The New York Knicks look very impressive in getting back to their winning ways Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks in a 102-88 victory. This game was more about the role players stepping up as after a big second half, the Knicks starters got some needed rest in the fourth quarter.
In a new feature here at Buckets Over Broadway, we will grade each player’s performance after every game.
So let’s get right into it with the Knicks’ report card following their 10th win of the season.
Field Goal Percentage- 47.9 (35-of-73)
Opponents Field Goal Percentage- 45.8 (33-of-72)
Three-point Percentage- 52.4 (11-of-21)
Opponents Three-point Percentage- 38.5 (5-of-13)
Free-throw Percentage- 84.0 (21-of-25)
Opponents Free-throw Percentage- 81.0 (17-of-21)
Rebounds- 38-36 (Knicks +2)
Points in the paint- 30-32 (Knicks -2)
Raymond Felton (12 points; 5-of-10 shooting; seven assists, three rebounds, four turnovers): Felton rebounded nicely from Monday’s horrible shooting performance. He seemed more comfortable without having Jason Kidd next to him and didn’t force things as much. He had seven dimes and played a part in Brandon Jennings not having an impact on the game in the second half. Grade: B+
Ronnie Brewer (two points, 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one steal): Most of Brewer’s impact isn’t seen on the stat sheet and that was the case against the Bucks. Monta Ellis and Jennings combined to score five second half points. Ellis finished with only 17 points. Grade: B
Carmelo Anthony (29 points, 9-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, one steal, one block) Anthony set the tone early with another good first quarter. Scoring 29 isn’t a big deal, but scoring 29 efficiently is. ‘Melo did that on only 18 shots, got to the charity stripe and made his free-throws. The Knicks aren’t effective when he puts those numbers up on 28 attempts, but when he does it on 18 they are tough to beat. Grade: A
Kurt Thomas (no points, 0-for-1 shooting, one rebound): It makes very little sense for Mike Woodson to start Thomas and play him four minutes, especially when Marcus Camby gets no run. Thomas had no impact at all, nor played enough to do so. Grade: D
Tyson Chandler (17 points, 4-of-4 shooting, eight rebounds): It was the second big game for Chandler in a row. He made his shots from the floor and got to the line, making 9-of-10 free-throws. The Knicks are a better team when he is involved. Grade: B+
Pablo Prigioni (11 points, 4-of-5 shooting, seven assists, three rebounds, four turnovers): If there was any doubt that Prigioni could handle major minutes playing the point, he answered them. Prigioni played 28 minutes and the Knicks didn’t miss a beat when he was on the floor. Grade: A-
Steve Novak (19 points, 7-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two steals): Novak played a career-high 40 minutes and contributed. He knocked down five shots from behind the arc and wasn’t exposed too much defensively. He’s another guy that must stay involved in the offense on a nightly basis. Grade: A
Chris Copeland (five points, 2-of-5 shooting): Copeland played 11 minutes, mostly with the game out of hand, but got some first-half run, which was surprising. Grade: C
Rasheed Wallace (five points, 2-of-10 shooting, five rebounds): ‘Sheed couldn’t find his shooting touch, but grabbed five rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time. Grade: C
J.R. Smith (two points, 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one steal): Smith continues to take awful shots from the floor and take the Knicks out of their offense. He only played 18 minutes because of foul trouble and had little impact on the game. Grade: D
James White (one rebound): White played four minutes of mop up time. Grade: Incomplete
Marcus Camby (DNP, Coach’s Decision): Camby must be in Woodson’s dog house. There isn’t much other explanation of why he rarely plays.
Jason Kidd (DNP, Back Spasms): Luckily Kidd wasn’t missed as much inn this one as he was in Brooklyn.
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