Notes From the Knicks 90-75 Win Over Cleveland

That was a solid win, but the real schedule starts this week. New York knocked off a Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland team 90-75. JR Smith and Carmelo Anthony carried the team on offense while the defense was strong as usual. Toney Douglas was resurrected from the depths of the underworld and gave the Knicks 10 “eh” minutes of play. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t horrible. He was just “eh” tonight. The Knicks were good defensively and the Cavs were inept offensively. It was a game the Knicks should have won, and they won. Now, the real schedule starts. They play Indiana, Orlando and Chicago twice this week. New York has a lot to work to do, but they got off to a good start tonight.

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Knicks-Cavs: What to Watch For

Jeremy Lin is out for 6 weeks with a meniscus. For those of you that don’t know anything about calendars, this means that he will, BEST CASE SCENARIO, return in the middle of may. The Knicks are pretty screwed right now. Stoudemire is out 2-4 weeks, Jeffries is still out and numerous other guys are hurt. They are the walking dead. I’m sorry, this team is not going to win anything in the playoffs. Unless Lin and Stoudemire miraculously come back and produce in the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks are almost a sure bet to be done. This sucks. Also, the Knicks and Cavs play tonight. I guess I’ll preview the game.

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Notes From the Knicks 100-90 Loss to Atlanta

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In a game that was slow as molasses and sloppier than the sloppiest of joes, the Knicks dropped their 2nd game under Mike Woodson as they lost 100-90 to the Hawks. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert delivered on offense, but they were the only ones to do so. Anthony and Shumpert combined to score 61 of the Knicks 90 points and the Knicks had no other players hit double figure scoring. Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Willie Green (who?) were the beasts for Atlanta tonight, scoring 71 of Atlanta’s 100 points. New York actually won the third quarter, for the first time since the age of the Dinosaurs, but their defense faltered down the stretch in the 4th quarter. Big 3 pointers by Joe Johnson and Willie Green stuck the dagger in the Knicks collective hearts and the game was over with about 3 minutes to go.

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Knicks-Hawks: What to Watch For

It’s game 10 of the Mike Woodson era. The Knicks are 8-1 since the departure of one Mike D’Antoni. Tonight, they will be without the services of Jeremy Lin. Carmelo Anthony will play and is coming off one of his best games of the season. New York obliterated Atlanta 99-82 (and it wasn’t that close) in their first matchup. However, that win came under the watch of D’Antoni and it will be interested to see what the Knicks do tonight under Woodson. If recent history is any indication, the Knicks will probably be pretty good tonight.

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Notes From the Knicks 108-86 Win Over Orlando

Usually teams give full effort when they come to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. For some reason, Orlando gave negative effort tonight and it showed. New York dominated Orlando in a 108-86 blowout laugher that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. Orlando, one of the better defensive teams in the league, gave no effort defensively and allowed the Knick offense to explode. The Knicks finished the night shooting 50%, but was at 61% shooting mid-way through the third. Carmelo Anthony was the star (finally) scoring 25 points on 9/15 shooting. Iman Shumpert also had a strong offensive game, scoring 25 points.

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Ex-Knick Duhon Sings “Baby Got Back” With Dwight Howard

I know most Knick fans hate Chris Duhon and this video has nothing to do with the Knicks, but its pretty funny. For some reason, Duhon and Dwight Howard had to sing baby got back at a charity or something. Proceed with caution…

Also, this may be the last time you ever see Chris Duhon’s name on this site ever again. Unless he sings “Ice Ice Baby” or something.

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Notes From the Knicks 89-80 Victory Over Milwaukee

That was a pretty ugly win, but I’ll gladly take it. Given the news regarding Amar’e Stoudemire, the nature of the game was quite fitting. It was an extremely ugly 89-80 win for the Knicks. Both defenses played well as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 42 times. The Knicks overcame the absences of Jeremy Lin, Amar’e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to victory, scoring a game high 28 points.

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Knicks-Bucks: What to Watch For

The fact that the 2011 Knicks have reached this point in the season is very, very sad.

This was a Knick team that had championship aspirations coming into the season. The Knicks have been nothing short of disappointing this season. At 24-25, the Knicks are now scrapping for their playoff lives. They sit just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th seed in the playoffs. Milwaukee plays hard and has some nice players, but there is no way they should be competing with the Knicks for a spot in the playoffs. The Knicks should not be in this position. They should be fighting for a higher playoff seed, not fighting for a spot in the playoffs. It is very sad.

