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Knicks Beat Nets Again in Preseason: A Fan’s Reaction
The New York Knicks took care of business on Wednesday night (Dec. 21), beating the New Jersey Nets in the second of two preseason games. This one took place at Madison Square Garden, with the Knicks winning it 88-82.
This game served as a test for the guards to help Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni decide which two would start the opener against the Boston Celtics. It wasn't a spectacular performance for any of them though, and it clearly was not a good game to examine too closely. Starting point guard Toney Douglas made 5-of-14 shots for 13 points, starting shooting guard Landry Fields hit on 2-of-6 shots for 5 points and it wasn't any better from the bench players.
Mike Bibby was 0-of-2 from the field and Iman Shumpert was 2-of-12 in the game, finishing with 7 points. Bibby didn't score, and it showed that the guard play for New York could use a lot of help. The reason the Knicks won this game is that New Jersey kept turning the ball over when they needed to go on a run. The Nets had 20 turnovers on the night, cancelling out the 34 percent that the Knicks shot.
Carmelo Anthony finished with a team-high 21 points to go with 8 rebounds, Amare Stoudemire had 15 points and 2 blocks and Tyson Chandler had 8 points and 12 rebounds. 6 of those rebounds were on the offensive glass, giving the Knicks second-chance opportunities to stay in the game.
This game was far from pretty, especially with the Knicks making just 8-of-30 three-point attempts for the game. That seems like a real weakness for the team, and it could lead to an inability to spread the floor during the regular season. Players like Douglas and Bibby have to hit the open shots when they get presented by the defense, because it will give Anthony and Stoudemire more freedom to play off the ball.
That's it for the preseason games with the Knicks , as the team went 2-0 against the Nets. The regular season opener is on Sunday, Dec. 25 against the Boston Celtics in what is a very important game to start off play in the Atlantic division.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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