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Tag:Detroit Pistons
Posted on: November 27, 2008 11:23 am
 

Review/Preview Detroit 110-96, NYK Sat NYK vs GSW

Well, I predicted a 109-99 win for the Pistons, so 110-96 was pretty darn close. That was about all I had to be excited about as a Knicks fan, however, at least while the game is on. I am excited for the holidays, however, and hope that everybody out there is able to enjoy a Thanksgiving full of good food and good times. As I wait for the family to gather today, I figured I will put out the Review/Preview Thanksgiving morning, because I have the time to write it, and it will give Knicks fans and NBA fans all of the long weekend to stumble upon it at their leisure. So let’s get right to the Detroit game.

Review: Detroit Pistons 110 - 96 New York Knicks

Coming off a brutal loss to Minnesota, Detroit was fired up and ready to go, and the difference in talent and coherision between the two teams was evident on the court from the second quarter on. Detroit looked to be on a mission to get a home NBA win, while the Knicks looked to be on a mission of gaining experience playing with each other, shaking the rust off of Al Harrington’s shot, and getting Harrington and Thomas more involved in the offense.

 

-  Hopefully Al Harrington’s game is just really rusty. He had 25 points on 8-24 shooting, but most of his 8 makes were from close range. Harrington was 2-7 from behind the arc and was blocked twice, he doesn’t have an explosive vertical. However, he can take comfort in the fact that all the Knicks’ starters were blocked at least one time. Well, not really.

- The Knicks were outscored 26-13 in points off turnovers, out assisted 28-19, and outshot by about 13%. These things will get you beat in the National Basketball Association. However the Knicks did a fairly decent job on the boards, matching Detroit in interior scoring, and in the turnover count.

- The loss of Nate Robinson reared it’s ugly head, as the Knicks guards only took 27 of the 85 total shots. Anthony Roberson and Q-Rich had subpar games, Chris Duhon had one less point then Richardson and Roberson did combined, and Duhon did it on 8 of the 27 aformentioned shots and added 9 dimes.

- David Lee’s 17 points and 15 boards was a decent showing, as Lee was able to shoot 6 of 11, with a couple dunks, a couple inside hoops, and hit a couple medium range two pointers including a nice baseline shot while the Knicks were battling to stay in the game early. The medium range 2 for Lee will have to continue to improve for Lee to become a weapon on the offensive end in the D’Antoni system, but it seems that Lee will get his chance to hone his game from 12 to 18 feet as the season goes on.

- No comment on the Marbury situation. I stated he wouldn’t play despite the fact the Knicks were short handed at the guard spot, and I am the opposite of surprised that this story is back in the news. Much like Q-Rich, I don’t consider Marbury a Knick, and I don’t feel he deserves more then a casual mention buried in the middle of a Review/Preview until something changes.

Preview: New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors, Saturday 7:30 pm EST

Jamal Crawford returns to MSG, and brings a 5-10 Golden State team to the Garden to face the 7-8 New York Knicks. The Warriors are giving up some serious points as they travel East, giving up 124 in a 24 point loss at Washington Tuesday, and 119 in a 8 point loss at Boston Wednesday night. The Warriors stay out on the road, playing at Cleveland Friday before heading to the World’s Most Famous Arena for a Saturday night game with the Knicks. If you do the math on this schedule, that is 4 road games in 5 days for the Warriors, all of them very far away from California, and it ends at MSG against a team that will have had the last two days off. This is as good a spot for the Knicks as you can have, and nothing short of a solid win will be acceptable for Knicks fans (at least those that are not setting the world record for looking forward to the 2009 NBA draft).

 

Knicks-centric stats match-up:

Again: Since the Knicks are a team that runs the D'Antoni offense, posting typical team offensive/defensive stats is pretty silly. I will use offensive and defensive efficiency, a.k.a. how many points a team scores and allows per 100 possessions. Hopefully this will give people a better idea on how teams will stack up against the unique style the Knicks offer. All stats are as of Thanksgiving Day.

Knicks on offense:

Knicks offensive efficiency: 102.9 points/100 (16th in the NBA)
Warriors defensive efficiency: 106.3 points/100 (26th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Warriors offensive efficiency: 102.7 points/100 (17th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.3 points/100 (27th in the NBA)

Psst! Hey Donnie Walsh!

This is the section where I usually will take the Knicks next opponent and suggest a legal NBA trade that is feasible for both teams and achieves the Knicks primary objectives moving forward, which are to move Eddy Curry, move Jared Jeffries, or maybe get something for Marbury. These are by no way rumors or even .0001% likely to happen, this is just me having fun, and will hopefully spur a bit of discussion. However, the Knicks just did a deal with the Warriors. I’ll take a pass on this section for the Warriors game, instead unveiling a new section to Review/Preview…

Know the Knicks/Predict the Knicks:

Here is how it works. I will post a trivia question about something Knicks related. Post your guess as a comment below on the blog (after you are done berating my Knicks coverage, of course!) AND post a final score for the Knicks/Warriors game. Also, try to say something funny/clever. I will try to do this every time the Knicks have some time before their next game. I will do a quick update edit to this blog on Saturday and post my pick and the pick of whoever got this answer correct, posted a final score, and I decided to choose for no good reason. I will keep track of the readers picks vs. my own and we will see who gets bragging rights at the end of the year!

 

Trivia Question (answer from now through all day Friday!):

What team did the Knicks beat in the game the NBA reconigises as the first game in NBA history?

