Effort-Less Knicks Lose to WarriorsNovember 14, 2009
Nate Robinson returned to the Knick lineup last night after missing 6 games with a sprained ankle but he couldnt help turn things around, as the Knicks fell to the Warriors 121-107 at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are now off to their worst 10 game start in franchise history and own a dismal 1-9 record.
“I just thought our lack of fight was the most disappointing thing,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said after the game. “It’s bad, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got three days off, we’ll practice hard and we’ll try to figure out something better and see who wants to come forward.”
The Knicks who are off until Wednesday are in need of some deep soul-searching. There is a major lack of effort from many of the players and a leader has yet to emerge and take responsiblity for the teams actions. Knick fans will tolerate a team that loses but not a team that plays lackadaisical basketball, they were heavily booed last night when the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter.
“This is not who we want to be. They played harder than us,” said 1st year player Toney Douglas. “They didn’t change nothing. Any team that plays harder at the end of the day will come out with the win. I don’t think we played hard enough.”
A rookie recognized that the team did not put out 100% last night and not a veteran. I am not surprised because Toney Douglas hailed from a program at Florida State that played hard night in and night out. A team he helped get to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years this past March. Douglas who came off the bench finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Trying to find the right combination coach D’antoni gave lottery pick Jordan Hill some burn and he took advantage. Hill scored 10 points in 14 minutes of play and had a nifty put back dunk late in the 3rd quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound. Second year player Danilo Gallinari also played well and recorded his first career double double with 19 points 10 rebounds. David Lee contributed 15 points on 6 for 13 shooting and Al Harrington scored 16 points off the bench.
The Warriors just proved too much for the Knicks scoring at will from the outside and inside shooting 58% from the field. Not bad for a team who is under some duress, forward Stephen Jackson has made it clear to the Warriors since the summer that he wants to be traded. Jackson who remains in the starting lineup played well scoring 23 points with 10 points coming in the first quarter. Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike and Corey Maggette each dropped 22 points a piece with reserve C.J. Watson contributing 19 points on 7-8 shooting. The Warriors are off to a 1-1 start during their current east coast trip and are 3-5 overall.
The Knicks turned the ball over 13 times which led to 23 points in the first half. Stephen Curry who was close to becoming a Knick was selected by Warriors played three minutes and scored no points. The Knicks will resume play next Wednesday on the road when the visit Indiana.