Marc and Jay talk about Melo vs. Phil, the Charly Rosen article, Porzingis still injured, Courtney Lee moved to the bench, and much more
|Yeah I know I know, I missed the first 12 weeks of the season. Better late than never. These rankings are based on the last week of games.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Slow start to the season, but Melo has been very solid the last 2 weeks. Of course Knicks being Knicks, Melo met with Phil today to discuss Melo’s future with the team. Stay tuned.||–|
|2||Rose, Derrick||Derrick Rose has proved this month that he can still drive. He can drive to the basket. He can drive around in Chicago while the Knicks have a game. Unparalleled when it comes to driving.||–|
|3||Baker, Ron||I’m not going to be unrealistic, Baker would probably barely play on any other team, but he’s been really solid for the Knicks. He’s turned 30 point blowouts into 10 point beatings a number of times already.||–|
|4||Kuzminskas, Mindaugas||Another pleasant surprise, Kuz has the ability to score from inside and out. Defense isn’t great, but it’s not like pretty much anyone on this team is great at that.||–|
|5||Holiday, Justin||If the Knicks decide to blow this team up I hope Holiday is one of the few pieces they pick out of the rubble.||–|
|6||Noah, Joakim||This week Noah has been rebounding like a guy who gets paid 18M a year. Now if he can re-learn to defend, shoot free throws, and stay on the court more than 20 minutes a game we might have something here.||–|
|7||Lee, Courtney||The Knicks can’t defend anyone. So when it was time for a starting lineup change the only starter who is good at defense got benched because Knicks.||–|
|8||O’Quinn, Kyle||The Knicks have been almost not losing lately and O’Quinn is often the reason for the Knicks almost not losing.||–|
|9||Hernangomez, Willy||Willy looked great the first 6 weeks of the season and now he can’t get any minutes. Considering Porzingis has been out this isn’t a good sign.||–|
|10||Jennings, Brandon||Hey it’s that guy who looks great once every 2 weeks and completely disappears the rest of the time!||–|
|11||Porzingis, Kristaps||Every night I pray to the basketball gods that KP’s achilles heals 100%.||–|
|12||Thomas, Lance||When I was thinking of all the possible injuries the Knicks will have this season, broken face wasn’t among them.||–|
|13||Plumlee, Marshall||Knicks are obeying league rules that state every team has to have a Plumlee or a Zeller.||–|
|14||Vujacic, Sasha||Sasha is so happy Ndour is on the team because now there is someone ranked below him.||–|
|15||Ndour, Maurice||Trying to end on a positive note. Ndour has been looking good in the d-league!||–|
New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks
Game 40: January 16, 2017
Hawks 108, Knicks 107
Can your heart break if it is already broken?
The annual MLK Day Matinee at Madison Square Garden saw the New York Knicks take on the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks, who showed little effort against Toronto in the previous game, came out fighting against the Hawks. The biggest story from this one was the insertion of Ron Baker and Mindaugus Kuzminskas into the starting lineup, and both of those two delivered. Baker scored 12 points, all three pointers, and Kuz had 14 points. Carmelo Anthony delivered 30 points on an efficient 10/16 shooting, but missed a key put-back at the end of the game. Dennis Schroder scored 28 points for the Hawks, and former Knick Tim Hardaway Jr scored 20 points.
A real positive from this game was that the Knicks actually showed up to play this afternoon, but morale victories aren’t going to make this sting any less. Carmelo, one game after his comments about the rumors of him waiving his no-trade clause, showed up with a #VintageMeloGame and was scoring from all over the court. Three pointers, drives, pull ups, were all working for him today. Offense continues to not be the issue for the New York Knicks.
It’s the porous defense, most notably from the guards, that is killing the Knicks.
On multiple possessions, Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings were letting Dennis Schroder get right into the paint and score at will. Schroder is a solid guard who can score, but he should have to work to get his points. It shouldn’t look like a layup line for him. On the other hand, the Knicks forwards were frustrating Paul Millsap for the entire game, as he scored 17 points on 18 shots. He had 6 assists, but he was constantly taking tough shots, as well as missing a few easy ones.
As for the final play of the game, it doesn’t matter whether Derrick Rose was fouled or not, that isn’t why they lost the game. The Knicks missed 8 free throws throughout the game, and shot 8-26 behind the three point line, which is good for 30%. Also, 18 turnovers for 18 points given up by the Knick offense today, which is too high of a number.
I don’t even want to mention this, but it needs to be said. Kris Humphries had 14 points and 3 three pointers tonight. Yeah, the dude who Kim Kardashian married for like 18 minutes was killing the Knicks in the third quarter. If that isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is. Perimeter defense needs to be the subject of every single practice from now until the end of the season, otherwise this thing will never get turned around.
The Knicks take on the Celtics Wednesday night at the Garden on the first game of a back to back, and the third game in four nights. Remember what I said about defense on the perimeter? Well, it’s really going to be a focus when Isaiah Thomas walks onto the Garden floor, because we all know that dude can fill it up.
Keep your heads up everyone, it’s almost time for pitchers and catchers to report. 17-23.
Marc and Jay try to make sense of all the rumors swirling around, Melo may be willing to go to a couple teams, Phil might be leaking that he wants Melo gone, Lance Thomas is injured, Porzingis has injury problems, a petition to the basketball gods, a visit from Joey Knicknuts, a caller, much more
New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers
Game 39: January 11th , 2017
76ers 98, Knicks 97
Karma, you know what they say about it.
