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The Knicks simply quit. There is no other explanation for this atrocious performance by all concerned including marksman Gallinari who played well offensively when it counted least -- in the eye of a blowout. There is very little to say about this experience except that their effort was totally lacking. The coaching was horrible. D'Antoni often blames energy for poor performance, but it is the coach's job to provide an environment which generates energy. Duhon will not be the Knicks point guard much longer. He had 3 points and five assists in 32 minutes. David Lee had 22 points and 9 boards but he was no match defensively for Jermaine O'Neal who looked fully recovered from his physical problems of last year.
Gallinari found his stroke in the second half when the defenses played off him more, giving him room to shoot and the score was out of hand. But, it is that little spark which gives Knicks fans hope, albiet false hope. Gallo was very one dimensional, easily abused on defense and failing to drive to the basket and create plays. He is little more than a set shooter at this point. He scored 22 points shooting 7/13 from the arc. He had six rebounds and 0 assists in 28 minutes. In 37 minutes, Wilson Chandler scored 21 points on 7 for 18 shooting, 7 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 2 turnovers. He had the best plus/minus of any Knicks player who played over 20 minutes (except Nate) and it is guaranteed that he will be criticized for his play more than Gallo who failed to bring it when needed. Chandler could be used better however. He does not need to settle for jumpers.
We play Charlotte next. Charlotte was blown out too, but by the Celtics. Hopefully, the Knicks will come to play this time.
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