Fantasy Basketball Quarterfinals

Written by William Lee
 
We are heading into Week 21 for fantasy, which in most leagues will be the beginning of the Playoffs. Good luck to all. Be sure to use up all your available transactions, do not hesitate to drop inconsistent production players. Try to grab some role players that are playing four games, to help accumulate as much stats as possible (always keeping in mind the negatives that comes with more games, for example more turnovers, risking chances to lower your percentage in field goal and/or free three).
 
Teams
Game Played
 
Atlanta
4
 
Boston
3
 
Brooklyn
4
 
Charlotte
3
 
Chicago
4
 
Cleveland
4
 
Dallas
4
 
Denver
4
 
Detroit
3
 
Golden State
3
 
Houston
3
 
Indiana
4
 
LAC
2
This is going to be a problem for anyone that has Chris Paul, Blake Griffin as their top player, you cannot just drop them for free agents…you might need to add and drop to compensate for this. Continue reading

Knicks at Clippers 11-27-13

Written by William Lee
Raymond Felton made his return to the Knicks after missing the last four games with some nerve complications in his hip. At first Felton looked out of sync with his teammates committing two quick turnovers, but quickly got back on track, finishing the game with 12 points and 7 assist. Blake Griffin got into early foul trouble, picking up his second foul before the half way mark of the first quarter. With the Clippers’ superstar forward on the bench, the Clippers united as a group to take a 29-27 first quarter lead. The Clippers had eight players score by the end of the first quarter.  Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani got off to a quick start, both finishing in double digit scoring by the end of the first quarter predicated by the Knicks better ball movement. The Knicks finished the first quarter with eight assist on eleven made field goals.
Basketball is a game of runs, and the second quarter featured three prolonged runs. The Clippers opened up the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 40-29 lead with 8:20 remaining in the second quarter. The Knicks then went on a 13-0 run to regain the lead 42-40, during this run the Clippers took and missed four straight threes. The Clippers then went on a 9-3 run to end the first half leading 49-45. During the two prolonged Clippers’ runs there was one common denominator; Amare Stoudemire was in the game defending the paint for the Knicks. The first Clipper run ended when Stoudemire was substituted out at 8:13, and then the Clippers went on the run to end the quarter when Stoudemire checked back into the game at 3:37 left in the first half. Whenever Stoudemire was in the game, there was a clear path to the rim, he was completely lost on defense. He finished the first quarter with a +/- of -21, as compared to the current best Knicks defender Kenyon Martin, who had a +17 at the end of the first half. Overall Stoudemire finished the game with an even worse+/- at an astonishing -29, while Martin was by far the best Knick in +/- staying at +17. Continue reading

Chris Paul Watch 2013

There has been a ton of talk about the chances of the Knicks acquiring Chris Paul.  So every week we’ll be answering questions about Chris Paul coming to the Knicks.  Todays burning question:

Q: Will Chris Paul be coming to the Knicks?
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A Look at the Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs – So much for the Spurs getting old and their window closing. Yet again Parker, Ginobili, Duncan and company find themselves atop the Western Conference. Other than their big three, the Spurs are arguably younger and deeper than ever. They’ve had 5 straight years of tough losses in the playoffs. Will this be their year? I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’re hoping Memphis falls a spot as it’s a bad matchup for them.

Oklahoma City Thunder – No Harden no problem. Durant and Ibaka took big leaps forward this season and Kevin Martin has fit into the 6th man role flawlessly. With the largest point differential in the league at + 9.1, it looks like the Thunder successfully improved their long-term outlook without sacrificing in the short term, giving them a good chance for a finals rematch against the Heat.

Los Angeles Clippers – No doubt about it, the Clippers are the best team in LA. The only rough patch of the season came when Chris Paul went down for a few games. Griffin and Jordan have both improved significantly over last year and the bench has been amazing with Barnes, Bledsoe and Crawford all playing above expectations. Now that Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups are back, this team goes 12 deep.

