Yay, the game is on at a normal time tonight! In case you haven’t realized, tonight’s game is kind of a big deal. Will be be in 9th by the end of the night or will we all sleep just a little bit better tonight knowing our chances of making the playoffs have significantly increased?
Who’s going to have a big game? Who’s going to make me pull my (remaining) hair out? Post your comments below!
This is a photo of the Knicks shot selection tonight:
The Knicks had a chance to close the gap on the 76ers tonight, playing the terrible Raptors. They had a multi-faceted strategy:
- Turn the ball over every other possession
- Miss at least 10 layups and/or dunks
- Miss as many shots as possible
- Don’t tire yourself out contesting any Raptors driving to the basket
- J.R. Smith should shoot constantly no matter how contested or how far from the net he is
- Keep Jorts on the bench even though Jeffries is injured
- Throw the ball into the stands at least once a quarter
- Make sure no one is boxed out, someone might accidentally get a rebound if that happens
This strategy did not work.
The Knicks played two very winnable games against the Indiana Pacers and showed everyone the team we all thought we were getting at the beginning of the season. Faried vs Shumpert, Fisher vs being homeless, Woodsons performance for the rest of the season vs chances of keeping his job for another season. Download Episode 113
Remember a few weeks ago when we were complaining that the Knicks went 4 deep with one of the worst benches in the NBA? Well now if Baron Davis ever comes back we’re suddenly 2 deep at every single position.
Jeremy Lin Baron Davis
Landry Fields Iman Shumpert
Carmelo Anthony Steve Novak
Amar’e Stoudemire Josh Harrellson
Tyson Chandler Jared Jeffries
And that’s with Toney Douglas, Bill Walker, Renaldo Balkman, Mike Bibby and Jerome Jordan all getting zero minutes.
Are we actually resembling a real team?
To quote Frazier, it has been a long time since MSG has seen “winning and grinning”. The Knicks actually beat the Orlando Magic tonight, and though it took overtime to do it, I am just freakin’ happy. Some points from tonight:
- The Knicks played defense tonight!!! This was a shocking event. A less shocking event would have been Jared Jeffries giving birth to a unicorn baby through his anus at halftime.
- this would be the unicorn baby
- Carmelo scored 39 points with 10 rebounds. Amare had 20 points with 9 rebounds. The Knicks got about as much as possible out of their boring isolation heavy offense. If they can actually get the offense grooving again and keep playing defense they could possibly put up a fight in the playoffs.
- While Shelden Williams fouled out in 16 minutes he had a couple of huge plays including a big rebound and forcing a jump ball with Dwight Howard.
- Jared Jeffries for some reason allowed Jason Richardson to shoot a basically uncontested three to tie the game at the end of regulation. I guess the defense Jared Jeffries provides does not include putting his hands up to contest important shots.
- One of the biggest plays of the game was a lucky foul call against Jason Richardson. Carmelo and Richardson were scrapping on the floor, Carmelo nudged Richardson to the floor while getting up and Richardson tripped Carmelo in retaliation. Luckily the ref only saw Richardson’s trip which nullified big Turk’s game tying three. YAY playing dirty and stupid retaliation!
- Shockingly no Magic player benefited from the Knicks Effect.
Download Episode 50
What an awful awful awful game. I went to this game and can attest that it looked even worse in person.
- For some reason D’Antoni played Jeffries and Anthony “I would not start in the D-league” Carter instead of Douglas and Fields.
- The isolation happy offense looked slow, boring and waiting to lose
- I am fine with calling the flying knee a foul against Carmelo
- If I only judged JJ Hickson by how he plays against the Knicks I would say he is a lock for the hall of fame.
The Knicks have waived Azubuike. This has likely been done to free up a roster spot for Jared Jeffries. I guess that makes sense since Roger Mason’s spot on the bench has been invaluable this season. Does Roger Mason have naked pictures of Walsh procreating with a donkey? How do you shoot 6% on the year and avoid getting cut? What was the thinking, let’s cut the guy who has been injured all year that has actual potential and is actually close to coming back and keep the guy who would need the entire starting five to die in a plane accident before he would get Bill Walker type minutes. And, Turiaf is now all that remains from the David Lee trade.