After every game this season, Knicks Journal will offer its post-game observations, thus, serving as a game recap. Be on the lookout for these posts, as they will usually give way to some fun-filled links along with the recaps. Enjoy!
The Knicks lost to the Celtics last night by a score of 104-101 in their first preseason game at Madison Square Garden this season.
As the score suggests, the game was extremely close. In fact, the Knicks even had a decent lead throughout the game, but Paul Pierce and the Celtics put the game away towards the end with a late jumper.
Nevertheless, the game was a good test for this new Knicks squad. Here are some other Knicks Journal game observations:
- Amare Stoudemire had 30 points in just 27 minutes. It's only the preseason, but he has proven that when his teammates feed him the ball, he will certainly deliver efficiently. The question is, can he carry the Knicks to victory all by himself?
-Timofey Mozgov got the start at center last night. However, he had little impact and had four fouls in just 15 minutes.
- Shaquille O'Neal sat out last night's game for the Celtics. That means Mozgov will have his real first test against a more intense NBA center when the Knicks travel to (surprise, surprise) Boston for a rematch with the Celtics on Saturday night as Shaq returns.
- Mozgov's most glaring statistic may have been the technical foul he received upon displaying frustration at a referee's call. Timo covered his face in his disbelief.
- Also feeling the wrath of the referees last night was the Celtics' Kevin Garnett. After receiving one tech for arguing a call, Garnett laughed it off, only to be given a second tech, and therefore, get ejected from the game. Welcome to the new NBA, KG!
- Besides Amare, Bill Walker may have been the most impressive Knickerbocker last night. Walker made it rain last night, scoring on three shots from beyond the arc on his way to a 4-9 shooting performance, good for 11 points.
- Walker has been playing well enough to deserve a rotation spot over Roger Mason Jr. Mason Jr. was brought in as a veteran three-point shooting presence, and has even received consideration from the coaching staff for a starting spot (he would start at shooting guard, moving Wilson Chandler to power forward and Amare to center), but has struggled to make an impact thus far.
-Ronny Turiaf was second on the team in assists last night with four, behind just Raymond Felton, who finished with six. He also tried cheering Mozgov up after his technical foul.
- Taking some time off from singing some good ole' Justin Bieber, Landry Fields made the most of his opportunity, scoring 6 points and recording 1 steal in 15 minutes.
- Anthony Randolph (five turnovers) failed to make major contributions off the bench last night, as did Toney Douglas and Andy Rautins.
- Rautins, however, was the man Mike D'Antoni chose (maybe not, perhaps it was a rushed play) to inbound the ball to with the game on the line. Rautins (who played a team-low six minutes) threw up an air ball. Eh? Ah, well, it's only the preseason...
That's all, folks.