Sunday, November 3, 2013
Halftime Reax: Timberwolves 64, Knicks 49
By Ian Begley
The Knicks played in the first half like a bunch of guys who just ran the New York City Marathon.
They trailed by as many as 23 thanks to sloppy play, poor shooting and some porous interior defense.
Here are a few observations:
CARELESS WITH THE BALL: The Knicks had six turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game. Minnesota scored 11 points off of those turnovers in the first half to take a 21-point lead. New York heard plenty of boos in the opening quarter, and deservedly so.
They allowed Minnesota to shoot 67 percent from the field.
Felton had two turnovers and four of the Knicks five starters turned the ball over at least once in the opening quarter. Mike Woodson called a timeout with 45 seconds to go to rip into his team.
BARGS BETTER: One guy who came to play for the Knicks early on? Andrea Bargnani. The Knicks' biggest offseason acquisition had a strong first half, scoring 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting with three rebounds and a steal. Bargnani had gone scoreless in the first half of his first two Knicks games.
Metta World Peace also had a strong first half, hitting five of his 10 shots for 12 points. Carmelo Anthony struggled with his shot, going 2 for 9 with seven points. He had six rebounds, four on the offensive end.
NO LOVE FOR NY: The Knicks had their hands full with Kevin Love. The Wolves power forward had 18 points, seven boards and three assists.
Minnesota was effective in getting to the paint and drawing contact. They shot 16 first-half free throws. The Knicks shot just seven.