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Notes From the Knicks 112-92 (!!!!!!!!) Victory Over Miami

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No Melo, no problem. Having their star player sit with a lacerated finger, the Knicks trounced the defending champion Heat 112-92 Thursday night in Miami. Raymond Felton carried the scoring load with maybe his best game as a pro, scoring 27 points on 10/20 shooting the ball. The NBA’s number one offense rode a 37 point third quarter and a lockdown defensive fourth quarter to turn the grudge match into a laugher. LeBron James played well, but the Knicks were able to render Dwayne Wade useless tonight. Wade, quickly ascending from superstardom in this league, shot just 3/13 and was a game low -33 in +/- on the night. Chris Bosh also was ineffective in his 30 minutes played.

Here are my notes from the game: More

Knicks-Heat: What to Watch For

Salutations friends! Your EASTERN CONFERENCE LEADING New York Knickerbockers face off against the evil empire of LeBane James and the Miami Heat tonight. Coming off a hilarious last second victory yesterday against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Knicks are a bit banged up. Jason Kidd just returned from back spasms in yesterdays game. Raymond Felton has a bruised left hand. Carmelo Anthony lacerated his left finger diving into the stands for a loose ball yesterday and is questionable to play. I think the Knicks stand a good chance to win tonight, even if Anthony misses the game.

The Knicks and Heat are the two best offensive teams in basketball, ranking 1st and 2nd in offensive efficiency in the league respectively. New York is the 11th best defensive team in the league, while Miami comes in ranked 19th. Both squads rank towards the bottom of the league in pace.

Here’s what to watch for: More

BALL DON’T LIE (Video)

Sheed got tossed 85 seconds into today’s game after getting two technical fouls in a row. He got the first after excessively fouling Luis Scola and the video above explains why he got the second tech.

Knicks 102, Bucks 88 Recap


Hey now! The Knicks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks  102-88, overcoming an incredibly potent and efficient back court of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, as well as freakishly athletic Larry Sanders and his formerly popular television show. (I was told that I had to get at least one Larry Sanders Show reference per post.) The Knicks were down 23-26 at the conclusion of the first quarter, but then proceeded to make a nice run to close out the half and take 58-48 lead into the break. In the third quarter, the Knicks exploded, in major part because of Mike Woodson changing up the starting lineup and bringing in Steve Novak for Kurt Thomas. The Knicks built up a 20 point lead very quickly in the third. The Bucks fought back a bit and brought the lead down to as low as 14, but ultimately the Knicks kept them at arms length and left with a win. Below are some notes n’ things: More

Ball Still Don’t Lie: Rasheed Wallace’s Surprising Success With The Knicks

Throughout 10 games, Rasheed Wallace’s return to the NBA has been a lot more better than many people expected it to be (yes, even his spectacular garbage time games against the Heat and the Sixers count). No one, well, maybe some exuberant people such as me, would believe that last sentence. People believed that Sheed would have a crappier season than his one game with the Hawks. Okay, maybe not that eerie. I’ll make a compromise because his one game with the Hawks is clearly not fair compared to his other stints (he did shoot 8-24 in his lone game against the Nets, though. SMALL SAMPLE SIZE. AM I RIGHT?). “We the fans, of the National Basketball Association, believe that power forward Rasheed Wallace had a far more sub-par season with the Boston basketball Celtics than the Atlanta basketball Hawks, after being traded by the Hawks to the Detroit basketball Pistons, thus winning the Pistons an NBA title in 2004, due to the bantam, tiny, petite sample size of one game.” Deal, delegates? Deal. *shakes hands. *delegates sign document.  More

Knicks 100 Hornets 82 Recap

The Knicks avoided a potential let-down game in New Orleans, coasting (except for some select moments) past a banged up Hornets team. After jumping out to a 29-17 lead in the first quarter, the Knicks stalled in second, getting outscored 31-24 and taking a 5 point lead into the break. Everything started to click in the second half (as it has for almost every game this season) and the Knicks ran away with it, 102-80. Below are some notes on what went right and what went left wrong:

