Knicks vs Wizards – 4-4-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
The Washington Wizards quickly doubled up on the New York Knicks Friday night, leading 18-9 mid-way into the first quarter. After a much needed timeout, the Knicks responded with a 10-2 run to take the lead on a Carmelo Anthony jumper, up 20-19 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Basketball is a game of runs, and after a Washington timeout, they would answer with a run of their own, ending the first quarter on a 7-2, to take a 27-21 lead.
            New York’s started off the second quarter on a 15-4 run, playing suffocating defense, holding Washington scoreless for four minutes during the stretch. This gave New York a 36-31 lead with 5:31 left in the second quarter. The Knicks would continue to apply defensive pressure in the quarter, forcing the Wizards to 28.6% shooting in the period. New York outscored Washington 22-12 in the second quarter, leading by 43-39 at the half. J.R. Smith was huge for the Knicks, scoring 19 points in the first half, connecting on five money ball.
            The Knicks and the Wizards would go back and forth in the third quarter, exchanging baskets. Amare Stoudemire at one points scored 12 straight points for New York, including a vicious slam dunk on Marcin Gortat to give the Knicks a 60-55 lead. Washington would regain the lead with John Wall aggressively attacking the paint on consecutive possessions, drawing free throws on the first possession, then getting into the lane for a dunk to help regain the lead for the Wizards 62-60. New York would answer, regaining the lead on J.R. Smith’s seventh three of the game. Then J.R. Smith would hit a fade away jumper to that was basically a buzzer beater for the third quarter, giving the Knicks a 67-64 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

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Knicks vs. Nets – 4-2-14 – Game Recap

new-york-knicks-v-brooklyn-netsWritten by William Lee

Early on in the first quarter it was a battle of tag teams between the duos of J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire, and the combination of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Smith and Stoudemire combined to score the first 16 points for New York, with each scoring eight points to help keep pace with the Brooklyn Nets, tying the game up at 16-16, eight minutes into the game. Deron Williams answered with a driving layup, giving him nine points in the opening quarter, who was one-half of the Net’s tag team attack, with Joe Johnson scoring seven points to compliment his backcourt-mate.

You don’t have to be an expert oddsmaker to understand the Knicks chances of winning these days.  For example, one look at these official lines for NBA betting tell that story.  But we could all tell that the Knicks, Shumpert in particular, wanted this one.  With both teams exchanging punches, Knicks tagged in Iman Shumpert. Shumpert came off the bench, giving the Knicks a huge spark with his defensive intensity. Shumpert stole the ball twice within the last 17.9 seconds of the first quarter, leading to a Carmelo Anthony dunk, and then a Tim Hardaway Jr. buzzer beating three, giving the Knicks a 29-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. This run bridged into the second quarter, where it was extended to a 20-2 run, giving New York a 39-22 lead with 8:29 left in the first half.

Shumpert continued to put his imprints on the game, when he grabbed an offensive rebound, taking the ball back out to size up Mirza Teletovic, where he then put the moves on Teletovic, going behind the back on him for a reverse layup! This gave New York a 45-30 lead with 6:16 remaining in the quarter. A minute later Shumpert would disrupt Marcus Thornton’s pass to the post, collecting his fourth steal in the first half, and then running out for an and-one opportunity. Continue reading

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 23

3-1 this week as the Knicks make their playoff push. Hahaha, just kidding about the playoffs. They beat two crappy teams and 1 good team missing 40% of their starting lineup and also got completely annihilated against a good team. The Knicks final 7 games are all against playoff teams so this will probably be the last semi nice rankings of the season. I forsee much bitterness in the final two weeks.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo At first I was thinking the Knicks have 43 losses, how much worse would they be without Melo? Then I realized the answer is they’d much much worse. 2
2 Smith, J.R. JR had a very good week, and played out of his mind against the Kings. I’m worried that he’s gone from about 10 shots a night to 15+, that doesn’t bode well for when he goes cold again. And he will. 5
3 Prigioni, Pablo His plus minus shows he knows how to run an offense. He gets shredded by opposing guards fairly often but at least he does many other things on the court better than the rest of our sorry backcourt. 3
4 Chandler, Tyson Would have put him 3rd for having a few good games but 1 point and 4 rebounds against the Suns? Shame on you Tyson. 4
5 Stoudemire, Amar’e Two good games before his streak of playing really well ended. He got some rest last night so maybe he’ll be ready to dominate during the Knicks EPIC PLAYOFF PUUUUUUSHHH, hahahahaha. 1
6 Shumpert, Iman Remember when Shumpert could play offense? He’s this high because he plays defense and contrary to Woodsons opinion defense does mean something. 6
7 Hardaway Jr., Tim His shot was off all week but he somehow posted a positive +/- in every game this week. Something we’re going to need for this exciting, riveting PLAYOFF PUSH!!!!!!! Hahahahaha. 9
8 Aldrich, Cole I like how Woodson is actually using a backup center sometimes. Not when Tyson is putting up 1 point, the Knicks are getting embarrassed though. Why try anything different when you are down by 30. 7
9 Felton, Raymond Trey Burke didn’t go off last night. That makes one straight game that opposing guards didn’t go off. Progress. Progress we’ll need for the final 7 games of the Kicks 2013-14 PLAYOFF PUSH, lol. 11
10 Shannon Brown Shannon Brown. 2 points and 1 steal in less than a minute against the Warriors. That’s the kind of productivity we’re going to need for the end of the season, totally exciting and realistic playoff push! 12
11 Murry, Toure’ I get it now. Woodson is saving Murry so he’s fully rested for all of these playoff games the Knicks will be playing. 8
12 Jeremy Tyler Only one game out! We’ll ignore that it’s 2 in the loss column and don’t have a tiebreaker so it’s essentially 3 games with 7 to go because Tyler is ready for the totally feasable, definitely doable PLAYOFF PUSH! 10
13 Martin, Kenyon I hope K-Mart comes back this week because if there is one thing he knows how to do it’s push for the playoffs. 13
14 Bargnani, Andrea Sucks for you Bargs. You were stuck on all those lottery teams only to get to the Knicks at the height of their amazing run to the playoffs and are too injured to play! 14

