New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic – 1/2/17 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic
Game 34: January 2, 2017
Magic 115, Knicks 103

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

This game was what I like to call, “bowling shoe ugly.”

So after dropping four games in a row, The Knicks hosted the Orlando Magic on Monday night in a game that most thought would be a nice way for them to get back to their winning ways and snap out of this funk. Even without Kristaps Porzingis, the Magic should have been an easy win, right? Wrong. In a miserable game, the Knicks lost to the Magic, 115-103. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, and Derrick Rose went for 18 points and 4 assists. Jodie Meeks, AKA Ray Allen, apparently, paced Orlando with 26 points on 7-9 shooting, including 6-7 from downtown. Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each put up 22 points for the Magic.

Takeaways from this game:

All around bad:

Not much to takeaway from this game, as the Knicks were just plain bad on pretty much all aspects of this one. Their defense on the three point line was basically non-existent against a team that doesn’t shoot a high percentage from anywhere, and guys were just camping out in the paint for offensive rebounds and easy putbacks. Players like Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic, who are in the doghouse down in Orlando, tore the Knicks apart coming off the bench. Both these guys had double-doubles, and the Knicks had no answer for them defensively.

Orlando shot 49% from the floor, and 48% from behind the three point line. You make it hard for yourself if you allow a team to shoot like that, not to mention the 35 assists they handed out.

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New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks – 12/28/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks
Game 31: December 28, 2016
Hawks 102, Knicks 98 (OT)

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

My brother called that lane violation:

The Knicks began a 3 game road trip in Atlanta against the Hawks tonight and came up short, 102-98 in overtime. Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the second quarter after an altercation with Thabo Sefolosha and received a flagrant 2 foul. In his absence, Derrick Rose scored 26 points on a poor 9/28 from the field, and Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and 8 rebounds, but missed a key free throw with 3 seconds left in overtime. Joakim Noah had another solid game with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Dennis Schröder led the Hawks with 25 points and 5 assists.

Dwight Howard finished the game with 16 points and 22 rebounds, the most rebounds a Knick opponent has had in a game this season.

Takeaways from this game:

Carmelo, come one bro

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New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics – 12/25/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics
Game 30: December 25, 2016
Celtics 119, Knicks 114

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

A blue, blue Knicksmas:

After being left off the Christmas Day slate last season, the Knicks took on the Boston Celtics at MSG for a Christmas matinee. The Knicks hung around with the Celtics all game, even tying the game with under 3 minutes to go, but ultimately fell to the green and white, 119-114. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points, but struggled shooting, going 9-24 from the field. Derrick Rose had 25 points, and Kristaps Porzingis scored 21. Isaiah Thomas, who in my opinion is one of the most fun players to watch in the NBA, paced Boston with 27 points and gave the Knicks fits all afternoon.

Takeaways from this game

Way too much isolation:

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New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets – 12/17/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets
Game 27: December 17, 2016
Nuggets 127, Knicks 114

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

So much for that promising road trip.

The Knicks concluded the west coast swing in Denver, Colorado tonight to and met the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Hoping to finish this trip on a positive note, the Knicks did quite the opposite and dropped this game to the Nuggets, 127-114. New York looked like they had been away from home for five games, as the Nuggets came out with more energy from the get-go.

Carmelo Anthony returned after his one game absence to lead the Knicks with 29 points against his former team. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points along with 7 rebounds. The Nuggets were led by 25 points on 10-11 shooting by Kenneth Faried who looked as if he had been shot out of a cannon all night. Emmanuel Mudiay went for 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Takeaways from this game:

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New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors – 12/15/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors
Game 26: December 12, 2016
Warriors 103, Knicks 90

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

It definitely could have been worse.

So the Knicks took on the juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors tonight in Oakland on the fourth game of a five game western swing, and came up short, 103-90. Considering the firepower that the Warriors possess with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, a thirteen point loss feels ok, especially with Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose watching in street clothes. The unlikely leader in scoring tonight was former Warrior Justin Holiday, who finished the game with 15 points. Ron Baker scored 13 off the bench on 6-7 shooting, and Brandon Jennings, who started for Rose, had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 25 points, and Steph Curry finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Kevin Durant had 15 points, 14 boards, and 8 assists.

Takeaways from this game:

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New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers – 12/11/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers
Game 24: December 11, 2016
Knicks 118, Lakers 112

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Game two of the five game road trip of death took the Knicks to Hollywood for a Sunday night matchup with the Lakers at Staples Center. The Knicks had a number of opportunities to blow this game wide open, but couldn’t hold the Lakers down long enough to pull away. New York hung on and defeated the Lakers 118-112. Derrick Rose was back in the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a back injury and he came out of the gates on fire, hitting his first 8 shots from the field and finishing the game with 25 points. Kristaps Porzingis snapped out of his shooting funk and led the Knicks with 26 points on 8-15 shooting, along with 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Brandon Jennings helped seal the game with an incredible fourth quarter, and he chipped in with 19 points and 4 assists. Lou Williams led the Lakers with 24 points off the bench, and Luol Deng, another underperforming 72 million dollar man, had 22 points.

