Knicks get past Kings, but nearly cough up the win

Sam Spiegelman

First and foremost, a win is a win, so the New York Knicks’ defeat of the Sacramento Kings to move within two games of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the East should ultimately be considered a triumph.

But how they earned the win — this can’t be the blueprint going forward.

After building up a 15-point lead at the half and being ahead by as much as 24 in the third quarter, the Knicks were outscored 51-44 in the second half Wednesday night and nearly surrendered the lead in a must-win game.

DeMarcus Cousins was a thorn in the Knicks’ side throughout, but in the third quarter the much-maligned big man turned it up. With the Kings facing their largest deficit midway through the frame, Cousins scored seven unanswered to put his team within 14. Then in the fourth, Cousins nailed the jumper to cut within five and completed the three-point play to make it a two-point game with 4:30 to go.

Thankfully for the Knicks, J.R. Smith was red-hot from beyond the arc, especially when it counted. Smith nailed his record-tying ninth 3-pointer right after Cousins’ and-one to push the Knicks’ lead back up to five, jump-starting a 7-0 that allows the team to close out the 107-99 victory.

The win was critical, as it allowed the team to inch even closer to the Hawks for the final playoff spot, but it’s still a cause for concern. Sacramento has won 25 games and a center nearly engineered a late comeback against a potential playoff-bound team. Last night, a Los Angeles Lakers team minus Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steven Nash went on an early run to upset New York. If lighting had struck twice, you could have taken a Sharpie and essentially crossed the Knicks out of contention.

The road ahead includes the two best teams on the Knicks’ West Coast swing, beginning with the Phoenix Suns Friday night and the Golden State Warriors Sunday. And not to be overlooked are the Utah Jazz on Monday on a back-to-back. Both the Suns and Warriors have prolific offenses and are fully capable of making big-time runs at any point in a game, so the Knicks have to learn their lesson from the past two games and come ready to anchor down defensively. Smith can’t shoot the lights out of the gym night in and night out, Tyson Chandler can’t be the one player trying defensively and Carmelo Anthony has shown he cannot single-handedly win games.

If the Knicks want to be a playoff team, then play like a playoff team. Play defense. Weather storms. Close out ball games.




51 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Up until yesterday, Bargnani was still our second leading scorer. 

rico
rico

Hey Sam, did you mention that Melo hurt his ankle during the game last night?  He's probable for Friday but they have to assess swelling today.  Does not bode well for the rest of the season.


oh and Cousins hurt the Knicks because he's a monster. Problem is he is a troubled kid who doesn't like being coached or even playing every night, but when he does he's a bitch.



CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

The reason why the Knicks squander lead after lead is because of the coach and point guard!  Point blank, period and this is coming from an ex-Woodson and Felton apologist!


When you have a large lead you either can do many things:

- Call time outs to stem tides

- Do the same thing that got you that lead

- Kill time and take good shots to not give the other team confidence!

- play Defense (which sounds funny when talking about the Knicks)


The knicks oft times get a big lead then it seems like everyone wants to pad their stats and start chucking up shots and the same thing happened last night!  This falls on the pgs lap more so than anyone else.  When you have a 24 point lead, every shot you make means a ton! 



cstaylor23
cstaylor23

The Knicks probably won't even make the playoffs. And we are over here talking about if the Knicks win a ring. Let's first get into the playoffs before we make those kind of statements. It's comments like this that the term delusional Knicks fan comes from. I'm a huge Knicks fan but I am also realistic. You can't win something you aren't apart of. So if we don't make the playoffs ring talk seems irrelevant.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

What if they made it all the way by some miracle of the universe? 

Woody would still be fired right? 

Phil couldn't risk another season like this nightmare.

Dam. Woodrow has to go. I really can't stand him. 

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Wow the "Splash Brothers" & Bledsoe/Dragic are going to do a # on Felton/Prigs! Were going to need another 62 point effort by Melo just to lose with decency!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knixtradamus LMAO!   That's our man Biggie!  In being wrong, he's more reliable than the sun coming up each day!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie It's about results man!   You either get it done or you don't period!   For a guy who says he's so optimistic about our team, you always seem to search for an excuse why we can't get it done compared to certain others.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@CiceAsNice Yep and how about our superstars!  You think MJ or Bird wouldn't knock the crap out of  their PG if they started chucking up shots and not playing smart team ball. 

Melo, STATues or Chandler should be the ones going over throwing drop kicks on those that don't adhere to moving the ball and finding good shots for our better players. 

We have no LEADERSHIP and ACCOUNTABILITY on this team period. Without this, breakdowns can occur anywhere, anytime and by anyone!

