Marc and Jay go over the trade deadline moves, gear up for the exciting race to the bottom, review the last few games, talk strategies, and much more
New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers
February 26, 2017
Knicks 110, 76ers 109
Melo to the rescue… I guess?
The Philadelphia 76ers strolled into MSG tonight to face the struggling New York Knicks in an Atlantic Division matchup that turned quite interesting. New York had a 17 point lead in the third quarter, but squandered it and needed some late game heroics from Carmelo Anthony to defeat the 76ers, 110-109. We had another vintage Melo game tonight, and he led the way with 37 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Derrick Rose, who was not in Chicago like he joked about yesterday (not cool Derrick), finished the game with 18 points. The heavily shopped Jahlil Okafor had an excellent game with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Dario Saric, another talented young 76er, finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. That guy can ball. The Sixers have a ton of young talent, and we didn’t even see Joel Embiid tonight, who was out with an injury.
Joacim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis were out as well.
This game was Carmelo saying he wont go down without a fight. He knows that this season went south real fast, but he is going to do whatever he can to get this team into the postseason.
Here’s the problem, the Knicks had to beat an Embiid-less 76ers team on the last play of the game. Without Embiid, this team is just what they’ve been over the past four years, and that’s bad. A game winning shot is nice and all, but to blow a 17 point lead against this team? Not good.
There were some bright spots in this game, of course. Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn proved to be an effective front court pairing once again, and Lance Thomas filled in admirably for the injured Kristaps Porzingis. Lance had one of his better games tonight, and he even had a four point play. Mazel Tov, Lance. As well as those guys, Justin Holiday hit some big shots down the stretch, and he continues to bring solid defense off the bench. Holiday is playing himself into a tie contract from the Knicks, but I bet the Knicks let him go to sign Jerry Stackhouse or something.
This was a nice win, and it was cool to see Carmelo once again put the team on his back like he’s done so many times before. I know we’re all firmly on the tank bandwagon once again, but a win every once in a while could be fun. Not that we would know that, since we like the Knicks.
The Knicks take the Garden floor on Monday to take on the new look Raptors in another Atlantic Division matchup. This will make the tank enthusiasts happy, as the Raptors continue to prove that they are one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Talk to you all on Monday. 24-35.
New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers
February 23, 2017
Cavaliers 119, Knicks 104
“We’re back, and we’re the same as ever!” – The Knicks
So after a very New York Knicks trade deadline, where the Knicks made no moves to better the team right now, or better the team for the future, Carmelo Anthony led his team into the Quicken Loans Arena to battle LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It went exactly as you would think.
The Knicks got squashed tonight, and the score doesn’t do this beat down justice. Continue reading
Jay and James from the Flagrant Take Podcast talk about all star weekend, trade deadline moves, trade rumors, player legacies, the Knicks future, and much more
I’m bringing the Knick Effect back. In 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14, and 2014/15 I kept a Knick Effect list. What this is is a list of every player that has had his highest or second highest scoring game of the season against the Knicks. I started this because it seems like every game some random guy on the bench is going off against the Knicks. In 2010/11 there were 37 instances of the #Knickeffect and in 2011/12 there was an astounding 44. In 2013/14 oddly enough the number went down to 31. In 2014/15 the Knicks were back to their usual ways with 41. Lets see how long the list gets this year in the return of the #Knickeffect
Highest scoring game of the season
10/25/16 – Richard Jefferson – 13 points
10/29/16 – James Ennis – 16 points
11/5/16 – Dwyane Wade – 35 points
11/9/16 – Justin Hamilton – 21 points
11/22/16 – Ed Davis – 14 points
11/30/16 – Karl Anthony Towns – 47 points
12/9/16 – Luol Deng – 22 points
12/15/16 – Javale Mcgee – 17 points
12/31/16 – James Harden – 53 points
1/2/17 – Jodie Meeks – 23 points
1/12/17 – Cristiano Felicio – 13 points
1/15/17 – Norman Powell – 21 points
1/16/17 – Kris Humphries – 14 points
1/18/17 – Jae Crowder – 21 points
1/29/17 – Paul Millsap – 37 points
1/31/17 – Markieff Morris – 24 points
2/10/17 – Nikola Jokic – 40 points
2/25/17 – Jahlil Okafor – 28 points
3/3/17 – Justin Anderson – 19 points
2nd highest scoring game of the season
11/1/16 – Tobias Harris – 25 points
|The Knicks might not be good at basketball, but they’re tops in the league in embarrassment. Since last week we had Oakley get arrested and banned and then unbanned after a meeting with Silver and Jordan. Oh and they played 3 games, losing 2 but somehow beating the Spurs to avoid their first 5 game home losing streak in franchise history.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Melo bounced back from his off week, even had a decent game against Kawhi. If Melo’s days are numbered, he’s making the most of it.||2|
|2||Porzingis, Kristaps||It looks like Porzingis is back. And a collective sigh of relief is heard from the entirety of Knicks Nation.||5|
|3||Lee, Courtney||I hear some people bash Lee. Not sure what that’s about. He’s doing what he’s done his whole career, and that’s not a bad thing.||3|
|4||Hernangomez, Willy||Was worried how Willy would look against starting lineups. The answer? Pretty pretty pretty good. Knicks are undefeated when Willy starts.||1|
|5||O’Quinn, Kyle||Really good week for KOQ. I’m pretty comfortable with a Willy/KOQ center rotation going forward. Continue reading|
New York Knicks VS. San Antonio Spurs
February 13, 2017
Knicks 94, Spurs 90
A little sun was peaking through the dark clouds over MSG on a Sunday afternoon.
