|I thought it would take a little longer to get this down on the Knicks, but they are already one of only 3 teams in the NBA without a win after two 20 point blowouts and one blown 20 point lead.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Porzingis, Kristaps||Porzingis was terrible against the Celtics but he gets a pass for looking pretty incredible in games 1 and 2.||1|
|2||Kanter, Enes||If you blinked during the first quarter of game 3 you would have missed 8 rebounds by Kanter. He finished with 19. If he could develop even leauge average defense the Knicks could really have something here.||3|
|3||O’Quinn, Kyle||O’Quinn looked like a solid backup in games 1 and 2, but was only given 6 minutes in game 3. I get Hernangomez needs minutes but I figured that would wait until KOQ hit a slump.||6|
|4||Sessions, Ramon||Sessions hasn’t looked very good, but he’s ranked this high because I’m taking into account he’s a backup being thrust into a starting role. Considering that he’s been OK.||12|
|5||Lee, Courtney||Lee’s best days are clearly behind him, but he’s not terrible, which is more than I can say for almost everyone ranked below him.||4 Continue reading|
|1-2 this week. Not great, but at least we beat the Lakers. Barely. The Lakers are terrible and it would have been very depressing to lose to them. This weeks rankings are very difficult as there were no standouts.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Galloway, Langston||Galloway plays defense, rebounds well for a PG, and seems to have found a 3 point shot. It looks like his minutes are increasing while Vujacic and Calderons are decreasing. As it should be.||2|
|2||Porzingis, Kristaps||Back to back double-doubles? Yes please. When his shot starts falling he’s going to be a monster.||6|
|3||Anthony, Carmelo||Absolute trash shooting so far this season. Melo has shot above 40% once in 7 games. He shoots 20 shots again and half of them are bad looks. We’re not going to win many games if this keeps up.||1|
|4||Lopez, Robin||Lopez does a lot of things that don’t show up on the box score. He hasn’t blown anyone away, but he’s been solid.||5|
|5||Calderon, Jose||And this is the problem with a 10 player rotation where most guys are under performing. Calderon had one good game and made it almost impossible for me to justify putting anyone else above him. Continue reading|
Marc and Jay talk about the two wins and the Boston massacre. Resident Nets fan Will calls in and trash talking ensues. Lots of questions, you can tell which ones came in before and after the Celtics game.
Written by Anish Philip @dak0mish
The Knicks are set to play the Nets tonight, and it couldn’t lack any less luster. These two teams were supposed to be jockeying for a high seeding in the playoffs. Instead, you have two very injured teams that look like easy chum for the NY media feeding frenzy. 1
This wasn’t what was promised to us over the summer. Deron Williams attacking a child Knicks fan, Pierce embracing every chance to proclaim his hatred or leave the Knicks out of the contender conversation, JR getting on his social media soap box, to Dolan and Prok – you expected a 12 round grudge match. What was supposed to be a clash of the titans has turned into a slumber party pillow fight.
No matter who you think is worse, you can’t argue with one simple fact: The team’s with the two highest payrolls, Brooklyn at $101 million, and the Knicks at $87 million, have less than half the wins of the East leading Pacers combined . By building through the draft, shrewd signings and trades, the Pacers are paying homage to the greatest of all small market teams, the Spurs. The two hometown teams have done the complete opposite. Trading picks for players who are far from superstars & taking on monstrous contracts has given them the headlines they lust for, but not the tangible results to cement their claim to contender status. Don’t act surprised. Patience is a virtue, but long term growth will always be throw aside for a quick buck in Gotham. Continue reading
Written by William Lee
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 40-19 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back, winning tonight’s game 109-100. The scoring prowess of the two Kevins from the Minnesota Timberwolves proved to be too much for the Knicks to handle. All Star Kevin Love finished with 34 points 15 rebounds and 5 assist. And Kevin Martin was extremely efficient, going 9-12 from the field, including a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc, finishing the game with 30 points. (He had the best +/- of any player, +26) Both Kevins were in double digit scoring by the end of the first quarter, combining for 24 points. The Timberwolves were looking to push the pace all night, running off of makes and misses from the Knicks. The Knicks didn’t help themselves, committing six turnovers; the Timberwolves took full advantage, converting on all of them, leading to 12 points off of the turnovers.
With 3:56 left in the first quarter, the Knicks were still in the game, the Timberwolves leading 19-15. The turn of the game came with Carmelo Anthony committing his second personal foul, while trying to deny Kevin Love post position. This was a start to a rough night for Carmelo Anthony, as he finished the game going 8-21 from the field, for 22 points. The Timberwolves shutdown the runner up scoring champion from the previous year, Kevin Durant, forcing him to go 4-11 from the field and committing four turnovers Friday night. Continue reading