Jay and Marc react to the Bargnani trade, the JR resigning and take a look at some of the other moves that have been made around the league.
This story is getting old. No Melo, Felton, Shumpert, and Wallace and Camby left early with back spasms. Oh and Indy happens to let up the fewest points in the league. It was obvious points were going to be hard to come by but 34 points at the half?
- There was a flurry of bad calls at the end of the 2nd quarter. Who would have thought a game reffed by Heywoode Workman (A Pacer on the ’94 team that lost to the Knicks in 7 games in the conference finals) would result in some questionable calls.
- Let me be clear, that was NOT the reason the Knicks lost. 2 players scoring in double digits, one of them being JR who needed 29 shots to score 25 points was. Shooting 35% from the field and 20% from 3 is not going to win many games.
- Roy Hibbert went down with back spasms and Ian Mahinmi came in. This is when things went really bad for the Knicks as Ian then proceded to tear the Knicks a new one the entire 4th quarter. Ian Mahinmi – #Knickeffect
- Marcus Camby was said to have a sore foot. This is also the diagnosis they gave for Rasheed Wallace. He was last seen on the court 28 days ago and counting. Lets hope it’s not as serious as Wallaces “sore foot”.
- There really isn’t much to take away from this game. The Knicks were really short handed and no one was able to step up and score some points. The Pacers are a good home team too. Can’t get too mad, although the losses are starting to pile up now, 7 losses in the last 12 games.
- On the bright side Shumpert should be back in a little over a week which is really good since Brewer apparently wasn’t even able to give 10 minutes on a night when half the roster was out.
Well that was close. After starting the game down 14-2 to the lowly Magic the Knicks come back to beat Orlando.
- More Camby lobs please.
- Melo was in video game mode. Especially in the 4th where he had a stream of fire coming out the back of the ball during his shots.
- I didn’t know Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny was on the Magic.
- Amare needs to call Hakeen and ask how to finish these moves without getting his shot blocked. It’s amazing how many of his shots get rejected. His defense didn’t look great either (surprise surprise). At least he hit all his free throws.
- I’m still waiting to hear that Brewer has been playing injured.
- Nelson got shut down in the 4th quarter, he was on pace for a Knick Effect tonight. Nicholson was too before he faded.
- Jason Kidd. 39 years old. 15-8-7. Amazing.
- It would be really nice if the Knicks could start games like they finish them. It would make life a lot less stressful for everyone involved.
- That’s about all I have to say about tonights game. Bring on Boston. Hopefully the Knicks can push them further below .500 on Monday.
I have no idea what to expect tonight. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks won by 12 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost by 25. Camby is starting by the way. Comment below as the game goes on.
Amare played for the first time this season and Ed Malloy (who was surprisingly less biased than usual tonight) was reffing so you knew there was no way the Knicks were winning tonight.
Another reason they lost is this shot chart that I put together:
- It was really fun having Amare back tonight; looks like he watched zero game tape during his time off as he still looks completely lost on D.
- Amare was also icing both knees after pre-game warmups. A sign of things to come.
- Don’t drink every time Amare gets burned on D because alcohol poisoning is bad for you.
- If an opposing player is within 10 feet of Novak he can’t hit a shot. Woodson should see how tightly teams are playing him and give his minutes to someone else if he can’t get a good look because he’s also been emulating Amare on D.
- I liked the few minutes Chandler and Camby played together.
- Melo is going to have chronic back problems from having to carry this team every night.
- Felton can’t come back soon enough.
- The Knicks look like they are back to being the team that is completely unpredictable from night to night. Are they going to play tough and hit shots or get completely blown out, who knows anymore?
- Kurt Thomas, 3 fouls in the first 4 minutes and doesn’t play the rest of the game. How come other players aren’t on as short of a leash as Kurt?
- HIT YOUR GOD DAMN FREE THROWS
- Intense D is what got the Knicks off to such a good start. What happened? Can’t blame tonight completely on Amare, plus they defense has looked like trash for a few games now.
Everyone on the Knicks is injured. Lets hope this is a blowout so Prigs can play a lot of minutes and save some wear and tear on Kidd, since he’s going to be playing a ton of minutes in January. Other things to look for are Camby continuing to progress, Brewer getting out of his terrible slump (26% from the field and 6% from 3 point land this month). Comment below as the game progresses.
Marc and Jay recap the last few games, our new segment “where are they now”, questions from listeners, fantasy basketball, the upcoming schedule including the Knicks first time facing Jeremy Lin and much more. Download Episode 155
Will the Knicks bounce back against the Pacers or will a billion articles be posted tomorrow about how the 6-0 start was a fluke? Comment as the game goes on.
The Knicks are 5-0 for the first time since 1993-94! Here are the good and bad of tonight’s game:
- Ball handling. The Knicks only had 9 turnovers the entire game. They’ve done an amazing job at not turning the ball over in all 5 games. Something I don’t think they did for 5 games all last season.
- JR Smith. Arguably his best game all season. He led the 4th quarter run that ended up being not only the Knicks 5th straight win but their 5th straight double digit win. Just Ridiculous has been the good JR all season so far.
- Carmelo Anthony. Was aggressive, drove the ball a lot and hit from everywhere on the court.
- Finishing the game. Last season the Knicks were known to fade in the 4th quarter. Today the Knicks had their best quarter in the 4th.
- Marcus Camby. He only played 4 minutes and basically just stood there. I really hope he’s just not in game shape instead of just being washed up.
- Carmelo Anthony. When he missed a shot or didn’t get a call he pouted a few times, giving the Magic a 5 on 4 power play. Watch the end of the 2nd quarter, that last Magic basket was due to his pouting.
- Defense. The intensity didn’t seem to pick up until the end of the game. If it was there all game this would have been a blowout.
It was an ugly game but a win is a win and the Knicks are still undefeated. The real test is the Thursday/Friday back to back against Memphis and San Antonio.