76ers 97, BullDucks 80

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.

The Knicks Beat the Celtics!!!!

 

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WOOOOOO! For the first time in 75 years, the Knicks won a game in Boston! New York’s 89-86 win over the Celtics wasn’t pretty, but some solid defense combined with some late game Celtic LOLZ helped the Knicks hang on. JR Smith played an abysmal 34 minutes, but his 35th minute (technically a minute fifteen) was magical. Smith buried New York’s last field goal, a three with 1:15 to go, and then forced a Paul Pierce turnover with seven seconds left in the game. Though hampered by foul trouble in the second half, Amar’e Stoudemire’s exceptional first half was absolutely critical to the Knicks victory. Carmelo Anthony had a rough game, but got it rolling a little bit in the second half and scored 28 points on 28 shots.

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Notes From the Knicks 88-85 Loss to the Nets

Joe Johnson’s 25 point effort led the resurgent New Jersey Brooklyn Nets to a 88-85 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden this afternoon. Following Johnson’s lead, the Nets sunk 12 of 24 threes on the day while the Knicks hit just 6/21 from the land of three. Carmelo Anthony was the Knicks leading scorer with 29 points, but it also took him 29 shots to get there. Nursing a three point lead entering the fourth quarter, the Knicks were outplayed 23-17 as Joe Johnson came up huge in crunch time. With 7:58 left in the quarter, Iman Shumpert reached his 20 minute limit. He came off the floor and Johnson hit three shots in a row. Trailing by one in the final seconds, Carmelo Anthony threw up an air-ball. Jason Kidd missed a clutch free throw late and JR Smith missed a three pointer at the buzzer that would’ve tied the game. In summary, this was a pretty poor game for the Knicks. Give credit where it is due, but New York was not on it’s A-game tonight. Whether it was the countless defensive breakdowns, stagnant offense or just poor execution, there wasn’t a whole lot the Knicks did well today. Unlike the pattern from the rest of the season, the Knicks were outplayed badly in the 4th quarter which ended up being the difference in the game. I’ll get into this more. More

Shump 102, Pistons 87

shump1Evening 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

J.R Smith In Sean Paul Music Video…

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I guess J.R Smith got cast for a music video this summer. Song isn’t very good, at all. Kelly Rowland is hot.

Pretty funny stuff. Enjoy

What to Expect from Re-Shumpification

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Iman Shumpert is set to return today when the Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons in London, England. Coming off a brutal ACL injury, Shumpert’s level of athleticism is unknown. I’ve seen Adrian Peterson used as an example of how Shumpert could come back at the same level of athleticism, or even better, but there are countless examples of athletes who are never the same after such an injury. Either way, Shumpert’s return should provide a much needed boost to the defensively challenged Knicks. A top five defense a year ago, New York has had a plethora of problems on that end of the court this season.

We shouldn’t expect Iman Shumpert to come back and be a defensive savior. That is unfair to him as a second year player coming off a devastating injury. Nobody is expecting Shumpert’s return to launch the Knicks back into elite defensive prominence. Having said that, Shumpert is definitely an upgrade over a mediocre group of perimeter defenders, even if he’s not the athlete he was last season. I’m going to break down the areas in which Shumpert will help the team. More

Notes From the Knicks 100-87 Victory Over New Orleans

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Victory!

After going 0-3 earlier in the week against Boston, Indiana and Chicago, the Knicks took care of the feisty Hornets today at Madison Square Garden. Offensively, the Knicks were much better than what we’d seen the previous two games. They were able to hit 11 threes and move the ball effectively, racking up 24 assists. New Orleans is one of the worst defensive teams in the league and the Knicks should’ve been better offensively, but given New York’s recent run of terrible play, I’ll take this W.

