Notes From the Knicks 98-86 Loss to Chicago

The Knicks were pretty flat tonight. There just isn’t much to say. They didn’t shoot well and the Bulls played like… well, the Bulls. Chicago defended and rebounded while the Knicks offense flailed, especially in the 2nd quarter where they scored a grand total of 10 points. Group the Knicks lack of shooting with some poor officiating and you have a big fat loss.

You can’t win them all. In the big scheme of things, a 1-1 split with the Bulls isn’t the worst thing in the world. However, the Knicks have some glaring issues that must be adressed. If you don’t like negative writing, don’t read this post. I’ve seen some things I don’t like and I’m going to address them in this post.

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Knicks-Bulls: What to Watch For

Derrick Rose is likely out for tonight’s game. The Knicks have a golden opportunity to steal the second game of a home and home against the Bulls. Coming off Carmelo Anthony’s virtuoso performance, the Knicks have some momentum heading into the final 10 games of the regular season. I think the Knicks should win this game tonight. Sure, the Bulls are still a great team without Rose, but I think the Knicks should have the upper hand tonight. The Knicks 4th ranked defense should hold Chicago’s offense in check. The question mark will be the Knicks offense. I don’t expect Anthony to score 43 tonight, but he should have another good game. I think the Knicks win tonights game.

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Analyzing Carmelo Anthony at the Power Forward Position

Ever since the injury to Amar’e Stoudemire, coupled along with a prior injury to Jared Jeffries, the Knicks have been forced to play small ball in which Carmelo Anthony is playing the power forward (or the “4″) position. The biggest beneficiary of the recent infusion of small ball has been the much maligned Anthony. Playing the 4 has forced Anthony to play harder on defense, as well as helped his offense. Zach Lowe had a great take on Anthony’s defense over at “The Point Forward”. This post however, will analyze New York’s offensive advantage with Anthony playing power forward.

New York is 5-2 in the 7 games without the services of Amar’e Stoudemire. One of the, if not the, biggest reason for their success has been the revitalization of Carmelo Anthony’s offense. In the past 7 games, Anthony has averaged 29.8 points per game on 49% shooting, 39% from downtown. Anthony’s resurgence can be largely contributed to his playing the power forward position. Having Anthony play the 4 creates mismatches for not only Anthony, but it opens up the Knicks offense. By playing “small ball”, the Knicks force opponents to adjust their lineups and match-ups to slow down the Knicks and particularly Anthony.

Today, I bring you 4 plays that showcase some of the ways that small ball, built around Anthony at the 4, has helped the Knicks offense.  More

Notes From the Knicks 100-99 Victory Over Chicago

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That was maybe the best basketball game I have ever seen. The Knicks did not play a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, but they were tough and gritty and rode Carmelo Anthony to a 100-99 overtime win over the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony was finally the superstar the Knicks needed, scoring 43 points and hitting two clutch three pointers down the stretch. Iman Shumpert played well guarding Derrick Rose and held the reigning MVP to 8/26 shooting from the field.

The Knicks now sit a full game ahead of Milwaukee for the 8th seed in the eastern conference. This was a huge game for the Knicks and they came up big when they had to. The season is down to 10 remaining games. Five of the Knicks final ten games are against opponents with .500 records or better. New York isn’t out of the woods yet, but today’s game was a huge step in the right direction. The Bulls and Knicks played a gritty, hard fought affair and the result was a wildly entertaining game. The best part about this game is that they get to do it again on Tuesday.

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Knicks-Bulls: What to Watch For

The Knicks sit just a half game up on the 9th place Milwaukee Bucks. A loss tomorrow would place them in a tie for 8th with just 10 games remaining in this lockout shortened season. Including tomorrow’s game, 6 of the Knicks last 11 opponents currently boast a record of .500 or better. In their last 11 games, New York will play Miami, Boston, Milwaukee, the Clippers and Chicago twice. It is now an 11 game season and every game is huge for the Knicks.

The 43-13 Chicago Bulls boast the best record in basketball. They have played their last 12 games without the reigning MVP, point guard Derrick Rose. In those games, the Bulls are 8-4. Tomorrow, Rose will make his return from injury which doesn’t bode well for the Jeremy Lin-less Knicks. New York has been playing well themselves, 7-3 record over their past 10, but Rose could cause huge problems for the ‘Bockers tomorrow. The Knicks must find a way to overcome Rose’s return, as tomorrow is a huge game for the men from New York.

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Notes From Knicks 96-80 Victory Over Orlando

I covered post game for The Knicks Wall tonight. Here is my recap.

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Knicks-Magic: What to Watch For

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The Magic are in turmoil. In a somewhat similar situation to what the Knicks went through just weeks ago, the Magic are dealing with an unhappy star and a locker room divided. Hopefully New York will be able to capitalize on Orlando’s dysfunction tonight at the Amway Center.

Coming into the game, Orlando has lost 4 straight games while Dwight Howard has been sidelined with a back injury. Howard will play tonight, but he will likely not be at 100%. New York is coming off a devastating loss to Indiana in which they blew a 15 point 4th quarter lead. This is a huge game for the Knicks as they sit just a game up on the Bucks for the 8th seed in the playoffs. With Milwaukee playing the lowly Bobcats tomorrow night, a Knicks loss would likely result in a tie in the 8th spot. Each of the Knicks next 12 games are huge games. Given Orlando’s plethora of problems, this is a winnable game for the Knicks. They have to take care of business tonight.

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Notes From the Knicks 112-104 Loss to Indiana

The Knicks have had a lot of bad losses this season. That may have been the worst one. Given the opponent and the circumstance, this was a game the Knicks needed to win badly. The Knicks upcoming gauntlet schedule consists of facing Orlando, Chicago twice, Milwaukee, the Wizards (the only “easy game”), then Miami and Boston. The 27-27 Knicks needed this victory and they should have won this game.

Going into the 4th quarter, the Knicks had dominated the game. Their defense was on point while the offense was rolling as Carmelo Anthony dominated the first three quarters. However, in typical Knicks fashion, New York completely fell apart and collapsed in the final quarter. The offense became stagnant and ineffective while the defense seemingly forgot what to do. New York blew a 15 point lead and the Pacers won the game. Indiana won the fourth quarter 40-17. It was a stunning collapse for the Knicks, who had been playing very well defensively as of late.

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Knicks-Pacers: What to Watch For

The Knicks have already defeated the Indiana Pacers twice in the Mikey Woodson era. However, those two victories came while the Knicks still had the services of Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire. Obviously they’ll be without those two players tonight so Carmelo Anthony must be the man. Anthony has looked like a man reincarnated over the past four games, averaging 27 points on 48% shooting. Offensively, the Knicks must get contributions from more players in order to pick up the slack created by the absences of Lin and Stoudemire. The Pacers will be giving their full effort tonight. They hate New York and they’re not going to be happy going 0-3 against the Knicks this season. It should be a blood bath tonight.

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