Knicks Outgun the Hawks to Bring Their Win Streak to 1 In a Row

  • I figured since the Knicks expended almost no energy last night they’d have plenty for the Hawks game and come out on fire.
  • Felton and Shumpert did come out on fire, scoring the Knicks first 10 or so points before Melo and Smith decided to continue last nights futility by jacking up terrible shots and missing most of them.  Melo also started the game in the mode (which we’ve seen way too often) where he stops and has a lengthy conversation with the ref as to why he didn’t get a foul call while the opposing team keeps playing and gets an open layup.  Fortunately that only lasted for the 1st quarter and they both got hot the rest of the game.
  • Melo shot 9-12 from 3-point range, tying the franchise record for 3’s (Starks, Sprewell, Sprewell again and yes Toney Douglas) before the Hawks finally caught on in the 4th and refused to let him even take a 3.
  • We got on Kurt Thomas case for being a -8 in 2 minutes the other day, well he was +8 in 4 minutes tonight so we’ve come full circle.
  • Ronnie Brewer doubled his minutes total from last game, going from 2.5 seconds to 4.9 seconds tonight.  The opposing team was scoreless during Brewers time on the court yet again.
  • Fast point guards must salivate when they see the Knicks come up on their schedule.  I can’t remember the last time a quick point guard, or even a moderately quick one didn’t tear the Knicks a new one.
  • Speaking of which, @imadoggarcia and I have been trying to guess which opposing player will have their best game of the season against the Knicks, a.k.a. the Knick Effect.  He chose Teague (a fast point guard) and I chose Stevenson (a random bench guy who hasn’t done much all season, a perfect candidate).  Teague scored 27, his second highest scoring game of the season and Stevenson had 15, tying his highest game of the season.
  • Amare had 18 and 8 and once again didn’t look terrible on defense.  If this keeps up this raises the bar for what the Knicks can do this season.
  • Kidd left after 5 minutes to nurse a sore back in the locker room and Chandler was in obvious discomfort in the 4th with a tweaked neck.  I can’t express how much I hope both of these are very minor injures as it would be heartbreaking to get this close to a full roster only to have 2 guys go down almost immediately.
  • Tough ending for Josh Smith.  Last 4 plays were a backcourt violation, a turnover, a foul on Amare (which wasn’t a foul at all but made up for the completely ridiculous technical on Anthony that almost decided the game) and a missed wide open 3 that would have won the game.  Not very smoove.
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Different Roster, Same Scenario Against the Celtics

Why why why do the Celtics always do this to the Knicks.  It’s almost like the big brother picking on his kid brother.

  • The Celtics played a very physical game which seems to give the Knicks fits (see Memphis and Chicago games).
  • Camby seems to have taken over Thomas’ role of starting the first 4 minutes of each half and never being seen again.
  • Avery Bradley makes it so difficult for anyone to get anything going on offense.  Prigioni was having trouble just making it past half court.
  • For some reason the 2nd quarter consisted of JR playing point guard (and not passing) and Priggy taking long 3’s.  This strategy did not work out very well.
  • Sullinger is only a rookie but he’s really progressed very quickly in his ability to flop.  He may be the first person this season to get a warning and a fine in the same game.  Also, when Sullinger subbed in Clyde waited until his 2nd possession to make fun of his weight instead of immediately bringing up his chunkiness.
  • I loved when Garnett and Melo were going back and forth and Melo hit a 3 and yelled “I’m coming back.”
  • I didn’t love when Melo then missed his next 796 shots.
  • I really didn’t love when Garnett then turned into Obi Wan Kenobi and mind controlled Melo, turning him into an f-bomb dropping rage monster that jacked up silly shots the rest of the game.  
  • Paul Pierce shoots somewhere between 99.7 and 100% in final minute daggers against the Knicks.
  • These teams really do hate each other.  It was reported that Melo went into the Celtics locker room after the game.

Knicks scare the crap out of Knick Nation before beating Magic

Well that was close.  After starting the game down 14-2 to the lowly Magic the Knicks come back to beat Orlando.

  • More Camby lobs please.
  • Melo was in video game mode.  Especially in the 4th where he had a stream of fire coming out the back of the ball during his shots.
  • I didn’t know Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny was on the Magic.
  • Amare needs to call Hakeen and ask how to finish these moves without getting his shot blocked.  It’s amazing how many of his shots get rejected.  His defense didn’t look great either (surprise surprise).  At least he hit all his free throws.
  • I’m still waiting to hear that Brewer has been playing injured.
  • Nelson got shut down in the 4th quarter, he was on pace for a Knick Effect tonight.  Nicholson was too before he faded.
  • Jason Kidd.  39 years old.  15-8-7.  Amazing.
  • It would be really nice if the Knicks could start games like they finish them.  It would make life a lot less stressful for everyone involved.
  • That’s about all I have to say about tonights game.  Bring on Boston.  Hopefully the Knicks can push them further below .500 on Monday.

Episode 162: Let the Good Times Roll

Another happy episode.  Recapping the Nets and Rockets games, what’s wrong with Deron Williams, getting ready for Amare to come back, the Knicks injury updates, is Kobe shooting too much, teams that have surprised us and much more  Download Episode 162

Knicks beat Lakers, D’Antoni is still a good coach according to his wife

This is not a very happy bunch…

The Knicks crushed D’Antoni’s dreams of having a victorious return to the Garden last night. The Knicks dominated the game until the closing minutes when they decided to let up and make things interesting. Though there were brief moments of concern Felton, JR and Chandler eventually said “not going to happen Lakers.” This was another fun one though we had a minor scare from Melo. Instead of sharing my thoughts on the game, here what the players/coaches were thinking last night:

  • D’Antoni – “The system works…the system works…the system works. It’s the players fault. The system works…”
  • Woodson – “These guys are definitely running laps tomorrow. A win by less than 10 is a loss in my book.”
  • D.Howard – “I don’t want to make it awkward. I will just ask to be traded and that management fire D’Antoni and then I will get ready for the second half.”
  • Kobe – “Do you think this season is somehow payback for Colorado?”
  • Melo – “Wow, I am so on tonight. Take that D’Antoni. Nothing could go wrong tonight…” Continue reading