Game Previews/ Recaps

Preseason Recap Knicks 98 Celtics 95

This wasn’t your mamma’s Knicks-Celtics preseason game, that’s for sure! Overtime, up-and-down pace to the game, and a down-to-the-wire 98-95 finish were all on display during this Knicks victory in Hartford, Connecticut. Also, appearances by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, as well as others — so yes, maybe this was your mamma’s Knicks-Celtics preseason game. Or, at this point, your grandmamma’s. You may have been away and missed this sure-fire Knicks classic, (perhaps you were watching the Nets? Ahahahaha.) and in doing so missed out on the Pablo Prigioni-Chris Copeland pick-and-roll you will be telling your kids about. Some notes to catch you up:

  • Firstly, the Knicks were without Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, and Ronnie Brewer for tonight’s game. If those guys were healthy, can you imagine how much the Knicks would have won by? At least 4000 points.
  • The Knicks jumped out to an eight point lead midway through the first, and then proceeded to end the quarter down one. The Knicks, it turns out, are still allergic to momentum.
  • There was a nice play where Melo air-balled a long two-pointer off of a catch-and-shoot opportunity and the ball dropped right into James White’s hands and he made a lay-up. That, some decent defense on a variety of different players, and seven rebounds was basically the game for White, who was starting in place of JR Smith. More

Preseason Recap: Knicks 108-Wizards 101

Tonight, the Knicks went into our nation’s capital to kick off their inaugural preseason game against the Wizards, and after watching this game, although it’s relatively meaningless considering the fact that it is a preseason game, I was impressed with the new look Knicks; new look as in the brand spanking new jerseys. The jerseys are pretty sleek, sexy, and just plain awesome, except the jersey piping, which makes me want to smash something (I’ll admit it, the “sexy” part is just a filler, but still, the jerseys are still pretty hot, yo). The Knicks scored 38 points in the first quarter (!)  off of 11 assists. That being said, ball movement played an important role in this game– especially from my main man Raymond Felton. The second quarter was filled with loads of boredom until the Knicks finally broke the Wizards 18-0 run with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter. This game pretty much stayed close until the fourth quarter.

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Knicks-Heat Game 5: What to Watch For

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Tonight, the Knicks try to keep their season alive down in South Beach. Headed into this pivotal game 5, the already short-handed Knicks will be even more short-handed. Thanks to an almost comical (yet incredibly depressing) set of events, the Knicks will be down to their 4th and 5th string point guards tonight. Jeremy Lin’s knee is still not ready to play on, Baron Davis shredded his knee in game 4 and Iman Shumpert blew out his knee in game 1. New York will rely on the crypt-keeper, Mike Bibby, to run the point tonight.  Welp… we’ll also see Toney Douglas get some run tonight. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire led the Knicks to victory in game 4, scoring 61 of New York’s 89 points, and they’ll have to do it again tonight. I think they can do it and I feel surprisingly optimistic about the game tonight.

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Knicks Win First Playoff Game Since 2001

It is finally over! The Knicks have finally won a playoff game. It took an NBA record 13 losses before they could get this victory, but that is now irrelevant. Sunday’s thrilling 89-87 Knicks victory over the Miami Heat was just awesome. There’s no other way to describe it. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire led the way, as the tandem scored 61 points. Did the Knicks play a great game? No way. Sure, Miami didn’t bring their A game, but I could care less. The Knicks won a playoff game for the first time since 2001 and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Knicks-Heat Game 4: What to Watch For

In all likelihood, the 2011 Knicks season will come to an end this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. As we all know, the Knicks are down 3-0 against the powerhouse Miami Heat. Miami optimizes what the Knicks hope to one day become, although the Knicks sit miles away from that level. In game 4, the Knicks will try to snap their NBA-record 13 game playoff losing streak. For the Knicks, very little has gone well in this series. Carmelo Anthony has been horrible, shooting 34%, Tyson Chandler has been sick and ineffective and Amar’e Stoudemire sidelined himself by punching a fire extinguisher after game two. New York has been stagnant and ineffective on offense and unable to slow down the Heat stars on offense. It has been a complete disaster of a series for the Knicks.

In game 4, the Knicks will be playing for pride. To play devil’s advocate to my usually pessimistic self, the Knicks do have a slight chance of winning this game. Defensively they did with Miami in game 3 for the first 3 quarters before LeBron James put the game away with 10 minutes to go in the 4th. In game 2, the Knicks played Miami evenly for about 38 minutes of the game, but were killed by two separate 5 minute stretches in that game. There is a chance that Amar’e Stoudemire returns this afternoon, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I know he’s saying he wants to play and that he did in fact practice yesterday, but I just can’t see it. He posted that nasty picture of his hand yesterday, which looked like he had a baseball seam stitched onto his palm. As you can see in the picture, it is pretty clear to me that the meaty portion of his hand was in fact hanging off. I have a really difficult time he’s going to be recovered enough from almost losing a portion of his hand, to then playing a basketball game in a matter of days. Even if Stoudemire plays, he will have that hand covered up and nobody knows how effective he’ll be. We’ll see what happens today, but I would expect… well, the norm. I think the Knicks will be outplayed and they will lose. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

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Disappointing Knicks Fall Again in Game 3

