Knicks at Clippers 11-27-13

Written by William Lee
Raymond Felton made his return to the Knicks after missing the last four games with some nerve complications in his hip. At first Felton looked out of sync with his teammates committing two quick turnovers, but quickly got back on track, finishing the game with 12 points and 7 assist. Blake Griffin got into early foul trouble, picking up his second foul before the half way mark of the first quarter. With the Clippers’ superstar forward on the bench, the Clippers united as a group to take a 29-27 first quarter lead. The Clippers had eight players score by the end of the first quarter.  Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani got off to a quick start, both finishing in double digit scoring by the end of the first quarter predicated by the Knicks better ball movement. The Knicks finished the first quarter with eight assist on eleven made field goals.
Basketball is a game of runs, and the second quarter featured three prolonged runs. The Clippers opened up the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 40-29 lead with 8:20 remaining in the second quarter. The Knicks then went on a 13-0 run to regain the lead 42-40, during this run the Clippers took and missed four straight threes. The Clippers then went on a 9-3 run to end the first half leading 49-45. During the two prolonged Clippers’ runs there was one common denominator; Amare Stoudemire was in the game defending the paint for the Knicks. The first Clipper run ended when Stoudemire was substituted out at 8:13, and then the Clippers went on the run to end the quarter when Stoudemire checked back into the game at 3:37 left in the first half. Whenever Stoudemire was in the game, there was a clear path to the rim, he was completely lost on defense. He finished the first quarter with a +/- of -21, as compared to the current best Knicks defender Kenyon Martin, who had a +17 at the end of the first half. Overall Stoudemire finished the game with an even worse+/- at an astonishing -29, while Martin was by far the best Knick in +/- staying at +17. Continue reading

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

Lets take a break from the crazy tweets of Metta and JR and join in Feltons excitement about training camp being less than a month away.  I’m also excited that Felton is thinking about basketball and not food this offseason:

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

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

We got two today, the first one is from Raymond Felton, commenting on Jason Kidd’s coaching status:

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And the second is from none other than JR Smith.  He either means he’s not drinking alcohol or he’s trying a diet that isn’t really a diet but more of a way to become malnourished.

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

Episode 185: Angel and Devil

Jay and Marc test our their new skit, talk about the last few Knicks games, debate whether some streaks are truly unbreakable, rank Felton among other PGs, cutting down the Nets and facebook questions.

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Knicks vs 76ers – 1-26-13 – Game Thread

Felton is back!  This is as close to a full roster as the Knicks have been all season and might be for the rest of the season.  Should be interesting to see how they look.  Comment below as the game goes on.

Not this time Boston

It was an ugly game but I’ll take it.  A few thoughts from what is hopefully the Knicks last game without Raymond Felton:

  • This game was so inconstant, Melo was terrible in the first half and unstoppable in the 2nd, Amare was the exact opposite, and JR was terrible for the first 45 1/2 and great for the last 2 1/2.
  • Even though the Knicks won, they only had 12 assist for the game.  I REALLY REALLY hope Felton is back for Saturdays game and never gets injured ever again.
  • I was really excited about how Amare looked in the first half, he had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in his first 10 minutes.  Then in the 4th quarter it was everything we were complaining about.  On back to back plays he stood right behind Chandler while he set a pick and then rolled to the basket right behind Chandler.  Did he not see him or does he think 2 is better than one?  On the next play he set a pick for Kidd, Kidd didn’t take the pick and passed the ball, but Amare still stood there for the pick until Kidd explained to him that he no longer had the ball and therefore didn’t need a pick.
  • I learned from Marv Albert today that Boston pumps in crowd noises.  It doesn’t get much lamer than that.
  • If you’re a Boston fan how mad are you at Jason Terry?  He’s in the conversation for 6th man of the year for about 10 straight years and then takes a dump all over the Boston bench all season.
  • James White played 13 minutes tonight and didn’t play bad, but that meant zero minutes for Copeland, not sure how I feel about that.
  • In the 1st half the Knicks went with a zone defense when Amare came in.  This seemed to work fairly well.  Maybe this is more suited to his….abilities.
  • Hey Boston, how do my Cheerios taste?

Episode 163: More Injuries

Lots to talk about tonight, 3 games, a big injury to Raymond Felton, JUST RIDICULOUS Smith, Camby back, Brewer fading, lineup changes, Nets firing their coach, Wade gets suspended and much much more Download Episode 163

Due to Scheduling Miscommunication Knicks Accidentally Thought They Had the Night Off

  • I think our listener Niro put it best when he said “There were two games this season that just disgusted me. The Houston game and the Houston game.”
  • I understand the Knicks were without Melo, Sheed, Shumpert, Amare and Camby, but they weren’t scheduled to be without Defense, good shooting, controlling the pace and taking care of the ball too.
  • There is a lot of talk about Lin and Harden not being able to play together, but they combined for 394,402,134 points on 97% shooting tonight (approximately) so maybe we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.
  • At least Chandler Parsons didn’t light the Knicks up again.
  • Copeland got 9 quick points to start the 3rd quarter and for a second I thought the Knicks were going to make a comeback, but then the Knicks decided it would be a good idea to let Harden shoot open 3’s the rest of the night.
  • I started this recap 5 minutes ago when the Knicks were down by 20 and they are now down by 27.
  • JR, I love when you go to bed early and have a great shooting game the next day, but can you try and make that happen in a game where you’re good shooting would actually make a difference?
  • I’m really glad the Knicks don’t have to play Houston again for at least 11 more months.
  • 10-1 at home is still really darn good.
  • Another positive is we can start to prepare for Copesanity.  He had a career high 29 points on 11-19 shooting.