OH MY GOD THE KNICKS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE!
Not really, but it sure looked like it last night as the Knicks defeated the evil Miami Heat 104-84 at the Garden. Not only was this game great to watch from the offensive (19-36 on threes!) and defensive (the Heat shot under 50% and had 21 turnovers) ends, but it showed fans something we hadn’t seen in some time. The Knicks closed a game. Up 15 in the second quarter, I was convinced the Knicks would lose by about eight. That sentiment stayed with me until about half-way through the third. Regardless of the result, we learned a few things from this game that provide reason for analysis after the first game of the season. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Remember the Guards?
Remember when I said that the guards were the keys to this team? Well that was certainly the case last night. Raymond Felton looked like the quickest guard in the league (and finished with 14 points, nine assists, and three steals) while Jason Kidd’s smarts on the perimeter led to steals, unselfish play, and more than a few open three-pointers (Kidd finished with three assists, two steals, and three three-pointers). Pablo Prigioni looked timid on offense and lost on defense, but he’s not going to play much this year. Ronnie Brewer also came out and played very hard defense, harassing LeBron James for most of the night. Above all else, though, Felton and Kidd were outstanding last night. Continue reading
I know it was only the first of 82 games but I am freakin ecstatic that Knicks won tonight. No disrespect to the Nets – there will be plenty of time to disrespect the Nets later in the year – but beating Miami was so much cooler than beating the Nets would have been to start the season. The Knicks were not flawless tonight but they played aggressive, were tough on D and hit about a thousand three pointers. Everyone predicted tonight would be a blowout but no one thought it would be one for the Knicks and I guess that is why you play the game. Here are my thoughts on tonight:
- This is why it is nice to have actual point guards. The triple headed monster of Felton-Kidd-Prigi looked real good tonight.
- Dwayne Wade said tonight’s game should not have been played and apparently in honor of that statement Miami took the night off.
- Carmelo was awesome then not awesome and then awesome again. I feel like Carmelo is going to drive me crazy all season but I loved the fact that he had energy and actually tried on defense.
- JR Smith was not awesome. At some points it seemed like he was having a contest with Carmelo to see who could take a more ill-advised shot.
- I don’t know about you but I sure missed Amare’s lack of defense and lane clogging on offense. Continue reading
As ESPN is obsessed with everything Lebron and obviously has some kind of weird crush on him, here are some other future ESPN Lebron articles to look forward to:
1- “Will Lebron eat a turkey or roast beef sandwich for lunch today?”
2- “In depth analysis on what year Lebron will enter the Hall of Fame”
3- “Is Lebron better than Jesus?”
4- “Would Michael Jordan trade all his rings to be as good as Lebron?”
5- “Why everyone in the NBA is the blame for the fact that Lebron does not already have 8 titles”
6- “Where will LeBron sign in 2019?”
7- “Breaking down LeBrons DVR que”
8- “LeBron buys new fake glasses”
9- “If LeBron went back in time to 1992 would the dream team be able to beat him?”
10- “Should the NBA logo be replaced by LeBrons image?”
Chandler might not play today. Good thing the Heatles don’t have a center either. Predictions? Do we steal one on the road today? Does LeBron fade in the 4th, does Bosh cry, does Shump shut Wade down?