Reexamining the Playoff Picture

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Written by William Lee

Mike Woodson still believes that his squad the New York Knicks has a chance at the playoffs still, even after their humiliating back to back losses to the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. The Knicks were non-competitive in both these games, and what is most concerning is that New York are on a five game losing streak, and are 2-8 in their last ten games.

Early in February we looked into what would be a realistic finish to the rest of the Knicks’ schedule. Let’s now dive into and take a look into the standings, and the other team’s schedule to see if they might have a losing streak in the near future to even give New York fans any hope at all…to gain games in the standings and make the Playoffs. Or at the very least, not give a high draft pick to the Denver Nuggets, as New York is without their first round pick this year. The pick was a part of the blockbuster trade that brought over Carmelo Anthony to New York.

Currently New York is the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference, and are looking up at Detroit (10th seed) and Cleveland (9th seed). These teams aren’t even in the Playoffs! New York needs these two teams to fall off, as well the bubble of teams around the 6th to 8th seed in the bottom of the Playoffs to start losing. The bubble of teams at the end are Atlanta (8th seed), Charlotte (7th seed), Brooklyn (6th seed). Continue reading

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Knicks vs. Warriors – 2-28-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Both the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks entered Friday night’s game with a bad taste in their mouth, suffering huge defeats in their previous game. Golden State lost to Chicago 103-83 Wednesday night, while New York got humiliated by the defending Champions Miami Heat 108-82 the night before.

New York would continue their humiliating play on Friday. The Warriors jumped on the Knicks early in the game, going on a 10-0 run early in the first quarter. The run gave Golden State a 15-6 lead with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors would continue their onslaught in the period, finishing the quarter with 38 points. By the end of the first quarter it was 38-27, with the Warriors shooting 56% from the field, converting on five three-pointers.

New York went on a 9-2 run early in the second quarter, to cut the deficit into single digits 48-39. In a blink of an eye, any hope the Knicks had of coming back disappeared with the Warriors going on a 25-13 run to end the second quarter. By the end of the first half the Warriors were ahead 73-52, the 73 points were the most points New York had given up in the first half. The Madison Square Garden crowd booed their home team off the court. Many more cascade of boos would continue to serenade the Knicks throughout the night, and deserving so. Continue reading

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2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 18

Five games since the last rankings, four of them losses.  There are also only 13 players to rank after the Knicks bought out Mett and Udrih this week.  Will it be 12 next week?  Felton has been arrested on 3 felony gun charges.  The PG rotation is looking pretty thin right now.  I wonder what Beno is up to?
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo If Melo is going down he’s going to go down in a blaze of glory.  This week was arguably the best stretch of basketball in his entire career.  He scored over 40 points while taking less than 30 shots 3 times this week.  To play that efficiently and still lose 4 out of 5 has to be giving him second thoughts about staying in NY after this season. 1
2 Chandler, Tyson I hate to give the #2 spot to a guy who looks like he’s only half interested in playing but who else is even remotely deserving of this spot?  Chandler did have a 23 rebound game this week.  Of course it was a loss but still. 2
3 Prigioni, Pablo It looks like the bar is once again being set at not having a terrible game.  Priggy hasn’t played great but everyone below him has played worse.  The 2013-14 Knicks everyone! 3
4 Murry, Toure’ Murry gets this spot because no one who played this past week deserves this spot.  Also, I have a feeling Murry will be getting a good amount of run this coming week, unless Woodson decides to play JR at the point, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility. 7
5 Jeremy Tyler Tyler didn’t have a geat week.  It looks like some of his teammates terrible defensive habits are rubbing off on him.  He’s also seen him minutes drop to below 10 a game because Woodson likes to play his starters over 40 minutes per game.  What could go wrong with that strategy? Continue reading
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Knicks vs. Mavs – 2-24-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

The New York Knicks late game rally falls short against the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks fall victim to a Dirk Nowitzki buzzer beater, that rimmed in and out, and unfortunately for the Knicks… back in.

