Rapid Reaction: Rockets 97, Knicks 84


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WHAT IT MEANS: If you're a Knicks fan, you'd like to think your team hit rock-bottom Saturday night against the Rockets. But that may be underestimating just how bad things can get for these Knicks.

Mike D'Antoni's club lost to a Houston team without its leading scorer (Kevin Martin) and with its third-leading scorer (Kyle Lowry) limited to just three points. The Knicks -- without Carmelo Anthony -- shot just 38 percent from the field, including 5-for-26 from beyond the arc.

Overall, New York has lost nine of 10 and is already six games below .500. The Knicks also lost three of four games on their four-game-in-five-night road trip.

THE BAD: In a sign of just how bleak things are at point guard for the Knicks, D'Antoni inserted seldom-used Jeremy Lin at the point midway through the third.

Presumably, it was because Toney Douglas and others struggled running the offense and not due to injury. Douglas was 3-of-13 with three turnovers and four assists. Rookie Iman Shumpert also handled the ball at times against Houston.

He finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting and two turnovers. Mike Bibby went 0-for-3 from the floor with three turnovers.

The Knicks are hoping that Baron Davis makes his season debut Tuesday against Detroit.

DEFENSE RESTS: The Knicks had trouble keeping Houston out of the lane and challenging Rockets shooters. Houston, which won its ninth in ten tries, shot 49 percent from the floor. The Rockets' bench outscored the Knicks' reserves, 61-35.

THE GOOD: Hard to find something to write here with a team that's struggling as much as the Knicks, but Amare Stoudemire showed improvement from his early-season shooting woes on Saturday. Stoudemire finished with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

Tyson Chandler had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks return home to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, a warmup for what will be a difficult week.

After hosting Detroit (4-16), the Knicks play three games in three nights. They host Chicago on Thursday, travel to Boston on Friday and then come back home to face the Nets on Saturday.

This is the only time the Knicks will play the dreaded three-games-in-three-nights stanza. It's a product of the lockout-shortened 66-game season.

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