Nonetheless, we have arrived at this point. Tonights game at Madison Square Garden is a huge game for New York. If they lose to Milwaukee, the Knicks will be just a half game ahead of the Bucks in the standings. Including tonights game, only 7 of Milwaukee’s last 18 opponents have a winning record. 10 of the Knicks last 17 opponents have winning records. A Knicks win tonight would put them 2 1/2 games up on the Bucks. By no means would they be out of the woods, but it would provide the Knicks with a decent cushion on which to sit on. Given how the Bucks remaining schedule is easier than the Knicks remaining schedule, New York needs as big a cushion as they can get. I would go as far to say that a Knicks loss tonight would be disastrous. In my opinion, this is a must win game for the Knicks.

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A Bashing of Carmelo Anthony (Fanpost)

Yesterday, I posted a piece, written by my friends, that defended Carmelo Anthony. Shortly after, I received a rebuttal written by Keith Black (@therealkblack25). Here it is:

Here are the facts: It is Carmelo Anthony’s 9th season in the league.  He makes upwards of $18 million every year.  He nearly disgraced himself and acted selfishly in Denver to force his way to New York in time to sign a hefty extension.  He will turn 28 this year.  And he had to actively ask Mike Woodson to hold him accountable.

Yes, a man with nearly a decade of experience in the NBA with a maximum contract needs to be monitored like a 6-year-old boy.  How does a Melo fan rationalize that?  I am not making up that Carmelo Anthony did not try under Coach D’Antoni – he actively admitted it.  Where have we seen this sort of “I’m going to do what I want to do, and try when I feel like it” mentality in New York before?  Stephon Marbury.  Steph quit on Larry Brown and quit on Isiah Thomas – and yet always seemed to be absolved by the MSG faithful of any wrongdoing.  We ignored Steph crying his way out of Minnesota when KG got paid more than him, we ignored how willing the Nets and the Suns were to get rid of a guy that was supposed to be superstar.

It was never Steph’s fault.  Always everybody else’s.  How’s that for accountability?

And now we are seeing the same thing with Carmelo.

The fact that Carmelo lacks the self-motivation to actually give half of a crap on a defense reeks not only of the selfishness we saw from Steph, but of the selfishness we saw from Carmelo just over a year ago when he held the Denver Nuggets hostage to get a trade done.

Carmelo begged for this, he begged for the spotlight, he begged for the impatient nature of the New York media (really, guys, how many Knicks games have you really watched if you are begging for the media to show patience?).  And what did Carmelo do when he got here?

He quit.

He gave up.

He stomped his feet until a new coach came in to monitor him.  Like a child.

The fact that he needs monitoring, that he needs to be held accountable by some third party to actually give a damn is what is scary about Carmelo.  Not the missed shots – eventually they should start falling just by simple regression to the mean.  He is a professional athlete, an experienced one.  Why should he “need” a tough coach to play well?  If he’s the superstar worth the bounty that the Knicks paid for him, shouldn’t he be self motivated to actually care to win for the city he pushed to come to and he “grew up” in (I use the term “grew up” loosely – he moved away from New York at 8)?

I am sick of the excuses for Carmelo, just like I was sick of the excuses for Stephon Marbury.  Carmelo has now quit on two of his previous coaches, one of whom took shots at him the second he stepped on the plane to New York.  Eventually, we as fans have to realize: maybe the player is the problem, and not everybody else.

I want to believe Melo can turn it around, can get himself motivated, to want to be the superstar we all want him to be.  But right now, he seems to care more about himself than he does the mental health and chemistry of the other 14 guys on the floor.

 I wonder what the excuse will be when he quits on Mike Woodson.

Notes From the Knicks 101-79 Victory Over Detroit

The Knicks have absolutely dismantled Lawrence Frank’s Detroit Pistons this year. The Knicks are 3-0 against Detroit and have outscored the Pistons by 72 points. New York was pretty sloppy tonight, but shot well and defended well en route to a blowout victory. The Knicks shot 48.7% from the field and out rebounded the Pistons by 24 on the night. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks to victory with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

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