Around the league after the first month

The first full month of bball has just ended so lets take a look around the league and see what’s going on:

Eastern Conference:

New York Knicks – 13-4 after playing one of the hardest schedules in the league. As expected they are banged up; Amare, Shumpert, Camby and Kidd are all out and Felton looks like he’s going to play with a bone bruise in his hand. This hasn’t stopped them from holding a 20 point lead in 8 out of their first 16 games. Tough D, Melo averaging the most points per 36 minutes and Chandler on pace for the all time highest FG% for a season have been huge reasons why the Knicks are on such a tear. By the end of the month everyone except Shumpert is supposed to be back so it will be interesting to see if that makes them better or provides chemistry issues. And hopefully Rasheed Wallace can stay on the court more than 90 seconds next game without getting ejected.

The Brooklyn Nets are right behind the Knicks in the standings, however they’ve played a much easier schedule. They did survive an attack by Rajon Rondo. Even though they have the worst crowd chant and the worst mascot it looks like they are going to be a good team.

Andrew Bynum hurt his knee (the supposedly good one) bowling. There is no timetable for his return. Is it possible to be a part of a three team trade where all 3 teams got worse?

Rondo was tied for the second longest double-digit assist streak in NBA history before he attacked Mr. Kardashian. His team is still reeling too. Avery Bradley can’t come back soon enough.

The Toronto Raptors are a very bad team. Kyle Lowry has been the one bright spot. Landry Fields has been terrible but something tells me he’s going to be just fine.

Fortunately for Chicago they are in the worst division in the NBA. It’s totally possible for them to steal a #4 seed without Derrick Rose and then have him healthy for a playoff run. Continue reading

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Thoughts on tonights game Knicks at Raptors 10/19/12

  • Toronto for 3….Swish. Knicks for 3….Brick. Toronto for 3…Swish.  Knicks for 3….Brick.
  • Prigioni to STAT looks very promising.
  • Kyle Lowry was acquired for a draft pick.  Kyle Lowry is also excellent.  If the Knicks ever saved a draft pick we could have gotten in on that.
  • White and Copeland can play D.
  • Amar’e still can’t.
  • I’m really happy I drafted Bargnani
  • When Melo is off no one picked up the scoring load.  This could be a recurring problem throughout the season.
  • Not that Toronto is going to be great, but there are zero BAD teams in the Atlantic division for the first time since I can remember.
  • Someone other than Chandler needs to crash the boards.