Knicks vs Pacers – 11-20-13 – Game Recap

 
Written by William Lee
 
Paul George outduels Carmelo Anthony in the Pacers overtime win against the Knicks 103-96. George sent the game to overtime on an Iman Shumpert foul on a three point attempt, he calmly knocked down all three free throws. With the game all tied up at 89-89, the Knicks had 5.2 seconds left to win the game, going with their superstar Carmelo Anthony, but he could not deliver the victory, missing on a turnaround jumper. In the extra period Paul George scored nine of his season high 35 points, to pull away from the Knicks. George showed his complete array of offensive repertoire in overtime. Drawing first blood in overtime with a three to push the Pacers ahead 92-89 with 3:43 left in overtime. Then he scored on a pull up jumper, and then got Andrea Bargnani up in the air on a pump fake, and drawing a foul, knocking down both his free throws on the next possession. With 1:08 left in overtime George hit a dagger step back jumper to put the Pacers ahead 99-93. The Knicks could not keep pace with the Pacers in overtime, as Carmelo Anthony was the only Knick who scored, that wasn’t in garbage time. He tried his best to keep the Knicks close scoring four points in the extra session.
 
Carmelo Anthony started off great, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds by the end of the first half. The Knicks were the team that looked like they were the defensive stalwarts holding the Pacer scoreless for five minutes to start the game. The Knicks were up by as many as 13 points to nothing, before the Pacers clamped down on defense. The Knicks missed ten straight field goals, fueling a Pacers 14-6 run to end the first quarter. This was highlighted by a Roy Hibbert bank in three to cut into the deficit 19-14 to finish the quarter. Continue reading
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Knicks at Pistons – 11-20-13 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
Both the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons were shorthanded, but it was the Pistons who overcame the adversities and was victorious Tuesday night. Winning 92-86 despite their starting point guard Brandon Jennings leaving the game early with an upset stomach. Pistons were also without point guards Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) and Will Bynum (groin, hamstring). The Knicks were also without their starting point guard Raymond Felton, who missed the game because of hamstring soreness and a pinched nerve in his hip. Beno Udrih stepped into the starting lineup, but was held scoreless in 18 minutes of action. Mike Woodson decided to go to a big lineup to match up with the Pistons’ large frontline. Without Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin joined Udrih in the starting lineup for his first start of the season. Woodson also decided to put JR Smith back to his sixth man role, and inserted Iman Shumpert back into the starting lineup.
Both teams got off to a hot start, shooting over 50% in the first quarter. The Pistons lead 26-24 after one period, behind seven points from Josh Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope respectively. Andrea Bargnani led the way for the Knicks with nine first quarter points, highlighted by a driving and one dunk. The Knicks cooled off in the second quarter missing 14/21 shots, with so many misses, the Knicks kept themselves in the game with five offensive rebounds in the quarter. Amare Stoudemire showed flashes, with back to back spectacular dunks, part of an 8-0 Knicks run, to take a 34-28 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half. Brandon Jennings came back into the game, and was content with setting his teammates up, collecting four assist the rest of the half. With his fourth assist leading to a Gigi Datome buzzer beating three to end the half, to tie the game up at 43-43. Continue reading

Random Thoughts on Tonight’s Game Against the Pistons

  • I love super aggressive driving Bargs
  • It helps when Drummond falls for the pump fake every single time
  • Speaking of Drummond, how does one shoot 16% from the free throw line?  A child would probably hit 20%
  • We should definitely give a max contract to a guy who literally quits on defense whenever he misses a shot
  • The play where Peyton Siva was at the 3 point line and Amare was in front of him and for some reason assumed he would shoot and turned completely around only to have the player run past him pretty much sums up why Amare is a detriment even when his offense is kinda sorta not a travesty.
  • The entire Knicks team has no idea how to play help defense.
  • You know you suck on D when Priggy screams at you.
  • JR almost shot .500 and would have if he didn’t take 2 halfcourt shots.  In completely related news this wasn’t a weekend game.
  • Bargnani was super efficient on offense in the first half.  Good thing the Knicks went with iso-ball in the 2nd half.
  • I was worried no one was going to let an opposing guard run amok tonight since Felton was out.  Guess I was worried for no reason.
  • Things look bad now but at least we gave away 6 out of our 8 draft picks over the next 4 years……

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 4

This weeks ranking were very hard to put together because I didn’t want an 11 way tie for last place.  Some players are too high, but sitting on the bench doing nothing at least doesn’t kill the team as much as the play of other players has.
       
Rank Player              Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Have to bump Melo up to #1 after his 45 point game.  He’s still been very inconsistent shooting, but with the entire rest of the team other than Bargnani playing like crap Melo has to be in the top spot this week. 2
2 Bargnani, Andrea I can’t believe Bargs is up this high after we tore him apart for the first 4 games.  He’s been great on offense for 5 straight games and has even rebounded well in 3 of them.  This is as good as it gets with Bargs and I’m more than happy with this level of play. 3
3 Shumpert, Iman It looks like the trade rumors have been getting to him a little bit, that and being the latest Knicks to get a secret knee surgery over the summer.  Seriously are there any Knicks who DIDN’T get a secret knee surgery this summer, and do they all do to the same doctor and bump into each other in the waiting room?  Anyway, he’s been consistently decent and one of a very few Knicks that don’t make me yell and throw things constantly. 8
4 Prigioni, Pablo Why Pablo doesn’t get more playing time is beyond me, he might be the Knicks best point guard at this point. 4
5 Hardaway Jr., Tim THJ hasn’t done anything great when he’s been on the court but he hasn’t done anything terrible either.  Sadly, that’s enough to earn a top 5 spot on this team. Continue reading

Knicks vs Hawks 11-16-13 – Game Recap

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Tonight’s matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks marks the second time the two has faced off this week. It is very difficult to defeat the same opponent twice in the same week, and this proved true tonight, with the Hawks winning 110-90. The Hawks had a balanced attack, with eight players in double figures scoring. The game was close through the first quarter, the Knicks did not shoot well all night, but scrapped to get the offensive rebounds. The Knicks had six offensive rebounds, for eleven second chance points, in the first quarter. The rebounding edge gave the Knicks a 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks were content on settling for three points shots early in the game, finishing the first quarter with ten attempts. The Hawks left a lot points off the board, missing wide open threes, especially Kyle Korver, who missed three straight before making one at 4:06 in the first quarter. This three kept Kyle Korver’s streak alive for consecutive games with a made three, pushing it up to 83 games straight. Continue reading