Knicks Hand Bulls Victory With Three Point Mirage

Knicks 89, Bulls 98

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1 2 3 4 T
NYK (8-17) 34 16 22 17 89
CHI (9-15) 23 25 21 29 98

“We were hitting so many (threes) at first I think they got a little happy and then we got out of rhythm toward the end of the first quarter and never got back into it. And you have to give them (the Bulls) credit too. They picked up their defense and have some nice athletes on the floor.” — Mike D’Antoni

“Larry is a guy who can spell me from the point guard and he brings different things defensively and offensively. But right now it gives other guys a chance to go up. This is a great opportunity for Toney, who has been playing well. He has the opportunity to get some quality minutes now and be able to help us in this rotation.”
— Chris Duhon

Let’s cut to the chase.  Last night against the lowly Bulls, the Knicks were the victims of poor execution of bad coaching.  For about 10 minutes in the first quarter the Knicks came out like overwhelming Bull-wrestlers as they went up by 17 points before D’Antoni coached himself out of the game by breaking up the early flow by inserting Eddie Curry and later wearing down his starters, all who played at least 37 minutes despite their horrid reliance on bad three point shooting.  He essentially cut his rotation to five players, leaving Nate Robinson with another DNP, and did not penalize any of the players with less playing time although they lost momentum by shooting a record 29 three pointers in the first half, only hitting 9.  Ridunkulous.