Hey dudes and dudettes,
Awesome win against the Spurs, eh? I had a good feeling about this one.
Looking at the boxscore, the first thing that stands out is that the Knicks didn't shoot particularly well from beyond the arc. In previous games against top teams, they haven't been able to win unless they hit a good percentage of their three pointers. In this game, they went 8-27, less than 30 percent. But they were still able to win. Why?
Well, their 2 point shooting was lights out. 66 percent. Thing is, the Spurs also shot a high percentage from 2. In fact, the 2 and 3 point shooting for the Knicks and Spurs was almost identical.
What was the difference? Well, the rebounding battle was about even (which is really a victory for the Knicks). The main thing I can see is that the Knicks only turned the ball over 6 times. Only 6 turnovers? Wow. Also, though both teams got to the line a decent amount (SA attempted 30 free throws, the Knicks 23), the Knicks hit 20 of their 23 while the Spurs only hit 21 of 30.
Overall, really efficient games from all 5 Knick starters. Low turnovers, excellent foul shooting, decent rebounding. Had they hit more of their threes they would have won this one going away. Then again, had SA made more of their threes and foul shots, it would have been closer at the end.
Visual impressions having seen part of the game: The Knicks definitely have some unique offensive stuff going on. Felton is using quick direction changes and the mere threat of a pick and roll to make odd penetrations and strange angled passes all over the place. Chandler is learning how to exploit the attention on Amar'e and Felton and with his size and athleticism and improved shooting, this is really causing problems for other teams. Frankly, I don't think the Spurs knew what hit them and they got a bit flustered - Pop included. I like that he thought his team played crappy defense rather than giving us credit. They will be better prepared next time for sure. Hopefully, so will we.
Discussion question: From what I saw, it didn't seem like the Knicks defense was particularly effective. Though they did limit Duncan to 5-14 shooting, which was actually a big key. Did not having Gallo out there hurt the Knicks defensively? Discuss.