The season is over. A sweep is inevitable and the Knicks season will end on Sunday at the Garden. New York now trails Miami 3-0 in this first round series after tonight’s 87-70 loss. Carmelo Anthony came up miles short of his billing, as he finished the game 7/23 shooting. Mike Woodson’s offense was stagnant and ineffective. New York’s inability to consistently score baskets is what did them in tonight. The Knicks were solid defensively, holding Miami to 87 points and forcing 17 turnovers, especially in the first three quarters of the game. Their defense fell apart in the 4th as LeBron James had a masterful quarter. I relate this effect to football in a way. In football, often times you see a team’s defense dominate, but wear down late in the game due to the team’s ineffective offense not being able to put scoring drives together. That is how the Knicks were tonight. Their defense was solid, but miss after miss after miss on offense took its toll. The Knicks were unable to score tonight, which put a ton of pressure on that defense. Eventually, the defense cracked and the Knicks were done for. It was a very disheartening and depressing game to watch. This is one of those nights that I hate being a Knicks fan.

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Knicks-Heat Game 3: What to Watch For

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The Knicks have lost 12 straight playoff games. They have not won a playoff game since the 2000-2001 season. They have not won a playoff series since their improbable run in 1999, led by Ewing, Houston and Spreewell. New York’s long standing drought of playoff success has taken form into a metaphorical Berlin Wall for not only the Knicks, but their fans. With every disappointing loss after disappointing loss, the wall only gets bigger. We know the Knicks aren’t going to win this series, but can we at least get a playoff win out of these Knicks? Will a single playoff win tear down the metaphorical Berlin Wall of playoff failure? Absolutely not. But a win tonight would instill a bit of sanity back into the fan base as well as the team itself. It is one thing for the Knicks to lose playoff series. They weren’t better than Boston last year (although they got jobbed in game 1) and they’re not better than Miami this year. But to get swept in both series is just damn embarrassing. Even the Dwight Howard-less Magic and the mediocre Philadelphia Sixers have found ways to get playoff wins so far this year. It is the Knicks turn. The past is the past. They’ve got to start taking serious hacks at this gigantic wall of failure, and that starts tonight at 7 PM at Madison Square Garden.

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Knicks-Heat Game 2: What to Watch For

This is pretty much the season for the Knicks. If they lose tonight, it is a forgone conclusion that they’ll be going home. If they find a way to win, they still have a chance, albeit small, to beat Miami in this series. The Knicks must put game 1 behind them. As depressing as that game was, it still counts as only one victory for Miami. I won’t go as far as to say the Knicks will win tonight, but I think they’ll at least show up. I don’t know what happened to them in game 1. They seemed to have left their effort and execution back in New York. Tonight is a new night. I expect the Knicks to come out fired up. Again, will they win? I doubt it. Will they give a better effort? I think so.

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Knicks Get Annihilated In Game One

Game 1 was just as bad as it looked on the stat sheet. Miami’s 100-67 victory was just as dominant as it sounds. Before I discuss the Knicks game 1 ineptitude, let me say this about the NBA officiating. The Knicks would have lost this game even if it was fairly called. The officials were not the reason New York lost this game. They didn’t defend, they didn’t shoot well, they didn’t attack the Heat. They deserved to lose. However, that game was not officiated correctly. For LeBron to shoot more first half free throws than the entire Knick team is ridiculous. Tyson Chandler’s flagrant foul was very not flagrant. Was it a foul? Yes. Was it flagrant worthy? Absolutely not. The officiating took a bad Knick performance and made it ten times worse. The NBA should be embarrassed by the performance those officials today.

However, the Knicks were absolutely horrible today. Mike Woodson’s offense was plain, unable to adjust and utterly ineffective. They looked lost and they didn’t hit shots. Melo was horrible. Amar’e didn’t get the ball enough to even make an impact. Baron Davis was the best offensive Knick today. That’s embarrassing. Defensively, the Knicks didn’t show up either. It was an overall depressing loss. To make matters worse, Iman Shumpert injured his knee in the 3rd quarter. I’m no doctor, but it looked to me like he blew out his knee. Let’s hope that isn’t the case.

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Knicks-Heat: A Little Perspective

I’m not optimistic about this series. I believe the Knicks are too inconsistent as a team to beat Miami. They haven’t shown the ability to beat the Heat this season, and I do not believe they’ll defeat Miami in this first round series. Having said that, I’m going to say this:

Knick fans should be pumped for this series.

This rivalry isn’t the Alonzo Mourning Heat vs the Patrick Ewing Knicks. I’d be hard pressed to believe we’ll see Mike Woodson hanging on to LeBron James’ leg during a brawl tomorrow. This isn’t a great rivalry yet. But it’s getting there. I absolutely hate the Miami Heat. Sure, I was not old enough to really appreciate the Heat-Knicks theatrics of the late 90′s. I can’t say that I ever witnessed Ewing postering Mourning, or that I saw Houston hit that game winning shot in game 5. However, this is the dawn of a new Heat-Knicks rivalry.

I don’t think that New York will win this series, but I’m still excited to watch the Knicks take their best swing at Miami. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they’ll have to play the best in the first round. Were the Knicks to win this series, I think they’d have an excellent shot at the finals. This is a great opportunity for our Knicks. Sure, New York are underdogs, but it was just two seasons ago that the Knicks weren’t even in the playoffs. More