2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 3

I just thought of doing this so there is no week 1 and two.  This is based on how the player has played over the previous week(s), not on total talent. 
       
Rank Player              Comments Last weeks Rank
1 World Peace, Metta Ron Artest (I’m not calling him Metta) has been the Knicks best bench player.  A few dumb hacktastic fouls aside he’s been the least aggravating Knicks to watch over the first two weeks. -
2 Anthony, Carmelo Melo has been shooting like crap all season but it’s easy for opposing teams to gang up on him when there are no other scoring threats and Melo probably wouldn’t pass if there were. -
3 Bargnani, Andrea Bargs offense has come alive the last two games.  I have absolutely no expectations of him rebounding or playing defense so this is as good as it gets. -
4 Prigioni, Pablo Pablo has been defending and shooting well in fairly limited minutes.  Two things Felton has not done well at all so far. -
5 Hardaway Jr., Tim It’s not so much that THJ has been good it’s that everyone else has been so bad. Continue reading
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Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

This one goes to Pablo Prigioni.  We are even happier than you Pablo!

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Tweet of the Week

Pablo gets this weeks tweet of the week, mainly because I’m super excited to see what he can do in game 2 tomorrow.

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Different Roster, Same Scenario Against the Celtics

Why why why do the Celtics always do this to the Knicks.  It’s almost like the big brother picking on his kid brother.

  • The Celtics played a very physical game which seems to give the Knicks fits (see Memphis and Chicago games).
  • Camby seems to have taken over Thomas’ role of starting the first 4 minutes of each half and never being seen again.
  • Avery Bradley makes it so difficult for anyone to get anything going on offense.  Prigioni was having trouble just making it past half court.
  • For some reason the 2nd quarter consisted of JR playing point guard (and not passing) and Priggy taking long 3’s.  This strategy did not work out very well.
  • Sullinger is only a rookie but he’s really progressed very quickly in his ability to flop.  He may be the first person this season to get a warning and a fine in the same game.  Also, when Sullinger subbed in Clyde waited until his 2nd possession to make fun of his weight instead of immediately bringing up his chunkiness.
  • I loved when Garnett and Melo were going back and forth and Melo hit a 3 and yelled “I’m coming back.”
  • I didn’t love when Melo then missed his next 796 shots.
  • I really didn’t love when Garnett then turned into Obi Wan Kenobi and mind controlled Melo, turning him into an f-bomb dropping rage monster that jacked up silly shots the rest of the game.  
  • Paul Pierce shoots somewhere between 99.7 and 100% in final minute daggers against the Knicks.
  • These teams really do hate each other.  It was reported that Melo went into the Celtics locker room after the game.

The Knicks Get Their Asses Kicked

On a day when we were really hoping the Knicks would beat down the Rockets so we can finally end the “Would the Knicks be better if they signed Jeremy Lin” debate the exact opposite happened.  The Knicks were down by around 12 points all game….until they were down by almost 30.  Some thoughts on the game:

  • The defense was so bad tonight.  Harden and Lin were able to drive to the lane at will and Asik seemed to be able to be able to hide behind Chandler and get wide open for offensive rebounds and easy layups.  You’re not going to win if you give up 72 points at the half.
  • Chandler Parsons:  13-17 for 31 points.  Are you kidding me?
  • Carmelo Anthony was on fire in the first half, hitting 6 of 7 from 3 point land and had 24 points.  He ended up with 37, but also had 7 turnovers and about 5 pouter plays (where he pouts and lets the other team score).  He never gets a call and that has to be frustrating, but the pouter plays are unacceptable.  Taking contested 1 on 5 3-pointers isn’t the best of strategies either.
  • Steve Novak came out of his slump tonight.  Glad he snapped out of his funk, but could he have picked a worse game to shoot decently?  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

Preseason: Notes on Knicks vs Wizards

It’s hard to take anything away from a preseason game, but I’m in basketball withdrawal so I’m giving you my two cents anyway.

  • Last season the Knicks averaged somewhere between 1/2 and 1 3/4 total point guards.  This year we have 3.  Felton was slimmed down, Kidd is still a savvy veteran and the oldest rookie in NBA history Pablo Prigioni, at 35, looked very good.  He hit 4/8 from 3 point land and had a few nice dishes.
  • Chandler looked more involved on offense.  A few more games like that and teams will have to make sure they always keep an eye on him, which may cut down on double teams from Melo and Amar’e.
  • Should I even mention how much better Melo looks without Amar’e?  OK, I won’t mention it.
  • If you listen to the show you probably know Jay isn’t a huge fan of the refs.  Well this game I saw a flop by Novak called as a block and a few flops by Wizards players with no whistles at all.  There was actually a play where a player flopped on JR Smith and Smith assumed he’d get called for a foul and stopped playing.  I like the non-calls and the block calls on flops.  Good start refs!  Now lets see how those are called when the Knicks play the 3 evil stepsisters from Miami.
  • I’m officially hoping John Shurna gets the last spot.  I need to see more of that wacky shot of his.