New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Milwaukee Bucks
Tobias Harris, SF 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3Unsurprisingly, Carmelo Anthony was unstoppable. He backed up Marquis Daniels too easily and he shot over Daniels for a few threes just as easily. His first step was too quick for Ekpe Udoh or any other big man that tried to guard him. Harris had the best defensive effort against Anthony because he’s a physically ideal matchup. He’s strong enough to not get backed up while being quick enough to not get beat. But Anthony is incredibly savvy and served a diverse meal of post-ups, spot-ups and isos against the young Harris. Harris couldn’t keep up and got smoked like everyone else. At least he stayed near his defensive assignment. That’s a step in the right direction.
Monta Ellis, PG 27 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | -11When asked before the game whether the Bucks 27 point comeback against the Bulls could yield any momentum, Coach Scott Skiles said some guys were being a bit “pouty” because they didn’t get to participate in the comeback. Just an hunch, but those guys are probably Ellis, Jennings, and Larry Sanders. Ellis and Jennings expect/demand minutes in spite of themselves. And Sanders is an emotional guy. I bet he gets upset at a lot of things – a giant id realized on the basketball court.
Brandon Jennings, PG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | -24Offensively, Jennings and Ellis were fine this game. They had an efficient night. Ellis got to guard Ronnie Brewer all night so he didn’t have to do much at all. Jennings had to deal with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the middle of a breakout game. Both guards roasted Jennings with some backdoor cuts and pick and rolls.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4He has a breakout game against Chicago and then gets only 13 minutes against the Knicks. Is there something I’m missing here? Isn’t the goal to try to get him going?
Doron Lamb, SG 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6He hit the first three of his NBA career! Awesome. Lamb looked less tentative to shoot and finally unveiled the vaunted shooting he was drafted for. Lamb definitely has upside, but don’t expect him to get anything more than garbage minutes this year. Skiles said that it’s not just about how well a guy plays, but who is he playing over.

Three Things We Saw

  1. It’s really hard to stage a comeback when one guy is completely unstoppable (Melo) and another guy never misses (Novak). This “go down by 20 and then make an outrageous comeback” seems like an unsound strategy.
  2. Rasheed Wallace went 1 for 5 from the three point line and the Knicks still shot 52%. The Bucks were getting broken down by cuts and pick and rolls from the very beginning of the game which lead to open Knicks shooters later and later in the game.