Episode 155: We Believe

Marc and Jay recap the last few games, our new segment “where are they now”, questions from listeners, fantasy basketball, the upcoming schedule including the Knicks first time facing Jeremy Lin and much more.  Download Episode 155

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Knicks vs Pacers 11-18-12 – Game Thread

Will the Knicks bounce back against the Pacers or will a billion articles be posted tomorrow about how the 6-0 start was a fluke?  Comment as the game goes on.

Knicks beat the Magic to start 5-0

The Knicks are 5-0 for the first time since 1993-94!  Here are the good and bad of tonight’s game:

The Good:

  • Ball handling.  The Knicks only had 9 turnovers the entire game.  They’ve done an amazing job at not turning the ball over in all 5 games.  Something I don’t think they did for 5 games all last season.
  • JR Smith.  Arguably his best game all season.  He led the 4th quarter run that ended up being not only the Knicks 5th straight win but their 5th straight double digit win.  Just Ridiculous has been the good JR all season so far.
  • Carmelo Anthony.  Was aggressive, drove the ball a lot and hit from everywhere on the court.
  • Finishing the game. Last season the Knicks were known to fade in the 4th quarter.  Today the Knicks had their best quarter in the 4th.

The Bad:

  • Marcus Camby.  He only played 4 minutes and basically just stood there.  I really hope he’s just not in game shape instead of just being washed up.
  • Carmelo Anthony.  When he missed a shot or didn’t get a call he pouted a few times, giving the Magic a 5 on 4 power play.  Watch the end of the 2nd quarter, that last Magic basket was due to his pouting.
  • Defense.  The intensity didn’t seem to pick up until the end of the game.  If it was there all game this would have been a blowout.

It was an ugly game but a win is a win and the Knicks are still undefeated.  The real test is the Thursday/Friday back to back against Memphis and San Antonio.

Around the League

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The NY Knicks are 4-0 for the first time since the 93-94 season. They are the only undefeated team in the NBA and played a lineup consisting of veterans Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Jason Kidd…in 2012. They are winning by an average of 17 points a game even though their opponents have a 13-2 record against other teams. I wouldn’t have believed any of these things would have happened if you’d told me a few weeks ago.

Boston is having a harder with their new pieces than expected. They are 3-3, with 2 of their wins coming in the last few seconds of the game. On the bright side for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo just had his 30th straight game with at least 10 assists; 3rd all time to Magic Johnson – 44 and John Stockton – 37.

The team many dubbed the best team in New York is 2-2 and have been wildly inconsistent, winning by 30 and losing by 20 in the same week. And in case you missed it, The Nets have a ridiculous mascot. Continue reading

Overreaction Theater: Knicks vs. Heat

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

New York Knicks Season Preview: Groundhog Day Edition

Ah, another season for the New York Knicks. My time as a Knicks fan has been long and at times, arduous, and this season will probably be much of the same. Due toDespite its best efforts, management has turned this team into a slightly more competent version of what the ‘Bockers trotted out for years under *gasp* Isaiah Thomas. Under ‘Zeke, New York had a team that was full of weird and bad contracts for overpriced subs (Shandon Anderson, Othella Harrington, and Nazr Mohammed) and a disappointing, enigmatic “superstar” (Stephon Marbury) that wasn’t as terrible as some might remember (they never finished with a bottom-five record in the league). Now, the Knicks’ roster is full of overpaid subs (Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, and yes, Steve Novak) and a disappointing, enigmatic “superstar” (Amare Stoudemire). You ever seen the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? I feel like my Knicks fandom is a living parallel. Now, granted, this team has two other top-25 players in Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, but it feels like we’ve been here before. I’m already waiting out the STAT contract like I’ve waited out Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph before him, and I feel like this team is just as mismanaged as its been in the past. Despite all this, without further ado, here’s my preview for 2012-2013 New York Knicks season.

What Are the Keys to the Season? Continue reading

Episode 137: Houston is Still Going to Suck

Lin is Gone, Felton and the class of 2002 are in.  We talk about the Knicks moves, and their non-moves.  We talk about the Knicks top 5 worst moves ever, think of ways to get Dolan to lose his ownership and talk about the coming season.  Download Episode 137