Tag:Phoenix Suns
Posted on: January 21, 2009 4:03 pm
 

Review/Preview: Knicks 102-98 CHI, Wed NYK vs PHO

Well, the Knicks only managed a split with the Wizards instead of a much needed sweep of the back to back, choking down the stretch in Washington. Then the Knicks again choked down the stretch vs. Philly. Things looked dire as the Bulls strolled into the Garden for MLK Day.

Review: New York Knicks 102-98 Chicago Bulls

- Danilo Gallinari has me very excited, and I won't temper it. He can score, he can pass, he is for sure raw, but most of all he CAN DEFEND. He needs to bulk up some but wow, what a difference the #6 pick of the draft can make.

- The Knicks won the turnover battle 17-11 and held the Bulls to 4-17 shooting from the arc. Maybe "hold" is the wrong word, since the Bulls missed some easy looks, but who am I to argue?

- Chris Duhon proved he was a gamer, playing in obvious pain all game. I can see why his Bulls teammates were not happy when his minutes were cut during his time in Chicago, he is the kind of guy any player in the Association would like to play along with.

- Tim Thomas did a lot more then the box score let on, the Knicks were +9 with him in the game. If he can stay healthy and give the Knicks a 9 man rotation, it will be interesting to see how the 4th quarters go in the second half of the season.

Preview: New York Knicks (+6) vs Phoenix Suns, Wed 7:30 pm EST

I don't fully believe in Phoenix, true. But they are pretty good on the road this year. The Knicks hung with Phoenix in Phoenix earlier in the year, and Phoenix has guard play that will let up some points. Duhon will have to work both the pick and roll and the drive and dish vs. Phoenix, who has the trees to disrupt Lee's offensive game. J-Rich loves the kill the Knicks but hopefully the big bodies being back for the Knicks will put some height on Richardson. Will Jeffries guard him? I woudln't be shocked...

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: 102.9 points/100 (20th in the NBA)
Suns defensive efficiency: 106.4 points/100 (t-23rd in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Suns offensive efficiency: 108.9 points/100 (4th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.1 points/100 (26th in the NBA)

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Previously done for the Suns..


Knicks Prediction:

Nate Robinson is getting well overdue to blow up on somebody. What better place then MSG, what better time then tonight?


Knicks 109-Phoenix 104 (season record: 10-2 straight up, 5-7 ATS)

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Posted on: December 16, 2008 6:35 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2008 6:38 pm
 

Review/Preview Phoenix 111-103 NYK, Tue NYK @ LAL

Review: New York Knicks 103-111 Phoenix Suns

- Back to back games mean I'm gonna skip on the blog intro and give a rather smallish post. Anybody looking for some serious Knicks commentary will find a lot of tidbits about the week ahead and the state of the team have been in previous posts. I just want to get a quick recap in and my Lakers prediction for tonight, then I will sum up the road trip before the Milwaukee game.

- 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 EST

Kobe 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.

Knicks Prediction:

Prediction? Pain.

Lakers 129-Knicks 101 (season record: 6-1 straight up, 4-3 ATS)

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Posted on: December 15, 2008 1:40 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 1:43 am
 

Review/Preview Knicks 114-90 Kings, Mon NYK @ PHX

Well, the most telling exam of the Knicks early schedule is almost over, and the Knicks are coming very close to shocking all us long-suffering Knicks fans and scoring a solid B. As I have previously mentioned, the Knicks had to get out of the first 4 games of this road trip at 3-1 to get to .500 before they play the Lakers Tuesday. After a loss in the opening road game to Chicago in a game the Knicks could have won and maybe should have won, prospects looked bleak. But after two straight ROAD wins (road cannot be emphasized enough when you have seen the Knicks lose so many road games in the last 7 years), the Knicks just have to beat Phoenix on Monday, and I will declare this trip a success. The Knicks are rounding into form, Harrington is playing like a beast, the defense is playing pretty well at times, and the Knicks actually are looking like a 7 or 8 seed in the East.

Review: New York Knicks 121-109 Sacramento Kings

- What a dominant first quarter! The Knicks jumped all over the Kings on the glass, from the arc, and with great ball movement. If I remember right the Knicks had a 13-2 rebounding advantage after 1 quarter to go with their 43-21 lead. I hinted that I expected the Knicks to actually win the rebounding battle when I picked the Knicks to beat the Kings as an underdog in my last blog, and that was the key to a Knicks rout.  It was a laugher after that dominant 1st quarter, and a mighty fine one at that. I hope you enjoyed it Knicks fans, I don't know how often that Jeffries is going to drive down the lane for a thunderous dunk or Jerome James is going to get 2 points and a steal (If you can call it a steal, more like the ball found his hands and stuck).

- Al Harrington, what can you say? 33 points with 6 boards, 5 threes, and 4 dimes. The Kings cut the New York rout to 12 late in the 3rd, but Harrington dropped in a few big shots in a row and the game was never again in any sort of question. Let the record show that I was one of the first on the Al Harrington as an Eastern Conference All-Star train, because that thing is about to start getting crowded with people, and I want my seat in the first class section.

- Lee looked great after leaving the Nets game, dropping 17 points with 19 boards, and Nate shot over 50% on 15 shots to add 19 points. Duhon and Chandler struggled all game, Duhon only ending with 5 dimes and 10 points and Chandler having a bad day from the field, but it was great to see the Knicks win without it's emerging point guard and small forward doing much. Hopefully both with have a better game on Monday, both will be vital to the Knicks success against Phoenix.

