Halftime Report: Bobcats 54, Knicks 45


The Knicks have accomplished all of their regular-season goals. Now they just want the regular season to end.

New York is playing the second to last game of its regular season tonight in Charlotte.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

HE’S BAAAAACK: Rasheed Wallace returned to the floor for the first time in four months.

Wallace played four minutes in the first half. He hit his first shot but looked rather winded later in the half, which is to be expected. He finished with two points, making one of three shots.

The Knicks hope Wallace can give them 10-15 minutes in the playoffs to provide depth to their front line. Wallace will have six more quarters and two days to get in shape before the Knicks take on Boston. The 38-year-old veteran has not played since Dec. 13 because of a stress fracture in his left foot. He had surgery in late February to repair the injury and had been running for the past few days.

POROUS D: With the Knicks dressing nine players, and eight healthy enough to play, they have limited bodies to use against the Bobcats.

But the players that have hit the floor for New York have struggled on defense.

Charlotte hit 25 of 40 shots (62.5 percent). The Bobcats had 28 points in the paint (compared to 10 for the Knicks). They also outrebounded the Knicks, 18-13 in the first half.

Gerald Henderson had 15 points. Kemba Walker had 13 and eight assists.

WHITE (FINALLY) TAKES FLIGHT: James White didn’t get the job done in the NBA dunk contest. But he had a nice flush in the final minute of the first half, sidestepping Josh McRoberts and finishing with a flush off of one foot.

Chris Copeland had 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting. He hit two of three 3-pointers.