Takeaways from this game

The Guards:

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New York Knicks at Miami Heat – 12/6/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Miami Heat
Game 21: December 6, 2016
Knicks 114, Heat 103

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

4 in a row down in South Beach:

The Knicks took their talents to South Beach to take on the injury riddled Miami Heat, where they beat the Heat at the American Airlines Center, 114-103. After a sluggish first half that saw the Knicks trailing by 1, they came out of the locker room ready to take care of business against Miami. Carmelo Anthony finished this one with a game high 35 points, and he absolutely caught fire in the third quarter. Kristaps Porzingis had his third straight poor shooting game, but had 14 points and 12 boards. Joakim Noah had a double-double, and Kyle O’Quinn continued to impress with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Derrick Rose had to leave the game early due to back spasms, which could be an issue, since the Knicks play again tomorrow night. Hassan Whiteside finished the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Goran Dragic paced the Heat with 29 points.

Takeaways from this game:

Knicks show grit.

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New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves – 12/2/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Game 19: December 2, 2016
Knicks 118, Timberwolves 114

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Welcome to the Kyle O’Quinn show starring Kyle O’Quinn

An apology might be in order.

It was the Timberwolves turn to be the road team as they traveled to New York on the second leg of a home and home. The Knicks squandered a 16 point lead, but once again held on to defeat the Wolves and sweep the season series, 118-114. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 29 points on 9-20 shooting, along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Kristaps Porzingis had a rough game with 11 points on only 2-12 shooting, but those two weren’t the stars of tonight’s game. That title belongs to none other than Kyle O’Quinn. KO was a beast, plain and simple, he had a season high 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and was a +16. He was the emotional leader on both ends of the court, where his heart and hustle lead the way. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points on only 5-18 shooting after his 47 point performance Wednesday night. Zack LaVine led Minnesota with 23 points.

Takeaways from this game:

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New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder – 11/28/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Game 17: November 28, 2016
Thunder 112, Knicks 103

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Yeah, that Westbrook guy is pretty good.

Mr. Triple Double came into the Garden tonight and lived up to that name, and then some.

Russell Westbrook had a triple double 3 minutes into the third quarter and finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists, which are numbers even the best NBA 2K players would have trouble getting (I would know, I’m a beast at 2K). A disappointing loss to say the least, as the Knicks saw their home winning streak come to an end at 6. Derrick Rose had his highest scoring game of the season with 30 points to lead the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points, and Carmelo Anthony had one of his worst games this season with 18 points on 4-19 shooting.

Takeaways from this game:

Westbrook.

If this guy doesn’t win the MVP it’s a joke. If you take away Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Continue reading

New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets – 11/25/16 – Game Recap

New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets
Game 15: November 25, 2016
Knicks 113, Hornets 111 OT

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

A block party at MSG.

The Knicks won an overtime thriller at the Garden on Friday night in the first leg of a home and home with the Charlotte Hornets, 113-111. Carmelo Anthony iced the game with a turnaround jumper with 3.1 seconds to go, and had an impressive stat line to say the least. 35 points, a season high 14 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Knicks star forward. Kristaps Porzingis, who was in foul trouble for most of the game, ended up with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 impressive blocks. Derrick Rose 16 points and 5 assists, and blocked Kemba Walker in the final seconds of overtime for the win.  Walker had 17 points and 3 assists, and Nicolas Batum led the team with 18 points.

Takeaways from this game:

Interior Defense:

Even though there are still a lot easy baskets in the lane, the interior defense in the second half was much improved. The highlight plays were obvious, with KP and Melo coming up with impressive blocked shots, as well as Rose with the game clincher. Blocked shots could be a strength for this team, with good shot blockers like KP, Joakim Noah, and Kyle O’Quinn all good-to-great interior defenders. The blocks lead to easy opportunities in transition and mismatches on the other end.

Clutch Gene:

What I feel is the biggest takeaway from this game is that the Knicks can go a number of different ways at the end of close games. The Knicks have the big three of Anthony, Porzingis, and Rose, who can all step up and take the final shot of a game. Rose and Anthony took turns in the fourth quarter and overtime, and KP hit a huge three pointer with about 40 seconds to go in OT. Iso-Melo may have ended this one, but it’s not the only option like it has been in the past. A refreshing change.

Joakim Noah:

It’s beginning to be a problem that the Knicks spent all this money on a center who doesn’t play in the fourth quarter or overtime. 72 million dollars for 18 minutes? And to not even do much in those 18 minutes? 6 points and 8 rebounds are good numbers if you’re a role player, not if you’re expected to produce at a near max contract level like Noah is. This is a problem that is only going to get worse. Guys like KO and Willy Hernangomez are out-producing Noah on both ends, and they make far less money. The Knicks just need more from him, plain and simple.

The Knicks have to quickly regroup after this emotional come from behind win at MSG, because they play the same team in Charlotte tomorrow night. They look to get their fourth win in a row, and start to accumulate some wins on the road. Home court has been protected, and it’s time to conquer some other arenas. 8-7.