Well, it wasn’t meant to be tonight. The Golden State Warriors stood pat at the trade deadline, but sure could have used some help this evening. The New York Knicks hung tight and then took over in the 3rd quarter. It was a close one all the way till the end, with the classic free throw exchange still allowing the Warriors one final possessions (two to tie, three to win) — but unfortunately Klay Thompson missed a little step back mid-ranger.
This was a real momentum draining loss too, as the Phoenix Suns picked up a big win against a potential Eastern Conference Finals opponent. Remember that the All Star break isn’t anywhere close to the halfway point on the season. There’s 26 games left, which is something like a third of the season.
It’s just one loss, but given the timing and lack of movement in free agency, the spotlight was shining a little extra brightly on the team tonight. Perspective and patience are helpful if you have them, but no matter how you slice it, this was not a feel good loss, in any way.
As always, our team of experts will be back in the morning to help you make sense of it all, for now, let’s just spare a brief though for this poor man:
The strong record is small comfort, but it feels like this team is just playing out their cards until the All Star break.
It’s late and I have a 6am call tomorrow, so I’m not going to look up the Knicks season rebounding statistics, but I think it’s safe to say that even against the NBA’s strongest rebounding team, the discrepancy on the boards tonight would have been a problem.
This was the same team that was ripping down rebounds left and right earlier in the season. Small comfort, or short term blip? Your choice : )