Knicks @ Nets – 4-15-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

The New York Knicks continued to thrive in the role of spoiler Tuesday night, defeating the Brooklyn nights 109-98. Brooklyn was trying to clinch their fifth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, deploying their full roster on the Knicks, while New York was without their star player Carmelo Anthony after an MRI revealed a small labrum tear. New York shared the ball well without Anthony in the lineup, six players scored double figures in the victory.

 With nothing to play for but pride, and what little bragging rights for New York there is…the Knicks came out to a strong start, connecting on their first three three-point attempts to get an early 9-5 lead. New York without their leading scorer, Amare Stoudemire stepped into the role, and could not be stopped, attacking the paint with frequency. Stoudemire had a strong first quarter, getting to the free throw line at will, scoring seven points in the quarter, he ended up finishing the game with 14 points.  The Knicks would go on an 8-0 run to finish the first quarter with Tim Hardaway Jr. nailing two threes, and a Shannon Brown layup. The run gave New York a 29-18 lead going into the second quarter.

                       The second quarter, and the first half in general was a parade to the free throw line for the New York Knicks. The Knicks eclipse their season average in free throw attempts by the first half, whom are the league worst in attempts at 20.1 free throws per game, attempting 25 free throws. This didn’t mean there wasn’t any highlight plays though, in fact there was a sequence of highlight plays, starting with a “Man Jam” from Stoudemire, Continue reading

Knicks vs Bulls – 4-13-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Sunday night the New York Knicks played spoiler role to the Chicago Bulls, who unlike the Knicks actually have something to play for besides pride. New York had nothing to play for anymore because the Atlanta Hawks clinched a Playoffs spot by defeating the Miami Heat (of course that happens…) the previous night. The Bulls though had something to play for, looking to secure their third seed in the Playoffs, but was pushed down due to a 100-89 defeat to New York.

New York held on to win despite Carmelo Anthony not playing in the fourth quarter, after he picked up his fourth foul late in the third quarter. Anthony walked off the court arguing the call and was called for a technical foul. Anthony finished the game with 17 points, after starting off the game strong, scoring the first three baskets for the Knicks, finishing with nine points in the first quarter. His scoring was key to staying in a very ugly game, where Anthony converted on four field goals, the same amount as the rest of his teammates. The rest of the team went 4/14 in the opening quarter.

New York finished off the first half on a strong note, where an Anthony steal lead to Iman Shumpert facial on Joakim Noah, which ignited a 9-0 run, giving the Knicks a 45-39  half time lead. Just as Noah was in the middle of that highlight play, Noah was in the middle of everything Chicago Bulls, almost collecting a triple double with 13 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The game would be broke open when J.R. Smith hit three straight threes to start the third quarter, giving New York a double digit lead 57-46. Smith finished the game connecting on five threes, finishing the game with 17 points.

Chicago desperately clawed back into the game, cutting a deficit as large as seventeen to as much as six, on a 5-0 mini run to get within 93-87 with 3:51 remaining in the game. Tim Hardaway Jr. though would knock down all his free throws, scoring seven points in the final three minutes, including a three at the end for final insult. Hardaway Jr. finished the game with 20 points.

New York will continue to play the spoiler role, with the last two games against the Playoff bound Brooklyn Nets, and Toronto Raptors who are still juggling for their seeding.

Knicks vs Wizards – 4-4-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
The Washington Wizards quickly doubled up on the New York Knicks Friday night, leading 18-9 mid-way into the first quarter. After a much needed timeout, the Knicks responded with a 10-2 run to take the lead on a Carmelo Anthony jumper, up 20-19 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Basketball is a game of runs, and after a Washington timeout, they would answer with a run of their own, ending the first quarter on a 7-2, to take a 27-21 lead.
            New York’s started off the second quarter on a 15-4 run, playing suffocating defense, holding Washington scoreless for four minutes during the stretch. This gave New York a 36-31 lead with 5:31 left in the second quarter. The Knicks would continue to apply defensive pressure in the quarter, forcing the Wizards to 28.6% shooting in the period. New York outscored Washington 22-12 in the second quarter, leading by 43-39 at the half. J.R. Smith was huge for the Knicks, scoring 19 points in the first half, connecting on five money ball.
            The Knicks and the Wizards would go back and forth in the third quarter, exchanging baskets. Amare Stoudemire at one points scored 12 straight points for New York, including a vicious slam dunk on Marcin Gortat to give the Knicks a 60-55 lead. Washington would regain the lead with John Wall aggressively attacking the paint on consecutive possessions, drawing free throws on the first possession, then getting into the lane for a dunk to help regain the lead for the Wizards 62-60. New York would answer, regaining the lead on J.R. Smith’s seventh three of the game. Then J.R. Smith would hit a fade away jumper to that was basically a buzzer beater for the third quarter, giving the Knicks a 67-64 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

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Knicks @ Suns – 3-29-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Friday night’s matchup featured two teams fighting desperately for their playoff lives with the Phoenix Suns clinging on for dear life onto their eighth spot, holding only a half a game advantage on the Dallas Mavericks. As for the Knicks, as poorly as they have played, the Atlanta Hawks have played that much worse, and are in a complete downward spiral losing five straight games, as New York climbed a game and a half back of the eighth seed.