Here are my notes from the game:

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Recap: Bulls 108 Knicks 101

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*Unleashes colossal dump that stinks up the whole household.* *Opens up bathroom door.* *Dog approves of the pungent dump.* It seems like Robert Randolph had something to do with this absolutely, disgusting, bloodcurdling loss to the Bulls tonight. He does have something to do with tonight’s appalling loss. But there’s more. Don’t let the darn score fool you. The Knicks produced an exact carbon copy of the previous meeting against the Bulls at MSG, except, there wasn’t a deluge of ejections and technical fouls. But don’t get me wrong here; tonight’s crap gala was equally as horrid as last night’s defeat to the Pacers and the last game against the Bulls a few weeks ago. Essentially, the last two meetings against the Bulls were this: The Knicks would play like a broken record for the first three quarters, and then they would advance towards the front in the late 4th quarter with under two minutes to go. I mean, that’s a little to late to charge, wouldn’t you think? Tonight, the Knicks shot a god awful 6-23, which is 26.1% of shots made, in the first quarter. Then, the Knicks ended up shooting 29.8% through the first half of play. I don’t have a fish, but if I did, I would flush it down the toilet immediately, even if it was alive. I attempted to punch holes through my room wall, but my knuckles bruised because of how impenetrable the Bulls stonewall defensive barricades were yet again. The Knicks ended up shooting 41.1% for the game and scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, thanks to outstanding garbage time scoring, which even set up another bold comeback attempt that came up short. Here are some notes from this poopy game:

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Notes From the Knicks 81-76 Loss to Indiana

My sources are telling me that the Knicks struggled on offense tonight (if you don’t know the joke, check this hilarity out). But seriously, that game was brutal. Coming into the game, Indiana has been the best defense in basketball and played as such tonight. Carmelo Anthony was suspended because of the whole “Honey Nut Cheerios” situation. Add Raymond Felton’s injury into the equation and the Knicks offense was hapless tonight. New York hoisted up 20 three pointers, but only got 4 to go. They shot just 42% in the paint and 34% overall for the game. Want to see some blood? Check out the Knicks shot chart:

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Game Recap: Celtics at Knicks 1/8

 

Celtics 102, Knicks 96

The Knicks lost their fourth game at the Garden this season in a 102-96 dogfight to the Celtics. And I just want to start this recap off by saying, FUCK THE CELTICS.

I wanted to just write a recap by repeating that over and over again, but that wouldn’t be very good writing.

Without Rajon Rondo, who was suspended for a game because of bumping an official yet again, the Celtics were able to come into Madison Square Garden and steal one for the Knicks. You knew coming in that the Celtics wanted this game bad. They were sick of all the talk about how the Atlantic Division belonged to the Knicks now (which, despite this game, is true), and seem to always show up when they need to. The Celtics defense along with a ton of forced shots held Carmelo Anthony to 6-26 shooting.

Melo lost his cool. He and KG were going at it for much of the fourth quarter, and as has been the case for most of the season, he wasn’t able to harness that emotion. Instead it boiled over into awful execution down the stretch by the Knicks, the exact opposite of the Celtics.

Pablo Prigioni had his worst game in this recent stretch tonight. He had two points and 0, yes 0, assists to go along with his four turnovers. He had a +/- of -19, an atrocious stat line. Since Felton’s injury, Prigioni has played well but fell short tonight. Amare had a -15 +/- despite his 13 points. He gave up a few easy rebounds to Sullinger and Bass, and his defense is obviously still an issue as he comes back into the rotation. I like what I have seen from him though in his first three games back from injury.

Paul Pierce hit a few huge jump shots, one coming directly after Spike Lee leaned over and looked up at him talking shit. I still hate that Spike does that to players, it backfires every time. Garnett had 19 and 10, but probably his biggest asset to this game was his riling up of Melo. While it was great to see Carmelo call KG a pussy multiple times, it didn’t turn out well for the ‘Bockers.  Melo didn’t talk to reporters after the game and allegedly went to the Celtics locker room to confront the lovely Garnett.

Despite the loss, there were a few positives. Tyson Chandler had another fantastic game and continues to be the anchor. He had 13 points to go along with his 17 rebounds, and as always had a few Tyson Tip-Outs. Eight offensive rebounds from Tyson gave the Knicks a bunch of second-chance opportunities, but they struggled to knock down the big jumpers they’ve been hitting all season. Jason Kidd was a +11 tonight and dished out six assists.

The Knicks let a game they should’ve won slip away from them. It’s their second loss in the division in the first try at the reigning champs of it. These two will get together again on Jan. 24, but will need to turn their attention to the Pacers who they play on Thursday night.

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