Did you know the Milwaukee Bucks were bad at defense last year? It's true -- they finished 26th in offensive efficiency. You wouldn't have guessed as much from this game, as the Bucks tore through the Knicks' D like a hot knife through butter en route to a 120-107 win at Madison Square Garden.
New York had no answer for O.J. Mayo, who put up 24 points on 6-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Perhaps J.R. Smith should have untied his shoelaces...it is usually Mayo's Achilles heel:
Carmelo Anthony started off cooking, but went stone cold in the second half. Amar'e Stoudemire racked up 14 points, six rebounds and three assists. The offense moved the ball efficiently, which will be nice once they learn how to defend like an NBA team.
If you started watching late and wondered why you didn't see Jose Calderon, he left the game early with a hamstring strain:
#knicks Jose Calderon has a strained right calf and is doubtful to return. W/preseason, team taking extra caution. Why risk further injury.— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) October 20, 2014
For this game? Why risk it indeed.
Seth will have a recap up by tomorrow morning.