Knicks vs Cavs 12/4/14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Two questionable calls went against New York late in the game, sending the Knicks to their worst start through 20 games in franchise history. First questionable call was a travel called on Carmelo Anthony, who took a hop step through the lane that would have been the go-ahead layup, and then a minute later an 8 second violation was called when it was not clear if New York ever even had possession of the ball at any point, it was more of a scrum for the loose ball. With these events unfolding the way it did, it paved the way for a Kyrie Irving finger roll layup for a game high and season high 37 points, getting Cleveland past New York 90-87 Thursday night.

Who would have thunk it? A month ago when New York ruined Cleveland’s opening night, that the Knicks would only win three more games by December 04, 2014 when the two teams matched up again. Since that faithful day both teams have gone in completely different directions, albeit the Cavaliers still not meeting expectations.

New York looked a lot livelier Thursday night, whereas on far too many nights player’s efforts have come into questioning. The Knicks showed a lot of effort early on, grabbing four offensive rebounds in the opening two minutes. Iman Shumpert grabbing the fifth offensive rebound collected by New York in as many minutes of play, best exemplified the hustle the Knicks played with Thursday night early on, grabbing the offensive rebound, then chasing down a loose ball after losing control of the ball, passing it to a wide open Carmelo Anthony who reverse dunked the ball. It was a great back and forth game in the first quarter with eight lead changes, and five ties. Cavaliers led 25-24 after the opening period.

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It’s Only Preseason

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“Its only the preseason” is the claim that many will make regarding the perfect shift Iman Shumpert put in during the Knicks opening preseason game versus Boston on Wednesday night.  For those of us who have been watching Knicks basketball for years, it was confirmation of what we have been whispering for over a year.  Iman Shumpert is ready to take the next step into stardom in the NBA.
Shump was flawless from the field, going 7-7 including 3 from behind the arc.  The most encouraging improvement is his shot selection.  There were many times early in the game when a younger Shumpert would have forced a shot or had one of those pointless drives into the paint.  On Wednesday night, Shumpert drove and created, making plays happen for his teammates.  How many years has it been since the Knicks has possessed a player with a solid combination speed and scoring ability?

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

It’s too bad that Knicks probably aren’t going to resign James White because his tweets are always amusing:

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.