Knicks measure up -- until crunch time

Don't buy last-second loss to C's as a moral victory, but it's proof the Knicks matter

Updated: December 16, 2010, 7:22 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- As measuring-stick games go, the New York Knicks were a couple inches short and a click of the clock too late.

This game in a nutshell? That's it right there. If Amare Stoudemire had gotten a couple of inches closer to Paul Pierce on the step-back jumper that everyone from here to Boston knew he was going to take, perhaps Stoudemire gets a finger on it and it doesn't drop through.

And if Stoudemire had shown just a tad more hand speed on the catch-and-shoot ...

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