Knicks Off Pace as they Fall to IndianaNovember 5, 2009
Pacers 101 – Knicks 89
1st and foremost is there a possibility of the Steinbrenner’s buying the Knicks? As the Yankees were cruising to number 27 the Knicks were crumbling back down to earth after a shattering loss to the Pacers last night at MSG.
For 3 quarters this team played swarming defense, drove to the basket and made smart decisions with the ball. However, a disastrous 4th quarter ended all hopes of putting a team away that had yet to win a game this year and give the Knicks 2 in a row at the Garden. Just like Mike D’antonis face at the post game conference, this paltry display of basketball was simply disgusting.
The Knicks missed 15 of it’s last 17 shots even when the Pacer’s best player Danny Granger fouled out of the game with just under 4 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The defense for once wasn’t a major problem but the Knicks shot 39.6% for the game they could not get any buckets in the 4th quarter as Indiana rallied behind Dahntay Jones 19 pts/12 reb and T.J. Ford who had 16 points in the final 3:12. Granger the Pacers best player had and off offensive evening shooting 7 for 18 en route to 21 points.
Al Harrington who was playing well of the bench since being demoted from the starting lineup was back to his old self taking terrible shots and holding the ball for way too long. He finished the game with 22 points and only made 2 out of 17 shots in the decisive 4th. D Lee added 22 points and 19 rebounds for the game but he also went cold like the rest of his teammates in the final period.
The 4th quarter collapse came after the Knicks averaged 40.5 points in the previous 2 games 4th quarters, they only managed to put up 33 last night. “For whatever reason, it seems every time we get stuck or whatever, instead of having a little more determination or patience, we just jack one up and that kind of got us in trouble in the second half,” a frustrated Mike D’antoni said.
Dahntay Jones who heckled with court side fans and burned the Knicks all game started for Troy Murphy who injured his lower back on Tuesday. A.J. Price a Amityville, Long Island native made his 1st trip to Garden last night as a pro, the Pacers selected the point guard from UCONN in the 2nd round last July. Yankee fan Lebron James and his Cavaliers make their only trip to the Garden tomorrow as the Knicks resume their home stand.