The Knicks, losers in 8 of their last 9 games, took a ride down to the city of brotherly love and took on the 76ers. Led by, “The Process” Joel Embiid, the Knicks lost another heartbreaker 98-97 on a turn-around jumper by TJ McConnell (who?) at the buzzer. This team has officially hit rock bottom, everybody. Derrick Rose returned to the starting lineup (more on that later) and had a strong game with 25 points. Carmelo Anthony scored 28, and Kyle O’Quinn was a monster on the glass with 15 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. Embiid led the sixers with 21 points.
Takeaways from this game
There is no reason Derrick Rose should have played in this game, and it doesn’t matter how well he played. I read an article from the Daily News, and Frank Isola called the Knicks handling of Rose, “bad karma.”; Derrick Rose bailed on his team, and was fined. That’s all. That is absolutely ridiculous. Continue reading
Our friend Chris made these awesome Porzingis wallpapers to cheer us all up. Enjoy!
New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Game 39: January 9, 2017
Pelicans 110, Knicks 96
Where do I start with this one?
After getting their butt’s handed to them in Indiana, the Knicks showed the same type of effort against the Pelicans tonight at the Garden, dropping this one 110-96. The score shouldn’t have even been that close at the end of regulation, since New York went down by as much as 30 points during this game. The biggest story in this one was that nobody had any idea where the starting point guard was for the entire game. Derrick Rose was literally missing. After the game, it was found out that he flew home to Chicago, only without getting permission from team officials. I, for one, hope that everything is okay with Rose and there aren’t any real issues going on. His replacement in the starting lineup, Brandon Jennings, led the Knicks with 20 points to go with his 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, and also came away with his league leading 3rd ejection of the year. Kyle O’Quinn was also ejected, and also brought nothing to my Draft Kings lineup. Anthony Davis was his usual monster self, finishing this game with 40 points and 18 rebounds.
Takeaways from this game
I refuse to repeat myself:
Do we have enough evidence yet? This team, as currently constructed, does not have a chance to compete in the Eastern Conference. It’s a bad mix of guys on the court, as their games don’t really do anything to compliment each other. To start the year, the guys were moving the ball and at least competing a little bit on defense. That hasn’t been the case of the past 2-3 weeks, as the Knicks just show they don’t give a crap about what happens on the defensive side of the ball. The Knicks have fallen from the 3rd spot in the East, to 10th in just a matter of weeks, and it’s sad to watch, which leads me to…
Blow it up:
Trade Rose, see what you can get for O’Quinn, and try to start from there. Like I said, this tem isn’t really going anywhere, so why strive to get swept by Cleveland in the first round? Enter the lottery, and maybe the ping-pong balls will fall in the right direction for once for the New York Knicks. There is no shame in admitting that this isn’t the year for this team, and it might be worse to enter Sacramento Kings territory and think that the team actually has a chance to compete. We see it game in and game out, this team has some good pieces, but not enough to get past teams like Cleveland, Toronto, and Boston. Kristaps Porzingis is the future, right? Why not do what you can to get some young players to build around with him? It just makes sense, this team isn’t winning any type of postseason series as currently constructed. Sorry Carmelo, that’s just how it is.
Next game is Wednesday against the 76ers, who have won 3 of their last 4 games. If the Knicks don’t defeat Philly next game, I’ll have officially started the countdown until baseball season. The optimism I had a few weeks ago is starting to fade, but let’s go Knicks? 17-21.
Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, Ron Baker, the defense, trade deadline, around the NBA, and much more. We manage to finish recording the show right before we find out Rose is appearing on milk cartons, which is a little frustrating but so are the Knicks.
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New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers
Game 39: January 7, 2017
Pacers 123, Knicks 109
If the Knicks don’t give up 120+ did they even play?
On the second night of a back to back, the Knicks spent the night in Indiana to take on the Pacers. New York has yet to win on a back to back, and that trend continued as the Knicks were defeated by the Pacers, 123-109. The Knicks were getting outplayed from the start in this one, and once again fell behind by double-digits early in the first half. Unlike last time in Milwaukee, the Knicks couldn’t muster up enough to complete the comeback. New York tried to make a game of it in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was just too steep. Brandon Jennings, after a rough game against the Bucks, led the way with Carmelo Anthony for 17 points apiece. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds. The Knicks fourth quarter lineup of Jennings, Ron Baker, Mindaugus Kuzminskas, KP, and Willy Hernangomez was incredibly effective, with the other four starters watching from the bench. For the Pacers, Paul George and Jeff Teague each contributed with 19 points. Thad Young contributed 16 points for the Pacers.
Takeaways from this game:
New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
Game 38: January 6, 2017
Knicks 116, Bucks 111
Finally, a win.
The Knicks finally ended the six game losing streak tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks After a heartbreaking loss on Wednesday thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Knicks returned the favor and took down the Bucks, 116-111. Kristaps Porzingis returned after a three game absence to score 26 points for New York. Carmelo Anthony led the way with maybe his best all-around game of the season with 26 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. 17 assists in the past two games for Carmelo, which is the highest assists count over two games he has had in his career.
Most notably, we had a Ron Baker crunch time minutes extravaganza with him finishing 6 points and 4 assists, all in the fourth quarter. Bravo Ron, Bravo. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker both led the Bucks with 25 points each, and Greg Monroe had 19 points off the bench.
Takeaways from this game: Continue reading