Marc and Jay recap the final games of the first round, get a visit from DRose and D12, and answer listener questions.
|The Knicks are officially eliminated so now they are beating playoff teams that are still fighting for playoff position because Knicks. A 2-0 week and two games to go to end this miserable season.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||The 5 days off did Melo good as he’s back to the great play we’ve seen most of the season. Melo had the best season of his career and yet misses the playoffs for the first time in his career. Props to Melo for trying until the very end. He could easily have half-assed his way through the last few games and no one would have blamed him.||3|
|2||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Amare has hardly missed any games this season and is still healthy. Figures that for the first time in 4 years he’s healthy for the playoffs and still won’t get to participate.||2|
|3||Smith, J.R.||JR isn’t on the record setting pace he was last week but still hit 8 3’s in the two games on a decent percentage. So what was up with the first 4 months, injury or just mental? I’d say injury but he seemed to instantly get 200% better the day after Woodson sat him for a full game as punishment.||1|
|4||Shumpert, Iman||Look at that defense! So glad everyone is rounding into form 2 weeks too late.||4|
|5||Chandler, Tyson||A grand total of 7 points in the last two games. OK, not everyone is rounding into form at the end of the season.||5|
|6||Prigioni, Pablo||Pablo passes the ball and he’s not Raymond Felton, that’s good enough for 6th place before we even mention he’s 2nd in the league in 3 point percentage.||6|
|7||Aldrich, Cole||Aldrich has done a nice job at backup center when he’s called upon. Which is about once a week for reasons only known to Woodson.||9|
|8||Felton, Raymond||Not a bad week for Felton. Not a good week but considering the way this season has gone I’ll gladly take a mediocre week from Felton.||7|
|9||Hardaway Jr., Tim||THJ really regressed the last few weeks. He still has potential and hopefully will grow next season. Looking back at the draft there isn’t one player that got picked after him that I’d rather have.||8|
|10||Murry, Toure’||Murry played 1 more minute than Brown this week for a total of 1 minute played. Why develop players when you’re eliminated from the playoffs when you can add wear and tear to your vets for next year!||10|
|11||Jeremy Tyler||Same comment as for Murry, why in the world not play these guys 30 minutes a game to give them some run considering there is nothing to play for now.||12|
|12||Shannon Brown||Zero minutes this week but at least he got to wear a jersey.||11|
|13||Martin, Kenyon||Still getting dem checks.||13|
|14||Bargnani, Andrea||If you don’t have anything nice to say….||14|
Jay gets a call from alternate universe Marc where all of Woodsons decisions have worked out great. We also talk about how things could have gone differently the last two games, how the Knicks are all but eliminated, some listener questions, mostly non-playoff related and more
The Knicks continue the most pathetic limp towards the playoffs we’ve ever seen as Jay and Marc talk about how a team that gives up 50 point quarters and looks like they aren’t trying every other game can actually be gaining ground on the final playoff spot.
|Only two games this week. The Knicks winning streak continues, but their streak of playing terrible teams comes to an end on Wednesday when the play the Pacers. We’ll talk playoff possibilities next week, for now lets enjoy a 6 game winning streak and the acquisition of Phil Jackson.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Melo played 39 minutes in a blowout game to a terrible team. You’d think with 17 other PF’s on the team Woodson would be able to rest Melo once in a while. Anyway, another typical week from Melo, lots of points and a good amount of rebounds.||2|
|2||Hardaway Jr., Tim||I’ve been saying that THJ would have to go off on offense to compensate for his lack of defense and that’s just what he did. Two straight 20+ point games on some crazy good shooting nights. If this were NBA Jam he’d have a trail of fire following the ball every time he shoots.||10|
|3||Smith, J.R.||Who is this Smith guy who takes a normal amount of shots and hits a decent amount of them? Who is this guy who passes the ball more than the starting PG? And will it continue when the weather gets warmer and the club scene picks up?||4|
|4||Aldrich, Cole||With Chandler and Amare out Aldrich got the starting nod against Boston and responded with a double double and three blocks. He was rewarded the next game with a handful of garbage time minutes because Woodson.||13|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Amare played only one of the two games this week but continued his streak of being phenomenal on offense.||1 Continue reading|
Written by William Lee
The New York Knicks came into Saturday night with a chance to gain a full game on the eight seed Atlanta Hawks. The task would be even more difficult than a typical back to back game, because the Knicks played extended minutes against the Orlando Magic the night before, with the game going into double overtime. Five players played over 40 minutes Friday night, with Carmelo Anthony going over the 50 minute mark.
Even though Anthony played extended minutes he was still able to have an effective shooting night, scoring 35 points, including four threes. Yet again though it would be another wasted well-played game from Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks fall to the Hawks 107-98. It was also a wasted night for Tyson Chandler who was a man possessed on the glass, collecting 23 rebounds. As great as this performance was, it should be noted that Atlanta is the fourth worst rebounding team in the league with 40.7 per game.