A look at the eastern conference

I was going to take a look around the league at the halfway mark. Then I figured since the trade deadline was so close I’d wait because that would change everything. Little did I know I could have written 95% of it and added a little blurb about JJ Redick afterwards since he was by far the biggest name that got moved.  Anyway here’s how each team is looking with about 25 games left in the season.

Miami Heat – Miami was only a few games ahead of the pack for the first half of the season. Now it looks like they are going to run away with the #1 seed as everyone expected. It helps that LeBron had a ridiculous streak of 6 straight games of scoring over 30 points while shooting over 60%. That streak ended with him scoring 39 points but only shooting 58%. What a slacker. Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem haven’t even been playing well so this team has the potential to get even better down the stretch. They get outrebounded often but at 39-14 and 5 ½ games ahead of Indiana I don’t think that’s a huge concern.

Indiana Pacers – Paul George stepped up in Danny Granger’s absence. Granger came back a game ago to further improve the 2nd place Pacers. The only concern is their max contract center, Roy Hibbert, who is averaging 10 and 8. Their last four wins have come at an average of 27 points a game which is impressive since they are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA.

New York Knicks – It looks like the Knicks trolled their fans with fast, crisp ball movement, excellent 3-point shooting, unselfish play, lockdown defense and an 18-5 start. The last 33 games they are 17 and 16 since, can’t defend any guard in the league, play iso-ball and forgot how to shoot. Continue reading

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Episode 177: More Questions

Marc and Jay talk about the end of the Rasheed Wallace era, what the team would be like if they kept David Lee, why Shumperts minutes shouldn’t be cut, LeBron may quit his pre-game dunk routine, scenarios in which the Knicks would have the advantage, K-Mart and what to expect from him, Monte Ellis gets the ultimate #Knickeffect, and listener questions.  Download Episode 177

Knicks suck against Pacers: The top 10 best things about tonight’s game

  1. The game will eventually end…I think.
  2. Grunwald still has until the trading deadline tomorrow at 3PM to dump everyone on this roster and start rebuilding.
  3. No one was fatally injured in the playing of tonight’s game.
  4. If you missed tonight’s game because you had something better to do than you are winner.
  5. Tonight’s game actually made you look back fondly on the loss to Toronto right before the all star game.
  6. A meteorite did not hit Russia during tonight’s game. Continue reading

Episode 174: Finding the Problem

Jay and Marc feel that lately even when the Knicks win it’s ugly and not a formula for success in the playoffs.  They try and figure out if the problem is coming from the coaching or from certain players.  There is a lot of criticizing this episode but almost none of it is about Amare.  Jay comes up with a few trade proposals that Marc finds very unrealistic.  Download Episode 174