New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards – 1/20/17 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards
Game 44: January 20, 2017

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

The Knicks hate me. That’s what I’ve decided.

After a great bounce back win in Boston last night, the Knicks came right back and took on John Wall and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. After fighting back to take the lead late in the fourth, the fake comeback struck again, and the Knicks lost to the wizards, 113-110. Carmelo Anthony set a Knicks record with 25 points in the 2nd quarter, and finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis returned from his Achilles injury and scored 15 points off the bench. Derrick Rose added 20 points. John Wall led the way for Washington, with 29 points and 13 assists.

New York was riding high after one of their best wins of the season in Boston on Wednesday night, and the effort was there once again tonight against Washington. The only thing missing from this team is the ability to close out these games, and, you know, that whole, “defense” thing. The Knicks took the lead on a Derrick Rose layup late in the fourth, but they just couldn’t hold on defensively on the final few possessions.

Everything was clicking tonight for the Knicks offensively, and that continues to be the strength of this team. Only problem is, this team would have trouble guarding my 2016 summer league team that made it to the final four of the playoffs. HOW do you give up 100 points in 3 quarters? That is unacceptable effort from an NBA team.

I understand that the Wizards have one of the most talented guards in the NBA on their team, but somebody has to step up and take on the challenges of guarding him, whether it’s Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, or whoever.. There’s no reason he should’ve carved up the Knick defense like he did. Inexcusable.

Now let’s go back to the last play of the game. I didn’t notice this from my seat, but did everyone see that the Washington assistant was literally on the court next to Courtney Lee when he got the ball? Not that it matters, but what is the NBA going to do about that? That changed the whole last play of the game, and it could very well be the reason Lee pump faked before dribbling inside the arc.

The Knicks just invent new ways to lose a ballgame every night. Saturday is against Phoenix. I’ll be at that one too. They better win. 19-25.

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The Knicks show a complete lack of interest in the #1 seed

The Knicks lost to Harry Potters tonight and it was not pretty. Here are my thoughts:

  • Maybe the Knicks are scared that the Celtics will be the 8th seed
  • Would you be surprised to learn that the Knicks bet Woodson that they could stay up for 24 straight hours and still beat the Wizards?
  • Some people said that the Wizards won because they are younger and faster than the Knicks. I have seen old-timers games where both teams looked faster than the Knicks tonight. It was not like the Wizards were running the Knicks ragged tonight, they just hit the open shots that the Knicks gave them.
  • Felton slowly dribbles up, asks Melo for a pick, Melo refuses and demands the ball, Felton again asks for a pick, Melo again refuses and Felton gives him the ball 20 feet from the basket, Melo dribbles a bit and misses an off balance 18 ft shot. This really happened. Continue reading

End of the Year Predictions

In Episode 5 Jay and Marc predicted the final standings for the East and West conference and who comes out of each and who finishes in last place.  We also gave our predictions for MVP and ROY.

Jay’s Picks

MVP – Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year – Blake Griffin

East Playoff spots

1. Orlando Magic
2. Miami Heat
3. Boston Celtics
4. Milwaukee Bucks
5. Chicago Bulls
6. Atlanta Hawks
7. New York Knicks
8. Charlotte Bobcats

Last Place – Toronto Raptors
Finals – Boston Celtics

Western Playoff Spots

Jay’s Picks

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Houston Rockets
6. Portland Trailblazers
7. San Antonio Spurs
8. Los Angeles Clippers

Last Place – Sacramento Kings
Finals – Los Angeles Lakers

Marc’s Picks

MVP – Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year – John Wall

East Playoff spots

1. Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Boston Celtics
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Washington Wizards
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Atlanta Hawks
8. New York Knicks

Last Place – Cleveland Cavs
Finals – Boston Celtics

Western Playoff Spots

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Dallas Mavericks
3. Utah Jazz
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Phoenix Suns
6. Portland Trailblazers
7. Houston Rockets
8. Memphis Grizzlies

Last Place – Sacramento Kings
Finals – Los Angeles Lakers