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On a micro level, I'm not very concerned about the Knicks' 131-125 loss to Utah last night. While I wish I had the Elias Sports Bureau on speed dial to answer this question for me, generally teams don't perform well if they are playing for the fourth time in six days, specifically if that fourth game is the second of a back-to-back set.
For further example, the Knicks played horribly in their fourth game in seven days (let alone six) at Cleveland back on December 18, also the second game of a back-to-back set, and lost in overtime. That was the Cavs' only win since November 27.
On a macro level, it's disconcerting that all five Knicks starters played anywhere from 35-41 minutes against Portland the night before, leading to dead legs against Utah. I realized that Danilo Gallinari would have eased some of the burden, but he would have eaten the substitutes' minutes more than the starters' minutes.
Shawne Williams and Bill Walker were called on last night, and played fantastic basketball offensively. Combined, they scored 48 points on 16-of-23 shooting (10-of-13 from three-point range). They need to continue to light it up from downtown to take some burden off Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields in the future.