- Shaq and Amare were just too much. Amare didn't have a great game, numbers be dammed, but Shaq played very well. Shaq could have had a triple double if the Suns would have converted on a few more of his passes and kept their big lead (then just played to get Shaq a triple double). Shaq moved the ball very well in the first half, then the Suns got away for some reason and gave the Knicks hope.
- Then Steve Nash crushed that hope. Nash can still ball. Numbers don't tell the full story, Nash was a machine down the stretch, making good decisions and keeping the Knicks from getting the game to 1 possession. Feel free to come to New York in 2 years, Nash. I'll welcome you.
- How did the Knicks get 4 blocks? Did the Knicks block 4 shots in November as a whole? Just an odd sub-story to a valient effort from New York that came up short. It was a good game like I hoped, but the Knicks are staring a 2-3 road trip in the face tonight, as NBA TV hosts it's third straight Knicks game. The delightful combo of GP and C-Webb on the pregame show may be as entertaining as it gets for Knicks fans tonight.
- I still say Phoenix stinks. They play a stupid style for their talent and have the most success when they defy Porter and just push the ball. If Phoenix is a .500 team after February, don't be shocked. Knicks shot 5-37 from the arc and were still in the game. That is sad and still somewhat a good sign for Knicks fans, but has to be hard for Suns fans.
Preview: New York Knicks (+13.5) at Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday 10:30 pm ESTKobe eats the Knicks apart like he always does, Gasol uses his veteran wile to abuse Lee, Trevor Azira probably dumps 16 on New York, I've seen this story what seems like a hundred times. Lamar Odom will probably find a way to get a double double in his 9 minutes of action he gets these days. I love Kobe and he is my dream Knick, and I enjoy watching the Lakers play a lot (I am by no means a Lakers hater, I consider them the NBA favorites right now), but I hate playing the Lakers.
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.
Knicks are average, Lakers are good. No need to see the numbers on this one. AKA I'm composing this post offline due to my current location and can't get to them. But seriously, do you need to see that the Knicks aren't quite on the Lakers level posted in numerical fashion?
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. Like I said, I'm offline typing this, but being one of the 5 best trade machine Wizards of all time (If they had an all-NBA Trade Machine team, I would be the KG to Simmons' Pierce), I can put together something from memory. Warning, this one is just plain stupid and features me rambling about my obsession with Kobe by the end.
Knicks get: Lamar Odom (14 and change/1 year), first round pick in 2012
Lakers get: Eddy Curry (9.8 million/3 years), David Lee (1.8 million/1 year)
If you are the Lakers you jump on this one. Odom is a ticking time bomb of team chemistry and the single greatest issue the Lake Show might have to an NBA title this season. LA can eat Curry because a Bynum/Lee/Gasol rotation is just scary and LA has so much money tied up past 2010 right now, 9 million isn't going to change anything. How do the Lakers not win the title this year with this team? Lee sets great screens and gives you two looks for Kobe on a pick and roll, rebounds well off the iso plays, and can defend the Duncan's and Dirks of the West, and can come help on KG or Big Z in a finals. Defense and rebounding wins titles, and the Lakers would be beasts on the glass with this trade, and it's not a retarded Clippers situation with Z-Bo and Kamen and Camby, because Gasol can play the high post if they need to go super big and the Lakers need to give Bynum and Gasol a spell during the year or they will wear down. Lee is also insurance for Bynum breaking another 14 bones or whatever injury he wants to get. The Knicks jump on dumping Curry at all costs, even Lee. Knicks write 2008 off with this trade, but the Knicks need to move Curry to have a future in the NBA, and with Miami heating up trade talks for the Matrix with other teams, the Knicks need to act now. If Curry isn't in a Miami uniform by New Years, then Lee is going to have to go to move Eddy, and Odom is at least entertaining, coming back to the Northeast, and can play multiple positions, Odom can play in Dantoni's system.
Knicks can't get a pick off LA until 2012 due to the Gasol trade taking LA's pick in 2010, but the Knicks could use a first rounder to play with since they are gonna lose their 2010 first rounder to Utah. Plus this opens up my wildest dream, Odom is off the books in 2009, Lee and Curry are off the 2009 books, Harrington opts out after his All-Star year to go make 16 million somewhere, Knicks have a 2009 max contract to give out (69 million - 23 million off from Curry/Lee/Harrington = 46 million, Knicks get to save 7.5 million on Mobley = 38.5 million, cap will be about 61 million next year), Kobe shocks the NBA and opts after this year under the direction of David Stern, and signs to play in MSG and the Knicks still have a max to give out in 2010 to Bosh. This scenario has zero chance of happening, but man would I love it. Duhon/Rubio off the draft, Kobe/Nate, Chandler/Q-Rich, Gallinari/Chandler, Thomas. It's not a bad 2009 team and deadly in 2010 with Rubio/Kobe/Chandler/Gallinari/Bosh starting, too bad I have to wake up from the dream.
Lakers 129-Knicks 101 (season record: 6-1 straight up, 4-3 ATS)
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