Are the New York Knicks aware that the All-Star break is done? The Toronto Raptors, led by Rudy Gay’s season-high 32 points, handed the Knicks their fourth consecutive loss, beating them 100-98. Yes, even with the loss, the Knicks are still 32-20 and still atop the Atlantic Division, but this team looks awful.
The Knicks did try to fight back several times and try to take the game, rallying from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but fell short as they didn’t have the offensive fire power at the end; it’s also hard to win games when you commit 16 turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony finished the game with 32 points, while J.R. Smith added 19 points, and Amar’e Stoudemire with 14 points but this team, again, played bad defense. They looked lost on perimeter rotations and Gay took advantage of it.
Both the Raptors and the Knicks traded some big buckets toward the end, but the Knicks couldn’t knock down some big shots, and Chandler fouled out, while Rudy Gay made some big free throws and Kyle Lowry making a big bucket in the closing seconds to seal the victory.
The Knicks are 14-15 in their last 29 games–that 18-5 start is a distant memory. What was thought to be a mini slump is turning out to be a whole lot worse. They have no confidence, they have no ball movement–we have to constantly watch either J.R. Smith or Carmelo Anthony dribble the ball around then take jump shots, while their teammates stand around–and too many iso plays, too many turnovers, and a lot of blown defensive assignments.
The Knicks need to address their problems, and address them fast. They are back at Madison Square Garden on Sunday to face the 76ers, who are above the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. Will it be another bad night for the Knicks?