Knicks @ Spurs – 1-2-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
Carmelo Anthony made his return from his sprained ankle, just in time for the dreaded Texas Triangle road trip. The Knicks start the trip off by heading to San Antonio to face the Spurs Thursday night. It is a brand New Year, and New York could not wait to leave 2013 behind them, the Knicks are 9-15, being bottom dwellers in the Atlantic Division. The only thing they can hang their hat on is the fact that the Atlantic Division is so terrible, that the Knicks are still in arm’s length reach of the Division title. We can only hope the New York Knicks has made a New Year’s resolution to go at least .500 the rest of the season.
What a difference a turn in the calendar makes, Iman Shumpert came out of his season long slump, scoring double figures in the first quarter alone, on his way to a career high 27 points. The New Year was so good to Shumpert, with 5:57 in the first quarter, he felt a foul and just threw up a shot off balance, and completed an and-one, to put the Knicks up 15-10. Marco Belinelli did not want to be outdone by Shumpert, Belinelli also scored ten points in the first quarter. Belinelli would also be on his way to a career night, scoring 32 points for the game. The Spurs were lights out from beyond the arc, going 5/7 in the first quarter.
With the Knicks ahead 26-25, the Spurs’ reserve opened up the second quarter on a 13-3 run, continuing to relentlessly rain down threes. This was the story all night long, New York did not contest well on the perimeter. Andrea Bargnani started asserting himself mid-way through the second quarter, scoring six straight points to ignite an 18-6 run to end the first half. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert would also contribute six points each to the run as well, to give the Knicks a 52-47 lead at the half. San Antonio was right in the game, and started missing wide open threes, not making New York pay for their defensive lapses. This trend would continue in the second half for the Spurs. Continue reading
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Knicks vs Spurs 11-10-13 – Sarcastic Bullet Points

  • Welcome back from weed suspension JR.  Oh how we missed all your wild shots, terrible shooting percentage and unforced turnovers.
  • Hey Woodson, until Chandler gets back Aldrich is the only real center on the team and can actually rebound, make sure you keep playing him less than 10 minutes a game.
  • Amare didn’t have any turnovers this game.  I guess he was too busy missing shots and fouling players instead.
  • Nice rebound Bargnani.  I don’t have to be more specific as that was the only one for the whole game.
  • Hey Metta, hacking at peoples arms does not qualify as good defense.
  • I jokingly told my girlfriend that I would go shopping with her if the Knicks went down by 30.  My ass just got back from clothes shopping.  Thanks a lot.

Knicks vs Spurs 11-10-13 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
The Spurs was an offensive juggernaut during Sunday’s matinee game with the Knicks, leading by as many as 37 points. Danny Green opened up the game by knocking down a couple of quick threes. Within three minutes of the game’s tipoff the Spurs were up 10-0. The Spurs extended on this run, tripling the Knicks score, leading 21-7. The Spurs constantly double teamed Carmelo Anthony, content with the ball swinging to Andrea Bargnani, and letting him beat them.  Unfortunately for the Knicks, Bargnani could not deliver, going 2-6 in the first quarter. JR Smith made his return to the Knicks, after serving his five game suspensions for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policies, hearing a nice ovation, entering in the game with 7:08 left in the first quarter. JR Smith showed his rust, missing all four of his shots, and turning the ball over twice in the first quarter. Smith finished the game going 1-9 from the field, including four turnovers. The Spurs shot 72% in the first quarter, with Tony Parker leading the way, weaving through the defense, scoring 10 points and handing out 5 assist in the first quarter to jump out to a 35-17 first quarter lead.
            The start of the second quarter, the Knicks did not fare any better, JR Smith air balled a three, which then led to another Danny Green three on the other end. The boos rained on the Knicks again in Madison Square Garden, with the home team losing 42-19. With the constant double and triple teams on Carmelo Anthony in the half court sets, Anthony started to bring the ball up himself, to ignite the offense. Carmelo Anthony had 10 points in the second quarter, going a perfect 4-4 from the field, including a buzzer beater to end the first half. The Spurs led by as many points as 24 in the first half, this cut Spurs’ lead to sixteen points, with the score 61-45.

A Scoring Comparison

A big thanks to Patrick for making these charts. So we’ve been talking about how the Knicks offense is predictable when Melo and/or JR is on the floor and stagnant when they are off.  And this chart would be even more skewed if you consider Amare missed 53 games last season.  This breakout of team scoring pretty much sums that up:

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Now lets take a look at that when compared to the two teams that made the finals last year.  First the Miami Heat: Continue reading

Knicks sweep the Spurs for the first time in 10 years

OK so were we in the twilight zone tonight or on Tuesday night?  THIS is the Knicks team everyone wants to see.  Intense D, ball movement on offense and everyone getting involved.  You know, the opposite of last game.

If I had to guess I’d say that Tuesday was the anomaly and tonight is going to be the norm, which by the way if you want to bet on NY Knicks you can do NBA betting (click here) at Top Bet.  The Knicks still have 4 players out, but you can start to get a feel of how this team is going to look a month from now.  Camby looked better than he has all season with 16 solid minutes, 6 boards and a number of blocked shots.  If he’s going to be able to do that for 15-18 minutes on a nightly basic I’m fine with that and also fine with Kurt Thomas buried on the bench only to be used as insurance.

Amare was aggressive and was showing off the post moves he learned this summer.  He got blocked about 17 times, but put a few in and drew a few fouls.  The crazy part is he didn’t make me constantly scream at the TV about his defense.  If he can play that level of defense every night (acceptable but not great) then this is going to be a dangerous team come playoff time.

Brewer his a few shots but he’s going to have to have a string of solid games for me not to cringe every time he shoots the ball.  He’s the leading candidate to get buried on the bench if Shumpert resembles an NBA player when he comes back from injury. Continue reading