After the Nets traded for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, they were viewed as a title contender. When you looked at the scchedule, the match up between the Knicks and the Nets looked like one of the most anticipated games of the season. Well, coming into Thursday night, they were a combined 8-26, and were two of the worst teams in the league.
So, for the people that actually watched, this was a bad game. The game would be kind of close after the first quarter, as the score was 29-23 with the Knicks in the lead, but then the train flew off the rails. The second quarter was filled with bad basketball, and there was just a combined 41 points scored by both teams. Overall, you could see why these two teams are in the bottom of the East, and it was really bad basketball. The score was 50-43 in favor of the Knicks at halftime.
The Knicks have enough talent to be a powerful offensive team. They won 54 games last year, and set a record for most three pointers made in a single season. In the third quarter, the Knicks finally got going, and they looked good. They outscored the Nets 34-16 in the third, and the game would be over after that. The fact that the Nets gave up 34 in a quarter, and only scored 16 shows that they could be doomed all season.
The Knicks would come away with the 113-83 win, and it could have been more than 30 points. Carmelo Anthony had a great game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists on 8 of 12 shooting. The Knicks had 6 players in double figures, and they hit a season-high 16 three pointers while shooting 59% from downtown. The ball movement was good, and this team could turn it around if they keep it up.
As for the Nets, they may have hit rock bottom. Jason Kidd looks like a bad coach, their players look like they don’t care, and the fans are now booing Kevin Garnett and the team. Even the PA announcer asked them to cheer, and they booed him. If they get Deron Williams back, they may be better, but right now they are a mess.
Here are some highlights from the game: