They gave it away. The Knicks played a great game until the last few possessions. Two very costly turnovers with under three minutes remaining in the basketball game, and the gap between the 8th and final playoff spot, and the New York Knicks is further widened.
You win together as a team, and you lose together as a team, but if you saw the ending of this basketball game, you had to notice the veteran point guard leadership of the recently acquired Mike Bibby, and you simultaneously had to notice the errors committed in the Knicks’ back court.
2:11 remaining in the game: Knicks are up 91-90. Crawford’s bad pass is intercepted by the Hawks.
1:20 remaining: Knicks are still up 91-90. Crawford is called for an offensive foul off some good acting by an apparently still moving Mike Bibby. Indeed a bad call, but in your home building you get those calls some times in the NBA.
0:54 remaining: Knicks are down 91-92 because Bibby threw up an alley to the impressive Josh Smith. Back on offense, the Knicks make a play that swings the ball around the perimeter to a wide open Crawford for a baseline three point shot–no good. Perhaps someone else should have taken the shot since Crawford’s shooting was off tonight. That sounds familiar to me for some reason.
0:35 remaining: Crawford buys Bibby’s pump fake out on the perimeter, Bibby hits a wide open 20 footer to make it 91-94.
The ball game was essentially over at that point.
Zach was a beast tonight with 24p 15r 1bl, but when Quentin, Lee and Crawford combine from the floor to make just 14 of 43 shots (32%), it is no wonder the team that was able to execute down the stretch came out of Atlanta with a victory tonight. The Knicks are doing a better job limiting turnovers, but this time around, the few turnovers they did commit, unfortunately came during the most crucial part of the game.