I know we are missing Billups and Amare but there is little excuse for getting swept. Much of this series has been without these two and the Celtics have not outclassed the rest of our squad. The Knicks have had a realistic shot in every game. They need to step up and get it done today.
While D’Antoni is not the direct cause of Amare’s injury/back spasm, does he deserve some blame? Amare averaged almost 37 minutes a game this year which was 2 minutes over his career average. These extra minutes may have caused Amare to wear down faster and be more prone to injury. This is the danger of going with such a short rotation. It would have made a lot of sense for D’Antoni to reduce Amare’s minutes when Carmelo arrived but that clearly did not happen. The regular season is a grind but you want to be ready for the playoffs. The Knicks had a good idea for a while where they would end up in the playoffs but D’Antoni seemed overly concerned about finishing above .500, and those extra victories are not so helpful now that they are down 0-3 to the Celtics.
Forget the injuries, forget game 1 and 2. It is on tonight. The Celtics are walking into Madison Square Garden and the Garden is hungry. This is not a friendly place for Boston fans. The refs are not going to bail the Celtics out tonight. It will be close, it may be a long and bloody fight but the Knicks will prevail tonight. This is not my opinion, this IS A FACT!!!
I have been picking the Knicks to win every night and every night I have been crushed in the waning seconds. I am predicting they will win Friday night. The difference tonight was some awful injuries and some not too friendly refereeing. Nothing was awful by the refs but the advantage was definitely with the Celtics. These advantages will be for the Knicks in MSG. The Knicks played good defense once again but their offense is escaping them. Tonight was just bizarre: Continue reading
Dear Mr. Howard,
Blocking the ball into the 7th row looks cool but the other team gets the ball back.
Dear Mr. D’Antoni,
Using all your timeouts before crunch time leaves you with no timeouts in cruch time.
Dear Mr. James,
Sometimes you do miss a shot on your own. Not every miss is because you got fouled.
Dear NBA refs,
No one is here to see you. Nor do real fans want to win because of you. Just call the game evenly and everyone will be happy.
Dear Memphis Grizzlies,
Love the beards.
Dear Mr. Bryant,
Going 1 on 5 for 8 straight posessions won’t get it done. I thought you learned that 4 years ago.
Dear Mr. Richardson and Mr. Turkoglu,
The playoffs started, please report to the court.
Maybe others will disagree but I thought there was a lot of home court cooking going on here by the refs. Continue reading
I write a bi-weekly NBA article on Popblerd, but since it took me forever to write, I’m putting it on here too.
Eastern Conference First Round
1. Chicago vs. 8. Indiana
Chicago won 62 games this season and finished on a 9 game winning streak and the best record in the NBA. Indiana finished 8 games below .500 and only made the playoffs because, as unbelievable as it is, the 7 other eastern conference teams were even more terrible. No need to talk any more about this series because it will be over before you are done reading this paragraph. Bulls in 4. Continue reading
Beyond the obvious like the Knicks winning or playing defense or getting an offensive rebound or successfully switching on a pick & roll…here is what I want to see:
- Carmelo Anthony hitting a game winning shot in MSG.Continue reading
I’m getting sick of conversations like “If Kobe gets another title he’ll be considered the GOAT (greatest of all time)”, or ‘LeBron isn’t even in the conversation with Kobe until he wins a title”.
Winning titles is great, not that many players get to do it, but it shouldn’t be used as a basis for an argument about who’s better. Please refer to example one if you don’t believe me.
would be considered better than this guy:
I rest my case.