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"It shows you how much we've improved since October. We're still on the way to getting better. We're going to continue to work, going to continue to watch film, we're going to stay hungry and see how good we can be." -- Amar'e Stoudemire"He [Shawne Williams] looks like a 30-year-old vet. He's been showing this for months and finally somebody woke up - that would be me." -- Mike D'Antoni
"Shawne is doing a great job of stepping in when his number is called and knocking down open shots. They tried to sag in on me and left the shot open for Shawne, but he made them pay every time." -- Amar'e Stoudemire
“I love fourth-and-inches; I’m not going to lie. I love being out there in the fourth quarter.” -- Shawne Williams
It is so hard (and probably too early) to dispense of that skeptical feeling, but one should not live in the past or long for the future when the present can be so enjoyable. The Knicks winning ways are so enjoyable. Amar'e (31 points and 16 rebounds in beating down the Raps) is the man.
The Knicks treated us to another fun win, this time against a likely playoff-contending foe in the Toronto Raptors. Unlike the first game of the season, when the Raptors beat our heroes, it is clear that the Knicks are the better team as they continued to be tenacious and persistent right through their imperfections.
The team is a clear reflection of the effort constantly put forth by Amar'e and Felton (18 points and 8 assists). Wilson Chandler continued to be proficient and aggressive offensively with 21 points on 8-14 shooting. Landry Fields provided the steady hand with 15 points on 5-10 shooting and ten rebounds. However, everyone was talking about the timely 100% (4 for 4) three point shooting performance of Shawne Williams. When the Raptors started to make late noise, in part by doubling Amar'e, D'Antoni sent Williams to the arc. When the ball found him open, it soon found the net.
The Knicks are still lacking in defense, especially in terms of protecting the interior, but they will protect the rim, draw the occasional charge and cheat the passing lanes enough to keep careless teams like the Raptors off balance. But it all starts with Stoudemire who is so accurate within 15 feet and extremely strong going to the basket while being defended. At some point he must be doubled and unlike earlier in the season, the ball moves out and around the perimeter much faster now. With Chandler (3-7 from arc), Landry Fields (2-2), Williams and occasionally Gallo (2-6) hitting open tres, it makes it difficult to collapse on Studdy Do Right.
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