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

James Dolan: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Written by Nicholas McGowan

I write this piece as not a defense for James Dolan but instead of a reason as why we as Knicks fans should appreciate what Dolan has done for us over the past few years. Dolan has made his fair share of mistakes. Let us begin with said mistakes:

-Handed out his band’s CD to free agents in the summer 2010 at the end of their meetings
– CAA apparently runs the organization, (Mike Woodson reportedly had to change his representation to CAA)
-Strict media policy limiting the amount that Knicks personnel can talk to media
-Rumor that he would trade Iman Shumpert if he did not play in the Summer League
-Has proven incapable of finding a GM who can make sound basketball decisions
-Can’t find consistent coach

These are just some of the many mistakes that James Dolan has made. His actions drove us to protest our beloved Knicks. While that action is justified; he isn’t as bad Knicks fans make him out to be. My aim is not to convince you that he is good owner, but my intention is to persuade you to be glad to have him as an owner. We could be worse off. Dolan through his decision to hire Phil Jackson and his never changing spending habits are the reasons of why we as fans shouldn’t be as angry as we are with him. Continue reading

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 22

Just when the Knicks rope you back in with an 8 game winning streak they drop turd of a game by looking heartless against a Kyrie Irvingless Cavs team. Atlanta is giving the Knicks every possible chance to make the playoffs but the Knicks don’t seem to want to capitalize. We’ve reached the final month of the season so lets take a look at what appears to be the roster that will fail to get Melo to the playoffs for the first time in his career. Oh and Earl Clark did not get picked up for the rest of the season (Shannon Brown did) so there are only 14 players on the roster now.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Stoudemire, Amar’e I forgot how much I missed super efficient/dominant Amare. No one knows how long this will last but lets all enjoy the ride while we can. 5
2 Anthony, Carmelo The look of absolute disgust on Melos face as he watched the bench give up a double digit lead to Philly in three minutes says it all. 1
3 Prigioni, Pablo 9 assists in 18 minutes against Philly, yes please! Tell me again why he plays half as many minutes as Felton? 7
4 Chandler, Tyson The league leader of putting up decent stats while looking like he doesn’t give a crap. We all know Tyson can do better than 4 points and 6 rebounds against the Cavs. 11
5 Smith, J.R. Aaaaand just like that JRs shot is gone again. Still, kudos for keeping those bad shots to around 10 a game instead of 20 and for passing the ball better than our starting PG. 3
6 Shumpert, Iman Shumpert doesn’t really put up stats anymore but you can see how much his defense is missed when he’s out. For example the Cavs game. 6
7 Aldrich, Cole Aldrich played about 7 minutes a game this week and not in garbage time. He’s done what you want a backup center to do; rebound and at least try on defense. 4
8 Murry, Toure’ His only appearance this week was the 4 minutes against Philly where the Knicks let up a huge lead. Murry is up this high as a farewell because I’m pretty sure Woodson will blame that on Murry and we’ll never see him again. 12
9 Hardaway Jr., Tim It seems like THJ alternates weeks between playing great and sucking. Looking forward to him playing great next week. 2
10 Jeremy Tyler Like Murry, Tylers only action was that epic collapse vs Philly. Welcome to the doghouse. It’s getting crowded in here. 8
11 Felton, Raymond Felton cannot cover anyone. No one. Look at the PG stats for the opposing team. WTF. Raymond should be required to watch 5 hours of pick and roll film a day until he figures out how to deal with one. 10
12 Shannon Brown What can Brown do for you? Not much. 13
13 Martin, Kenyon I saw K-Mart stand up on the bench, so it’s confirmed that he’s not crippled. 14
14 Bargnani, Andrea I know it’s not Bargnanis fault the Knicks gave up so much for him but it doesn’t make me any less pissed off. 15

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Knicks Vs. Pacers – 3-20-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Welcome to New York Phil Jackson. One day after the Knicks formally introduced the new team President in a Tuesday afternoon Press Conference, and on a day Knicks’ fans decided to hold a protest rally, New York welcomed Mr. Phil Jackson with a 92-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks extended their season high winning streak to seven games, and avoided a season sweep by Indiana.

The New York Knicks lead 21-14 after the first quarter, in a very sloppy and ugly opening quarter. Both teams made only six field goals, converting on less than a third of their attempts. Indiana turned the ball over six times in the quarter, yet New York was so inept themselves, that they were not able to capitalize on any of those opportunities. The game was so ugly that for the last three and a half minutes of the first quarter, neither teams made a field goal to end the period. The one saving grace for the Knicks was that they were able to get to the line, and convert free throws, making 9/10 from charity stripe.

The field goal draught would continue for both teams, before Lance Stephenson finally made a field goal for the Pacers a little over a minute into the second quarter. Amare Stoudemire finally ended the Knicks’ field goal draught by hitting a mid-range jumper two minutes into the second quarter. This sparked an offensive bonanza out of nowhere for the Knicks, compared to how snail paced the game was going beforehand, going on a 16-2 run, giving the Knicks a 39-23 lead with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter. Stoudemire scored 10 of his 21 points in the second quarter, during the crucial run that gave New York a sixteen point lead in the first half. Continue reading