|Shocking week as the Knicks take 2 out of 3 in Texas and should have won the Houston game (more on that below). We also got to see Shumpert come out of his season long slump with 3 straight huge games:
||Last weeks Rank
||The largest rise in the power rankings ever is much deserved. Not sure if this weekend was a fluke or the first two months of the season was an abberation but damn 2014 has been good to Iman so far. In the course of the weekend Iman hit 22-32 overall, 13-16 from the 3 point line, 16 boards and 7 steals. These are numbers JR couldn’t get to even in the wettest of dreams. Iman also hit 2 very clutch shots against Dallas which put a stop to their run and may have saved the game.
||Murry might be the Knicks best PG right now. Good thing Woodson won’t play him more than 15 minutes a game, all that defense and lack of turnovers might be contagious, keep that man quarantined!
||Melo had 2 great games and started off the Dallas game on fire with 15 points in the first quarter. He then decided to play hero ball, turning the ball over or missing a terrible shot on just about every posession he was involved in in the end of the 3rd and 1st half of the 4th quarter, letting Dallas get right back into the game. This game was the perfect example of why people love and at the same time hate Melo.
||I feel like Beno is always passing to the other team, but looking at the box score I see that he had 22 assists and only 5 turnovers during the Texas trip. He also made up for the 5 turnovers with 5 steals. What’s most impressive is that none of the trio of Parker, Lin and Ellis scored more than 14 points, so I’d say that’s a solid week for our 3rd string turned starting PG. And I’m not dinging him for that foul in Houston, 1 because he was hustling for the ball and 2 because the shot he was trying to rebound shouldn’t have been taken in the first place.
||Tyson still doesn’t look himself and then he missed all but the first four minutes of the Dallas game with a respiratory infection. Is there any player in the league that gets sick as often as Tyson? I feel like he has the flu or a cold or some infection every couple of weeks. Anyway, Chandler was big in the Houston game and even took a few outside shots and hit one!
||K-Mart came up big in the Dallas game, stepping in for Chandler and going 7-8 with 6 boards. This game might have turned out differently if it weren’t for all those timely put-backs.
||I like that Bargnani played less than 30 minutes per game this week. He hit some shots, grabbed some rebound and played some defense. He also turned the ball over a ton and negated those good defensive sequences with terrible ones. 25MPG seems about right for someone who plays so up and down.
||Beno has done an alright job, but having Pablo in the game will give the Knicks a much needed boost. Rest that toe and come back soon Priggy, we need you!
||Hardaway Jr., Tim
||How come when one player starts playing well another player goes into a slump? Why can’t the Knicks all play well at the same time? THJ played well in Dallas but San Antonio and Houston were pretty brutal.
||Amare was brutal on defense this week, letting opposing players do what they want. He was a terrible -15 in the Spurs game, -8 worse than the 2nd worst margin that night. Still he got lots of points so The Knicks Blog will probably name him player of the week.
||Anyone else thinking the Knicks don’t seem to be missing Felton that much and might not miss him at all when Prigioni comes back?
||World Peace, Metta
||Metta got a knee procedure done and I’m starting to worry this might be a season long issue for him. I guess whatever alien race he’s from haven’t mastered knee procedures yet.
||7 minutes and two appearances this week! This might be the last we see of him since it looks like Jeremy Tyler will be signed this week and will most likely be taking his garbage time minutes.
||Our one week break without a Smith in the bottom spot comes to an end. JR, who if you remember got mad at Bargs for taking a shot at the end of a game instead of holding on to the ball. JR then takes a shot in a tied game with 20 seconds left on the clock and well you know how that turned out. I could almost see if he was hot at the time but he was shooting 3-12 before that shot. (not so) Fun fact: JR has shot over .500 once this whole season and that was over a month ago, but hey at least his defense kinda sucks!