Sunday, November 2nd 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
Slick Rick / Kevin Martin / Topanga Brewer / Kevin Love / Nickel Pekovic
Your New York Knicks!
Ray Felton / Frank White / Iman Shumpert / Carmelo Anthony / Tyson DPOY
Amare Stoudemire (knee) played just 11 minutes in his season debut against the Bulls on Thursday and had five points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.
He didn't look very healthy tonight and he was a thorn in the side of the Knicks' interior defense. Stoudemire won't be seeing consistent minutes all year and he'll likely sit out in some back-to-back sets, so it's difficult to grow too fondly of him as an asset in fantasy leagues.
Carmelo Anthony had six steals in Thursday's 82-81 loss to the Bulls, scoring a game-high 22 points with six boards, six assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 8-of-24 shooting.
The Knicks offense was a disaster in the first half due to making just 14 field goals and turning the ball over 13 times in that span. They also had an abysmal 24 points in the paint tonight, which is the main reason for their 36.0 percent shooting in the loss. As for Melo, he had active hands on defense and was aware of when to bring the double-team tonight, but his shot selection was not there. He'll have to attack the rim better against strong defensive teams like the Bulls to avoid offensive nights like this.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks bench in minutes with 27 against the Bulls on Thursday, shooting 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers.
He got a lot of open looks and his dad certainly taught him a thing or two on how to get open without the ball. Hardaway hasn't been too impressive and only played 15 minutes in the opener, so he's going to turn into a pumpkin once J.R. Smith's five-game suspension is up.
Raymond Felton didn't seem bothered by his hamstring injury on Thursday, playing 37 minutes with a line of 13 points, four rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer on 5-of-14 shooting.
He was getting into the lane and really helped kick start the New York offense in the third quarter after a terribly stagnant first half. Felton said he was going to have deal with his hamstring ailment for six weeks, but based on tonight's game, it doesn't look to be an immediate concern. He won't get many headlines, but he's still a No. 2 point guard in most fantasy formats.
Tyson Chandler grabbed a game-high 19 boards in a loss to the Bulls on Thursday to go with seven points, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 38 minutes.
The Knicks weren't really providing much perimeter defense and considering the amount of shots Chandler altered tonight, he should be commended for committing just two fouls. As for offense, for whatever reason the Knicks are using Chandler as a jump shooter and hopefully they come to their senses and keep him under the hoop. Interestingly, he's taken four shots from 15 feet or deeper this year after only attempting just eight shots from 16 feet or deeper last season.
Andrea Bargnani played 25 minutes in his start at power forward on Thursday, scoring nine points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers.
He actually tried to go for rebounds, but that's not exactly his forte. Bargnani shot 4-of-9 from the field and all of his makes came from 18 feet or deeper. The Knicks used him in high pick-and-rolls early in the first half, and since they didn't work at all, they used him more as a floor spreader on the weak side of plays in the second half. Il Mago has lost most of his magic and he doesn't do enough to warrant ownership in standard leagues.