|Three games and three ugly losses since the last rankings. The week was highlighted by finding out Metta World Peace is an alien, Chris Smiths first NBA minutes, Dolans motivational speech followed up by Tyson Chandler saying he was told to say the meeting never happened and other stupid things that only happen with this franchise. I’d love to just start this list with #4 but alas I can’t, so without further ado here is this weeks Knicks roster power rankings:|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Murry, Toure’||Yeah I’m putting Murry at the top spot this week, big whoop, wanna fight about it? No starter deserves the top spot this week after the got blown out of the water in every game this week. Murry happens to play very good defense, makes some nice passes and those passes are to his own team, bonus! Murry also had a +4 while playhing 27 minutes in a 15 point loss, which is the one positive from that game.||5|
|2||Stoudemire, Amar’e||We have always said Amare is never going to be a positive on defense, but if he’s going to be super crazy efficient on offense then it’s worth having him out there. That’s what he was this week. The only efficient offensive threat on the entire team this week actually. So far this list is making me sad.||12|
|3||Udrih, Beno||Poor Beno, he looks outmatched out there sometimes, but he’s been handling the lead PG duties better than I expected. He also called out Woodson for his inconsistent playing time and the lack of the 2 PG lineup that he was promised upon signing with this mess of a team.||4|
|4||Chandler, Tyson||Tyson has not looked himself this week. Maybe he came back too soon or maybe he’s playing injured. Playing injured seems to be the thing to do on this team rather than taking a game or two off and coming back healthy and effective. Tyson has shown flashes but not enough.||1|
|5||Anthony, Carmelo||While I liked watching actual ball movement while Melo was out, I also like watching the ball go through the hoop, which it does not do often enough with Melo out with an ankle injury. Continue reading|
Marc and Jay talk about the last four games, injuries, aliens, defense, d-league, trades, and much more
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Written by William Lee
After the Christmas Day beat down the Knicks received at the hands of the Thunder, the Knicks start a home and home against the Raptors Friday night. Toronto has been playing a lot better lately, they are 5-3 since the Rudy Gay trade, with two of the losses coming from the defending Western Conference Champion Spurs. Toronto come into Friday night the Atlantic Division leader, with New York only three games back of the Division crown, which will automatically give the team no less than fourth seed in the playoffs.
The Knicks were again without their leading scorer Carmelo Anthony due to a left sprained ankle. Andrea Bargnani got out to a hot start, scoring ten points in the first quarter against his former team, that made him a No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006. The first quarter was a display of extremely sloppy basketball, with neither team taking care of the basketball. Toronto had seven turnovers, New York was even worse, with eight. Though the Knicks were able to overcome all the turnovers in the first quarter by playing great defense, forcing the Raptors to shoot 35.3% from the field, leading 25-18 after one period.
There was more ugly basketball in the second quarter, with both teams shooting no more than 40% from the field. J.R. Smith was the lone Knick making any shots in the quarter. Smith hit all four attempts, three of which were threes, for a total of 11 point. The Raptors took the lead, after a Terrance Ross three, leading 37-36 with 3:17 remaining in the first half. The Knicks would answer, ending the second quarter on a 13- 3 run, to take a 49-40 lead.
