Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYK

January 1st, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Despite a heroic 45 points from Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks fell to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 105-100.

Huge individual scoring outputs and disappointing results aside, the big story in this one was the return of Amar'e Stoudemire, who came off the bench to play 17 minutes in his first action this season. The results were, at best, mixed for the Knicks' power forward, who looked a step slow and more than a little rusty.

He's clearly not ready to help the Knicks just yet.

Weak rebounding and a porous perimeter defense were the key strategic storylines for the Knicks in this one, but everyone will be talking about the brilliance of Anthony and the unanswered questions about Stoudemire's fit in New York's rotation.

In the interest of fairness, we've graded the performance of every Knick from tonight's game. But don't worry, we've devoted special attention to Stoudemire, whose night we picked apart from every angle.

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