Preview: New York Knicks (+8.5) at Phoenix Suns, Monday 9:00 pm EST

D'Antoni returns to Phoenix. Nothing more needs to be said, but I still will add a bit. Nash's reaction to D'Antoni's return will be telling to those of you in my camp that think that the Knicks possible ten million in cap room if/when Harrington opts out after this season could be a prelude to Nash wearing the Orange and Blue. Shaq is questionable with his family issues last I heard. And it will interesting to see how Stat matches up with Lee, Amare has such a huge talent advantage, but Lee has tons more heart then Amare does. If Amare doesn't come to play (and this happens a lot, he's on my fantasy team so I know all too well hahaha), the Knicks could have some success working inside/outside and off the pick and roll. J-Rich will be in line for a monster game, he likes to kill the Knicks. Shutting him down will be key. Chandler will get a test from the cagey vet Hill. It should be a fun one, but it could get ugly if the Suns all show up and lock down the glass.

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: 103.8 points/100 (17th in the NBA)
Suns defensive efficiency: 106.8 points/100 (24th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Suns offensive efficiency: 107.9 points/100 (4th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 105.8 points/100 (23rd in the NBA)

Knicks fantasy focus (attempting to appear every Monday, made for weekly lineup roto players):

Knicks weekly schedule: (4 games) at Phx, at LAL, Mil, at Bos


Knicks start of the week: Wilson Chandler - Chandler is owned in 85 percent of CBS leagues but started in only 56 percent. On a 4 game week where the Knicks play two superstar teams, Chandler's mid-range game is the Knicks best chance to get some production against the NBA elite. Chandler looks for his own shot and knows how to score, and he can get you a fair amount of boards from the 3 spot. I start Chandler every week, but if you own him, this is not a week to be scared of  his tough 4 game slate, he will take his shots and be productive.

Predicted weekly stat line: 17 ppg, 1.25 3's per game, 6 rpg, 3apg, 1spg, 1bpg, average shooting % and ++ FT% (Chandler is about 85% from the line since opening night, a great trait from your 3)

Knicks sit of the week: Nate Robinson if you have better options. You might not have a choice but to start all your Knicks this week, but if you got options outside Nate, consider them. Robinson has had average to poor games so far this season vs. Milwaukee and Boston, hitting few 3's, getting few dimes, and struggling with his shot %. Nate did grab 10 boards vs. Milwaukee last time out, but that is not to be expected. LA will be a very tough game for Nate as well, so don't feel like you just can't sit Nate this week, you can if you have a better option. He is more of a #4 guard this week in fantasy then his usual #3 status.

Knicks cut of the week: Tim Thomas. I did. He's just too streaky in his minutes and production. He will anger you by scoring 6 points with 2 boards when you start him and getting 24 and 10 when you don't. Avoid the headache!

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. Phoenix is wheeling and dealing, but they have a team with very few expendable contracts right now. Everyone on Phoenix is either getting paid or not getting paid, and the only exception, Barbosa, is on a 3 year deal, usually something the Knicks don't want. However...

Knicks get: Leandro Barbosa ($6.1 million/3 years), Grant Hill (2 million/1 year)
Suns get: Jared Jeffries ($6 million/3 years), Nate Robinson (2 million/1 year)

Might just work. Right now the Knicks just have Curry and Jeffries on the books for 2010 for sure, and an option on Chandler and Danilo they will surly exercise. Ideally the Knicks would use Nate and maybe Lee to move Jeffries or Curry for an expiring contract to add to the 2010 cap space. But what if the Knicks just swap out Jeffries bad 2010 contract for Barbosa's good contract? Barbosa could help the Knicks by playing a solid 2, knowing D'Antoni's system, and spelling Duhon at the point, something the Knicks lack. Grant Hill could be a great mentor to Chandler. The Suns get Jared Jeffries, who is tall and plays D, and Nate Robinson, who could be part of the Suns future after Nash leaves. I think if you told Suns fans they could get rid of Barbosa, who is pretty useless as a Sub these days now that Jason Richardson is in town, and get a young player like Nate Robinson, they would be happy with the deal. And Barbosa would help the Knicks win now, and with enough playing time and shots, could easily be dealt for the same cap space that the Knicks would have dealt Jeffries for, or even kept and be considered a player that someone like a LeBron would want to play with. It's a pretty decent deal for both sides, and I for one would love for Chandler to get 60 games to learn from Grant Hill, he is a big part of the Knicks future and anything to help his progress, the better.

Knicks Prediction:

Amare (and Shaq if he plays) will decide this game. We know Nash will cut Duhon up, get some clean looks, and create clean looks for Richardson. We know the Knicks will probably get a good game out of Harrington and Chandler and Tim Thomas. But if Lee can match Amare down low, the Knicks will be in it late, and maybe with a lead. I have said a few times this year that I think the Suns are an awful team. They have a good offense and no D, but they don't play to their strengths, and I feel their record is a lot of smoke and mirrors. Amare isn't very dominant at times, and if Lee can start off frustrating Amare, the Knicks could dominate the paint on the inside. This is a very winnable game for the Knicks, and the Suns are still getting used to a new rotation, which doesn't help. I think it will be close, and I want to say the Knicks win, but I know this is New York on the road for the 4th straight game. I have to see this win to believe it, and previous history with New York forces my hand and I have to predict...

Suns 112-Knicks 107 (season record: 5-1 straight up, 3-3 ATS)

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