New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves – 12/2/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Game 19: December 2, 2016
Knicks 118, Timberwolves 114

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Welcome to the Kyle O’Quinn show starring Kyle O’Quinn

An apology might be in order.

It was the Timberwolves turn to be the road team as they traveled to New York on the second leg of a home and home. The Knicks squandered a 16 point lead, but once again held on to defeat the Wolves and sweep the season series, 118-114. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 29 points on 9-20 shooting, along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Kristaps Porzingis had a rough game with 11 points on only 2-12 shooting, but those two weren’t the stars of tonight’s game. That title belongs to none other than Kyle O’Quinn. KO was a beast, plain and simple, he had a season high 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and was a +16. He was the emotional leader on both ends of the court, where his heart and hustle lead the way. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points on only 5-18 shooting after his 47 point performance Wednesday night. Zack LaVine led Minnesota with 23 points.

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2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 11

Interesting week, two nice wins against the Pistons and Hawks. Oh, and a 4th quarter against the Bulls that was the Knicks lowest scoring 4th quarter.  Ever.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo is still #1 in the rankings but I am a little disturbed by the lack of free throws Melo got this week.  7 in 3 games is not ideal.  On the plus side, the Knicks seem to win when Melo has 5 or more assists, something he did in both wins this week. 1
2 Afflalo, Arron Arron had to get a top 2 spot for his ridiculous game against Atlanta.  38 points on 14-17 shooting.  Beautiful. 5
3 Porzingis, Kristaps Two months into the NBA season and Porzingis has 2 rookie of the month awards.  So much for all that talk about not being effective for a few years. 2
4 Lopez, Robin Robin Lopez continues his streak of good games with a 6 block game against Detroit and a 16 point game against Atlanta. 4
5 Williams, Derrick Even if he sucks the rest of the season, we’ll always have that 4th quarter in Detroit. Continue reading

2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 2

Considering the tough opening schedule, I’d say 2-2 is a nice start.  The flaws in the roster are already becoming apparent.  We mentioned the backcourt was a problem and oh boy is it.  Jerian Grant leads the team in assists with 3.8.  In case you are new to stats, that is not good.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo 1 good game and 3 shooting performances that would make Kobe cringe.  If he wasn’t getting to the line and if he weren’t 2nd on the team in assists I’d already have lowered him in the rankings. 1
2 Galloway, Langston I mentioned last week that Galloway was a keeper if he could find his shot.  Well look who just went 9-12 from the 3 last week! 5
3 Grant, Jerian He plays defense, hits some shots and has the two highest assist games of the season for the Knicks at 7 and 5.  Kind of the opposite of our starting PG. 4
4 O’Quinn, Kyle Tied for 8th on the team in minutes played but 2nd in rebounds.  He’s a high energy guy like Acy was last year, only good. 3
5 Lopez, Robin Solid defense, decent on offense, would like to see more rebounds though. Continue reading