Written by William Lee
After finally earning a win in matinée games Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, New York looked to avenge a 114-73 matinée loss to the Boston Celtics from early December. With the Knicks down 0-2 in the season series so far, New York jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back, winning 114-88.
Reverse layup, slam dunk, Iman Shumpert got to the rim early, New York got into the paint easily, getting layups, dunks, just about whatever they wanted. Tyson Chandler put back, Pablo Prigioni reverse layup, Chandler alley opp, these are all the scores of the first few possessions that began the game. You get the picture, the Celtics could not defend the Knicks, and when they finally stopped the bleeding from the inside, New York would drop a three on them for good measure. New York finished the first quarter with 14 points in the paint, along with four threes to help double up on Boston 31-15 when it was all said and done in the period.
The closest the Celtics ever got back into the game, was within fourteen points, when they went on an 11-0 mid-way through the second quarter. With the score 45-31, Tim Hardaway Jr. would knock down two timely threes, and Boston never threatened again. Hardaway Jr would finish the game with 16 points off the bench. The bench contributed greatly to Tuesday night’s victory with 63 bench points. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith contributed 17 points and 5 assist off the bench as well. Jeremy Tyler recorded 17 points as well, a majority of the time during garbage minutes, when the game was already out of hand, but nonetheless, a positive. Continue reading
|Seriously, is this the same team I wrote about last week? Four games, four blowout losses. The closest game was a 10 point loss to the Pacers. There were also Knick Effects in 3 out of 4 of these games (highest or 2nd highest scoring game of the season for an opposing player). This might be my hardest week to rank yet as pretty much the entire roster has played way below expectations. Lets give this a try:|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Chandler, Tyson||Tyson still does not look like himself but he had a decent week. He even got involved on offense in a couple of games. You know what kind of week it’s been when having a fairly decent couple of games gets you the #1 spot. Bonus for calling out Woodson on his defensive scheme.||7|
|2||Anthony, Carmelo||Melo has done a great job at getting to the line and is still rebounding at a good clip, even having a 20 rebound game. Shooting 4-23 though….I’d like to see less iso and hero ball and more distribution, but considering pretty much the whole roster has been shooting poorly I can see where the lack of confidence in teammates is coming from.||1|
|3||Udrih, Beno||Why is Beno this high? Because he was smart enough to reqest a trade. That kind of intelligent thinking is worthy of a high spot.||11|
|4||Jeremy Tyler||Jeremy Tyler went 3-4, 2-3 and 3-3 in consecutive games. Shooting numbers the likes of which the rest of the roster couldn’t achieve even in the wettest of dreams.||15|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Amare had a good game before rolling an ankle that will keep him out 2-3 weeks. At least it wasn’t his knee.||Continue reading|
|Two wins and only 1 loss since last weeks power rankings. So what if the two wins were by the smallest of margins and also to the two worst teams in the league. It’s Christmas week and I’m trying to stay positive. I probably won’t stay positive past #2 or 3 on this list but I’ll try my best.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Chandler, Tyson||Oh how we missed the defense and rebounding and the yelling after dunks. Would love to see Chandler get more involved in the offense, but after seeing what this team looked like without Tyson there is no denying him the #1 spot this week. Especially since he didn’t get reinjured after Woodson tried to murder him in the Bucks game by keeping him in for 37 minutes, the last 10 or so of which he was clearly hobbling.||3|
|2||Anthony, Carmelo||Carmelo Anthony hit the 50% mark twice this week! That’s borderline efficient! With pretty much everyone on the roster without a last name of Hardaway shooting like it’s the 8th round of a beer pong rec league I can almost understand all the iso. Of couse he does that when he has shooters around him too so I won’t totally justify the ball hoggery.||1|
|3||Hardaway Jr., Tim||THJ is going on week 3 as the best SG on this team. Lets keep rolling with Shump and JR though because that strategy makes much more sense than developing a player who already leads all rookies in 3p%, which happens to be a glaring weakness on this team.||2|
|4||Udrih, Beno||I’m already having a ton of trouble with this list. I guess Beno gets it for his really great game against the Bucks (offensively anyway, he did let Brandon Knight score approx. 357 points), and some decent play against the magic. He did completely stink against Memphis, but so did pretty much everyone.||11|
|5||Murry, Toure’||Why is Toure’ Murry so high? He’s the only player from this point forward that didn’t completely suck in at least 1 game this week and/or get/is injured. Plus that sick behind the back pass to Hardaway had to bump him up a few spots. Continue reading|
Written by William Lee
John Wall dominated the first half, scoring in double figures in the first quarter alone. John Wall is one of the quickest point guards in the league, and he displayed it Monday night. Wall attacked in the open court, scoring either for himself or getting his teammates involved for 16 first half fast break points. John Wall had 19 points and 5 assist by halftime, and got plenty of help from Martell Webster, as he dropped four threes to compliment Wall penetrating attack into the paint. Martell Webster would fall a couple points of reaching his career high in points, finishing the game with 30 points.
The Knicks could not stop the Wizards, allowing 55.6% field goal, and getting scorched from beyond the arc, for seven three point shots in the first half. The Wizards kept the Knicks in the game, by turning the ball over frequently, with ten turnovers alone just in the second quarter. The extra possessions were much needed for New York, as the Knicks shoot a dismal 31.9% from the field, and was not able to collect much offensive rebounds off so many misses, only collecting five from 32 misses. Continue reading