Game Previews/ Recaps

Knicks-Wizards: What to Watch For

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The Knicks struggled to get by the Wizards in Washington earlier this season. Tonight, the Bockers will go to battle without their two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Enter the Jeremy Lin show. The Knicks whirling dervish of a point guard has been simply unbelievable the past two games, averaging 26.5 points per game and 7.5 assists per game. Also a key contributor as of late, Jared Jeffries has been nothing short of fantastic the past couple of games. The Knicks will need both players to step up if they are going to beat the floundering Wizards tonight. More

Notes From Knicks 99-88 Victory Over Utah

He did it again. Linsanity part 2 took place at the garden Monday night as the Knicks knocked off the Utah Jazz 99-88. The new Knicks point guard scored a career high 28 points and recorded 8 assists on the night. More impressively, Lin performed like this without both Carmelo Anthony, who strained his groin in the 1st quarter, and Amar’e Stoudemire, who missed the game due to the death of his brother. In game, Tyson Chandler spent most his minutes on the bench as he was in foul trouble all night. Given the circumstances and the opponent, Utah coming off a win over the Lakers, I thought Lin’s performance tonight was more impressive than on Saturday night. More

Knicks-Jazz: What to Watch For

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Last season the Knicks were 1-1 against the Jazz. In their only post-Melo trade meeting, the Knicks dominated the Jazz 131-109 at the Garden. Tonight, Jeremy Lin will make his first career start coming off his unbelievable 25 point performance against New Jersey Saturday night. Unfortunately, Amar’e Stoudemire suffered a tragic loss this morning when his older brother, Hazell, was killed in an early morning car accident. Stoudemire has taken an indefinite leave of absence and will not play tonight.  More

What to Make of Jeremy Lin?

Rather than waste my time with a post game when the only thing to talk about was ^ that guy, I decided to write a perspective on what exactly happened last night. Was the performance of career D-Leaguer Jeremy Lin a fluke or have the Knicks found a serviceable point guard? Obviously nobody knows the answer because the answer to that question has yet to be written. What is known however is this, Jeremy Lin is a point guard. The New York Knicks have no other capable point guards on their roster. Douglas is a shooting guard. Shumpert is more of a combo guard, probably in all likelihood a shooting guard. The only other actual point guard on the active roster is AARP eligible Mike Bibby whose age no longer allows him to play at an NBA level. More

Knicks-Nets: What to Watch For

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Last season, the Knicks were 4-0 against the crosstown rival Nets. The two teams matched up for a primetime thriller at the garden late last season in which Melo led the team to an overtime victory. See highlights above. Also in those highlights, see some vintage Chauncey Billups at the 2:17 mark as he bricks a transition three with Melo and Amar’e running down the court to his left. The Nets are coming off a 108-105 loss against Minnesota. More

Notes From Knicks 91-89 Loss to Boston

Different night. Different opponent. Same old Knicks. The Knicks lost their in the final seconds, this time 91-89 in Boston. In a game marred by horrible officiating, Boston’s rebounding, Toney Douglas’ inability to play basketball and more horrible officiating, the Knicks blew a 6 point halftime lead as they dropped yet another game in Boston. New York has not won in Boston since 2006. Anger does not begin to describe how I felt during the game and how I feel now. This team is the epitome of torture but unlike the 2010 San Francisco Giants they are not winning any games.  More

Knicks-Celtics: What to Watch For

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There are rumors swirling right now. Baron Davis is rumored to have a setback. Mike D’Antoni’s job is reportedly on the line tonight. With a loss tonight, the Knicks may be propelled into full crisis mode. And they haven’t won in Boston since 2006.  More

Notes from Knicks 105-102 Loss to the Bulls

There is no such thing as a moral victory. Not when you have 8 wins and 14 losses this season. Not when you have Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire on your team. This was absolutely a game the Knicks could have and should have won. A horrific 2nd quarter performances, lead by Toney Douglas (more on him later), put the Knicks in a hole they could never pull themselves out of. They wasted Stoudemire’s best performance of the season. It was Stoudemire’s best game by far apart from the fact that he missed a wide open 3 that essentially put the game out of reach. The Knick “bench”, who I predicted to score 3 points, scored 6 points tonight and Jeffries was the only guy that did anything remotely well. Toney Douglas has horribly regressed since last season and killed any momentum the Knicks had in the first half. Melo was good but did not play a sharp 4th quarter and the Knicks were unable to pull out the win.  More

Knicks-Bulls: What to Watch For

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The Knicks were 2-1 versus the Bulls last season. This season was supposed to be one of those years where this great rivalry would be re-kindled. The Bulls, 18-6, have been very good but obviously the 8-13 Knicks have been very bad. The Knicks do usually step their game up and compete against good teams so I think tonights game will be competitive. The Knicks match up pretty decently with the Bulls.

