Knicks vs Blazers 12/7/14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Sunday night New York took on one of the best teams in the league, the Portland Trailblazers. Portland is tied for the second least amount of losses so far this season, with only four defeats. The Knicks so far only have four victories to date…

New York kept up with Portland in the first half, going into intermission down only one possession 53-50. Not a minute into the second half Derek Fisher needed to take a quick timeout with Portland jumping out to a 58-50 lead on a Robin Lopez layup, and Damian Lillard three-pointer.

Coming out of the timeout the Knicks were a lot sharper, going on a 13-5 run to knot the game up at 63 apiece. New York moved the ball well during this stretch, collecting an assist on four of the five made field goals. Carmelo Anthony got Jose Calderon involved, setting him up on consecutive plays. Then Anthony hit a turnaround jumper to tie the game up. Anthony finished the game with a double-double 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Portland started to get away from New York, but Jason Smith stepped up big off the bench, connecting on all three of his shot attempts, keeping the Knicks in the game. The bench was huge for New York Sunday night, the second unit scored 39 points in the game. The Smiths, J.R. Smith and Jason Smith combined for 28 points off the bench.

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Western Conference Initial Reactions

Western Conference

Oklahoma City – This team is on fire right now.  The loss of Maynor for the season doesn’t seem to have affected them at all.  The Westbrook/Durant feud seems to have been nothing but hot air.  The team that everyone expected to make the conference finals before the season started is on pace to do just that.

Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe is ignoring the fact that this team is much worse than last year and Metta World Piece has only had 1 good game all season.  Playing with a chip on his shoulder after ESPN named him the 7th best player in the league, he’s been destroying teams,  recently with four straight 40 point games.  Will be interesting to see how they handle Bynums annual injury.  You know it’s coming Laker fans.

San Antonio Spurs – These guys just won’t go away.  They’ve been called old and past their prime for years and yet still lead their division.  It helps when your scouts consistently find a player no one has ever heard of that ends up being very good.  Gary Neal was that player last year;  James Anderson is that player this year. Continue reading

Episode 28: Everyone’s Injured

Jay and Marc give their thoughts on the last two games vs. the Portland Trailblazers and the Utah Jazz.  2 Heated minutes starring LeBrons tweets and Miami’s bench.  The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors drag on.  Roger Mason stats!  We go around the NBA and talk about the Clippers, Grizzlies and Lakers.  The who’s on Cleveland guessing game.  Is Thabeet the biggest bust ever?  The 2011 slam dunk contest.  Download Episode 28

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Offseason Grades – Western Conference

Northwest Division

Jays Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves – B+
Utah Jazz – B
Oklahoma City – B-
Portland Trailblazers – D-
Denver Nuggets – C+

Marc Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves – INC
Utah Jazz – B+
Oklahoma City – C
Portland Trailblazers – D
Denver Nuggets – F

Pacific Division

Jays Picks

Los Angeles Clippers – D-
Sacramento Kings – C
Golden State Warriors – C-
Los Angeles Lakers – A+
Phoenix Suns – B-

Marc Picks

Los Angeles Clippers – F
Sacramento Kings – C+
Golden State Warriors – B-
Los Angeles Lakers – A
Phoenix Suns – B

Southwest Division

Jays Picks

Memphis Grizzlies – C-
Houston Rockets – C+
San Antonio Spurs – B-
Dallas Mavericks – A-
New Orleans Hornets – F

Marc Picks

Memphis Grizzlies – B-
Houston Rockets – C
San Antonio Spurs – A
Dallas Mavericks – F
New Orleans Hornets – F