And he seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. Wouldn't you be?
He's knocking down jump shots, he's setting up teammates and he has the offense clicking. Can he continue to do that against his old team and play with an edge that every other ex-Knick seems to play when they face the Knicks?
With Felton's great play, that we've documented and he's doing a tremendous job getting deeper into the paint, Amar'e is getting the ball closer to the basket on drives, and is getting open looks and knocking down mid range jumpers.
Defensively, the team needs to step up in games where they won't get as many possessions, like against the Bobcats who will take the Knicks out of their tempo if they stick to their game plan. They are 27th in the NBA in "pace".
With Felton and Amar'e on the same page, it's allowed for the floor to open up for Danilo Gallinari. As we've always been taught great shooters learn to heat up at the FT line if their shot isn't falling. Great shooters are trained to release with rotation, and there's no better practice during the game then from the stripe. It's been fans' biggest knock on Gallo, but because of his poise and ability you forget he's barely legal to drink. He's averaging more FTAs than 3PTA, which is critical to his efficiency. He made 32 of 34 on the road trip and has attempted 87 for the month. Very solid offensive numbers.
And you can begin to talk about his big shot ability again.
So whether his struggles were related to trade rumors, pressure, youth, or simply the fact that he may be better suited for the Western Conference, Gallo is on a hot streak and he has himself and his ability to get to the stripe to thank, but more importantly his PG and PF have allowed him the space and time to be able to get there.