Here are some things to watch for:

  • With no Luol Deng, it will be interesting to see what Melo can do against Ronnie Brewer. Brewer is a strong, athletic defender but he is not the player that Luol Deng is. The Knicks did a really nice job of getting Melo the ball in post up situations where he is a dominant player. For more on Melo’s dominant post play, check out Jared Dubin’s Hardwood Paroxysm article from last month. I think tonight, Melo either will be horrible and stop the ball all game or he’s gonna have one of those vintage Melo nights. Lets be frank, in order to win tonight the Knicks will have to get Melo dominating. I think tonight he can do that against Brewer and I think the Knicks will compete hard tonight.
  • Iman Shumpert Vs Derrick Rose. Obviously Bibby and Douglas won’t be able to stay in front of Rose but I think Shumpert can. His legs have seem to have left him but the Knicks have had a good amount of days off lately and Shump could rise to the challenge versus the reigning MVP. The Knicks have no chance if they let the Bulls one man fast break do his best Rajon Rondo impersonation. If you forgot what that looks like, I’ll remind you:
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and if you have a couple minutes

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  • The Knicks have to keep Carlos Boozer off the boards tonight. The Duke product (how the hell did he get into Duke?) averaged 20 ppg and 20.5 rpg in 2 games versus the Knicks last season. If Boozer has 20 points 20 boards tonight, 2 things will happen. 1. I will shoot myself in the head and 2. the Knicks will lose.
  • Toney Douglas had 30 points in the Knicks first matchup against the Bulls last season. I will bet anyone a large sum of money that he doesn’t get 30 tonight.
  • Boozer is a horrid defender. Lets see if Amar’e can take advantage. Per Hollinger’s insider report on Boozer, the Bulls give up 6.36 more points per 100 possessions last season when Boozer was on the floor. He was ranked 64th out of 70 eligible power forwards in blocks per minute. Boozer has short arms and is only 6’9. The long, athletic Stoudemire should be able to take advantage but given his struggles this season, I would not expect him to dominate.
  • The Bulls bench cannot score. Chicago’s bench has not scored a lot of points this year, 25th in the league in bench scoring, and the Knick defense must keep it that way. Rose and Boozer will be a load offensively for the Knicks to deal with, they don’t need Ashton Kutcher shooting the lights out tonight or Taj Gibson scoring 15 points. Unfortunately, the Knicks bench probably will score 3 points tonight and if the Chicago bench can get going the Knicks will likely have no counter.
  • Will the real STAT please stand up?
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Notes From Knicks 113-86 Victory Over Detroit

Sorry to all people reading that this article wasn’t posted earlier. I have been under the weather the past week and between school and rest I wasn’t able to get on here and write any blogs.

On Tuesday night, the Knicks blew out the Pistons 113-86. The offense was flawless in the first half and the Knicks led by 12 at halftime. Carmelo Anthony and Landry Fields led the Knicks to victory with 25 points and 18 points respectively.

Here are some notes from the game:

  • Landry Fields had his best game of the season. He played literally a flawless first half as he was 6/6 from the field (no pun intended) at halftime. He finished the game 7/10 including 4/6 from outside the arc. This is a great sign as Fields’ 3 point shooting has been abysmal this season. Over the last 5 games, Fields has shot 43% from outside the arc and has averaged 12.6 points a game. He seems to be playing more comfortably within the offense as well as more confidently.
  • Speaking of playing within the offense, Melo had an efficient 25 point performance. He wasn’t 10/30 or 9/27 like in games past. He shot 9/14 and 2/3 from beyond the arc. I understand that Detroit was the opponent and they are awful but I definitely have noticed a concentrated effort by Melo to play within the offense. This does not mean that the Knicks cannot run isolation plays to Melo but every time he gets the ball he doesn’t need to shoot. I liked how he played on Tuesday. When he had a mismatch, he attacked the rim. I thought he did a nice job of moving the ball. He is skilled enough in spot up situations to not always need isolations to get him going. His first shot of the game was a spot up 3 that he hit. There are ways for him to get his points without screwing up the flow and execution of the offense and I think slowly he is learning that. He will not play like this all the time right away but I think in time he can make this his game. If you watch OKC, Durant doesn’t stop the ball. LeBron moves the ball. Dirk moves the ball. Melo does not need to be a ball stopper. I think when Baron Davis comes back the flow of the offense will improve and the Knicks will be able to get Melo some more spot up shots in the offense. I really like his spot up ability and I think he can continue to play like this.
  • Amar’e still cannot get going. He was 5/11 and scoring 15 points. I didn’t think Stoudemire played poorly but he has yet to have a dominant break out game. It is quite disheartening to see Stoudemire struggling offensively, especially given how great he was last season. He only hit 1/4 from mid-range on Tuesday and still cannot get his jumper going. I thought his shot looked good in Houston on Saturday but it was ineffective on Tuesday. He still does not look explosive to me. It is pretty clear that he still hasn’t found his legs but on the bright side I do this he’s getting closer. He did not get going Tuesday but over the last few games, Stoudemire has looked a little bit more explosive. I think he’s emphasizing getting to the rim on offense and I think thats the right way to go. Until he gets his mid-range game going, Stoudemire needs to find the way to impact the game in other ways and I think he can do that getting to the hoop.
  • Bill Walker had 5 fouls in 15 minutes… yikes
  • Walker and Renaldo Balkman literally are the best garbage time players in the league. Balkman, who looked like a weird gremlin with a pony tail, was 3/3 in 6 minutes and Walker hit some shots as well.
  • Sorry for the short/really late post. I am feeling much better and will writing posts longer and on time now that I’m finally healthy.
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