Knicks Vs. Pacers – 3-20-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Welcome to New York Phil Jackson. One day after the Knicks formally introduced the new team President in a Tuesday afternoon Press Conference, and on a day Knicks’ fans decided to hold a protest rally, New York welcomed Mr. Phil Jackson with a 92-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks extended their season high winning streak to seven games, and avoided a season sweep by Indiana.

The New York Knicks lead 21-14 after the first quarter, in a very sloppy and ugly opening quarter. Both teams made only six field goals, converting on less than a third of their attempts. Indiana turned the ball over six times in the quarter, yet New York was so inept themselves, that they were not able to capitalize on any of those opportunities. The game was so ugly that for the last three and a half minutes of the first quarter, neither teams made a field goal to end the period. The one saving grace for the Knicks was that they were able to get to the line, and convert free throws, making 9/10 from charity stripe.

The field goal draught would continue for both teams, before Lance Stephenson finally made a field goal for the Pacers a little over a minute into the second quarter. Amare Stoudemire finally ended the Knicks’ field goal draught by hitting a mid-range jumper two minutes into the second quarter. This sparked an offensive bonanza out of nowhere for the Knicks, compared to how snail paced the game was going beforehand, going on a 16-2 run, giving the Knicks a 39-23 lead with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter. Stoudemire scored 10 of his 21 points in the second quarter, during the crucial run that gave New York a sixteen point lead in the first half. Continue reading

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Knicks lose one hell of an ugly game

This story is getting old.  No Melo, Felton, Shumpert, and Wallace and Camby left early with back spasms.  Oh and Indy happens to let up the fewest points in the league.  It was obvious points were going to be hard to come by but 34 points at the half?

  • There was a flurry of bad calls at the end of the 2nd quarter.  Who would have thought a game reffed by Heywoode Workman (A Pacer on the ’94 team that lost to the Knicks in 7 games in the conference finals) would result in some questionable calls.
  • Let me be clear, that was NOT the reason the Knicks lost.   2 players scoring in double digits, one of them being JR who needed 29 shots to score 25 points was.  Shooting 35% from the field and 20% from 3 is not going to win many games.
  • Roy Hibbert went down with back spasms and Ian Mahinmi came in.  This is when things went really bad for the Knicks as Ian then proceded to tear the Knicks a new one the entire 4th quarter.  Ian Mahinmi – #Knickeffect
  • Marcus Camby was said to have a sore foot.  This is also the diagnosis they gave for Rasheed Wallace.  He was last seen on the court 28 days ago and counting.  Lets hope it’s not as serious as Wallaces “sore foot”.
  • There really isn’t much to take away from this game.  The Knicks were really short handed and no one was able to step up and score some points.  The Pacers are a good home team too.  Can’t get too mad, although the losses are starting to pile up now, 7 losses in the last 12 games.
  • On the bright side Shumpert should be back in a little over a week which is really good since Brewer apparently wasn’t even able to give 10 minutes on a night when half the roster was out.

Offseason Grades – Eastern Conference

In episode 1 Marc and Jay started to give their grades for the 2010 offseason transactions, here’s the results:

Atlantic Division

Jays Picks

New York Knicks – B+
New Jersey Nets – C+
Philadelphia 76ers – C-
Toronto Raptors – D-
Boston Celtics – B+

Marcs Picks

New York Knicks – B-
New Jersey Nets – B
Philadelphia 76ers – C+
Toronto Raptors – F
Boston Celtics – B

Central Division

Jays Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – D
Indiana Pacers – B-
Chicago Bulls – C+

Marcs Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – C-
Indiana Pacers – C
Chicago Bulls – B-

Southeast Division

Jays Picks

Washington Wizards – B+
Orlando Magic – D-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – F

Marcs Picks

Washington Wizards – A-
Orlando Magic – B-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – D+

Episode 11: D’Antoni, Millsap, McRoberts, Beasley and Oden

The Knicks finally won.  So what if it was Sacramento.  We cover some of last weeks stories like Paul Millsap’s huge game and the Pacer’s Huge quarter.  We also revisit the Knicks/Houston/Sacramento trade from last season, debate whether it is time to let D’Antoni go, and give a moment of silence to Portland and their fans.  Sorry Oden.  Download Episode 11

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