 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@cstaylor23  It's about having a conversation and/or debate. This is a forum afterall. Don't be such a stick-in-the-mud!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@firebaldy  Rings are the ultimate challenge, ultimate goal, ultimate success.

If Woodson, by some miracle of Godlike proportions, actually manages to lead this team to a ring, all his past mistakes will be forgiven.

Rings cure all illnesses.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

I really hope you guys get paid to jot down everything biggie and co said. Is biggie delusional sometimes wen it comes to expectations? Absolutely. You posting things recalling his optimism that the knicks will turn it around during the season comes off as a little..clingy? I just cant reason myself to side with the guys bashing the fan who roots for the team always (to a failt almost) than the guys who wait after victories to say i told you so and "lol remember when this blogger posted that the knicks would actually do well??! What an idiot!"

To each his own. And i do hope the Knicks still snag the 8th seed rather than be right about all my premonitions.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay @firebaldy Not Woody!  He's taken that Freido one way trip package no matter what.  Phil wants to do it his way and no way he allows woody to stay on board.  That's a guarantee!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn @firebaldy  I enjoy debate. I get a lot of good attention. Believe me. ;)

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy @xmenreturnLOL Well, Biggie don't like ladies!  That could be why you 2 clash then.  Biggie likes his balls!


Gotta go too! have fun

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn  Actually.... I'm a hot babe. Now deal with that one.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy LMAO!  You do wear a huge Helmet!  I knew it man!  Come on, do you wear braced shoes too?  Capri pants?  Scoody Doo or Strappy Doo lunch box?   Just like Biggie huh?



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy @xmenreturn Ye. Always remember that.  It's one outlet we have to let off steam and root for our team. Without it we would be suicidal candidates.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn @firebaldy  It is fun.

I will say if you actually did see me you'd be shocked for sure.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy @xmenreturnYep, we are a huge dysfunctional family that luvs our Knicks in different ways.  Never take the teasing personal man!  It's all just fun.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy @xmenreturnI just acknowledge them.  I give respect where it's due. That's a might fine head gear your wearing sir!  

I'm not a hater! lol

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn @firebaldy @onewhoknix  You must be mad! LOL!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@onewhoknix  He is a poster who I too in the past have taken up for. But how does he thank you---with put downs and insults when you disagree with him. He's done it to several people who post here. By him bringing that kind of energy and attention to himself, he experiences written retribution. I think he's a great fan but when you engage in name calling, you have to expect the same back.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturnI agree on most of that!  Yet, don't expect much of a run in the playoffs with Woody.  We would need to start off playing the best team in the East for the entire series which would be 4 games

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@WicksellWOW! You folks wanted AB from the Raptors and Melo from the Nuggets, MWP from the Lakers but you don't want the best player in the NBA that can help makes others better here! 

SMGDH!  

I think a big part of our fan base is from WV!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@firebaldy @xmenreturn Please I wanted to beat MJ and Bird too!   

I want to win period!  You keep hope alive thinking we can win with your special wish list of playing against the best.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn  I want the Knicks TO BEAT Lebron and Co. I honestly do not want him. I would take Kobe in a heartbeat.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturn Dude, who like KLove? I'm no Klove fan. He's just another glorified AB to me.

Why do I want a dude here that hasn't done anything? You are bugging!  I'm hoping Phil go after LBJ in 2015 if available.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie No man, LBJ was calling out his teammates to step it up.  Remeber, LBJ has won with these guys and he's just putting the fire under them to get it together like MJ used to do. 

LBJ is going to win or go down with that bunch and he knows he has a chance to win another ring this year but it won't be easy.

With Melo, it's a whole other issue man!  Melo don't demand anything from his teammates and many of you give him a pass. You say he doesn't have anyone to play with.  Cyclic nonsense!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturn He was talking about his current teammates stepping up not that he doesn't have the talent on his team!  

Evey leader challenge their own players and that should be what you want from your leader.  He should call out his teammates as long as he doesn't abandon them.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie So you're saying LBJ is a leader and will take charge?   They don't just do what they want, they take responsibility on their shoulders as stars for their team's performance.

When the team loses, you don't hear those guys saying, I don't have the players or I got my pts so don't look at me.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@xmenreturn @VerySilentJay @firebaldy  I think most of their wins come from improvisation anyway. They are on their own for the most part. The hardly listen to him. They don't trust him. They are winning by sheer instincts and grit---reacting to the defense according to what they've learned through playing.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @VerySilentJay @firebaldy  Rings are rings. No denying that.

Regardless of Woodson's laundry list of flaws, he should get the gig if he gets a ring.

Jax knows better than most what it takes to win, so if Woodson does get it (I'll give it a 1 in 1000000000000 chance), credit must be given where its due.