Around the league after the first month

The first full month of bball has just ended so lets take a look around the league and see what’s going on:

Eastern Conference:

New York Knicks – 13-4 after playing one of the hardest schedules in the league. As expected they are banged up; Amare, Shumpert, Camby and Kidd are all out and Felton looks like he’s going to play with a bone bruise in his hand. This hasn’t stopped them from holding a 20 point lead in 8 out of their first 16 games. Tough D, Melo averaging the most points per 36 minutes and Chandler on pace for the all time highest FG% for a season have been huge reasons why the Knicks are on such a tear. By the end of the month everyone except Shumpert is supposed to be back so it will be interesting to see if that makes them better or provides chemistry issues. And hopefully Rasheed Wallace can stay on the court more than 90 seconds next game without getting ejected.

The Brooklyn Nets are right behind the Knicks in the standings, however they’ve played a much easier schedule. They did survive an attack by Rajon Rondo. Even though they have the worst crowd chant and the worst mascot it looks like they are going to be a good team.

Andrew Bynum hurt his knee (the supposedly good one) bowling. There is no timetable for his return. Is it possible to be a part of a three team trade where all 3 teams got worse?

Rondo was tied for the second longest double-digit assist streak in NBA history before he attacked Mr. Kardashian. His team is still reeling too. Avery Bradley can’t come back soon enough.

The Toronto Raptors are a very bad team. Kyle Lowry has been the one bright spot. Landry Fields has been terrible but something tells me he’s going to be just fine.

Fortunately for Chicago they are in the worst division in the NBA. It’s totally possible for them to steal a #4 seed without Derrick Rose and then have him healthy for a playoff run. Continue reading

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Ball Don’t Lie

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Rasheed Wallace got ejected after yelling “Ball Don’t Lie”  I wasn’t aware that this has been Rasheed’s catch phrase for a while so I did some research and found out what it means:

“Ball don’t lie” is said when a player misses one, two or all three of his free throws after a questionable (read as: bullshit) foul call is made by an official. The ball is, essentially, the unbiased judge who will not reward the player by going in if the apparent foul was indeed bullshit.

*Andrew Bogut locks arms with Rasheed Wallace and trips over his own feet, prompting a foul call from the referee

* Rasheed: That’s BULLSHIT, man!

*Andrew Bogut toes the line and proceeds to miss his first free throw

*Rasheed: BALL DON’T LIE!

*Bogut then attempts a second free throw and misses again

*Rasheed: BALL DON’T LIE, DAMNIT!

Game Recap: The 12-4 Edition

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The Knicks beat the Suns to maintain their Atlantic Division lead.  About 6 minutes into the game the Knicks had built a big lead and seemed to get bored and decided to make things interesting.  They let the Suns come back, then went up by 20, then let them come back again and so on.  At the end a win is a win but it would have been nice to go up by 20 and then stay up by 20.

  • Speaking of going up by 20; this was the 8th time in 16 games the Knicks have had a 20 point lead.
  • Rasheed Wallace got a technical for yelling “Ball Don’t Lie” which resulted in his ejection.
  • JR Smith had another terrible game.  He was also on twitter at 2 and 4am.  I’m noticing a trend here.
  • Copeland had a career high in every category.  If Camby and Thomas can’t stay on the court it looks like the Knicks have another option.
  • Dragic is 13th in the league in assists per game.  Imagine how many he’d average if he didn’t have to pass to Morris and Beasley.
  • The Knicks had 7 turnovers all game and only one in the 2nd half.  They also forced 17.  Lines like that are going to win a lot of ball games.
  • I thought Stern was about to fine the Suns for resting their players until I realized that’s their actual team.
  • Felton has been on a tear since the New Jersey Nets of Brooklyn game.  Portland fans have to be getting pissed.

Episode 156: The Mystery of the Disappearing and Reappearing Defense

Marc and Jay talk about the Dallas, Houston and Detroit games, what happened to the defense of the first 9 games, debate whether Melo is reverting back to old Melo and talk about the calls or lack of calls he’s getting, taking too many 3’s, welcoming Novak back to the NBA, listener questions and much more.  Download Episode 156

The Knicks don’t send their fans into a panic by beating the Pistons

The Knicks are supposed to win games like this and win them by a large margin.  Today did not disappoint.  Lets face it, if they did lose this game Knicks nation would be in a complete panic and endless talk of how the first 8 games were a fluke would ensue.  Some thoughts on today’s game:

  • The 2nd half almost seemed as if the Knicks were toying with the Pistons.  At least 3 times Detroit would come to within 8-10 points and then the Knicks would go on a big run.
  • Carmelo was unstoppable today.  When he’s scoring from inside and out as well as passing when he’s double-teamed there isn’t much you can do.
  • Welcome back Steve Novak, we missed you.
  • Camby looked a lot more mobile today.  Hopefully this means he’s getting into game shape.  We need another rebounder out there.
  • Can someone start a movement to ban Rasheed Wallace from taking shots more than 12 feet from the basket?
  • Jason Kidd is more important than people realize.  In the 2nd quarter Detroit made a run and almost came back to tie the Knicks.  Kidd enters and suddenly the Knicks are up by 20.  This is not the first time something like this has happened. Continue reading

6-1 Is Still Really Good

We knew the Knicks had to lose eventually.  At least the Knicks first loss was to the Grizzlies who are playing the best basketball in the league and now have the leagues best record as well.

Once again the energy was playoff atmosphere.  The effort on both ends was unbelievable.  Carmelo held his own for the most part guarding Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and Rasheed Wallace looked like 2004 Rasheed.

Jerryd Bayless and JR Smith got into it late in the 2nd quarter and everything began to go downhill.  Continue reading