Knicks @ Nets – 12-5-13 – Game Recap

“Lets Go Knicks” chants rain down in the Barclays Center

Written by William Lee

Tonight’s much hyped match-up between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets before the season began, wasn’t exactly the marquee match-up we all hoped it would be. Instead it was a match-up between the two bottom feeding teams of the Eastern Conference (which is saying a lot with only two teams over .500 in the Eastern Conference). Each coming into tonight’s game with 13 losses, it was a must win atmosphere for both teams, but it was the Knicks who came out desperate. The Knicks blew out the Nets, looking much like the Knicks’ of last year, where they made an NBA record breaking three point field goals, knocking down 16 from beyond the arc, cruising to a 113-83 victory over their inter-borough rival.

Andrea Bargnani as usual, got off to a great start for the Knicks in the first quarter, going a perfect 4/4 from the field for nine points, and making his presence felt on the defensive end with two blocks. On the very first possession Bargnani blocked Brook Lopez, and then immediately knocks down a jumper on offense. Bargnani at the 8:44 mark of the first quarter again blocks Lopez, which lead to an Iman Shumpert three on the fast break. The Knicks went on a 12-2 run, capped off by a Carmelo Anthony three, to give the Knicks a 24-10 lead. This prompted the first “Let’s Go Knicks!” chants at the Barclay Center. More “Let’s Go Knicks!” chants were heard on the next Knicks’ possession when Bargnani completed an and one. The Knicks lead 29-23 after the first quarter, finishing 70.6% from the field, with four threes. The Nets shot 36% from the field, but kept themselves in the game with nine offensive rebounds, leading to ten second chance points. Brook Lopez had seven of the offensive rebounds himself. Lopez and Joe Johnson scored eight points each in the first quarter, receiving very little help, with the rest of the team combining for less than eight points combined. Continue reading

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A look at the eastern conference

I was going to take a look around the league at the halfway mark. Then I figured since the trade deadline was so close I’d wait because that would change everything. Little did I know I could have written 95% of it and added a little blurb about JJ Redick afterwards since he was by far the biggest name that got moved.  Anyway here’s how each team is looking with about 25 games left in the season.

Miami Heat – Miami was only a few games ahead of the pack for the first half of the season. Now it looks like they are going to run away with the #1 seed as everyone expected. It helps that LeBron had a ridiculous streak of 6 straight games of scoring over 30 points while shooting over 60%. That streak ended with him scoring 39 points but only shooting 58%. What a slacker. Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem haven’t even been playing well so this team has the potential to get even better down the stretch. They get outrebounded often but at 39-14 and 5 ½ games ahead of Indiana I don’t think that’s a huge concern.

Indiana Pacers – Paul George stepped up in Danny Granger’s absence. Granger came back a game ago to further improve the 2nd place Pacers. The only concern is their max contract center, Roy Hibbert, who is averaging 10 and 8. Their last four wins have come at an average of 27 points a game which is impressive since they are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA.

New York Knicks – It looks like the Knicks trolled their fans with fast, crisp ball movement, excellent 3-point shooting, unselfish play, lockdown defense and an 18-5 start. The last 33 games they are 17 and 16 since, can’t defend any guard in the league, play iso-ball and forgot how to shoot. Continue reading

The Battle of New York Part 2 – 12-11-12 – Game Thread

NY Team A vs NY Team B.  Last time the Hipsters won by 7.  Last time the New Jersey Nets of Brooklyn has Lopez and the Knicks didn’t have Kidd, this time it’s the opposite.  Comment as the game goes on.