Knicks Go Poof Under Wizards’ Spell

Knicks 96, Wizards 106

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NYK (18-28) 19 25 25 27 96
WAS (16-30) 36 14 32 24 106

“I don’t think we had our focus and energy and the atmosphere wasn’t the greatest either.”— Mike D’Antoni

“You roll the dice a little bit, and this time it [playing zone] got usi said. I just didn’t have a good feeling about us guarding them man-to-man.”— Mike D’Antoni

“Tonight was a big letdown for us as far as a game we needed to win.  No matter the record, we needed to win.”— David Lee

What is there to say? D’Antoni continues to coach by feel[ing] instead of common sense.  Hence, Mike Miller burns the zone for 25 points including three tres. We have absolutely no perimeter defense which of course is exacerbated by the zone because the players can not move as fast as the ball in a zone.  And as Miller said, the zone is great for a shooter a/k/a “zone buster.”

How is it that we get outhustled by a team in emotional turmoil playing the tail end of a back-to-back after a close win?  How?  The Wizards had 59 rebounds to our 40. 

Does anyone wonder why we don’t have the best three point shooter on the floor most nights? Jared Jeffries who shot 2 for 4 from the arc had a better 3-point shooting percentage than Gallo who went 3 for 10. At least Gallo had 10 boards.  He tends to disappear adn holds the ball too long while thinking about how to make his move to the basket.  He’ll get better, but now he is a disappearing act.

Of course, as far as disappearing acts go, Duhon remains the headliner with 8 points and 6 assists in 37 minutes.

This team, playing this way will not make the playoffs.  Does Tracy McGrady make us better and more likely to reach the playoffs?  Doubt it, unless he can and will coach defense.