Final Score: Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Below .500. :(

Well, that's two games in a row where it felt like Mike Woodson's lineups and those lineups' utter ineptitude-- bad turnovers, bad fouls, bad shot selection-- dug the Knicks into a big hole, then better lineups and better execution gave New York neeeeearly enough support to climb out of the hole. Not enough. The Knicks cut a 20+ point lead down to 5 a couple times in the second half, at which point some lupine luck kicked in and Minnesota got tough buckets to keep New York at arm's length. It hurt.

Carmelo Anthony committed several silly turnovers and his form looked off for long stretches of the night, but he did rip down 17 rebounds. Raymond Felton couldn't exploit the ample room to operate against a Wolves D that crowded the pick-and-roll and stacked up to defend Melo, shooting just 3-11. Iman Shumpert shot well but his minutes curtailed by foul trouble. Andrea Bargnani shot well but had his minutes drop off in the second half as well.

Kevin Martin is a butthead.

It really feels like the Knicks could be 3-0 right now. They just won't commit to obvious decisions and clear-headed play until late in games for some reason. I will recap tomorrow.

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