Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, once again led his team to defeat at the hands of the NBA’s worst team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Byron Scott, though maligned for being the coach of the worst roster in the league, seemed to have Mike’s number from the opening tip as he did more with less.
The downright terrible Cleveland Cavaliers were 10-47 entering this game, with the second worst defensive rank in the league and drowning in the bottom five in offensive ranking. Yet against D’Antoni they scored over 100 points for the second time against New York this season, going for 115 tonight. The Cavs scored 109 points against the old Knicks roster in route to a win on December 18th.
The Knicks played D’Antoni ball, chucking three-pointers like they got payed per attempt, and fell behind Cleveland by 13 points in the 3rd quarter. Mike’s Knicks shot below 30 percent in the second half, hitting only nine of their 22 three-point attempts for the game.
Antawn Jamison scored 28 points, well above his 17.9 points per game average. Hickson scored 24, 12.8 points above his average. Parker scored 7 points above his average, while Sessons scored 10 above his average of 12 per game. It seemed like a good day to face Mike D’Antoni. Hope the Heat don’t feel the same way come Sunday.
The Knicks were out rebounded by 20, gave up six three-pointers and just could not keep the Cavs out of the paint, as the Cavaliers attempted 44 free throws. Mike D’Antoni had the three best players on the floor tonight and yet he still got out coached by Byron Scott, whose best player on the season has been the banged up Antawn Jamison.
The Cavaliers are now 3-27 over their last 30 games, with two of those wins going against Mike D’Antoni’s Knicks. Perhaps it’s time people realize that come next season, this shouldn’t be Mike D’Antoni’s Knicks anymore.
LOOKING AT THE SCHEDULE
Well the Knicks just completed that 8-game span I previously wrote about, going 4-4 instead of the 6-2 record I said they needed to achieve. Now they head into a tough 3 game stretch against quality playoff teams, starting with the 43-16 Miami Heat. Should the Knicks, despite their talented stars, hit a 4 game losing streak, they’ll have a losing record for the first time since they were 8-9 on November 27th.
I checked out the Nets press conference, where they introduced Deron Williams, and I must say I’ve never seen an athlete more depressed in my life! Perhaps I should check out Baron Davis’ intro into the Cavs, that should be equally filled with forced smiles and sad, sad eyes …