Random thought about the Knicks/Celtics playoff series

At first I thought the Celtics were being sneaky by not playing Shaq, ready to unleash him at full strengh for the playoffs.  Now I’m not so sure.  Not seeing him for the final few games makes me think he’s not going to be ready for round 1 vs. the Knicks.  This is excellent news since we have one of the smallest teams around.  It looks like we’ll only have to deal with Krstic and Jermaine O’Neal’s corpse, and maybe some Big Baby at the center position.  If Shaq comes back that throws a wrench into things a little bit.  We’d be severely undersized.

If only we had some bigger bodies on the team….If only there were some 7 footers out there for real cheap.  Someone that could give Amare a rest for ten minutes a game.  Someone like Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, Earl Barron, Jordan Hill….how do these other teams keep finding cheap big men?  Beats me.

Top 5 Things I do not want to see the Knicks do in the playoffs

  1. Go with a reduced rotation of say 6 or 7 guys. The Knicks play best when they have a more balanced attack. When they rely too heavily on Amare, Carmelo and Chauncey to carry them they do not win.
  2. Not move the ball around and have players continually stand around and watch Carmelo and Amare on offense.
  3. Rely too heavily on the 3 pointer.
  4. Continually allow opponents second and third chances on offense.
  5. Allow their opponents too many easy lay-ups

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Corey "Mother Fuckin" Brewer makes me so angry at D'Antoni

Corey Brewer played 30 minutes tonight in the Mavericks victory over the Clippers. He had 20 points, 6 rebounds (including 5 offensive rebounds), 4 assists, 4 steals and left me with a broken heart.  The dude can flat out play.

“He was incredible,” big man Tyson Chandler said. “I love to see that effort. He was everywhere, and that’s exactly what we need. Those are game-changing plays — stealing inbounds, making deflections, even little things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. When we have guys playing like that, I think it’s really contagious.”

Oh and the Knicks beat a D-league team tonight.



There is speculation that Amare, Carmelo and Chauncey may get some rest now that the Knicks are set for the playoffs. I am on my knees begging D’Antoni to rest these guys because without some rest we stand no chance in the first round. It would also be a whole lot of fun to actually watch Andy Rautins, Derrick Brown and the rest of the bench actually getting serious minutes (I am pretty sure D’Antoni could not identify half his bench in a police lineup).

Derek Brown plays almost 10 minutes which means it must have been a blowout

The Knicks crushed the Raptors tonight. Though they won by only 13 it never felt that close. The Knicks did not play a ton of defense but they scored a lot of points and just kept hitting shots. Everyone shot well and the Knicks ultimate key, Toney Douglas had a streak of fire trailing him all night.  Based on how the Knicks are playing, here are their keys for winning in the playoffs:

  • Shoot above 50% from 3 point land. The Knicks seem unbeatable when they are on from downtown (of course, what team wouldn’t be).
  • Have a plan for winning when you shoot under 50% from downtown (it seems obvious but it is very worth stating).
  • Convince the other team to agree to some weird neither team plays defense pact.
  • Pass the ball, get everyone involved, play the same way your coach instructed you to do in junior high.
  • Get Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams involved in the game (similarly, buy Jared Jeffries an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii that happens to coincide with the playoffs).
  • Reduce Amare and Carmelo’s minutes to under 25 minutes a night for rest of the regular season as it is quite obvious that D’Antoni will up their minutes  49 a night in the playoffs.
  • Borrow Mozgov from the Nuggets for the playoffs, it is not like they are even using him.

Oh, and hats off too DeMar Derozan who had 36 points tonight which would be his second highest scoring night of the season…can you say KNICKS EFFECT!!!

Download Episode 52 –  A great interview with David Dwork, Miami Heat blogger for The Peninsula is Mightier.


The Losers

Every two weeks I do an NBA column for Popblerd.  Check out his site, he writes about music and pop culture as well as sports columns.  Here is this weeks entry The Losers.

  • The….race for 8th in the East (AKA the team who gets to be swept by the Bulls in the 1st round) is just about over. And the winner is….The Bobcats because they get to avoid the brutal beatdown the Bulls are going to provide.
  • I hope you like the teams that are in the playoffs this year because the only lottery teams I can see even possibly making it next year are Milwaukee, LAC, and Houston.
  • I know it’s bad PR but please trade Steve Nash in the offseason. If Sarver is going to blow up a team that was 2 wins away from the NBA finals, why torture Nash by keeping him around to deal with the fallout?
  • By low, sell high. This simple real estate concept also works in the NBA. Unfortunately the Pistons have never heard of this term before.
  • Washington as put together a ton of young talent and should be a team to recon with in the near future. Just kidding, they stink. Other than Wall (and I’m worried about his knee already) and McGee they have a lot of garbage. At least they have the Redskins and the Nationals….is D.C. built on an indian burial ground?
  • Mr. Kardashian on New Jersey came out of nowhere and has been one of the league leader in rebounds the last two months. Never thought I’d say this but Humphries might be a nice piece for the Nets to keep going forward.
  • Cleveland lost on Sunday against the Knicks, finishing the season series against them 3-1. Now I’m only very embarrassed instead of completely.
  • If you are in Anaheim are you excited to get an NBA team or do you realize it’s the Kings and you probably won’t see a playoff game unless you drive to LA?
  • I have nothing to say about Utah, other than they are bad and getting worse and I think Jefferson and Favors are both overrated.

THE KNICKS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s crack the champaign because I think this is all the celebrating the Knicks will get to do this season. Charlotte lost tonight and the Knicks beat the Cavs. The Cavs still scored 107 points, enough to win most nights but the Knicks beat them with the D’Antoni system of just trying to outscore your opponent and getting your rest while they play offense.  Bring on the playoffs!!!

Download Episode 52 –  A great interview with David Dwork, Miami Heat blogger for The Peninsula is Mightier.