Knicks Vs. Pistons: Recap

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Knicks' Center Timofey Mozgov

MOZGOV! MOZGOV! MOZGOV! Who would have thought that this would be the chant coming from the Garden faithful after Sunday’s game vs the Pistons. Timofey Mozgov or Ivan Drago as I like to call him, put together a career game in the abscence of Shawne Williams and Wilson Chandler. In the beginning of the game he looked like same old Timofey. He was dropping passes and acting soft, until he was thrown an alley-oop from Raymond Felton which seemed to boost his confidence. From there Mozgov was showing off his athleticism with tip-slams and showing some range with a free-throw line jumper. Thank god. We have been waiting for this all year after hearing so much hype about the 7-foot Russian Center. Mozgov showed that in fact he could be a viable NBA player. Timmy deserved all the cheers he received from the MSG crowd. New Yorker’s seem to relate well to the underdog, and Moz is certainly that. 23-points and 14 boards…big ups Moz.

Moz did in fact have some help. Amar’e Stoudemire did his usual thing by taking over the game when he needed to. The all-star finished with 33 points in almost 40 minutes. More importanly, Danilo Gallinari is beginning to show signs that maybe he is worth keeping around. Gallo poured in 29 big points, including 4-threes. He was also a perfect 11-11 from the line. This was a solid Knicks win with a very short bench. It will be interesting to see how D’Antoni handles his bench Thursday night when Shawne Williams returns and Wilson Chandler will most likely suit up. I’ll tell you one thing, the Moz better get some run after his last performance.

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