Game Previews/ Recaps

Notes From Knicks 96-79 Loss to Raptors/ Knicks-Pistons Game Preview

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The above video basically signifies what happened to New York last night. They were in the fight, but then got knocked out in the 3rd quarter and hilariously flailed around the rest of the game. All of the sudden, “Woodyball” isn’t looking so good.

The Knicks previously dynamic Woodson-led offense has looked not so dynamic the past two games. Even in a win over Philadelphia, the number one rated defensive team in the league, the Knicks scored just 82 points and shot just 36%. I can give the Knicks a pass, sort of, for their inept offensive fortitude in that game. I cannot do so for last night’s game. Don’t be fooled, the Knicks shouldn’t have even gotten to 79. Late in the game, Toronto had their backups in (which was a virtual D-League roster) the game which allowed the Knicks to get 79 points. At the 2:33 mark of the 4th quarter, the Knicks had 68 points. That is unacceptable and embarrassing.

I understand that this has just been two bad offensive games, but I think there are some glaring weaknesses that the Knicks must shore up.

In this post, I will address what the Knicks did wrong last night and what they need to do tonight against Detroit. More

Knicks-Raptors: What to Watch For

Can the Knicks make it 6 in a row?

New York has won 5 straight games, while Toronto has lost 3 in a row. This is a game the Knicks should win. They are better than Toronto. They have more to play for than Toronto. They are more talented than Toronto.

The Knicks haven’t played since defeating Philadelphia on Wednesday night. They should have fresh legs tonight. No excuses for the Knicks in this one. They absolutely should win this game.

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Notes From the Knicks 82-79 Victory Over Philadelphia

Yes, the Knicks actually won a game in which they scored 82 points.

Can you remember the last time that happened? I can’t. The Knick defense smothered Philadelphia Wednesday night, en route to a 82-79 victory. The re-energized Knicks held Philly to 38.7% shooting from the floor. Mike Woodson has this team playing with more energy then they have in a decade. I understand its a 5 game sample size, and I’ve been as skeptical as anyone, but we can only read into these last 5 games. Nobody knows what will happen in the next 5 games. The Knicks may go 0-5 and lose every game by 40. Nobody knows. Over these past 5 games though, the Knicks have given playoff like effort. I believe this is the best 5 game stretch this team has had in the past decade. Their effort, especially defensively, has been nothing short of outstanding. Tonights game showcased just how well the Knicks are playing.

New York didn’t shoot well all night. They made up for it by defending and rebound. Yes, the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, dominated a quality opponent on the road by defending and rebounding. You can argue that Stoudemire was the Knicks most energized defender tonight! He had the defensive play of the game, when he destroyed Elton Brand in transition by blocking his shot and sending the ancient Sixers power forward to the deck. I almost fell out of my crappy desk chair when he did that.  I think I speak for every Knick fan when I say that that play was f&%$#@ awesome!! Go Knicks!!!

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Knicks-Sixers: What to Watch For

Tonight is a big game for the Knicks. They are in Philadelphia to take on the division leading 76ers.

For today’s pre game, I have a very special guest.

Jedi Master Yoda has joined me to discuss tonight’s Knicks-Sixers matchup. More

Notes From the Knicks 106-87 Victory Over Toronto

I like the way the Knicks are playing. Lets keep this in perspective though.

Yes, the Knicks are 4-0 since Mike D’Antoni was replaced by Mike Woodson. They are playing very well on both ends of the court, but lets keep some perspective. Toronto is not a good team. They’re 15-31 for a reason. The Knicks dominated Toronto defensively and overwhelmed them offensively, scoring 50 points in the paint. They obliterated the Raptors, as well they should, but there are a few glaring things this team must improve on. Any win is a good win when you’re a 22-24 8th seed, but the Knicks are not out of the woods yet. More

Knicks-Raptors: What to Watch For

Toronto always plays the Knicks tough.

The Raptors may be just 15-30, but they’ll give a strong effort tonight. The Knicks have been surging as of late, now that Carmelo Anthony is trying, having won three straight games. Despite their recent surge, the Knicks are still just the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They remain only a half game up on the Milwaukee Bucks who added Monta Ellis at the trade deadline.

Make no mistake about it. This is a huge game for the Knicks. Sure, Toronto is not a great team, but the Knicks need wins any way they can get them. Including tonights game, only nine of the Knicks last twenty-one opponents have sub .500 records. Even if the Knicks win all nine games, they’ll still be in trouble in the playoff picture. New York must win at least eight of these nine games, plus some additional games in order to make the playoffs.