After perhaps the worst loss of the season against the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks faced a daunting challenge against the Western Conference powerhouse San Antonio Spurs. With all the drama surrounding the New York Knicks, and I wont get into that yet, it looked like this would be the perfect setup for a Spurs beatdown of the Knickerbockers. I, along with many others, was wrong. The Knicks showed up in a big way on a nationally televised game and took down the Spurs, 94-90.
How did they do it? Well, they finally inserted Rookie phenom, and new Garden favorite, Willy Hernangomez into the starting lineup, and he was a welcome addition. He played another solid game and scored 12 points while pulling down 9 rebounds. This kid could be the spark on both ends to bring the Knicks out of this prolonged and miserable stretch of basketball. Along with WHG, Carmelo Anthony shook off a tough first half shooting wise to lead the Knicks in scoring once again with 25 points, as well as some big buckets in the fourth quarter. He continues to show that he wants the big shot down the stretch, and against San Antonio, he delivered. The most impressive part about it was the fact that he was matched up with the best defender in basketball today, Kawhi Leonard. Leonard, who can lock up anybody in the NBA, took it to Carmelo in the first half, but Carmelo was able to get on a roll in the fourth quarter, and when that happens nobody can guard him, not even Kawhi.
Leonard was also a real headache for the Knicks on offense as well, as he led the Spurs with 36 points to go with his 9 rebounds and 4 assists. This guy has become a top 5 player in the NBA, and he can takeover a game on both sides of the floor. Watching him pick up an opposing guard at half court is incredible. He lurks, and then pounces on them with his enormous hands and long arms. A game changer on defense, for sure.
Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis also showed up to play in this one, with Rose scoring 18 points and Porzingis scoring 16 points and blocking for shots. The key in this game was the effort, and the Knicks finally looked like they were tired of being the laughing stock of the NBA, something they’ve been dealing with for the past decade and a half, but who’s counting?
I’d be remised if I didn’t mention the off court drama with the Knicks. Jimmy Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the Garden, which sucks. However, in a calculated move, he invited back ex-Knicks like Bernard King (G.O.A.T), Larry Johnson (who works with the Knicks), Vin Baker (played like 11 minutes as a Knick), and none other than Latrell Sprewell, who cursed out little Jimmy when he was traded way back in 2004. It’s an obvious shot at Oakley, and a desperate PR move to save face with all of the Oakley drama. I’m firmly on team Oakley, but it was nice to see Sprewell back at the Garden.
Guys like him, Marcus Camby, and Allan Houston are the guys I remember from when I first starting watching basketball. I’m only 22, so I started watching them right when sucking became the norm. Awesome.
The Knicks are going to look to build on this one, but the building is going to be met by the wrecking ball known as Russell Westbrook when the Knicks travel to OKC and take on the Thunder. If the Knicks can slow down Westbrook like they did the Spurs, maybe he’ll only get double figures in two out of his three usual triple-double categories.
Courtney Lee, good luck bud.
Marc and Jay talk about Oakley banned from MSG, Nurkic runs rampant, Dolan’s radio interview, most embarrassing moments, and much more
New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets
February 10, 2017
Nuggets 131, Knicks 123
The real way to punish Charles Oakley was to make him watch this game.
The New York Knicks, for lack of a better term, suck. Plain and simple. A team that scores 120+ points wins 9 out of 10 times. This time was the one of the ten. The Denver Nuggets, who aren’t exactly the cream of the crop of the Western Conference, came into Madison Square Garden and steamrolled the Knicks. The Knick defense, if you can even call it defense, continues to be horrible, as they made a mediocre Nuggets team look like the ShowTime Lakers. It’s time to accept what this team is: a bottom feeder.
This one is going to be short and sweet, because I hate the fact that I continue to repeat myself. Carmelo Anthony had another great scoring night and led the team with 31 points, but like, who cares? He continues to put up great numbers on offense, and the defense makes it so unimportant. Everyone wanted to see Kristaps Porzingis play center, and they got their wish, and it showed that he isn’t ready to play center in the NBA. Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings were the starting guards tonight, and offensively it worked, but these guys need to get better on defense to be just awful. There’s a theme tonight ladies and gentleman, the defense is the reason this team will continue to lose, and lose badly.
Shout out to Jimmy Dolan and Phil Jackson for ruining the New York Knicks. We deserve better than this. By the way, the point guard from Washington, Markelle Fultz, is incredible. Look him up and pray for the first pick in the draft.
Marc and Jay talk about the last few games,the coaching, Phil Jackson, drama on and off the court, listener calls, and lots more