New York Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks – 11/14/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks
Game 10: November 14, 2016
Knicks 93, Dallas 77

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

See what happens when you play defense?

The Dallas Mavericks came to MSG to take on the Knickerbockers tonight, and the Knicks took it to them. New York defeated Dallas 93-77 backed by Carmelo Anthony’s 24 point, 7 rebound effort, as well as Kristaps Porzingis’ 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams tonight, and Harrison Barnes paced them with 20 points.

Takeaways from this game:

An Epic Holiday:

For those that understood my Angels and Airwaves reference there, well done. The Holiday that I’m referring to is Justin Holiday, who had his best game as a Knick tonight. Holiday finished the game with 16 points, and he sparked the team with his exceptional on the ball defense. Most notably, he began the second half with the starting lineup, and we didn’t see the 72 million dollar man, Joakim Noah, for the rest of the game, which is a completely different problem.

Holiday is proving to be more than just a throw-in from the Derrick Rose trade with his active play.

Defense!

I guess the Knicks read my last recap when I blasted the team defense. The Knicks held the Mavs to just 77 points tonight, which is far and away the lowest amount they’ve given up this season. I know Dallas was missing some key players, I mean, one of the greatest players of all time was in street clothes on their bench, but to hold an NBA team under 80 points shows an excellent effort. It finally looked like the Knicks cared about playing hard on defense, which was nice to see that as a priority. Courtney Lee and Justin Holiday especially played hard and dug in on the defensive side of the ball.

KP and Melo:

When your two best players both score 20 plus, you’re in good shape. Melo, who couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half, got into a nice groove in the second half, as he scored 20 of his 24 after halftime. Porzingis was scoring a number of ways, and his crossover into a pullup jumper in the first half got me out of my seat. The dude is 7’3, and everything he does is so smooth. Love it when these two click.

Other Notes:

The Knicks have a lot of winnable games coming up this week. They play Detroit at home on Wednesday, and then they play Washington the night after. If the Knicks defend like they did tonight, and the ball moves as freely as it did in the second half, the Knicks should win both of those games. Look for Justin Holiday to be the first guard off the bench after tonight’s performance.

By the way, Maurice N’Dour should never shoot a three ever again, no matter the situation. My God that was ugly.

Episode 356: Knicks Trump Nets

Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, the Euro bench, rotations, trade rumors, team defense, and more

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Episode 355: Not the Best Week

Marc and Jay talk about the last 4 Knicks games, the bench, the defense, things we’d like to see worked on, listener questions and more

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Episode 352: One Week to Go

Jay is still recovering from surgery so Marc and the robotic voice of Jay talk about preseason, the final roster, defense, contracts, and more

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2015/16 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 10

Pretty crappy week overall.  0-3 and somehow the closest game was the game against Cleveland sans Melo. Hopefully the Knicks new years resolution is to not look terrible.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo only played in 2 of the 3 games this week, but the games he did play in he looked like a star yet again.  Hopefully the last 10 games is the Melo we’ll get most of the season and not the Melo from the first 15-20 games. 1
2 Porzingis, Kristaps Yes, he had a stinker vs Atlanta, but looked good in the other two games.  His shot is going to start to fall soon and then he’s going to be unstoppable. 6
3 Thomas, Lance I can’t believe Lance Thomas turned into our best bench player.  The Knicks still have a 2019 2nd rounder coming from Cleveland.  That Shumpert and JR trade looks better every day. 2
4 Lopez, Robin Maybe getting owned by Vucevic knocked some sense into Robin, as he looked much better this week. 8
5 Afflalo, Arron Arron cooled down a ton since last week, which is a big contributor to the Knicks problems with winning basketball games. Continue reading

Episode 313: Flawed Backcourt

Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, top 5 ways to fix the Knicks, top 5 beards, man on the street, the beast report, and listener questions

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 8

The Knicks 1 game winning streak was snapped on Sunday against the Raptors. Their idea to troll us and play Landry Fields 23 almost backfired as it took an overtime period to get the W. The Knicks were able to beat the Celtics after losing to the Spurs even though the Spurs fielded a starting lineup of an accountant, the water boy, a wet towel, and Tim Duncans mom.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Less than 3 hours after Fisher said he wanted to cut Melo’s minutes down Melo plays 44 minutes. He played well after sitting out against the Spurs, but if that knee is going to need surgery shouldn’t Melo get it now so he’s 100% for next season? 8
2 Calderon, Jose Yeah his defense is bad but isn’t it nice having a PG who can pass and shoot? This playing well every other game thing is getting frustrating though. 7
3 Prigioni, Pablo 9 assists, 5 steals and the only positive +/- on the team against Dallas. 6
4 Acy, Quincy Acy likes kinda crappy on the court, yet he’s the only player who has a positive +/- almost every night. 4
5 Larkin, Shane Look who’s back in the rotation. He didn’t do anything particularly great but didn’t look terrible either. Continue reading