Prediction record: (1-0 straight up, 0-1 ATS)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted on: November 26, 2008 5:46 pm
 

Review/Preview CLE 119-101 NYK, Wed NYK @ DET

The majority of this blog will be Review/Preview, where I recap the last game New York played, and try to offer an angle or two that is fresh, and give a quick look ahead to the next game the Knicks are playing. Review/Preview will have a few constant or semi-regular features; including one or two that I hope spark a bit of conversation. Let's get to the painful review that was last night's game against the Cavs.

Review: Cleveland Cavaliers 119 - 101 New York Knicks

It was billed as a party in the Garden last night, as most of the Knick faithful came out to see LeBron James as much, if not way more, then to scope the new look Knicks. A funny thing happened on the way to the second part of that plan, however, as the Knicks ran the D'Antoni system, but looked eerily like the Isiah Thomas Knicks of old, getting down huge and never seriously competing. A few thoughts I had watching the game.

- Why does LeBron James always find his three point shot against the Knicks? You can't read a major media outlet without finding somebody who is giving LeBron a nice e-scolding for his three point prolificacy, or lack thereof to be precise. However Knicks fans with long memories remember that LeBron shot over 54% from downtown against the Knicks last year, hitting 13 of 24 against New York in three games last year. LeBron was actually only 3-7 last night from beyond the arc against the Knicks, but it felt worse, and 3-7 is pretty good, he is only a 25% three point shooter for this season so far. If LeBron somehow has a three point shot that is made for the Garden, the Knicks fan base that is counting down the days until 2010 has one more thing to hope for.

- The Knicks were outscored 50-28 in the paint, and the Cavs really didn't have to work for many of those 50 points. Any time you see Ben Wallace looking for his offensive game, you know you lack interior D. The Cavs also got a healthy amount of points in the paint from the 30 total points they scored off turnovers.

- This was the third straight game where Wilson Chandler forced his offense, but tonight the big trees that Cleveland plants down low in their interior defense gave Chandler a lot of trouble. I tend to agree with most of what Clyde Frazier says, and he was on top of Chandler passing up medium range jump shots to challenge the Cavs height to limited success. Chandler has shown flashes of the medium range jump shot that is an endangered species in the NBA, and should go to his jumper more often.

- I feel like I am writing "The Knicks were utterly destroyed by the Cavs" in 5 different ways, but considering the Knicks were trotting out a new rotation, some of these stats within the game are things to keep an eye on as the Knicks move forward. How many of these were one night problems, and how many will be season long crutches? Knicks fans will find out before Christmas.

- Nate Robinson's groin injury isn't expected to be too bad, but without Nate (doubtful tonight vs. Detroit), it is hard to see New York having the offense to bust out of the slumps that the Detroit D can put you in. If I had a tepid smiley face I could use to convey my emotions heading into the Palace tonight, I would use it.

Preview: New York Knicks (+13) at Detroit Pistons, 8:00 pm EST

The Knicks are as big an underdog as they have been all season, and for good reason. Detroit can play the passing lanes and give the Knicks fits inside, just as Cleveland did. With Nate Robinson doubtful and Cuttino Mobley not expected to play all week (last I heard, this could be a very fluid situation), The Knicks are going to lack serious depth in the frontcourt. Don't start with the Marbury thoughts, it’s not happening. I'd love to have some thoughts about how the Knicks can overcome being new, hurt, and less talented on paper, but I'm stymied.

Knicks-centric stats match-up:

Note: Since the Knicks are a team that runs the D'Antoni offense, posting typical team offensive/defensive stats is pretty silly. I will use offensive and defensive efficiency, a.k.a. how many points a team scores and allows per 100 possessions. Hopefully this will give people a better idea on how teams will stack up against the unique style the Knicks offer.

Knicks on offense:

Knicks offensive efficiency: 103.2 points/100 (14th in the NBA)
Pistons defensive efficiency: 105.0 points/100 (t21st in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Pistons offensive efficiency: 103.9 points/100 (11th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 106.8 points/100 (27th in the NBA)

Psst! Hey Donnie Walsh!

This is the section where I will take the Knicks next opponent and suggest a legal NBA trade that is feasible for both teams and achieves the Knicks primary objectives moving forward, which are to move Eddy Curry, move Jared Jeffries, or maybe get something for Marbury. These are by no way rumors or even .0001% likely to happen, this is just me having fun, and will hopefully spur a bit of discussion.

Knicks/Pistons trade of the day:

Knicks get: Rasheed Wallace (1 year, $13.9 million, ) - 13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
Pistons get: Eddy Curry (3 years. $9.7 million), David Lee (1 year, $1.8 million) - 12.2 points, .7.9 rebounds

This one is a bit more far fetched then some of the other trades I have thought about, but ‘Sheed is not in the Pistons long term plans, the Pistons lack a rebounder outside Wallace (hey, they get two in return), and Curry still has the aura of a low block scorer, something the Pistons certainly don't have. We all know Joe Dumars is not above making moves. Sadly, he's probably well above making this one.

Knicks Prediction:

I don't see a lot of ways that this Knicks team is going to get anything going tonight in Detroit. However, I am sure the Pistons also don't see a lot of ways the Knicks pose a serious threat to them, either. This could be a game that Detroit sleeps through during the and lets the Knicks hang around. I surly don't see the Knicks pulling this one out, but I think that the Knicks might be able to stay within a baker's dozen. D'Antoni is going to be all over this team tonight, and I expect an inspired performance, but a loss nonetheless.

Pistons 109-Knicks 99 (season record: 0-0 straight up, 0-0 ATS)

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