The Knicks display their lack of desire to lead catch division leader

This is a photo of the Knicks shot selection tonight:

The Knicks had a chance to close the gap on the 76ers tonight, playing the terrible Raptors.  They had a multi-faceted strategy:

  • Turn the ball over every other possession
  • Miss at least 10 layups and/or dunks
  • Miss as many shots as possible
  • Don’t tire yourself out contesting any Raptors driving to the basket
  • J.R. Smith should shoot constantly no matter how contested or how far from the net he is
  • Keep Jorts on the bench even though Jeffries is injured
  • Throw the ball into the stands at least once a quarter
  • Make sure no one is boxed out, someone might accidentally get a rebound if that happens

This strategy did not work.

 

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The Knicks follow Charlie Sheen’s Motto

If not for those 2 horrible losses to the Cavs this team plus Carmelo has been awesome. Tonight they crushed the Jazz. By midway into the third quarter Charlie Sheen had a better chance of being named father of the year than the Jazz had of winning.

  • The only negative tonight was that Al Jefferson looked like a hall of famer tonight. He was unstoppable and obviously the Knicks need to figure out how to defend a big man like this. He did a great impression of JJ Hickson vs. Knicks.
  • Jared Jeffries scored zero but he was a hero (I am a poet). He may have only had 6 rebounds but he did all the little things on D and looked great.  I especially liked how he hustled and saved a couple of balls going out of bounds by throwing the ball off the jazz players.
  • Watching Carmelo and Amare pass to each other and work the pick and roll made my nipples hard. If they can play unselfish and continue to look for one another they are going to be tough to contain. I also love the fact that Carmelo can take the ball up court on occasion taking some pressure off the pg and giving a different look to the offense.
  • Toney Douglas’s message tonight was hey Chauncey, take your time recovering.
  • Shelden Williams has 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds…nope, not a misprint.
  • Newly acquired Derek Brown played 12 minutes and had 3 great thrown downs, I wonder if this guy will get another shot to play any time soon.
  • Andy Rautins actually looked decent in his five minutes, including hitting a nice jumper.
  • Roger Mason has now played 50 minutes in the last two games. I would have predicted the overthrow of Egypt before I would have predicted this.

Another scheduling loss for Lebron & Co., Why does the league keep scheduling these loses against good teams?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore?gid=2011030314

The Heatles dominated the first half against Orlando.  Then they completely forgot that there was a 2nd half.