The Knicks, Through The Eyes Of a 13-Year Old Basketball Fan

Published on: 24th April, 2011

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This article was written by a 13-year old Manhattan resident named Tyler Mandel. It is his view of the New York Knickerbockers, in his own words.

New York — The New York Knicks have had an on and off season. It started off great with the acquisition of Amar’e Stoudemire. In the playoffs, however, Stoudemire was not able to be much of a factor.

He was the star of this team until the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billups. In this playoff series against the Boston Celtics, these three stars have all come up short. In this,  the Knicks first playoffs in seven years, the Knicks didn’t show up.

They ended their season 42-40, and were hoping to give a better show than they did against the seemingly ageless Celtics. Instead, they got swept.

Stoudemire, with back spasms, had 19 points and 12 rebounds, today. Anthony had 32 and 9 rebounds and Chauncy Billups didn’t play with his strained knee.  This series, however, was not about the play of the Knicks. This series was about the Hall of Fame caliber Boston Celtics.

In this series, a dominant Celtic point guard, Rajon Rondo, had 21 points and 12 assists. He averaged for this series, double figures in points and assists.

Kevin Garnett, who hardly had to score this whole series, had a surprising 26 points and 10 rebounds, today. Paul Pierce, with 38 in the last game, only scored 13 tonight. Lastly, Ray Allen, who scored 32 in Game three, scored 14 today in Game 4.

The Celtics are such a consistent team with their Big Four, but even when one of them doesn’t score that much, the other players can dominate the game. Here in Game 4, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, each with big Game 3 totals, didn’t even break 20 points tonight.

Meanwhile, Garnett, who scored only 8 points in Game 3, came up big today in the clinching game.

Rondo, however, has been the general of this team. Knicks point guard Toney Douglas, known for his quickness, couldn’t keep up with the quick first step of Rondo’s who was able to score at will against the exposed backup of New York’s team.

The core of this Knicks team the past few weeks of the season has been the veteran Billups, the superstar acquisition, Carmelo Anthony, and the 100 million dollar free-agent, Stoudemire. Although the Knicks acquired Billups and Anthony, they gave away their entire bench to the Denver Nuggets, including Wilson Chandler, Timothy Mozgov, Raymond Felton, and Danilo Gallinari. These four players are what the Knicks needed.

Chandler would have provided quick, instant offense off the bench. Mozgov is exactly what the Knicks were lacking down low, size and rebounding especially with a soft Jared Jeffries only scoring 43 points all season in a Knicks uniform while the 6’11” forward-center averaged under 2 rebounds per game.

Felton is a young and quick point guard who could not only drive and score but shoot the three. He was just developing chemistry with Stoudemire.

Lastly, Gallinari, a three-point shooter from the wing was a player the Knicks could have used against the Celtics.

In this series, the Knicks shot 38% from the field and and 34% from the three-point line. Their adversaries from Boston, winners of 56 regular season games, in contrast, shot 48% from the field and 47% from threes.

The Knicks were overmatched this series because their starting point guard was out with a strained knee, Stoudemire was limited with back spasms, and the team was counting on Anthony to really step it up.

Anthony couldn’t do it by himself and the rest of the Knicks backups, forced into the rotation, didn’t have the experience or perhaps, the talent to compete well enough to win a game in this series.

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