|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|
|Only one game this week. This is a good thing because I had such a bad taste in my mouth from the Sacramento game it took me all week to get it out. It would be great if more than 1 or two people on this team played well in the same week, it’s hard to rank 13 sucky players.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Carmelo had another poor shooting night, but what do you expect when he ends up playing 48 minutes? Does Woodson not realize Melo always has amazing 1st quarters but then Woodson’s minute management grinds him into a pulp by the end of the game? Melo also gets the #1 spot for grabbing a bunch of boards and also looking like the only starter who is actually trying in games.||2|
|2||Chandler, Tyson||Chandler looks like he’s checked out on Woodson. He looks like he’s pissed at all his teammates. He looks like he’s giving about 65% effort on defense. Despite all that he had a double double and outplayed everyone on the roster except Melo.||3|
|3||Prigioni, Pablo||He’s the Knicks best PG, but only if you go by facts, stats, and any other available metric out there. Good thing he plays half as many minutes as Felton.||4|
|4||Jeremy Tyler||Tyler only played 12 minutes but was able to grab 5 boards. You have to wonder if playing Tyler 5 more minutes would have given Melo the energy to hit 1 or two extra shots at the end of the game.||1|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Another super efficient offensive game from Amare. A little too many turnover (6) and the usual bad defense and the usual loss when he plays. Continue reading|
Written by William Lee
Sunday night was the final step of the Texas Triangle, and after another costly mental error by the New York Knicks Friday night, they looked to put that behind them, and end the trip on a positive note against the Dallas Mavericks. Tyson Chandler received a nice loud ovation from Dallas fans for his contribution to the Mavericks 2011 championship run. Although Chandler’s night would be a short one, he left the game four minutes into the game. Per the New York Knicks, Chandler was held out of the game due to an upper respiratory infection.
Carmelo Anthony scored on a turnaround jumper seconds into the game, it would be the beginning of a great all around first quarter. Anthony was responsible for 21 of the 29 Knicks’ points scored in the first quarter. Dallas had no answers for Anthony, watching him score 15 points as well as getting his teammates involved with 3 assist, and grabbing four rebounds. The Mavericks had an early 10-6 lead, which prompted Mike Woodson to call a timeout. New York went on an 18-3 run after the timeout to take a double digit lead. The Mavericks were held scoreless for over three minutes during the stretch. The lead would grow to as much as 19 mid-way into the second quarter, with the score 44-28, in favor of the Knicks.
Dallas was held to 36.1% shooting in the first half, there was very little ball movement, as evident by recording only three assist for the half. New York on the other hand was passing the ball well, getting 13 assist on 22 made field goals in the first half, on their way to a 52-35 advantage at the half. Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire both Continue reading
Optimism, defined as:
“A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation”
Of course this word has strayed from the dictionary of Knicks fans in recent years, but you can’t deny the last three years have offered more cause for optimism than any other in the post-Ewing era. I suppose to a certain extent then we should feel lucky that what was a consistently sinking ship of a team year upon year under the direction of Isiah Thomas has now turned into what is expected of a New York franchise; big players, big results, and most importantly of all, big ambitions. Furthermore, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the last two years of the Melo trade have been disappointing given the reasonably swift post-season exits, because when it’s all said and done, there has been improvement. In 2011-12 the Knicks achieved a .545 regular season win percentage, and in 2012-13 a .659 win percentage; the improvement is clear to see, losing in five games to the current NBA champions Miami Heat is hardly an embarrassment, and even losing to the Pacers in the conference semi’s is understandable given Roy Hibbert’s inexplicably high level of play against a banged up Tyson Chandler and a makeshift center in Kenyon Martin.
he point I am trying to make, is that this year, more than any other year, we have reason to be optimistic about the Knicks. Continue reading
I was going to take a look around the league at the halfway mark. Then I figured since the trade deadline was so close I’d wait because that would change everything. Little did I know I could have written 95% of it and added a little blurb about JJ Redick afterwards since he was by far the biggest name that got moved. Anyway here’s how each team is looking with about 25 games left in the season.
Miami Heat – Miami was only a few games ahead of the pack for the first half of the season. Now it looks like they are going to run away with the #1 seed as everyone expected. It helps that LeBron had a ridiculous streak of 6 straight games of scoring over 30 points while shooting over 60%. That streak ended with him scoring 39 points but only shooting 58%. What a slacker. Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem haven’t even been playing well so this team has the potential to get even better down the stretch. They get outrebounded often but at 39-14 and 5 ½ games ahead of Indiana I don’t think that’s a huge concern.
Indiana Pacers – Paul George stepped up in Danny Granger’s absence. Granger came back a game ago to further improve the 2nd place Pacers. The only concern is their max contract center, Roy Hibbert, who is averaging 10 and 8. Their last four wins have come at an average of 27 points a game which is impressive since they are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA.
New York Knicks – It looks like the Knicks trolled their fans with fast, crisp ball movement, excellent 3-point shooting, unselfish play, lockdown defense and an 18-5 start. The last 33 games they are 17 and 16 since, can’t defend any guard in the league, play iso-ball and forgot how to shoot. Continue reading
Jay and Marc try to figure out how the lineups being used make sense. They also talk about the Indiana debacle and the loss in Toronto, the trade deadline moves, Jays trip to Barclays, facebook and twitter questions, around the league news and finish off with what we learned. Download Episode 176