  • Carmelo Anthony led all players in scoring with 29, and got the majority of it in the first quarter. The Meloman shot 8-9 from the field and 2-3 from deep, scoring 19 points. The Hornets started out with Al-Farouq Aminu guarding Melo, with Ryan Anderson also taking a crack at stopping him. They, um, failed and Melo outscored the Hornets in the first quarter by himself. Melo relentlessly backed down the smaller Aminu in the post, either passing out to the perimeter after the defense collapsed, or scoring over Aminu if no help came. When Anderson was matched up against him, Melo blew by him into the center of the defense and did the same. His one miss in the first was a heat-check PUJIT that missed badly. I wasn’t pleased with that particular shot, but had it gone in I would have done a cartwheel, and I don’t even know how to do a cart-wheel. He finished the quarter with two brilliant plays as well: First, Melo had a beautiful spin move from the left block , and then in one motion drew a blocking foul and put up a 6-ft floater. The floater went down, and Melo knocked down the free throw ending his scoring for that period. On the next possession, Melo set up on the left-wing, reading the help-defense. As the shot clock reached 3, he threw a laser cross-court pass to Steve Novak who buried a corner 3. That was a pretty cool sequence. It’s worth mentioning that Melo shot 4-13 for the rest of the game, but he’s Melo so it’s fine.
  • Jason Kidd kept the troll-bus rolling, as he played as ridiculously as he looked. Although his stat line doesn’t look spectacular (3PTS, 5 REBS, 4ASTS, 2STLS, 1 poorly positioned head-band) he was stellar. There was one stretch where Kidd intercepted a pass, then in one motion threw a touchdown pass to Melo all the way down court, followed by Kidd again playing the passing lane, throwing the ball out to Felton on the break only to then get it back for a spot-up 3. His best moment, however, was when Aminu was coming full speed to the hoop on the break, started gathering for a layup, and Kidd ripped the ball cleanly out of his hands and threw a behind-the-back outlet pass all in what seemed like a split-second.
  • Raymond Felton had 15 PTS by making 5-6 3s. I believe all but one of his attempts was wide open, and the one that I am referring to was an amazing shot, beating the clock while double-teamed and falling away. The Knicks didn’t run too much pick-and-roll, as the ball was in Anthony’s hands for the majority of the time the starters were on the court, and in turn, Felton became a spot up shooter.
  • Tyson Chandler went through a spell in the second quarter and played very tentatively, most likely because of the 2 quick fouls he had picked up. At halftime, Herb Williams was interviewed and said the coaches were encouraging Tyson to play more aggressively, which for some reason made me think of this. Needless to say, Tyson came out fired up in the second half and finished with 7 PTS and 12 REBS.
  • Clyde was wearing a suit that was the same color as a crushed blueberry. He also called Tyson the “MVP of the Defensive Player of the Year.” Or, as I call it: Clyde things.
  •  During that second quarter where the lead shrunk, the Knicks bench played poorly. Prigioni had a poor game, throwing away a couple passes, and the overall defense was poor. Whatever.
  • James “Flight” White came in the 3rd quarter, which caught me off guard. Flight proceeded to steal a pass and then through down a monster tomahawk. Also, he wore incredibly bright orange shoes.
  • Steve Novak shot 2-10 from 3, but most of those came in garbage time and Steve was just chuckin’. He’ll be fine.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd, that’s about it. Woodson rested the starters in the 4th, getting them ready for the second game of the back-to-back, which is against Dallas. Jason Kidd returns to Dallas! And Tyson! It should be a good one.

Game Preview 11/16: Knicks @ Grizzlies

After one of the most valiant comeback wins I’ve ever seen, if not, the most valiant comeback I’ve ever seen (there are a lot more valiant comebacks I’ve seen), and essentially mutilating my caps lock button on my keyboard, the Knicks snagged another win last night, this time from the Spurs, to keep their undefeated record put at 6-0.  Tonight, the Knicks are in Memphis to face the roughhousing 6-1 Grizzlies, who are in first place in the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies have won 6 games in a row, two of them being consecutive wins over last year’s NBA Finals recipients, the  Thunder and the Heat. Four of the six games the Grizzlies have won in a row were determined by 10+ point margins. Here is some stuff to watch for:

Matchups:  One of the most intriguing matchups to look for tonight is gonna be Carmelo Anthony up against the walking double-double aka Zach Randolph. Randolph has notched a double-double in all 7 games the Grizzlies have played this season. Melo, who is coming off of a horrid shooting night, will be probably getting battered and bruised under the boards, but Melo will hopefully, and I think he will, mesmerize Randolph with his shooting abilities tonight creating space on his isos because it’s very unlikely that Randolph knows how to play defense when it’s not paint defense. Melo should take some precautionary measures, though, if he’s gonna attack the rim because the Grizzlies are the definition of hard in the paint (no Waka Flocka Flame reference intended). Tony Allen is probably gonna be scrambling all over the floor due to the Knicks having an abundant of shooters, but Allen will probably be defending a very efficient JR Smith for the majority of his minutes. JR should brace himself, primarily on the perimeter because Allen’s lockdown perimeter defensive prowess is, well, you know, unstoppable, giving no one little to no breathing room for shot creation. Ronnie Brewer is going up against premier scorer Rudy Gay. Brewer has Tony Allen’s perimeter defensive characteristics, and that will probably be a huge factor in determining Gay’s scoring from beyond the arc. Tyson Chandler going up against Marc Gasol will be a defensive marquee matchup. Raymond Felton will be going up against point guard sleeper, Mike Conley. As long as Felton attacks the rim aggressively like he has been all season, then Felton will have a great night.