|Two wins and only 1 loss since last weeks power rankings. So what if the two wins were by the smallest of margins and also to the two worst teams in the league. It’s Christmas week and I’m trying to stay positive. I probably won’t stay positive past #2 or 3 on this list but I’ll try my best.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Chandler, Tyson||Oh how we missed the defense and rebounding and the yelling after dunks. Would love to see Chandler get more involved in the offense, but after seeing what this team looked like without Tyson there is no denying him the #1 spot this week. Especially since he didn’t get reinjured after Woodson tried to murder him in the Bucks game by keeping him in for 37 minutes, the last 10 or so of which he was clearly hobbling.||3|
|2||Anthony, Carmelo||Carmelo Anthony hit the 50% mark twice this week! That’s borderline efficient! With pretty much everyone on the roster without a last name of Hardaway shooting like it’s the 8th round of a beer pong rec league I can almost understand all the iso. Of couse he does that when he has shooters around him too so I won’t totally justify the ball hoggery.||1|
|3||Hardaway Jr., Tim||THJ is going on week 3 as the best SG on this team. Lets keep rolling with Shump and JR though because that strategy makes much more sense than developing a player who already leads all rookies in 3p%, which happens to be a glaring weakness on this team.||2|
|4||Udrih, Beno||I’m already having a ton of trouble with this list. I guess Beno gets it for his really great game against the Bucks (offensively anyway, he did let Brandon Knight score approx. 357 points), and some decent play against the magic. He did completely stink against Memphis, but so did pretty much everyone.||11|
|5||Murry, Toure’||Why is Toure’ Murry so high? He’s the only player from this point forward that didn’t completely suck in at least 1 game this week and/or get/is injured. Plus that sick behind the back pass to Hardaway had to bump him up a few spots. Continue reading|
Written by: Brian Body (@BrianChuckteezy)
As the great prophet and philosopher Jay-Z once said, “it was all good just 5
months ago!” Back in July, all Knicks fans, including myself, were looking forward to
the day that Iman Shumpert 21 jersey was up in the rafters next to Ewing, Walt
Clyde, Earl the Pearl, Willis, Barnett, McGuire, the Senator, and Melo Anthony (of
Ok, maybe that was a little bit of an exaggeration. But still. Shump was a
glimmer of hope on a team full of geezers that had just vastly underachieved after
losing to the Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. The swagger, the flat top,
the tweets after every win that the opposing team had just been “taped,” the
backpack, that crazy sick putback dunk against the Pacers, the lockdown defense,
and the clothes! Knicks fans loved this guy. And it was hard not to. He was the
second coming of Walt Clyde Frazier, and he and Melo were supposed to keep the
Knicks contenders for the foreseeable future.
And then on July 7 everything changed. Stephen A. Smith had just Continue reading
Marc and Jay are joined by Dan Litvin @Knicksfanblog from Knicksfan.net as we talk about the last two games, lineups that actually make sense, who will win the Atlantic, curfews, the coaching situation, and much more
Written by William Lee
Memphis entered Saturday matinee game against New York on a five game losing streak. New York though plays terrible on matinee games, 0-2 this season in early afternoon games, losing by a combined 72 points! With rumors that Knicks’ players were out partying the nights before those early afternoon games, Mike Woodson played babysitter Friday night, keeping his Knicks team in a hotel. The curfew didn’t help the Knicks, as Memphis got off to a fast start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead, extending this to 17-8 by the 4:24 mark in the first quarter. The Knicks went on a 10-2 run, cutting the deficit to one, 19-18 with a little over two minutes remaining. Carmelo Anthony was in double figures scoring in the first quarter alone, finishing the game with 30 points overall.
New York would go on an 8-0 run bridging from the first quarter to the second quarter. The run was capped off by a Carmelo Anthony steal that lead to a Tim Hardaway Jr. furious fast break dunk, to take a 28-25 lead with 9:16 left in the quarter. Hardaway Jr. provided a spark off the bench, playing 30 minutes scoring 16 points, he was favored over the struggling starting guard Iman Shumpert. The Grizzles played great defense to end the first half, New York converted on only one field goal in the last six minute of the second quarter. The defense led to an 8-2 Grizzles run, to end the first half with a ten point lead 50-40. Madison Square Garden was not happy with the Knicks’ matinee effort, booing the Knicks off the court as the players entered the locker room for intermission. The game was played at Memphis’ pace, a slow grind it out game, the Grizzles beat the Knicks on all the hustle stats in the first half. This trend would continue for Memphis in the second half, helping the Grizzles to a 95-87 victory, to snap their losing streak. Continue reading
One of our listeners was lucky enough to go to a game court-side and took a few slo-mo videos. I figured it would be cool to share them with everyone:
It’s so nice having a defensive center again:
The Bucks missing the final two shots of regulation
and last but not least one of the stupidest moments in Knicks history in slow motion! You can see Beno and even JR showing how dumb they thought Bargnani’s shot was
Marc and Jay do a top 5, discuss the basketball IQ (or lack thereof) on this roster. We also discuss the Washington game, how it is possible that Woodson still has a job and more about this wretched franchise.