Sunday, March 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Clippers 93, Knicks 80
By Jared Zwerling
WHAT IT MEANS: Did you expect anything different?
Though the Knicks' defensive effort and late third-quarter 3-pointers -- five in a row -- gave them some life, without Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler (all injuries), they simply didn't have enough offense to beat one of the NBA's best teams.
The Knicks dropped to 0-4 on their West Coast road trip, losing each game by double figures.
While the Clippers shot 45.3 percent from the field, the Knicks finished at just 35.8 percent. J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton led the way for the Knicks (17 and 16 points, respectively), though Smith shot just 4-for-20 from the field, including 1-for-7 from long range.
RAINING 3s: The Knicks rely on the 3-point shot with or without any of their Big Three. Despite Smith's cold hand, they still managed to go 12-for-26 (.462) from downtown on Sunday afternoon, shooting their highest percentage since Jan. 27. Steve Novak, who had missed each of his past 12 3-point attempts -- the longest streak of his seven-year career -- was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
RUN, COACH RUN! The Knicks have a ritual this season: The coaching staff runs during the following practice after the team has less than 12 turnovers in a game. On Sunday, the Knicks finished with 21 assists and only nine turnovers. Felton had his best floor game since March 4, tallying nine assists and only two turnovers.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks conclude their five-game road trip in Utah at 10:30 p.m. Monday. New York dominated the Jazz last Saturday, 113-84, without Anthony and Stoudemire, before flying out west.