To that end, and because the offense had it's issues, Mike D'Antoni decided to move Amar'e Stoudemire to the 5 as a means to open up the floor. It did. But without Mozgov or Turiaf's presence on the interior, the Knicks were completely exploited. I have no problem with STAT playing the 5 if you want to move Moz or Turiaf away from the basket. Mozgov has shown range. But, especially against a team like the Warriors with Biedrens and Lee, the Knicks just lack size and proper structure.That allowed for the combination of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, the fastest player this side of John Wall, the ability to go off for 47 points on just 36 shots. Case in point was the team was trailing by 4 31-27 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors miss Chandler had his hands on the ball, doesn't secure the rebound and Golden State gets the ball. The ensuing inbounds pass ends in a wide open dunk.
You also may want to consider that in 36 minutes, the combination of Felton, Douglas, Chandler, Gallinari and STAT is -35.
That unit gives up way too many shots close to the basket.
The best unit? It has Turiaf in it.
I'm not going to get too crazy on Amar'e missing two key FTs late, he had been perfect all night and the offense DID open up for him, but he's missed too many FTs to start the season.
The Knicks next test will be in Minnesota, a team they struggled against in terms of size. They have young talent. It just seems to me at this point the young talent around the league is stepping up, while the Knicks' is fading away. That obviously has to stop.
My hope is that the Knicks can manage to hold on and stop this losing streak and not fall too far under .500 while Turiaf is out, because his presence is so incredibly missed.