CRASH THE BOARDS, Although, That Might Be Difficult: The Knicks have been playing outstanding defense so far this season, but despite the great defense, the Knicks are last in the league in rebounds per game and the second worst in rebounds allowed per game. As it says in the bullet title, it may be very difficult to grab rebounds against a team that has a league leading rebounder in Zach Randolph and a superb rebounder in Marc Gasol. Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks leading rebounder with an 8.2 RPG average, which makes me a little worried, but hopefully Tyson Chandler rejuvenates tonight under the glass.

Bench: Hopefully Steve Novak can bounce back from his previous ghastly shooting night. Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas should be getting some significant minutes because the starters were definitely flushed from last night. Containing Wayne Ellington and Jerryd Bayless on the perimeter is imperative. Bayless’  has shot.556 from three so far this season, while Ellington has shot .458 from three. Get cracking on the perimeter, second unit. And I forgot, I HAVE THE NEED FOR SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED.

Lastly, on a side note, if Hamed Haddadi gets any kind of minutes, preferably garbage time minutes, I will go bonkers.

Preseason Recap Raptors 107 Knicks 88

Guys, the Knicks lost a preseason game. The season is totally over, like, really. Kill everything with fire. Panic mode: ENGAGE. Hold up a second, that’s what Nets fans are saying right now because they lost two preseason games in a row. BOOM. Obviously, I’m just kidding about the Knicks, but it’s funny enough that there are people that are already panicking in preseason form. This is the first time the Knicks faced the new Raptors young gun core, which included my current tall Lithuanian hero, or the other STAT, Jonas Valanciunas (I’m Lithuanian. Screw you, Linas Kleiza). That other guy that was being made fun of because of his execrable jump shot last season, particularly from beyond the arc, and just in general, Landry Fields, faced his former team for the first time as well. In case you didn’t watch this game, you didn’t really miss anything new. Actually, you did miss something important. This important thing I’m talking about is Amare’s preseason debut. Oh wait, I forgot! There’s another VERY substantial occurrence you also missed. Kurt Thomas was tagged with a technical foul. Ah ha! That’s what I was thinking about all this time! Anyways, here are some more notes:

  • As I just mentioned, Amare Stoudemire made his preseason debut after being out for the first two preseason games with soreness. His new and improved post game that he had worked on with Hakeem Olajuwon over the summer didn’t really appear that much in the game, but when it did, it was mediocre. Watching Amare’s post game was like watching a Milli Vanilli music video. It seemed like he was predetermining himself more than performing fluid natural movements. Since Amare only displayed his new post game approximately 2 times, I’ll let it slide. On one of Amare’s post possessions, he performed a beautiful spin move to the basket, which was then rejected by Jonas Valanciunas. I know Amare’s post game can improve. Again, being judgmental over preseason games is like saying you can drive a car with an empty oil tank.  There were flashes of Amare’s mid-range game from his inaugural 2010-11 season, which made me very jubilant because that was one of his offensive staples back in the 2010-11 season. I’m not worried about Amare right now. I think he’ll be fine. After all, he ended up going 8-11 from the field scoring 18 points. More

Iman Shumpert Loves The iPhone 5

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Isola: Scott O’Neil Leaving Madison Square Garden

 

 

 

Scott O’Neil’s statement via @soshnick

“My time at The World’s Most Famous Arena has been nothing short of incredible
and I am proud of our results. I am thankful and extremely proud of what we accomplished at MSG Sports. There is nothing more rewarding than the
opportunity to help build a world-class staff and seeing them perform beyond our loftiest expectations – people I consider not only the most talented in the
business, but also true friends. To help lead and steward iconic brands like the Knicks and Rangers and sell the transformed Garden in a city like New York
has been a true privilege. I could not be more excited about the process of discovering what lies ahead.”

This is certainly a shocking development, although given the chaotic nature of James Dolan’s management it probably shouldn’t be. More to come later…