There were a couple of major flaws in the Knick defense...and most of the
Knick problems came as a result of Oakley and Ewing(especially Oakley).
Oakley doesn't seem to trust his teammates in containing their men and he
VERY often jumped out and double teamed at the WRONG TIMES. Hasn't he
learned that GRANT is hurting the Knicks with his open jumpers? To me, in
this series, Oakley just hasn't done too much.
In game 5, Ewing...was...AWFUL after the first quarter. I hope he watches
the tapes. He was frustrated, but heck, he was playing like shit on offense.
The Knicks don't need him to force up bad shots. One more pass...and you'll
find the open man. I think that his teammates should be insulted that he
doesn't trust them enough to take the shots anymore. Ewing...simply choked
towards the end when he forced up several bad shots and...MISSED HIS 2 FREE
THROWS. That was embarassing... I thought that was the end. Ewing really
needs to come back in game 6 and show that his shameful performance and
temper tantrums were just a fluke and just a bad game.
Charles Smith was on fire for one stretch of the game... he's gotta learn
that he's far more effective attacking the basket strong than taking jump
shots. He's a big guy, and he should play big. Pippen and ESPECIALLY Kukoc
shouldn't be able to get around him THAT easily.
He had a pretty good game, though...(considering this is only charles)
Greg Anthony was VERY impressive from the end of the first half onward. His
driving penetration then dishing off was reminiscent of his college days...as
well as his pro gameplay before this season. He bounced back from his poor
outing in game 4. Good job.
Corey Gaines...WAS GREAT! He's done nothing but impress everyone. He
rarely turns over the ball...and plays like a REAL POINT GUARD... he played
VERY WELL...and I really think that San Antonio should have acted sooner in
their search for a point guard. He showed great composure and played
valuable backup minutes in game 5... It's good to know that you get this
much out of your 12th man.
Davis...was the unlikely hero of the game... but hey, he hit his free
throws... I'm not complaining. :)
The Bulls are in trouble now... this loss really must have taken the steam
out of them...plus...the Knicks will be at full strength with harper back in
the lineup... As far as I'm concerned, the Knicks will be stronger than
ever and the Bulls will have to show a lot of heart to force a game 7.
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SHOOP!!!! So far, so good!
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