[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
The Knicks came into the 4th quarter up by 5, but the Raptors outscored the Knicks 29-12 the final frame.
Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against his former team.
Beno Udrih had 15 points and 10 assists for his first double-double as a Knick.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points off the bench, 12 coming from downtown.
Five Raptors scored in double firgures, lead by DeMar DeRozan with 25 points.[/sny-box]
If you didn't watch this game, good for you. The Knicks played average through the first 3 quarters and let it slip in the 4th.
Let me isolate the first 3 quarters first before I get to the disaster that was the last 12 minutes. In the first 3 frames, the Knicks were 10 for 15 from downtown, but were only up by 5 at the end of it. Why was that? The team was 15-for-45 from inside the arch, a rate that would continue through the end of the game.
Sure, not having Melo take his usual mid-range shots was a factor, but that just further proves that the team has no offensive identity without Anthony. Somebody else has to step up. It looked like Andrea Bargnani was, but he faded like he usually does. He scored only 4 points in the second half after having 14 in the first.
As for the fourth quarter, rather than aggressively going to the rim, the Knicks were complacent with taking and missing mid-range jumpers. They only took two free throws and went 5-for-19 from the field.
I sarcastically applaud the team for their performance after a reported vote of confidence from the owner. Bravo.