Marc and Jay talk about the first three games of the season and give their thoughts on each player on the roster so far
(Note, we apologize to Declan for getting this very well written recap up late. We would also post a recap of last night’s loss to the Pacers but that would be NSFW)
Knicks lose at home to Magic, 105-100
With Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis out through injury, the Knicks (11-11)
fell to the visiting Orlando Magic (10-14) 105-100 in what was an uninspiring 48
minutes of NBA basketball.
Sunday’s loss sees the Knicks having won only 1 of their last 5 games, the only win
in that stretch coming against the Whiteside-less Heat on Wednesday. The absence
of both THJ and KP made a seemingly perfect opportunity for Frank Ntilikina to be
green-lit for sizeable minutes, yet as the game progressed it became obvious that
Jeff Hornacek had other ideas.
Immediately shifting the blame to the foul disparity in his post-game interview,
Hornacek failed to justify why at 8.55 in the 4 th he decided to bench Ntilikina for
Ramon Sessions’ first and only minutes of the game – not bringing the French rookie
back onto the court until the game was almost over with 25 seconds left to play.
Sessions immediately missed a wide open 3 pointer and had a -5 in his 4 minutes of
action. This substitution left the Knicks with a lineup of Sessions, Baker, Lee,
Beasley and KOQ playing important clutch minutes, where Ntilikina could have
instead been gaining invaluable experience in a game where despite foul trouble
early, he was being productive offensively.
Notwithstanding the 4 th however, the Knicks will rue their ineptitude in the 1 st where
they were down by as many as 17 points. Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter were most
noticeable with their self-destruct style of defense allowing the Magic to enter the
paint like a hot knife through butter. On the surface Kanter’s 18 points and 16
rebounds seem more than serviceable for the Knicks most talented starter on
Sunday, but he allowed the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic to have 34 points and 12
rebounds, offering a stark reminder of perhaps why Kanter won’t be the long-term
answer at the 5 position for the Knicks – Vucevic had his number all game.
Unfortunately for rookie Damyean Dotson his first career start was met with great
effort but poor execution as he ended the afternoon with 2 points on 1-3 shooting, 1
rebound, 0 assists and with the worst +/- of any Knicks player with a -16 for the
game. Michael Beasley had a nice 21 points but made numerous poor decisions
especially in the 4 th that ultimately cost the Knicks, going 1-3 with a foul and a
turnover in the final 5 minutes.
Written by William Lee
The Magic got off to a quick start, jumping to a 15-5 lead within four minutes. Jameer Nelson was responsible for 10/15 points during the run, knocking down a three and handing out three assist. After New York took a quick timeout, the Knicks got back into the game, ending the quarter strong, trimming the Magic lead to three, with a score 31-28. The Magic was scorching hot from downtown, knocking down six threes in the opening period. Arron Afflalo led the way for the Magic scoring ten points, including a couple of threes in the quarter, finishing with 20 points in the game. The Knicks were able to withstand this in the first quarter, by battling on the boards, getting five offensive rebounds to keep themselves in the game.
The Magic continued to pour it on with their three point shooting, with Ronnie Price to open up the second quarter with a three, increasing the Magic lead to 34-28. From this point on the Knicks went on a 15-1 run, powered by some three point shooting of their own. The Knicks knocked down five consecutive threes, which was bookended by Tim Hardaway Jr makes. By the end of the run the Knicks were up by eight, leading 43-35 with 8:00 left in the first half. Each three was came off of great ball movement, with each of them coming off of an assist. Afflalo ended the Knicks run, knocking down a couple of jump shots. At 5:02 Carmelo Anthony got three points the good old fashioned way, finishing an and one to give the Knicks a 51-44 lead. It was a three point shooting contest for both teams by halftime, with the Knicks leading 59-54. The Magic knocked down eight field goals from beyond the arc, but the Knicks would not be outdone, as they made ten three pointers of their own. Both teams moved the ball extremely effectively to get the threes, with the Magic scoring on 18 field goals on 11 assist, and the Knicks scoring 20 field goals on 12 assist. Continue reading
The quest for 5-0 begins now!
Fun show tonight. We talk about the Magic and Suns games. We do the top 5 strategies teams should use against the Knicks. We talk about our contest and read a really funny email from a listener. We then try to figure out what the Knicks do in practice. Download Episode 98
We talk about the Orlando Magic game and then John from the first place team in our fantasy league calls in and makes a wager with us for the finals. We talk about the Boston Celtics, how they are reacting to the trade, how they are looking for the playoffs and who they would want and not want to see this postseason. We end the show talking about the newest Knicks trade rumor. Download Episode 51
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.
We’ve been pretty negative lately so we decided to only say positive things the whole episode. We say positive things about the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks games. We say positive things about the Knicks making the playoffs and positive things about the possible playoff scenarios. Download Episode 50
The Heatles dominated the first half against Orlando. Then they completely forgot that there was a 2nd half.