The buzzer beater gave Dallas a 110-108 victory, which held of an incredible comeback by New York. With timely three-point shooting and great defense the Knicks clawed themselves back into the game.  Even if it wasn’t timely, the Knicks insisted on shooting themselves back into the game with threes. In an incredible one minute sequence that showed New York stubbornness to shot the three, New York shot five three-point field goals, grabbing five offensive rebound, forcing up another three with every miss, until Carmelo Anthony  finally knocked down a three to cut the deficit to 100-103 with 2:43 remaining.

On the next Knicks’ possession Tim Hardaway Jr. would launch and misfire a three, he was 2/8 Monday night from downtown. Jose Calderon on the ensuing possession would knock down his fifth three-pointer of the game, giving him 20 points in the game, and it giving Dallas a 106-100 lead with a little under two minutes to play in the game. Anthony would launch and misfire a three on the ensuing Knicks’ possession. Brandan Wright then broke free for a layup, giving Dallas a 108-100 lead with 1:37 remaining in the game. Continue reading

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Episode 242: Post Trade Deadline Extravatacular

Marc and Jay talk about the zero moves that were made by the Knicks before the trade deadline, the four games since the last show, lots of mock interviews, Will our resident Nets fan calls in, lots of questions and more

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Knicks @ Hawks – 2-22-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

The New York Knicks came into Saturday night with a chance to gain a full game on the eight seed Atlanta Hawks. The task would be even more difficult than a typical back to back game, because the Knicks played extended minutes against the Orlando Magic the night before, with the game going into double overtime. Five players played over 40 minutes Friday night, with Carmelo Anthony going over the 50 minute mark.

Even though Anthony played extended minutes he was still able to have an effective shooting night, scoring 35 points, including four threes. Yet again though it would be another wasted well-played game from Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks fall to the Hawks 107-98. It was also a wasted night for Tyson Chandler who was a man possessed on the glass, collecting 23 rebounds. As great as this performance was, it should be noted that Atlanta is the fourth worst rebounding team in the league with 40.7 per game.

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Knicks @ Magic – 2-21-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

New York falls 4.5 games behind the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks Friday night in the Eastern Conference Standings.

The Knicks lost to the third worst team in the league, the Orlando Magic 129-121 in double overtime. Victor Oladipo had a magical night, he was one rebound shy of collecting his second triple double in his rookie campaign, collecting 30 points 9 rebounds and 14 assists. He was the driving force behind the Magic’s victory, getting two and-one finishes under two minute mark in the second overtime. Oladipo was able to get into the lane all night with his dribble penetration, which led him to finishing around the rim, or pass the ball out to a wide open teammate.

New York yet again…wasted another spectacular night by Carmelo Anthony, who finished the game with 44 points 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Anthony at one point made nine field goals in a row, including a three-point shot where he made a spin move to elude Tobias Harris and stepped back. Anthony battled Harris all night long, as much points as Anthony had, it was Harris who got the last laugh, when Harris pushed Anthony out of bounds with 22.2 seconds remaining in regulation. No push off foul was called, but the Magic would miss their opportunity to win the game in regulation after a timeout.

Both teams missed opportunities to win the game in regulation and the first overtime. The Magic missed plenty of layups around the rim, and the Knicks shots rimmed in and out on several occasions. One of the bigger missed opportunities for the Knicks was when Tyson Chandler broke free to do a reverse ally-opp dunk. Unfortunately Chandler turning around placed his head right under the rim, where it bounced off the top of his head, and right back out of the net. After a brief referee gathering, they called it an offensive goaltending interference. At that point the game was tied at 113 with 1:07 remaining in the first overtime. There were no more scores afterwards, so that dunk, if not for the unfortunate placement of his body, could have given New York the game winning field goal.

The game would go to a second overtime, as Nikola Vucevic missed another potential game winning layup, after he had already missed one in regulation. Vucevic though still had a great game scoring 14 points and collecting 15 rebounds before he fouled out in the second overtime. Continue reading

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