The season is 25% finished already. What have we learned?
- Chicago and Miami are by far the two best teams in the east, as expected. They should really start the eastern conference playoffs with the conference finals. The first two rounds are just going through the motions.
- Philly and Indiana are better than expected. One of those two will make it to the second round this year. These teams can actually get much better at the trade deadline as they are both in favorable cap situations with a lot of movable assets. That is something to keep an eye on, especially in Indiana’s case; they are a piece or two away from being a contender.
- Orlando should trade Dwight now. Two complete drubbings in the last two games, a thin bench and a disgruntled Dwight = a situation that is barely keeping it together right now, could totally implode any day, and has a ceiling of getting a beatdown in the second round of the playoffs. Dwight is leaving, time to face that reality and rebuild.
- Atlanta will do what they do every year; lose in the 2nd round. Moving on.
- Boston is starting to get it together, 4 wins in a row and 4 easy games this week. If they can be healthy come seasons end they will be a tough draw in the playoffs. Their really weak bench is suspect, however they totally won the Big Baby for Brandon Bass trade. Continue reading
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports the Knicks are in the lead for Tyson Chandler. That came out of nowhere! For this to happen the Knicks would amnesty Chauncey Billups and trade Ronny Turiaf for….whatever they can get, probably a 2nd round draft pick.
I’m trying not to get too excited but just the thought of the Knicks with a defensive center makes me giddy.
There have been a bunch of rumors going around saying there might be a trade between the Suns and the Knicks with the main pieces being Steve Nash for Chauncey Billups.
Don't get excited Knicks fans, he'll still be with the Suns next season.
This is never going to happen so don’t get your hopes up Knicks fans. Billups is three years younger than Nash and scores a few more points a game, but they are both in the last year of their contracts and Nash is still playing at a higher level. Continue reading
The Knicks played well tonight and it looked like smooth sailing for a while. Midway through the 3rd quarter the Knicks were up by 10 and it looked like another great victory was coming. Of course, there are 4 quarters and the Magic stepped it up late. There is a lot to like about tonight but moral victories don’t count in the standings.
- Jameer seemed unstoppable in the second half. Someone might want to guard him when he goes for a layup.
- Howard is big and Knicks are not. They had no answer for him. Though, Howard had quite a dirty answer for Billups, knocking him out of the game by sticking his knee out on a screen.
- 97 free throws tonight. That is a lot. Billups was a crazy 18-20 from the line.
- Billups and Amare had 30 while Carmelo had 25 which is great but only 12 rebounds between the 3 of them and Billups had half of those.
- Landry Fields seems always to dominate the +/- battle with a +9 tonight while Shawne Williams had a -17. Shawne actually looked good tonight but the bench was weak. This team is not going to win consistently until they can get more help off the bench consistently.
- Billups has got this team looking smooth on offense. He should be nicknamed Mr. Chemistry. I don’t know why I was resistant to swapping Felton for Billups.