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Knicks-Pacers: What to Watch For

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It is game three of the Mike Woodson era. Games one and two have been pretty smooth. Don’t expect game three to follow suit.

Indiana is not going to roll over again tonight. I’m not saying New York will lose, but I would be shocked if this game was another Knicks blowout. I expect the Pacers, 25-17, to come out and fight after last night’s embarrassing loss. The 20-24 Knicks must continue to shoot the ball well. I was extremely impressed with New York’s defense last night and I expect the defense to be solid again tonight. However, that is not the key to victory. The Knicks defense has been top 10 all season. If the Knicks can continue their hot shooting, they should move to 3-0 under Woody Woodson. More

Notes From the Knicks 115-110 Victory Over Indiana

Anyone still think we should have kept Chauncey Billups?

Right now, center Tyson Chandler is the Knicks best and most passionate player. Tonight, his total domination of 7’2 all-star Roy Hibbert set the tone for the Knicks runaway 115-100 victory over the 5th seeded Pacers. The Knick center held the Indiana center to 2/10 shooting and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes. Chandler was spectacular on both ends of the floor; 16 points, 7 boards, 4 blocks. He outplayed and outclassed Hibbert.

Like sneezing, or pouting (cough, cough), playing defense is contagious. One man makes a great defensive play, then the next guy does it and so fourth. Tyson Chandler’s passion on the defensive end of the floor was contagious throughout the entire team tonight. Indiana’s offense was stalled from the get-go and never got going until garbage time. Through three quarters, Indiana scored only 58 points and had two quarters in which they scored less than 20. The ‘Bockers held the haystacks Pacers to just 39% shooting on the night. New York shot 50%. It was a dominating performance on both ends for the Knicks. More

Notes From Knicks 121-79 Victory Over Portland

Tonight’s game just didn’t feel right.

It was weird for me to see the Knicks do well without head coach Mike D’Antoni. Today was a weird day. D’Antoni’s “resignation” seemed like a culmination of years of failure from the Knicks franchise. It was just another example of a coach (Larry Brown, Lenny Wilkens, Isiah Thomas) being run out of Madison Square Garden in a negative light. Many Knicks fans celebrated. I did not. Even if I was a D’Antoni hater, I would not have celebrated. There is nothing to celebrate. A good head coach lost his job today. Despite when you think about D’Antoni, you had to root for him as a Knick fan. His “resignation” symbolized how much of a true failure this season has been for the Knicks. This was a team with championship aspirations. This was a team that was projected by some, including myself, to win 42-46 games. The 2011 season has been a complete failure for the Knicks. They were the 9th seed in the East coming into tonight’s game. I’m not putting a lid on this team’s ceiling for this year. They may make a run, who knows. My point is that this season has been a complete disaster and the “resignation” of Mike D’Antoni just symbolizes continued dysfunction at Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s game means little in the big picture of these organization. Sure, they destroyed the equally dysfunctional Trail Blazers, who played the second game of a back to back, but it really doesn’t mean much. Teams often play well after a drastic change or trade. Look at Golden State last night, they lost Ellis and blew out the Kings. I don’t quite get why that happens but it happens. I want to see the Knicks play like this against Indiana on Friday.

I’m not going to go into more about my feelings on D’Antoni. I am currently writing a D’Antoni post that will be up tomorrow.  More

Notes From Knicks 104-99 Loss to Chicago

The Knicks have lost 6 in a row. They are 18-24 and are now the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs started today, the Knicks would be watching the playoffs like the rest of us. From home.

Monday night, the Knicks lost in pathetic fashion to a short handed Bulls team. Despite not having the services of starters, Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton, and backup point guard CJ Watson, the Bulls defeated the Knicks 104-99. The difference in this game was effort. The Bulls wanted to win more than the Knicks did and they won. New York’s effort rebounding the basketball was abysmal and unacceptable tonight. Chicago’s whooping 22 offensive rebounds were the difference in the game and buried the Knicks in the second half. The Knicks had a chance in the final minute but failed to come back and win the game. With 32 seconds left and the Knicks down 4, Carmelo Anthony inexplicably threw up a contested 29 foot three pointer early in the shot clock and the Knicks fate was sealed. More