Carmelo + Amare = Indiana Dominance

One cool thing about last season was that I could always look on stubhub the day of the Knicks game and get two tickets for like $20. I could do this because the team sucked. I guess D’Antoni is hoping to help me buy cheap tickets again by producing another awful team.

I know this game was close and things do not always work out but this team is just not that great. How do you get swept in a two game set by the Pacers? Is this why we got Carmelo and Amare? D’Antoni can’t be the coach of this team next year.  I don’t care that the Knicks basically have a new team with chemistry issues, you can’t lose these games. You have to have a coach that knows how to emphasize defense. D’Antoni either doesn’t understand defense or doesn’t care.  How can this team be continually so unprepared on the defensive end?

  • Last play of the game: why doesn’t Carmelo know you can’t catch and shoot with 0.3 seonds? Why is Jared Jeffries of all people throwing this important pass in? Why not have a better set play? At least Landry realized you need to tip it in.
  • In the post game interview D’Antoni said Shawne Williams did everything he could defending Granger. While you have to give props to Granger for hitting a tough shot, Williams could have done more. He could have actually been in Granger’s face instead of allowing him to step back for an open shot. He could have and should have forced Granger to go left.
  • If you score 117 points you should win. I am fairly certain that with any coach this team would have one of the better offenses in the league. When you have so much natural offensive talent, you need to emphasize defense. This team will never lead the league in defense but if they could be middle of the pack they would be dangerous.
  • Last game Hansbrough had a season high 29 points, tonight he had 30 points. I bet Hansbrough wishes he could play the Knicks every night.
  • Hibbert again looked like a beast. Collison looked awesome. Granger looked like Kobe. I guess you need to start calling this the Knick Effect. When good players look like hall of famers, it is called the Knick Effect.
  • Billups looked old tonight and you can see why Denver was eager to move him. He will, however, be a good tutor for Toney Douglas. He also is still good but he is no longer great.
  • Amare and Carmelo combined for 49 points…who cares if this is in a losing effort. Amare needs to play better D, or should I say he needs to play D.
  • Frazier keeps lamenting about the lack of boxing out and how it is a forgotten art. He is right. I wish he had D’Antoni’s phone number.
  • On a positive note, Jared Jeffries tied his season high with 4 points. That was a pretty unexpected offensive explosion.

 

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