The Knicks are in a really bad place right now. I’m not over-exaggerating to a bad loss, or even a few bad losses. After starting off the season an astounding 18-5, the Knicks are now 14-15 in their last 29 games. They’ve lost 4 straight games and the upcoming late season schedule is brutal. November seems like eons ago.
Coming off Wednesday’s abomination in Indiana, the Knicks had a rough night tonight in Toronto. I actually thought the energy was pretty good tonight, but the execution was not. Defensively, we saw the same deficiencies we have seen all year. For the most part, I thought the Knicks gave a strong effort on defense. However, the constant switching and un-necessary double teaming left them out to try on too many occasions tonight. Give Toronto credit, they did some nice things on offense and took advantage of the Knicks putting themselves at a disadvantage. No one play was more evident of this than Kyle Lowry’s game winning bucket with 28 seconds left. Toronto ran high pick and roll, the Knicks switched and Lowry hit a really tough shot over Chandler. That one play symbolized this game in a microcosm. You pulled your hair out when the Knicks switched, thought they might be okay when Chandler had good position on Lowry and cursed when Lowry hit the shot anyways.
When I heard the Knicks were returning back to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana, another half-court grinding sloppier-than-a-food-fight game was imminent. Thus, the Knicks lost by 34 points in a foul/technical foul, free throw-happy game, hence Tyson Chandler going 11-11 from the charity stripe, filled with repulsiveness. Gagging, vomiting, the works, I did it all while watching this complete dog crap of a game. Where to start? The Knicks started out the game shooting 8-22, allowing 30 points to the Pacers in the first quarter. Then, the Pacers scored 44 points in the second quarter. Yes, probably, if not, the best defensive team in the NBA that doesn’t have their main scoring option in Danny Granger due to injury that is also a bottom three offensive team scored 74 total first half points. Only can that happen to the Knicks, I say, because hey, it’s the Knicks. Even with Carmelo Anthony in the fold as the main scoring option instead of J.R Smith as the viable scoring threat in the last matchup against the Pacers, that did jack shit. Depressing notes are seen below: More
I was up extra late last night watching Late Show with David Letterman, and then watching Bachelor Party with Tom Hanks for like the 1312421th time because it’s such a great movie. Anywho, according to Alex Kennedy, there were trade rumors of J.J Redick being traded for Iman Shumpert, with a possibility of having a third team being placed into the trade. When I first saw it, I thought to myself that it wasn’t a bad deal at first. Redick is a pure shooter. Off of the catch and shoot, he’s automatic, he really can’t miss, one of the best in the league off of the catch and shoot, indubitably. He’s shooting just over 40% from downtown, 45% from the field, with just over a 60 TS% as well, averaging 15.3 PPG, which, for pure shooters, is excellent. That may change, but at the pace Redick is going at, it would be imperative to go after him. It would add another hazardous three point threat for the Knicks, and, not to bash on the Knicks’ free throw shooting, Redick is shooting 88% from the charity stripe. But really, though, how many cases of YGTMYFT (you got to make your free throws) have we seen this season? A lot, for the most part. More
Enter James William White IV. Yes, he deserves to have his full name read out loud because not only I said so, but if he was a part of J.R Smith’s family, he would hypothetically be the fourth Smith. I mean, when you really think of it, Flight could be a part of Earl’s family because J.R had that dunk gene (he still does) with my favorite dunk contest dunk ever. Sorry, Andre Iguodala, J.R did it A LOT better than you did, and that’s without bias. He did it on one try instead of missing on multiple attempts. Anyways, White is re-shipping himself down to Houston, but for the upcoming NBA dunk contest rather than signing 10 day contracts with the Rockets. You can make an argument that this is the biggest moment of his basketball career since the 2001 McDonald’s All-American dunk contest, in which he got absolutely robbed by David Lee (still love you, David), convincing me that the ghost of Arnold Rothstein fixed the contest itself immediately. Just by looking at these mesmerizing highlights, how can you not vote for something that’s so superior to the inferior? What a bunch of frauds. That being said, Flight is just going to have to get his revenge on Saturday against a couple of grizzled dunk contest veterans, those being Gerald Green and the defending champion, Jeremy Evans, as well as some newcomers that are notable for their ferocious jams, the newcomers being the freakishly athletic Kenneth Faried (MANIMAL SMASH), best backup point guard in the NBA, Eric Bledsoe, and young gun, Terrence Ross. As the title says: What exactly can James White do to win the dunk contest? Here’s how: More
A new feature here at the Meloship, I introduce you to Ex-Knicks of the Week. Originally pitched to me by Matt Weiss (@thanksroy on twtter), Ex-Knicks of the week will be a weekly feature on the site every Monday morning. We will pick either players that are in the NBA who have had great weeks, or we’ll just pick random ex-Knicks and write about them.
