Knicks Outrebounded by 20

by Jeff Fogle 3. February 2011 00:27

The New York Knicks dropped their eighth game in the last 11 with a 113-97 loss to Dallas Tuesday night. New York was outrebounded 54-34, making it the tenth time in those 11 games that the Knicks lost the battle of the boards...

REBOUND TOTALS THE LAST 11 GAMES
Utah 36, New York 26
Sacramento 60, New York 49
Phoenix 48, New York 38
Houston 48, New York 45
San Antonio 50, New York 44
Oklahoma City 57, New York 40
Washington 47, New York 40
Miami 49, New York 45
Atlanta 46, New York 34
New York 41, Detroit 32
Dallas 54, New York 34

Let's break it down by scoreboard wins and losses:

IN NEW YORK'S 3 WINS
Washington 47, New York 40
Miami 49, New York 45
New York 41, Detroit 32

The Knicks were only down a net two rebounds in their three victories, meaning they've got a chance to "outshoot" their lack of rebounding as long as they can be competitive on the boards.

IN NEW YORK'S 8 LOSSES
Utah 36, New York 26 (-10)
Sacramento 60, New York 49 (-11)
Phoenix 48, New York 38 (-10)
Houston 48, New York 45 (-3)
San Antonio 50, New York 44 (-6)
Oklahoma City 57, New York 40 (-17)
Atlanta 46, New York 34 (-12)
Dallas 54, New York 34 (-20)

Double digit deficits...which are rebounding BLOWOUTS in this league...in six of the eight losses.

In terms offensive and defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions), the Knicks' medians over those 11 games are:

102.1 on offense
109.5 on defense

That's basically Toronto Raptors or Minnesota Timberwolves territory...

103.2 on offense, 109.4 on defense for Toronto this year
102.3 on offense, 108.7 on defense for Minnesota this year
102.1 on offense, 109.5 on defense as medians for NY the last 11

If you're getting killed on the boards, opponents get extra chances to score on their possessions, while you're not getting those on your possessions.

New York kind of hit a wall the night they lost at home to Boston in a big national TV game a few weeks ago. Tuesday's loss is the bookend to a 9-14 stretch that began with that "reality check." All the talk about the Knicks being a possible force in the playoffs, and Amare Stoudemire winning an MVP award, has subsided.

No team may be waiting for the All-Star break with as much anticipation as New York. They play a fast tempo with a short rotation. The numbers suggest the legs just aren't there on a night in, night out basis right now. Rebounding is a great basic fundamental "hustle" stat. If your typical game is a double digit rebounding loss during any stretch of the season, that's a strong red flag indicator that something's amiss.

New York's loss to Dallas was also a Superleague loss. New York falls to 7-13 for the season within our subset of 13 top teams as selected awhile back (Boston, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta, and NY in the East; San Antonio, Dallas, the LA Lakers, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Utah, and Denver in the West).

Dallas is 14-8, a very impressive mark that still trails Boston (14-5) and San Antonio (16-6) at the top of the heap.

Oklahoma City beat New Orleans 104-93 in Tuesday's other Superleague game. Both teams are 11-12.

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