[sny-box] The Least You Should Know
The Knicks again opened the game flat. The starters combined for 22 points and not one player had a positive +/- mark.
Starting in place of the injured Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace did not record a point or rebound in the first half. Iman Shumpert was scoreless as well.
Cleveland began to separate in the third quarter, scoring 33 points as the Knicks' offense continued to sputter.
Aside from Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani, the Knicks' starting five produced 10 points.
The Cavaliers have been dominant at home of late, beating the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets in recent days. And they continued to exercise their home-court advantage with a 109-94 blowout of the visiting Knicks and handing them a second consecutive lopsided loss
The Knicks, days removed from the most lopsided loss of the NBA season against the Boston Celtics, again game out of the locker lethargic. Neither Iman Shumpert or Metta World Peace, who started in place of the injured Kenyon Martin, scored a point through the first three quarters. The duo combined for four total points.
Yet again, Carmelo Anthony was the only player in blue and orange to show up in Cleveland Tuesday night. He scored a team-high 29 points and eight rebounds. Andrea Bargnani had 11 points, but made just 5-of-17 shots.
Kyrie Irving was a force for the Cavaliers, dropping a game-high 37 points and dominating his matchup against Raymond Felton. Irving also had a game-high 11 assists, one fewer than the entire Knicks starting five.
After being humiliated by the Celtics days earlier, it may be even more discerning to see the Knicks come out this flat. One has to wonder how much longer Mike Woodson is on the sidelines.
Next game: The Knicks play host to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.