Taylor Armosino (@tarmosino): My ex-Knick of the week is Eddy Curry. No, poor Eddy doesn’t play in the NBA any longer, but rather he has taken his talents to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese league. In the team’s past three games, Curry has been quite dominant. In a win over the TianJin Steel, Curry put in 19 points on 8/11 shooting and grabbed 12 boards (11 more than he ever grabbed with the Knicks). In a loss to Shandong, Curry scored 20 points on 7/11 shooting. In his third game of the week, Curry led Zhejiang to a 114-113 over Tracy McGrady’s Qingdao Eagles. The center, who I imagine is 4 times bigger than any of the poor Chinese big men trying to guard him, scored 30 points on 11/18 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds. All in all, Curry had a productive week scoring 23 points per game, grabbing 7.6 boards a game and shooting 65%. Good for Eddy. While he proved to be a big fat waste of money, I always thought he was a good guy. I hate that he’s not in the NBA anymore, mainly because I can’t play as him in 2k anymore. He is a monster in that game, despite his annually horrible ratings. It’s good to see Curry is dominating for Zhejiang. And for your weekly Eddy Curry youtube video of the week: More
This is the NBA, nights like this happen. New York was flat tonight. The level of effort was not satisfactory, nor consistent with what we’ve seen as of late. Defensively the Knicks were lazy and the Wizards really executed well. Washington hit 11/20 from downtown and shot 53% in the game. Nobody on the Knicks gave a strong defensive effort, including Tyson Chandler who was dominated by Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario. Yikes. Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring with 31 points on 23 shots, but he even was flat on both sides of the ball. I don’t have a ton to say about this one. It was a classic case of a really good NBA team being tired and coming out flat and a really average NBA team having a good night shooting and stealing a win. The world isn’t ending, but I did see some things I didn’t like.
Picture an ordinary day in school. You’re sitting in history class day dreaming about the beautiful sexy girl next to you. In the day dream, that beautiful sexy girl and the popular kid that has 5 bajillion friends are conversing. The popular kid is inquiring her about this massive party he’s having at his house because his parents just recently left for vacation for a week. Meanwhile, you’re listening in to the conversation and the kid approaches you and asks you about attending the party. “Hey kid, wanna come to this gigantic party I’m hosting tonight?” he says. You go along and you say “Yeah, sure. I’m down with that.” The popular kids’ parents went to Milwaukee because they have family up there and they’re avid skiers. Unfortunately, the host passes out at the party after having a little too much to drink. About 20 minutes later, the light bulb goes off above your head. You decide to request to the crappy D.J that’s been playing a two hour remix of some crappy house mix to play “Jam On It” by Newcleus. You had no idea you were a B-Boy under the tutelage of Turbo and Ozone from “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” And thus, you ripped up the dance floor to shreds. Whether it was popping, locking, or just plain breakin’, you mesmerized the circle that was formed by fellow party attendants. You saved the party from being flushed down the toilet with the puke from some of the party attendants. That consummates tonight’s Knick win over the Bucks. However, the Knicksian trend of losing the first quarter is still in tact. I have no clue how many first quarters they’ve lost, but keep in mind, they’ve lost a cluster of them. The first quarter of this year is playing reverse roles with the third quarter from last year. The Bucks had the lead 53-47 at half, but the Knicks won the third quarter and dominated the Bucks in the fourth, holding them to 13 points. A double digit win on Friday night, in which the Knicks would usually lose because of that jackass, Robert Randolph, is absolutely peachy. Here are some notes and stuff: More
Hey-yo Knicks fans! That game was weird. The Knicks first quarter defense was horrifically bad and it looked like the night may be a long one. However, New York tightened up their ‘efense and held Orlando in check the rest of the game. With his 30th consecutive 20 point performance, Carmelo Anthony set a new Knicks record. Amar’e Stoudemire was great again off the bench with 14 points on 7/7 shooting. Tyson Chandler got back on track offensively with 21 points on 10/11 shooting. All in all, it ended up being a pretty good night for the Knicks.
