City Sports Report

The Good Knicks Showed Up Last Night by Marc “Razz” Rasbury

Amar'e Stoudemire in the Paint Against the Memphis Grizzlies

Amar'e Stoudemire in the Paint Against the Memphis Grizzlies

Carmelo Anthony Shoots a Three Against the Memphis Grizzlies

Carmelo Anthony Shoots a Three Against the Memphis Grizzlies

Toney Douglas and Carmelo Anthony versus the Memphis Grizzlies

Toney Douglas and Carmelo Anthony versus the Memphis Grizzlies

Toney Douglas Controlling the Offense for the New York Knicks

Toney Douglas Controlling the Offense for the New York Knicks

I have been saying all along that you are going to have some good nights from the Knicks and you are going to have some bad nights. There were two stinkers against the Indiana Pacers last week and then there was that excellent performance they put forth in their 120-99 dismantling of the Memphis Grizzlies last night at Madison Square Garden.

Sporting their St. Patrick’s Day-inspired uniforms, the Knicks, clad in green, were led by Carmelo Anthony’s 28 points and Toney Douglas’ 29 points in a game where they clicked on all cylinders.  They shot 56% from beyond the three point arc and over 51% from the field overall.  They handed out 25 assists and they even shut down the Grizzlies, holding Memphis to under the century mark.

When we get the good Toney, the Knicks usually come out on the winning side. With Anthony, Amar’e Stoudimere and Chauncey Billups in the mix, it might be unfair to suggest that Douglas might be the difference between the Knicks winning and losing. But, that might be the case. He is at a minimum the wildcard.

Just take a look at the difference in the games where Douglas lights it up from the field and nights where he is no where to be found.  Last night he shot 10-14 from the field, including 9-10 from three-point land.  Now I do not expect Douglas to light it up from the floor like he did last night every night, but it would be nice if he could be a little more consistent.  You know that he is going to give you something on the defensive end, unlike some of his teammates.  Therefore, if he could get that spark on the offensive end, look out!

This was one of the Knicks more complete games of the season.  Shooting 55% from three-point land does mask a number of deficiencies, like being out rebounded 41 to 35.  Pat Riley use to refer to three pointers as Fools Gold, while Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni lives and dies with them.  Who is right and who is wrong is subject to debate, but the Knicks’ inconsistent shooting from beyond the arc has been one of their Achilles’ heel all season.  And that was the case even before Anthony’s arrival.

I would like to see what they are going to do tonight against the Pistons in Detroit.  Which squad is going to show up: the good Knicks, like the ones that trashed the Grizzlies, or the bad Knicks who made Tyler Hansbrough look like an All-Star?

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