Saturday night was a display of tough defense and big rebounds, exactly what Larry Brown wants to see. The only problem was that the Sixers and not the Knicks were the team displaying them. Philadelphia beat New York 91-76, thoroughly dominating the defensive end.
Samuel Dalembert had a huge game, pulling down 15 rebounds and adding five blocks. Eddy Curry could not seem to come up with an answer for him and finished 2-7 from the field with only five boards. Qyntel Woods was given the start and responded with 24 points, but the Knicks couldn’t find another contributor on the offensive end. Stephon Marbury’s shoulder continues to bother him, but he logged 43 minutes in the loss.
The Knicks now travel to Atlanta, one of the few teams that has a worse record than them. Atlanta humiliated New York the last time they went there, so the Knicks should be motivated, but the way things have gone this year that may not matter.
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