|The Knicks are 2-3 since my last power rankings and two or three players have been injured since then as well. Who’s hot and who’s not? Lets find out!|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||His rebounding has dipped and he apparantly didn’t know that he is allowed to call a timeout, but he’s been scoring efficiently and hasn’t been as big a mess on defense as a lot of guys on this roster. Who else even remotely deserves the top spot at this point?||1|
|2||Hardaway Jr., Tim||THJ has been the best SG on this team for 2 weeks running yet still sees inconsistent minutes because…Woodson doesn’t like rooks? At this point there is no reason he shouldn’t be playing ahead of Shump and JR.||4|
|3||Chandler, Tyson||Chandler might make his return tomorrow! Perfect timing since he now has no one to pass to him.||3|
|4||Prigioni, Pablo||Pablo was doing a much better job at the point than Felton. The Knicks even had two entire games where the opposing point guard didn’t torch the Knicks (one of which was against Boston and Jordan Crawford is on my fantasy team. That HAD to be the game where the opposing PG gets shut down?). Now Pablo has a broken toe so the Knicks will have Udrih, JR, Shump and maybe Chris Smith at PG *sobs*||2|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||Four straight great offensive games before laying a turd against the Wizards sans Nene. It’s nice having a legitimate 2nd scoring option. Hopefully this level of play will continue until the next injury. Continue reading|
Written by William Lee
John Wall dominated the first half, scoring in double figures in the first quarter alone. John Wall is one of the quickest point guards in the league, and he displayed it Monday night. Wall attacked in the open court, scoring either for himself or getting his teammates involved for 16 first half fast break points. John Wall had 19 points and 5 assist by halftime, and got plenty of help from Martell Webster, as he dropped four threes to compliment Wall penetrating attack into the paint. Martell Webster would fall a couple points of reaching his career high in points, finishing the game with 30 points.
The Knicks could not stop the Wizards, allowing 55.6% field goal, and getting scorched from beyond the arc, for seven three point shots in the first half. The Wizards kept the Knicks in the game, by turning the ball over frequently, with ten turnovers alone just in the second quarter. The extra possessions were much needed for New York, as the Knicks shoot a dismal 31.9% from the field, and was not able to collect much offensive rebounds off so many misses, only collecting five from 32 misses. Continue reading
Written by William Lee
Wednesday matchup between the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks featured two injury -ridden teams. There would be no game winning floaters from Derrick Rose, as he has since underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, since their opening week matchup. The Bulls were also without starters Luol Deng, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury, and Jimmy Butler, out with an injury to his turf toe. The Knicks are still without center Tyson Chandler (fractured leg), and were also without starting point guard Raymond Felton, who pulled his hamstring in the last game.
It was a defensive struggle in the first quarter, with the Bulls leading 17-15 after one period. The Knicks got out to an early lead going on a 9-0 after the Bulls scored the first basket. Carmelo Anthony had four points and an assist leading to an Andrea Bargnani layup during the run. The Bulls though would answer, with a 7-0 run to tie the game up at 9-9. Mike Dunleavy was responsible for all the points in the run, scoring five points and handing an assist to Carlos Boozer for a layup. Both teams would exchange baskets the rest of the way, as the Bulls locked down the Knicks on defense, forcing New York to shot 26.1% from the field. The Knicks also played good defense, getting into the passing lanes, getting seven steals, and causing the Bulls to have eight turnovers in the first quarter. Continue reading
Written by William Lee
The Knicks were upset by the Bobcats Tuesday night 102-97. This was not the worst news of the night, as Tyson Chandler hobbled off the court with 5:25 left in the first quarter. Kemba Walker drove into the paint, and ran into Tyson Chandler’s right leg, both players collapsed to the floor. At first Chandler tried to get off the court on his own will, but was helped off the court by teammates, when it became evident he could not. Chandler was taken into the locker room later on, after icing his right leg on the bench. This may have a crippling effect on the Knicks, as Tyson Chandler is the most important Knick after Carmelo Anthony, especially with the lack of depth at the center position on the team. It could be argued that he is the most important Knick, because of this fact. Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire are on minute restrictions, and Andrea Bargnani at 7 feet isn’t exactly striking fear into anyone manning the paint. This is what makes the Chris Smith signing for the Knicks that much worse, he has taken a spot that should have belonged to a potential back-up center for the Knicks. Knicks D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, recently traded for Jeremy Tyler, who showed potential during his stint with the Knicks’ summer league team. He could potentially be the short term answer, as Tyson Chandler was seen leaving the locker room on crutches. Continue reading
Marc and Jay talk about who will make the final cut, injury reports, a visit from Derrick Rose, Mr. Positive and Mr. Negative, top 10 all time most hated Knicks, 2 PG lineups vs a more traditional lineup and more
The Knicks sign Jeremy Tyler, debating what the Knicks starting lineup will be, why Beno Udrih should sign in NY, Amare isn’t allowed to play 1 on 1 with a 50 year old, much more
Marc and Jay answer over 40 questions about the Pacers series, who to expect back, what our expectations for next season are, free agents, the draft, and anything else you can think of.
I forgot to post the tweet of the week yesterday. This one comes from Melo, showing some good sportsmanship:
Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.
Jay and Marc test our their new skit, talk about the last few Knicks games, debate whether some streaks are truly unbreakable, rank Felton among other PGs, cutting down the Nets and facebook questions.
The Knicks take advantage of an easier spot in the schedule by winning their third and fourth games in a row and clinching a playoff spot. Marc and Jay talk about Kenyon Martin, ideal lineups for the playoffs, current streaks around the NBA and debate who a better sixth man would be.