Tag:New Orleans Hornets
Posted on: January 14, 2009 4:59 pm

Review/Preview Knicks 101-95 NOH, Wed-Fri vs. Was

The Knicks ended the road trip as 11.5 point underdogs vs. New Orleans, and 11:2 underdogs to win straight up. But if you follow the Knicks this season, you just knew the Knicks were going to find a way to win this game. The Knicks always seem to do what you least expect them to do. Lose to the T-Wolves, beat Boston, lose to OKC to start a losing streak, break the losing streak vs. the Hornets, it all makes perfect nonsense when you follow the Knicks

And PS, sorry about the dead post Monday, I had a hilarious feature involving some funny photoshops I found online, and learned all about CBS's photo posting rules, guess they don't like photos from other sites. It's all good...

Review: New York Knicks 101-95 New Orleans Hornets

- David Lee is a man-child. 24 points on 12 of 16 shooting, and 9 boards against some serious size that the Hornets offer. How is David Lee not attractive enough to get rid of a bad contract by this point? Someone has to be willing to take Curry or Jeffries on board to get David Lee. I'm a fan of Lee, but the Knicks just cannot afford the price tag he is earning with his play, and I'd hate to see him walk after this year for no compensation.

- The Knicks held the Hornets to under 39% shooting

- I'd have added more to that last point, but it's so remarkable that it deserves it's own line! The Knicks faded on D down the stretch, but held on for the big win.

- Tim Thomas came out with a ton of energy and looked great. If Thomas could bring it every night, the Knicks could make a push in the next week or two. He is still a factor in the NBA but he takes games off on the glass and on the defensive end.

- Chandler put up a sweet 19, hitting some big boy shots down the stretch. Chandler is an amazing talent who can really hurt teams from mid-range and is getting a lot better off the dribble. He is a joy to watch. Meanwhile Nate Robinson's struggles are getting painful. Thankfully Knicks fans have a bit more patience for a bad week then Celtics fans have, who would be trying to ship Robinson to Russia if he was a Celtic at this point hahahaha.

Preview: New York Knicks (-4) vs Washington Wizards, Wed 7:30 pm EST

The Wizards are the best matchup in the league for the Knicks as far as I am concerned. The Wiz do not defend the arc, and the Knicks relish playing Washington and have come out with big games vs. Washington so far this year. Some of the Wizards young players have given the Knicks trouble, but most of the damage the Wizards have done vs. the Knicks have been Butler and Jamison, who have averaged 53 combined in the two games the Knicks and Wiz have played so far. However the only time either of those two have shot over 50% was Jamison in the second game, which the Knicks still won despite playing the 5 starters for no less then 40 minutes each (after the Crawford and Z-Bo trades).

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 on offense:

Knicks offensive efficiency: 102.1 points/100 (21st in the NBA)
Wizards defensive efficiency: 108.4 points/100 (28th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Wizards offensive efficiency: 100.4 points/100 (26th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 106.7 points/100 (23rd 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.

Washington gets: Jared Jeffries (6 million, 3 years), David Lee (1.7 million, 1 year)

Knicks get: Brendan Haywood (5.5 million, 2 years), Javaris Crittenton (1.3 million 2 years, 2 team options)

After Gilbert FUBARed the Wizards cap for the next eternity, putting 50 million on the 2010 books from the big 3, Washington removed itself from any talk of 2010. The only way they are going to improve the Wizards is via trade. This trade would be a nice start. This would have to be two seperate deals, as Crittenton can only be traded straight up while he still has the restriction on him. The Wizards would have the same troubles signing Lee that the Knicks would, but Lee may take a mid-level with the Wiz, who's fanbase needs a blue-collar guy to latch onto and would be a huge fan favorite. The Knicks get to dump Jeffries and get a great young talent in Crittenton who is perfect for the Knicks, young, skilled, and under very favorable cap terms with team options to keep him cheap through 2011. This would be a great deal for the Knicks long-term if they look to compete in 2010.

Knicks Prediction:

Knicks own the Wizards. I expect that to continue. And as a side note, look for the Knicks to jack up a LOT of 3's tonight. The first thing I thought when Orlando broke the team record for 3's made in a game last night was "If the Knicks get hot, that record is going down at the Garden." We shall see

Wednesday: Knicks 121-Wizards 109

Friday: Knicks 105-Wizards 103 (season record: 9-1 straight up, 4-6 ATS)

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