Tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the Knicks (26-15) got embarrassed by the Philadelphia 76ers (18-25), 97-80. Box Score.
You didn’t miss much. Mostly, we just sucked. A wire-to-wire loss. No effort at all.
Jrue Holiday destroyed us, with a career-high 35 points and 6 dimes. He was far and away the best player on the court for either team. Nick Young put in for 20 points as well.
Felton looked off, never really getting into the flow of the game. He has to be given time to play his way back in, but his passing and defense were as bad as his shot.
Melo put in for 25 but on an inefficient 9-for-28. Not particularly pretty.
STAT had a nice game offensively off the bench with 20 points in 27 minutes.
Doug Collins called his team soft before the game. If the 76ers are soft, I don’t know what we were tonight.
A more thorough breakdown:
Felton looked like a guy who hadn’t played in a month. His shoot was off, and his defense left a lot to be desired. He’ll pick it back up, playing his way back into shape and getting his flow back, but for his first night back — not many highlights. He ended 2-for-7 with only one assist. Granted his defense and shot might take a little time to get back into the swing of things, but his reutrn did not coincide with a return of the crisp, smart passing that had us playing so well at the start of the season. Was kinda hoping it would.
The scouting report on this Sixers team is: (1) stop Jrue Holiday and (2) do everything else. Sadly, we failed to execute #1. At one point during the game Holiday had 31 points in 32 minutes of play. He ended with 35 points on 16-for-25 shooting, and 6 assists. Fairly big night. He did whatever he wanted all game: got to the rim with ease, found open teammates when the D collapsed around him, and consistently hit his mid-range jumper. Big game.
If there was a highlight for the team tonight — and in case you haven’t caught on yet, there wasn’t — it was Amar’e's offensive game. Over the last week he has continued to progress as an offensive threat off the bench, and tonight was his best game by far.. I don’t know what Woodson is going to do with this roster down the stretch of the season, but I doubt STAT is cracking the starting lineup anytime soon (if at all), so to see him adapt to a bench role is encouraging. He ended with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Only 4 boards and his defense was pedestrian, but in a game with as little to be excited about as tonight, his offensive punch was nice to see.
JR Smith was 0-8. With 0 points. Bughgh.