On Monday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Knicks (53-28) were defeated by the Charlotte Bobcats (20-61) 106-95. Box Score
Virtually no one played, feels like that’s the first — Only? — thing that you should know about this game.
Chris Copeland played the part of Carmelo Anthony, only if Carmelo Anthony were Chris Copeland. It was decidedly not as good, though still pretty good if you keep in mind the rather miraculous personal story that brought Copeland to being the faux-Carmelo in a meaningless end of season game against the Bobcats. It was weirdly sort of inspiring. Anyway, Copeland finished with 32 points, his sixth 20+ point game of the year.
Raymond Felton was on hand, but did not play.
James White got his biggest minutes of the year and by far his most production — which makes sense — scoring 15 points to go with 7 rebounds and 6 assists, proving that in every game, someone has to do something.
Iman Shumpert and Jason Kidd combined for 19 points and 11 assists and each had moments of competence.
Gerland Henderson and Kemba Walker paced the Bobcats, chipping in 27 and 23 points, respectively. Their athletic backcourt overwhelmed the short-handed Knicks. Walker set a career-high with 13.
Charlotte got the better of New York on the boards, outrebounding the Knicks by a final of 37-25.
Bismack Biyombo, whose name will never stop being fun, was a dominant presence on the defensive end, and finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.
The loss did not affect either team’s playoff seeding as New York had already clinched the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference, and the Bobcats face an eternity of lottery-bound failures per Michael Jordan’s deal with the devil.
Given the kind of day it was, it just doesn’t feel like a night to dwell much on this game. The Knicks played. They didn’t play well, which isn’t so surprising given that they went without, you know, their good players. It was a night for some guys who haven’t got much run to get out on the court and break a decent sweat, perhaps help James White tell the grandkids, “Well, sure I fell apart in the dunk contest, but did you ever hear about the 15 I scored in Charlotte? Gather round!”
Perhaps of biggest note for New York was that Rasheed Wallace not only showed up, but actually played! For almost four minutes! He even made a shot! That was the good news. Oh, the bad? Well, the soreness from those three minutes and change was such that he wasn’t seen from again, and it remains pretty unclear whether Wallace will be ready in time to really contribute in any meaningful way in the postseason, but we at least got confirmation that he is alive and well. Almost.
That’s really about it.
The Knicks finish up Wednesday against Atlanta, but it’s really all moot at this point. Just bring on the postseason. Seriously, bring it.