Written by William Lee
On the heels of being on the wrong side of the record book, now currently holding the worst start through 20 games (4-16) in franchise history, New York fought a team that was just as desperate as them for a win. The Charlotte Hornets are currently on a ten game losing streak, something that the Hornets could not have envisioned when they added free agent Lance Stephenson this summer to a top defensive squad last season. Instead the Hornets have taken a step backwards, and are now currently in the bottom third in points allowed by opponents, allowing 101.2 points per game.
Carmelo Anthony tried his best to right the ship, playing the whole first quarter. As per usual Anthony has his typical good start to the game, scoring nine points in the opening period. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for his teammates, as the rest of the team shot as cold as the New York winter night 31%.
Bismack Biyombo got inside for easy back
to back dunks, giving Charlotte a double digit lead late in the closing minutes of the first quarter 29-18. The Hornets did all their damage inside, outrebounding New York 14 to 6 in the first quarter. Charlotte scored 16 points in the paint, and had nine second chance points. And if the Hornets didn’t score inside, they got fouled attacking the paint, going to the charity stripe nine times in the opening quarter.
With Anthony needing a rest for half of the second quarter, his teammates continued to struggle shooting, only converting on a third of their field goal attempts. The Hornets made another run in the midway through the third quarter, going on a 13-4 run, the Hornets‘ would lead by as many as 21 in the period.
Written by William Lee
January 24, 2014 Carmelo Anthony set a career high and franchise record with 62 points in Madison Square Garden against the then Charlotte Bobcats. It is only fitting that Anthony reached his 20,000 career point milestone against the now Charlotte Hornets as well.
Iman Shumpert started the game off very aggressively, possibly because of his contract not getting extended Friday night. Trying to make a point? Possibly…Shumpert looked for his shot early and often, scoring nine points in the opening five minutes, but was overly aggressive on the defensive end, collecting an early second personal foul, forcing him to the bench. With back to back threes, New York held an early double digit lead, 15-5. Carmelo Anthony’s three also put him in the 20,000 career points club.
Gary Neal kept Charlotte in the game, scoring eight of the ten points by the Hornets in between the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter. Neal finished the game with 17 points. New York would lead by as much as 15 points in the first half, going on a 7-0 run capped off by an Iman Shumpert baseline slam dunk, giving the Knicks a 43-28 lead. The Hornets answered with a 22-9 run powered by Al Jefferson, scoring ten points working the low post, cutting the deficit to 52-50 by the end of the first half. Continue reading
The Knicks are on their longest losing streak of the season and Unibrow and company are on their longest winning streak of the season. Both of those things need to change right now. Comment below as the game goes on.
To the Pelicans. That’s not a joke. Here’s a sneak peak at their new logo:
Thanks Leang and Evan!
The version of the Knicks that beat Miami came out swinging tonight. The team has driven us crazy lately with their up and down moments and tonight was an up night. The Knicks, minus Billups, looked in control all game. They looked cool and calm like Brad Pitt in Fight Club.
- T.Douglas looked awesome tonight. 24 points, 10-13 from the field. I am shocked that our combo of TD and Carter was so good.
- Carmelo and Amare looked awesome tonight and Shawne Williams is our best bench player when he doesn’t start
- I am not saying Chris Paul is unhappy in New Orleans but if you are a real estate broker in the New Orleans area you may want to pass him your card.
- Roger Mason shot 2-2 which quadrupled his season’s FG%. I am fairly certain Mason deserves a cake from Carvel for that.
Marc finally admits that New Orleans isn’t that good. Tyreke Evans gets motivated by our rant about him last episode. Not really, but nice game. Another Center destroys the Knicks. Trade rumors. The Knicks defensive problems. San Antonio is still on fire even though Tim Duncan is not. Yao Bynum. Download Episode 24
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We talk about Brandon Roy’s injury, Andre Millers 632 straight games played streak snapped, The Hornets coming back down to earth and The Suns problems. Download Episode 18
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