Knicks vs Mavs 12/16/14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Dallas came out of the gate scorching, all five starters for the Mavericks scored on by their fifth attempt of the game. Dallas scored on their first six attempts before finally missing from the field, which drew sarcastic cheers from Madison Square Garden. Dallas personified team basketball in the first quarter, collecting six assist on their first six field goals. Dallas ended the first quarter with 14 made field goals, of which ten of them were assisted on.

With the hot start from Dallas, Derek Fisher needed to take an early timeout four minutes into the game, by then the Mavericks had already gotten ahead 19-7. The lackluster play by the Knick’s starters continued, the deficit grew by as much as 19 points. This caused Fisher to make wholesale substitutions at the 5:20 mark to send a message to his players that this type of effort will not be tolerated.

Fisher after the game had this to say about the lackluster start. “The start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game. Those guys in there to start the game, was a disappointment to their teammates more than anything. Guys who start the game have to mentally and physically be ready to play, and they couldn’t put that out there, we got another five guys in there, they started playing hard and playing with some energy and got us back into the game. We were behind the eight ball from the jump.”

The message seemed to have gotten across to the team momentarily, in a blink of an eye with how fast New York was down by such a large deficit, New York rocketed back just as fast. The Knicks made a sizable comeback, going on a 21-10 run since the wholesale substitution to get within four points 36-32 with 10:20 remaining in the second quarter.

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 7

Had some computer issues to the rankings are a day late this week. That also means an extra game is included in this weeks rankings giving us a record 5 losses to take into consideration for this weeks rankings. The Knicks now have more losses than Philly. I can’t believe after 23 games I was able to type that sentence. We also got to learn that the team hates each other and is falling apart behind the scenes. Good news if you’re are all about the #1 draft pick.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Wear, Travis No one had a good week this week, but Travis played the least amount of minutes out of the healthy players. That means he was the least detrimental to this team. 3
2 Aldrich, Cole Cole looked like he was in danger of increased playing time, increasing his chance of sucking, but after playing 18 minutes against the Nets logged 8 minutes in the next 4 games, thus being the 2nd least detrimental to this team. 13
3 Larkin, Shane Shane is out of the rotation, playing zero minutes against the Blazers and Pelicans, almost guaranteeing his turnovers and points scored against him will decrease. 5
4 Acy, Quincy This is my 4th week in a row putting Acy at the #4 spot and no one seems to have noticed. Kind of like how opposing teams don’t notice when he’s on the court. 4
5 Stoudemire, Amar’e I know what you are saying, but STAT got so many boards and pointzzzz!!!! He also led the league in flexing under the basket after a dunk while his opponents get an uncontested layup or basking in the glow of his dunk during the next 3 plays in which he gets 2 turnovers and a foul. Continue reading

Knicks @ Hornets 12/6/14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

On the heels of being on the wrong side of the record book, now currently holding the worst start through 20 games (4-16) in franchise history, New York fought a team that was just as desperate as them for a win. The Charlotte Hornets are currently on a ten game losing streak, something that the Hornets could not have envisioned when they added free agent Lance Stephenson this summer to a top defensive squad last season. Instead the Hornets have taken a step backwards, and are now currently in the bottom third in points allowed by opponents, allowing 101.2 points per game.

Carmelo Anthony tried his best to right the ship, playing the whole first quarter. As per usual Anthony has his typical good start to the game, scoring nine points in the opening period. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for his teammates, as the rest of the team shot as cold as the New York winter night 31%.

Bismack Biyombo got inside for easy back to back dunks, giving Charlotte a double digit lead late in the closing minutes of the first quarter 29-18. The Hornets did all their damage inside, outrebounding New York 14 to 6 in the first quarter. Charlotte scored 16 points in the paint, and had nine second chance points. And if the Hornets didn’t score inside, they got fouled attacking the paint, going to the charity stripe nine times in the opening quarter.

With Anthony needing a rest for half of the second quarter, his teammates continued to struggle shooting, only converting on a third of their field goal attempts. The Hornets made another run in the midway through the third quarter, going on a 13-4 run, the Hornets‘ would lead by as many as 21 in the period.

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