Written by William Lee
New York spoiled Cleveland big night for Big Z, Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ retirement ceremony, winning 107-97 Saturday night.
New York devastated Cleveland inside early and often, scoring easily in the paint, finishing with 12 points in the paint in the first quarter. Amare Stoudemire continued his strong performance since inserted into the lineup, scoring 8 of his 17 points in the first quarter. Stoudemire got his second double-double all season with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
While Carmelo Anthony who normally starts off strong, was not his typical self, seen visibly suffering from a cold, keeping as much article of clothing on himself as possible, and draping his head in a towel during pre-game warm ups. Anthony would start off cold, missing his first six attempts from the field. With New York’s star player struggling, their defense kept them in the game, holding Cleveland scoreless for nearly the final three and a half minutes of the first quarter. The Knicks went on an 8-2 run during this stretch, before allowing Jarret Jack to score in the winding seconds in the period. New York led 23-19 after one period of play. Continue reading
Written by William Lee
“In 1970, Cleveland’s newspaper, The Plain Dealer, held a contest to name the city’s new basketball club. Contest winner Jerry Tomko wrote that the Cavaliers “represent a group of daring, fearless men, whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.” via NBA.com. It is probably safe to say Mr. Tomko would be disappointed in this season’s 16-29 Cleveland Cavaliers team. Probably even disappointed, in hearing new rumors that surfaced this week that team captain “Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out,” according to ESPN insider Chad Ford.
The Cavaliers sure looked like a group of people that surrendered, easily and with little resistance at that, in Thursday night’s 117-86 defeat at the hands of a suddenly hot New York Knicks team. New York was leading by double figures within four minutes of tip off. Cleveland would be down by as many as 29 points in the second quarter, and as many as 31 points in the second half. The Cavaliers showed little fight, barely even denting the Knicks’ lead, even though New York went cold in the second half of the second quarter, going without a field goal for over five minutes. New York led 60-36 at half time, even with the mini draught.
Carmelo Anthony erupted in the first quarter for 18 points, looked like he was on pace for another historical night. Any thoughts of another magical 62 point game performance were quickly squashed, as Mike Woodson wisely rested his superstar in an early blowout game to start the second quarter. Anthony finished the game with a very effective 29 points in 30 minutes of play. Continue reading
C is for Cavaliers: Who with Irving and Varejao out were nice enough to put a bunch of D-leaguers and players no one has ever heard of on the court.
L is for Lin: Unfortunately we found out before the game that we’ll have to go the rest of the season without him.
If not for those 2 horrible losses to the Cavs this team plus Carmelo has been awesome. Tonight they crushed the Jazz. By midway into the third quarter Charlie Sheen had a better chance of being named father of the year than the Jazz had of winning.
- The only negative tonight was that Al Jefferson looked like a hall of famer tonight. He was unstoppable and obviously the Knicks need to figure out how to defend a big man like this. He did a great impression of JJ Hickson vs. Knicks.
- Jared Jeffries scored zero but he was a hero (I am a poet). He may have only had 6 rebounds but he did all the little things on D and looked great. I especially liked how he hustled and saved a couple of balls going out of bounds by throwing the ball off the jazz players.
- Watching Carmelo and Amare pass to each other and work the pick and roll made my nipples hard. If they can play unselfish and continue to look for one another they are going to be tough to contain. I also love the fact that Carmelo can take the ball up court on occasion taking some pressure off the pg and giving a different look to the offense.
- Toney Douglas’s message tonight was hey Chauncey, take your time recovering.
- Shelden Williams has 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds…nope, not a misprint.
- Newly acquired Derek Brown played 12 minutes and had 3 great thrown downs, I wonder if this guy will get another shot to play any time soon.
- Andy Rautins actually looked decent in his five minutes, including hitting a nice jumper.
- Roger Mason has now played 50 minutes in the last two games. I would have predicted the overthrow of Egypt before I would have predicted this.
Marc and Jay give their thoughts on the Celtics and Heat games. After the last three days we’re definitely looking forward to the Cavs game. We have an Anthony Randolph Sighting. We have a debate about whether to trade for Carmelo Anthony or not. Download Episode 20
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