2006_02_sknicksbench.jpgHere’s the good news; there are only 28 games left in the Knicks’ season. New York was simply outclassed by the Nets last night, losing 94-90, but it wasn’t that close. Steve Francis, who had 16 points in his debut, hit a three at the buzzer capping of a rally by the Knicks that made the game appear a lot closer than it was.

In fact, the Nets jumped out to a 20-4 lead and the “fire Isiah” chants started up at the Garden. Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and the immortal Nenad Krstic all had more than 20 points. Krstic ran circles around the regressing Eddy Curry going 11 for 11 from the field before fouling out of the game. Curry finished with 15 points because he got to the foul line, but looked lost for large sections of the game.

Perhaps the only positive sign was that Larry Brown shortened his bench to 10 players giving an indication that he might be ready to establish a rotation. Unfortunately, Nate Robinson was not part of that rotation and David Lee only got two minutes. With the trade for Francis, the Knicks have a spot open on their roster and supposedly Larry Brown wants to fill it with someone from the developmental league, but why bother if they won’t get to play?

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