Memphis Grizzlies – Looks like the hangover from losing Rudy Gay didn’t last too long. Seven wins in a row for a sneaky good team. Prince has fit in well for them, adding more defense and consistent shooting than Gay was providing. Let’s not forget the huge frontline of Randolph and Gasol is a matchup nightmare for most teams. Continue reading

Western Conference Mid-season Grades

Oklahoma City Thunder: A+: Having the best record in the league sure silenced the whole ‘Westbrook vs. Durant power struggle’. Reggie Jackson seamlessly filled Eric Maynors shoes after his season ending injury and Harden is making a strong case for 6th man of the year. The only concern in OKC right now is the fact that their starting center, Kendrick Perkins, looks 37 and not 27. With no decent backups this could present a matchup problem in the playoffs should the Thunder run into the Grizzlies or Lakers. Right now though they are enjoying life on the top of the standings.

San Antonio Spurs: A+: Another year, another dominating regular season when everyone thought they were finally finished. They’ve been doing this without Manu Ginobili. Greg Popovich has been rationing the older players minutes which not only makes his players fresh for the playoffs, but also develops the younger talent on the team. He remains one of the best/underrated coaches in the league. It also helps that Tony Parker is having one of the best seasons of his career.

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Western Conference Predictions

Jay’s Picks

1. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. Dallas Mavericks
3. Memphis Grizzlies
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. San Antonio Spurs
6. Los Angeles Clippers
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Portland Trailblazers

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Episode 88: If Stern Allows It

We talk about David Stern’s veto of the Chris Paul trade.  Then we cover all the free agent moves and trades that have happened in the last 24 hours.  Download Episode 88

David Stern Goes Mad With Power

The NBA took some heat for the extended and unnecessary lockout.  It’s time for damage control.  So the very first thing David Stern did, before the ink was even try on the new CBA was to kill the Chris Paul to L.A. trade.  Winning the new CBA and getting 3 billion dollars back from the players was only the beginning apparently.  David Stern is officially mad with power, he’s jumped the shark, he’s turned the NBA into a dictatorship….

What does this mean for the upcoming season?  No one knows.  I guess David Stern can now pick and choose whatever deal he does and does not want to approve.  The NBA under Stern’s regime has been accused of being fixed for a long time.  Ask Sacramento fans.  I guess every trade has to be followed by “If David Stern Allows It.”

The sad part about this is the Hornets will never even come close to getting this much for Chris Paul.  They were about to get Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks.  Who is even going to come close to that?  New Orleans basically received an entire starting lineup for Chris Pau.  Houston would have gotten Pau Gasol and the Lakers would have gotten Chris Paul.  We are now robbed of seeing Derrick Caracter and Ater Majok as the Lakers front line once Andrew Bynum gets his annual injury.  OK, it wouldn’t have been that bad, the Lakers would have two trade exceptions after that trade, one worth 8.9 Million, so in theory they would have been able to fill the void on the front line with a pretty decent player.

So far the backlash from this has been pretty heavy.  Twitter exploded as soon as this was announced, fans from EVERY team were pissed, even the usually loyal writers at ESPN wrote a number of articles criticizing this move.  Oh and Chris Paul is planning on suing the NBA.  He has a good case too.  If New Orleans can’t trade Chris Paul by the end of the season (and I bet a lot of owners are going to be scared to even try, think about how awkward practice is going to be when Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol show up), he won’t be able to sign a max contract with that team.  That means he could lose up to 30-40 million dollars.

Nice work Stern, what’s the next move?  Are you going to make all the trades yourself for now on?

Episode 87: It Begins

Lot’s of moves going on, Chris Paul to L.A., Tyson Chandler to N.Y., Eddie Curry to Miami and a ton of other movement.  We talk about the new NBA rules for the coming season and do three top 5’s!  The top 5 players that will get amnestied the fastest, the top 5 players that we do not want on the Knicks and the top 5 players that will miss more games than they play this season.  Enjoy!  Download Episode 87

Who Should the Knicks Go For?