York shot a dismal 29% from the three point line, connecting on 9 of their 31 attempts. And was out rebounded 65-32. The Knicks have a front-line of three 6’10 guys, being pounded on the boards like that, should not happen.
Danilo Gallinari, who two nights before seemed to score at will, only hit one three pointer, and finished with just 7 points. He often opted for the quick three instead of using his strength and size to score on the inside. Amare Stoudemire, who had a superb game in Italy, could only manage 11 points and 2 rebounds, in limited action.
The Knicks looked like their old selves again, settling for outside jumpers and playing no kind of defense. They committed too many turnovers, and allowed the T-Wolves to go to the foul line 46 times.
For the Knicks to have continued success this season, guys like Gallinari and Chandler need to knock down outside shots consistently, and Raymond Felton has got to be more effective. He managed to score only 4 points, while turning the ball over 5 times, and appeared lost on the court. This is the guy that the Knicks have entrusted to run their offense.
There were some bright spots in this game, mainly that of rookies Landry Fields and Andy Rautins. Toney Douglas, and Anthony Randolph also showed signs. They came into the game, and gave the Knicks some much needed energy off the bench.
Yes, it’s only preseason, and this team has 10 new guys on their roster, but this game should serve as a lesson for D'Antoni and the Knicks.
They have to tighten up their defense, and take care of the ball.
Oh, and maybe play Amar’e for 48 minutes.