Game Previews/ Recaps

Notes From the Knicks 112-104 Loss to Indiana

The Knicks have had a lot of bad losses this season. That may have been the worst one. Given the opponent and the circumstance, this was a game the Knicks needed to win badly. The Knicks upcoming gauntlet schedule consists of facing Orlando, Chicago twice, Milwaukee, the Wizards (the only “easy game”), then Miami and Boston. The 27-27 Knicks needed this victory and they should have won this game.

Going into the 4th quarter, the Knicks had dominated the game. Their defense was on point while the offense was rolling as Carmelo Anthony dominated the first three quarters. However, in typical Knicks fashion, New York completely fell apart and collapsed in the final quarter. The offense became stagnant and ineffective while the defense seemingly forgot what to do. New York blew a 15 point lead and the Pacers won the game. Indiana won the fourth quarter 40-17. It was a stunning collapse for the Knicks, who had been playing very well defensively as of late.

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Knicks-Pacers: What to Watch For

The Knicks have already defeated the Indiana Pacers twice in the Mikey Woodson era. However, those two victories came while the Knicks still had the services of Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire. Obviously they’ll be without those two players tonight so Carmelo Anthony must be the man. Anthony has looked like a man reincarnated over the past four games, averaging 27 points on 48% shooting. Offensively, the Knicks must get contributions from more players in order to pick up the slack created by the absences of Lin and Stoudemire. The Pacers will be giving their full effort tonight. They hate New York and they’re not going to be happy going 0-3 against the Knicks this season. It should be a blood bath tonight.

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Notes From the Knicks 90-75 Win Over Cleveland

That was a solid win, but the real schedule starts this week. New York knocked off a Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland team 90-75. JR Smith and Carmelo Anthony carried the team on offense while the defense was strong as usual. Toney Douglas was resurrected from the depths of the underworld and gave the Knicks 10 “eh” minutes of play. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t horrible. He was just “eh” tonight. The Knicks were good defensively and the Cavs were inept offensively. It was a game the Knicks should have won, and they won. Now, the real schedule starts. They play Indiana, Orlando and Chicago twice this week. New York has a lot to work to do, but they got off to a good start tonight.

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Knicks-Cavs: What to Watch For

Jeremy Lin is out for 6 weeks with a meniscus. For those of you that don’t know anything about calendars, this means that he will, BEST CASE SCENARIO, return in the middle of may. The Knicks are pretty screwed right now. Stoudemire is out 2-4 weeks, Jeffries is still out and numerous other guys are hurt. They are the walking dead. I’m sorry, this team is not going to win anything in the playoffs. Unless Lin and Stoudemire miraculously come back and produce in the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks are almost a sure bet to be done. This sucks. Also, the Knicks and Cavs play tonight. I guess I’ll preview the game.

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Notes From the Knicks 100-90 Loss to Atlanta

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In a game that was slow as molasses and sloppier than the sloppiest of joes, the Knicks dropped their 2nd game under Mike Woodson as they lost 100-90 to the Hawks. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert delivered on offense, but they were the only ones to do so. Anthony and Shumpert combined to score 61 of the Knicks 90 points and the Knicks had no other players hit double figure scoring. Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Willie Green (who?) were the beasts for Atlanta tonight, scoring 71 of Atlanta’s 100 points. New York actually won the third quarter, for the first time since the age of the Dinosaurs, but their defense faltered down the stretch in the 4th quarter. Big 3 pointers by Joe Johnson and Willie Green stuck the dagger in the Knicks collective hearts and the game was over with about 3 minutes to go.

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Knicks-Hawks: What to Watch For

It’s game 10 of the Mike Woodson era. The Knicks are 8-1 since the departure of one Mike D’Antoni. Tonight, they will be without the services of Jeremy Lin. Carmelo Anthony will play and is coming off one of his best games of the season. New York obliterated Atlanta 99-82 (and it wasn’t that close) in their first matchup. However, that win came under the watch of D’Antoni and it will be interested to see what the Knicks do tonight under Woodson. If recent history is any indication, the Knicks will probably be pretty good tonight.

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Notes From the Knicks 108-86 Win Over Orlando

Usually teams give full effort when they come to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. For some reason, Orlando gave negative effort tonight and it showed. New York dominated Orlando in a 108-86 blowout laugher that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. Orlando, one of the better defensive teams in the league, gave no effort defensively and allowed the Knick offense to explode. The Knicks finished the night shooting 50%, but was at 61% shooting mid-way through the third. Carmelo Anthony was the star (finally) scoring 25 points on 9/15 shooting. Iman Shumpert also had a strong offensive game, scoring 25 points.

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Notes From the Knicks 89-80 Victory Over Milwaukee

That was a pretty ugly win, but I’ll gladly take it. Given the news regarding Amar’e Stoudemire, the nature of the game was quite fitting. It was an extremely ugly 89-80 win for the Knicks. Both defenses played well as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 42 times. The Knicks overcame the absences of Jeremy Lin, Amar’e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to victory, scoring a game high 28 points.

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Knicks-Bucks: What to Watch For

The fact that the 2011 Knicks have reached this point in the season is very, very sad.

This was a Knick team that had championship aspirations coming into the season. The Knicks have been nothing short of disappointing this season. At 24-25, the Knicks are now scrapping for their playoff lives. They sit just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th seed in the playoffs. Milwaukee plays hard and has some nice players, but there is no way they should be competing with the Knicks for a spot in the playoffs. The Knicks should not be in this position. They should be fighting for a higher playoff seed, not fighting for a spot in the playoffs. It is very sad.

Nonetheless, we have arrived at this point. Tonights game at Madison Square Garden is a huge game for New York. If they lose to Milwaukee, the Knicks will be just a half game ahead of the Bucks in the standings. Including tonights game, only 7 of Milwaukee’s last 18 opponents have a winning record. 10 of the Knicks last 17 opponents have winning records. A Knicks win tonight would put them 2 1/2 games up on the Bucks. By no means would they be out of the woods, but it would provide the Knicks with a decent cushion on which to sit on. Given how the Bucks remaining schedule is easier than the Knicks remaining schedule, New York needs as big a cushion as they can get. I would go as far to say that a Knicks loss tonight would be disastrous. In my opinion, this is a must win game for the Knicks.

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Notes From the Knicks 101-79 Victory Over Detroit

The Knicks have absolutely dismantled Lawrence Frank’s Detroit Pistons this year. The KnicksĀ are 3-0 against Detroit and have outscored the Pistons by 72 points. New York was pretty sloppy tonight, but shot well and defended well en route to a blowout victory. The Knicks shot 48.7% from the field and out rebounded the Pistons by 24 on the night. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks to victory with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

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