This video just about summarizes the Knicks loss to the Sixers: Disorganized, annoying, and involving a duck. (Yes I spent 15 minutes looking up duck videos)
Oh, hello there. I assume you’re here because you want to read a recap of the Knicks game. In that case, allow me clean up the pool of vomit that has gathered on my floor. Ok, done. Where were we? Oh, right. The game went a little like this:
Knicks fans were very excited for the return of Raymond Felton, and the starting lineup of Felton-Kidd-Shumpert-Anthony-Chandler. Then the Sixers started out 6-6 from the field, with Jrue Holiday leaving scorched earth behind him as he went to the basket and suddenly Knicks fans were much less excited. Melo forced a lot of shots inside the paint while often double or triple teamed. The pick-and-roll we hoped that would spark the Knicks never got going, as Felton didn’t make many attempts to pass the ball to Chandler. Moreover, a lot of the Knicks plays went to Melo or Amare post ups. Jason Kidd missed some 3s. Iman Shumpert missed some 3s and some 2s. JR Smith missed the rim a couple times. Bleh.
The Knicks effort defensively wasn’t good, as they gave up many dribble penetrations and failed to rotate and help. In fairness not even Iman Shumpert could stop Jrue Holiday from getting in the paint. Holiday had his way with Felton, Kidd, and JR Smith as well, and took a strong stance against missing shots. Conversely, the Knicks had no qualms about missing shots. Melo finished 9-28, JR was 0-8, Shumpert 0-6, and Felton 2-8. As a team, they shot 34%, and were 4-17 from three point land (14%). The Sixers? They shot 50% from the field. Yeah, the Knicks sucked tonight.
The only bright spot was Amar’e Stoudemre. Using an array of post moves, some creative finishes and a couple jumpers, STAT went 8-13 and racked up 20 points. This was by far his best game of the year, as he even got the Sixers to start doubling him in the post while Melo was on the floor. He was quick off the face-up, and managed to get around his defender a couple times, too. He didn’t have much pick-and-roll action as the Knicks mainly went to him or Anthony in the post. He did, however, have one monster block coming over from the weak side and helping out a guard who got beat.
Yep, that’s about it. The Knicks had about a thousand shots go in-and-out, but that doesn’t excuse the lack-luster defense. Ultimately, I’m not too worried about this game. Philly made a lot of their jumpers (most of them open) and the Knicks, while having very good ball movement to start the game, missed their open looks. The Knicks have a game tomorrow against the Hawks, and hopefully the shots go down this time.
This is as far as I’ll go, because to go any farther with this recap is to admit this game happened. Let’s all pretend it didn’t.
Evening Knick fans! I hope everyone enjoyed the Knicks 102-87 victory over the Pistons. I’ve recently picked my jaw up off the floor from the sheer sight of seeing Iman Shumpert play basketball again, and will now attempt to recap what happened when Shump took over London. I’m hoping to do so coherently, but if I don’t just know that it’s because my brain is melted from seeing Shump Daddy play and/or I’m illiterate. Anywho, lets begin:
The Knicks started the game off on a 16-2 run, filled with ridiculous Carmelo Anthony three pointers and punctuated with a beautiful cross-court pass from Melo to Shumpert that resulted in a corner three that Shump buried. I made a loud shrieking noise. So did you, probably. Add another Melo un-godly three pointer and a couple other baskets and the Knicks were ahead 29-17 after the first quarter. In the second, the Knicks did their best to pull away, at one point going up by 18 and finishing the half with a 15 point lead. The majority of the Knicks scoring this quarter came from pick-and-rolls in which Amare Stoudemire either got fouled on the shot or finished around the rim. Then came the dreadful third quarter. The Pistons cut into the Knicks lead–at one point getting it to 4–due to poor pick-and-roll defense, stagnated offense, and missed jumpers. Chandler picked up a quick 4th foul, forcing Woodson to play STAT at center, and in turn having the defense deteriorate. Amare had trouble defending Greg Monroe inside, as well as helping in pick-and-rolls. On the offensive end, Melo resorted to shooting fallaways over double teams instead of passing out of them. The Knicks, as a whole, began getting very careless with the ball as a result of the Pistons big men aggressively doubling pick-and-rolls and turning it over like crazy. (They finished with 16 total.) The Knicks did, however, end the quarter on an 8-0 run and were up 12 going into the final period. The score differential remained around 12 for the majority of the quarter, with each team exchanging baskets. Melo made some lovely passes out of double teams; one to Novak in the corner and one to a cutting Amare that led to a foul. Then, Melo spun from the left block, identified the double in mid-air, and threw a quick pass to Prigioni under the basket. Pablo then threw a tasty touch pass to Tyson who threw down a dunk. That was a pretty cool sequence. Anyway, the Knicks ended up pulling their starters shortly thereafter and ended up winning by 15. Some specific notes: More