The Knicks played retro ball tonight and by retro ball I mean they played like it was last season. They played all iso ball all the time. There were times I thought Melo was going to break out a cape he was playing so much hero ball. This loss may be their worst all season. It is not because it was against the Nets. This one can’t be blamed on bad refs or too much travel. The Knicks didn’t catch a crazy performance from a Chandler Parsons type tonight. The defense was all right but they were ugly on offense throughout. It was every man for themselves on offense with the exception of Tyson Chandler who cleaned up and had a monster game on offense, keeping this team in the game. This loss kills me because we should not be about to enter December with this team reverting to all their bad habits. Let’s hope the real reason they lost was because Jason Kidd was out. Here are my thoughts:
- Did JR Smith wear Felton’s number tonight because that is the only explanation for Felton’s 3-19 performance?
- Did Rasheed re-retire before tonight’s game and not tell anyone? How does a guy who should only be shooting from inside the paint go 2-11?
- Hey Melo, STOP TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING BY YOURSELF!!! You have teammates and unless you trust them you are never going to win.
- Chandler was 12-13 from the field with 28 points, all of which seemed to be off of teammates misses. Does anyone want to run some pick and rolls for this guy? Chandler could have scored 40 tonight if the Knicks made any effort to get him involved in the offense. Continue reading
Marc and Jay talk about the Dallas, Houston and Detroit games, what happened to the defense of the first 9 games, debate whether Melo is reverting back to old Melo and talk about the calls or lack of calls he’s getting, taking too many 3’s, welcoming Novak back to the NBA, listener questions and much more. Download Episode 156
Apparently James White isn’t as big of a fan of napping as I am:
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The Knicks are supposed to win games like this and win them by a large margin. Today did not disappoint. Lets face it, if they did lose this game Knicks nation would be in a complete panic and endless talk of how the first 8 games were a fluke would ensue. Some thoughts on today’s game:
- The 2nd half almost seemed as if the Knicks were toying with the Pistons. At least 3 times Detroit would come to within 8-10 points and then the Knicks would go on a big run.
- Carmelo was unstoppable today. When he’s scoring from inside and out as well as passing when he’s double-teamed there isn’t much you can do.
- Welcome back Steve Novak, we missed you.
- Camby looked a lot more mobile today. Hopefully this means he’s getting into game shape. We need another rebounder out there.
- Can someone start a movement to ban Rasheed Wallace from taking shots more than 12 feet from the basket?
- Jason Kidd is more important than people realize. In the 2nd quarter Detroit made a run and almost came back to tie the Knicks. Kidd enters and suddenly the Knicks are up by 20. This is not the first time something like this has happened. Continue reading
Will the Knicks end their two game losing streak against the lowly Pistons or will we record a really angry podcast tonight? Comment below throughout the game.
On a day when we were really hoping the Knicks would beat down the Rockets so we can finally end the “Would the Knicks be better if they signed Jeremy Lin” debate the exact opposite happened. The Knicks were down by around 12 points all game….until they were down by almost 30. Some thoughts on the game:
- The defense was so bad tonight. Harden and Lin were able to drive to the lane at will and Asik seemed to be able to be able to hide behind Chandler and get wide open for offensive rebounds and easy layups. You’re not going to win if you give up 72 points at the half.
- Chandler Parsons: 13-17 for 31 points. Are you kidding me?
- Carmelo Anthony was on fire in the first half, hitting 6 of 7 from 3 point land and had 24 points. He ended up with 37, but also had 7 turnovers and about 5 pouter plays (where he pouts and lets the other team score). He never gets a call and that has to be frustrating, but the pouter plays are unacceptable. Taking contested 1 on 5 3-pointers isn’t the best of strategies either.
- Steve Novak came out of his slump tonight. Glad he snapped out of his funk, but could he have picked a worse game to shoot decently? Continue reading