Goran Dragic exploded out the opening gate, going 7-for-8 from the field, with three of them coming from beyond the arc, finishing the first quarter with 18 points. Phoenix as a team had six threes in the opening quarter, which should come as no surprise since the Suns are third in three-point field goals made with 9.4 made per game, and top five in the league in three-point field goal percentage with 37.6%. J.R. Smith kept New York in the game early in the first quarter, scoring back to back threes, after tying a franchise record the previous game with nine three-pointers made against the Sacramento Kings. Smith scored ten points in the first quarter, but cooled off significantly the rest of the game, going 2-for-7 the rest of the way. Continue reading

2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 22

Just when the Knicks rope you back in with an 8 game winning streak they drop turd of a game by looking heartless against a Kyrie Irvingless Cavs team. Atlanta is giving the Knicks every possible chance to make the playoffs but the Knicks don’t seem to want to capitalize. We’ve reached the final month of the season so lets take a look at what appears to be the roster that will fail to get Melo to the playoffs for the first time in his career. Oh and Earl Clark did not get picked up for the rest of the season (Shannon Brown did) so there are only 14 players on the roster now.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Stoudemire, Amar’e I forgot how much I missed super efficient/dominant Amare. No one knows how long this will last but lets all enjoy the ride while we can. 5
2 Anthony, Carmelo The look of absolute disgust on Melos face as he watched the bench give up a double digit lead to Philly in three minutes says it all. 1
3 Prigioni, Pablo 9 assists in 18 minutes against Philly, yes please! Tell me again why he plays half as many minutes as Felton? 7
4 Chandler, Tyson The league leader of putting up decent stats while looking like he doesn’t give a crap. We all know Tyson can do better than 4 points and 6 rebounds against the Cavs. 11
5 Smith, J.R. Aaaaand just like that JRs shot is gone again. Still, kudos for keeping those bad shots to around 10 a game instead of 20 and for passing the ball better than our starting PG. 3
6 Shumpert, Iman Shumpert doesn’t really put up stats anymore but you can see how much his defense is missed when he’s out. For example the Cavs game. 6
7 Aldrich, Cole Aldrich played about 7 minutes a game this week and not in garbage time. He’s done what you want a backup center to do; rebound and at least try on defense. 4
8 Murry, Toure’ His only appearance this week was the 4 minutes against Philly where the Knicks let up a huge lead. Murry is up this high as a farewell because I’m pretty sure Woodson will blame that on Murry and we’ll never see him again. 12
9 Hardaway Jr., Tim It seems like THJ alternates weeks between playing great and sucking. Looking forward to him playing great next week. 2
10 Jeremy Tyler Like Murry, Tylers only action was that epic collapse vs Philly. Welcome to the doghouse. It’s getting crowded in here. 8
11 Felton, Raymond Felton cannot cover anyone. No one. Look at the PG stats for the opposing team. WTF. Raymond should be required to watch 5 hours of pick and roll film a day until he figures out how to deal with one. 10
12 Shannon Brown What can Brown do for you? Not much. 13
13 Martin, Kenyon I saw K-Mart stand up on the bench, so it’s confirmed that he’s not crippled. 14
14 Bargnani, Andrea I know it’s not Bargnanis fault the Knicks gave up so much for him but it doesn’t make me any less pissed off. 15

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Knicks @ Celtics – 3-12-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

New York matched their longest winning streak all season, collecting their fifth straight win Wednesday night defeating Boston 116-92.

An extremely thin frontline, got thinner Wednesday night, as Tyson Chandler did not play due to personal reasons for a second consecutive game, and Amare Stoudemire sat out to recover, who has been playing tremendous basketball both on offense and defense. Without Chandler and Stoudemire, Cole Aldrich stepped into the starting lineup. To the Knicks credit, every player stepped up to the challenge, especially Aldrich and Earl Clark, who saw meaningful minutes due the decimated frontcourt. Aldrich collected a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, along with three blocks for a +19 +/-. While Earl Clark didn’t have an impressive stat line, his impact overall was felt, stepping into the rotation, giving excellent back up minutes (particularly in the second quarter when Anthony was resting), proven with the best +/- of anyone, +22.

The Knicks scored 68 points in the first half, which were the most points scored in a half by New York. New York put on a three-point shooting clinic in the first half, connecting on 9-of-10 from beyond the arc. Both Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. connected on three-threes. Anthony started off strong, as per usual, with 13 points in the first quarter. J.R Smith got off to a hot start as well, scoring nine of his 13 points in the first quarter, helping build a 36-24 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

Tim Hardaway Jr. provided a huge lift off the bench, scoring 12 of his 22 points in the second quarter. New York was unconscious on offense Wednesday night, scoring at a 60.5% clip in the first half, leading 68-48 at the half. The Celtics defense looked like they were imitating the Knicks’ defense, constantly switching out bigs onto New York’s perimeter players, which forced mismatches in favor of the offense. This is scenario that played out for most of the first half, if the double didn’t come, Anthony easily scored on crossover dribble pull ups, and if the double came, the ball swung around the perimeter for a wide open three. New York handed out 15 assists on Continue reading

Fantasy Basketball Quarterfinals

Written by William Lee
 
We are heading into Week 21 for fantasy, which in most leagues will be the beginning of the Playoffs. Good luck to all. Be sure to use up all your available transactions, do not hesitate to drop inconsistent production players. Try to grab some role players that are playing four games, to help accumulate as much stats as possible (always keeping in mind the negatives that comes with more games, for example more turnovers, risking chances to lower your percentage in field goal and/or free three).
 
Teams
Game Played
 
Atlanta
4
 
Boston
3
 
Brooklyn
4
 
Charlotte
3
 
Chicago
4
 
Cleveland
4
 
Dallas
4
 
Denver
4
 
Detroit
3
 
Golden State
3
 
Houston
3
 
Indiana
4
 
LAC
2
This is going to be a problem for anyone that has Chris Paul, Blake Griffin as their top player, you cannot just drop them for free agents…you might need to add and drop to compensate for this. Continue reading