You have to give some credit to the Chicago Bulls' defense, but the first half was just unacceptable for the New York Knicks' offense. New York had to work incredibly hard just to crack 30 points in the first 24 minutes and trailed the Bulls 57-36 at the break.
Carmelo Anthony has been an MVP candidate so far this season, but Luol Deng's defense was smothering and kept Melo to just 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. As a team, the Knicks failed to connect on a three-pointer and shot 29.8 percent from the field. They also had as many turnovers as assists, with five a piece.
Meanwhile, the Knicks' defense wasn't much better. Chicago shot 57.5 percent from the floor and Kirk Hinrich had as many assists as the entire Knicks roster.
One of the best New York highlights of the half was a fastbreak layup by Kurt Thomas. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The Knicks will need to get it together quickly if they plan on being competitive in this game.