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Knicks @ Warriors – 3-30-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

After the debacle that occurred on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, New York would face another opponent with a similar offensive style, another explosive three point shooting team in the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are the sixth best team in the league in three-point field goals made and field goal percentage, at 9.1 made per game at a 37.5% success rate. And again the same results happened, at least early on anyways, allowing the Warriors to connect on five three-pointers in the first quarter. Golden State jumped out to an early 16-5 lead, causing New York to take a quick time out. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the “Splash Brothers” made it splash from downtown connecting on three three-pointers on the run combined. Curry and Thompson are first and third in threes made in the Association. (So of course the Knicks were confused when they were making it rain…) The fact that the Warriors were without David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (pelvic contusion) made it worse, these two was the only real offensive threats in the game for Golden State.

New York would be down by as many as twelve points early in the second quarter, before the bench got the Knicks back into the game with a 12-0 run in which Pablo Prigioni was responsible for ten of the points, knocking down a three, assisting  on a Iman Shumpert three and Tim Hardaway Jr. layup. Before you can blink the game was tied at 34-34 with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter. With the game tied Mike Woodson decided to bring back Carmelo Anthony in the game, within a minute Anthony picks up his third foul, sending him back to the bench. This was a blessing in disguise as New York was playing with much more ball movement with Anthony out of the game. New York would go on a 15-0 run to end the last two minute of the first half, behind the combination of J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. J.R. Smith scored 14 of his 21 points in the pivotal second quarter, where the Knicks outscored the Warriors 34-12. New York led by 56-44 at halftime.

The third quarter the game came to a grinding halt, too much isolation, especially on New York’s end with Carmelo Anthony. Both teams shot below 40% in the period, but Stephen Curry kept the cold shooting Warriors in the game, scoring 12 of his game high 32 points in the third quarter.
The game got a lot uglier in the fourth quarter, as both teams shot sub thirty-percentage. New York again was isolation heavy on offense, but Carmelo Anthony was having an off game, going 1/7 in the final quarter. New York’s star forward had a very ineffective night, scoring 19 points on 21 attempts, the Knicks were a -14 with him on the floor, by far the worst +/- on the winning team. As for Golden State, New York was not playing amazing defense by any stretch, but the Warriors were for the most part, at least slightly contested on majority of their three-point attempts. Unfortunately with 2:42 left in the game, this wasn’t one of those times, as Stephen Curry was wide open for the game tying three, knotting the game up at 81 apiece.

On the very next possession, Curry put up a quick three-point attempt, then with a long bounce off the rim Curry got the offensive rebound, and just throws it up feeling contact from behind. As Curry’s horrible attempt flung up in the air, a whistle was made. Fortunately for New York, it was for the Knicks, as Amare Stoudemire got fouled battling for the rebound under the rim. With Golden State in the penalty already, this sent Stoudemire to the charity stripe. Stoudemire calmly sank his free throws, giving New York an 83-81 lead.

As horrible as a night Carmelo Anthony was having, the last two minutes showed why he is one of the most clutch players in the league (even though he hasn’t shown it much this year…). With two Warriors draped all over him, Anthony makes a tough step back jumper to give the Knicks an 85-81 lead with 1:24 left in the game. Klay Thompson would answer with a three to get within one point with a minute left in the game. Again New York would isolate Anthony, and he threw a foul on Andre Iguodala, sending himself to the line, where he made both the clutch free throws to give New York a three point lead with 45.4 seconds left in the game.

The Warriors got off a shot quickly, going for a “two for one” situation. Curry missed on the quick attempt, but left 30.9 seconds remaining on the game clock, to give Golden State one more defensive stand, and an opportunity to tie the game with a few seconds remaining. Anthony called for a clear out, playing one on one with Iguodala again, but would get blocked this time around, causing a shot clock violation. Golden State advanced the ball with a timeout, needing a three to tie, with the score 87-84. Raymond Felton knew that the ball would find its way to Stephen Curry, and Felton got all up in Curry’s face as he made his three-point attempt, forcing him to pass the ball in mid-air, which Draymond Green was not prepared for. Shannon Brown, who was put into the game for his defense, got the loose ball, and quickly got up the court, where he was fouled from behind. The referees whistled the Warriors for committing a clear path foul, essentially ending the game, as Brown made both his free throws. The win put New York one game back of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot, with Atlanta holding the tie breaker.

Knicks @ Suns – 3-29-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Friday night’s matchup featured two teams fighting desperately for their playoff lives with the Phoenix Suns clinging on for dear life onto their eighth spot, holding only a half a game advantage on the Dallas Mavericks. As for the Knicks, as poorly as they have played, the Atlanta Hawks have played that much worse, and are in a complete downward spiral losing five straight games, as New York climbed a game and a half back of the eighth seed.

Goran Dragic exploded out the opening gate, going 7-for-8 from the field, with three of them coming from beyond the arc, finishing the first quarter with 18 points. Phoenix as a team had six threes in the opening quarter, which should come as no surprise since the Suns are third in three-point field goals made with 9.4 made per game, and top five in the league in three-point field goal percentage with 37.6%. J.R. Smith kept New York in the game early in the first quarter, scoring back to back threes, after tying a franchise record the previous game with nine three-pointers made against the Sacramento Kings. Smith scored ten points in the first quarter, but cooled off significantly the rest of the game, going 2-for-7 the rest of the way. Continue reading