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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)

Psst! Hey Donnie Walsh!

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: 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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Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:42 pm
 

Review/Preview Portland 104-97 NYK, Wed NYK @ Cle

The standings say that the Knicks lost. The score looks fairly convincing. And that is probably where a lot of casual fans stopped caring about last night's game. But the in depth analysis tells a lot of stories that first impressions would not.

Review: Portland Trail Blazers 104-97 New York Knicks

The Knicks were coming off a great performance against Golden State, while the Blazers were attacking this East coast road trip with a purpose, to prove that Portland could win road games. Everyone expected Portland to impose their will on the Knicks. Except for one thing nobody saw coming, the Knicks played defense!

The Knicks were rotating on defense, Q took two charges, the Knicks won the turnover battle and the points off turnover battle, and pretty much had an answer for most of what Portland wanted to do, unless Portland wanted to get someone a three pointer in the corner. The Knicks had little interest in defending that. And the major factor that kept the Knicks from being up by about 10 points going into the 3rd quarter was Portland's offensive rebounding, the Blazers won the O glass 15-7, and the Knicks closed that gap late in the game.

- Yes, I just said the Knicks could have led the Blazers by 10 after 3 if they could have pulled down some O boards. You know me. I'm a fan but no homer. But the Knicks were playing that well outside the O glass. And don't forget, the Knicks were up 4 to start the 4th. The Knicks were up 9 with 2 minutes to go in the third before Portland took over.

- Chris Duhon had himself a game. 23 points and 13 dimes, and even contributing 5 boards. 7-14 shooting for the Knick point guard, and he really did get hammered on a couple drives down the stretch where he missed the shot and did not get the call, so it could have been better. David Lee was the other Knick bright spot from the starters, with a 19 and 13 game.

-Tim Thomas put up a stunning 14 points in the first half, but sadly finished the game with 14 points. Q could not get it going from long range. Wilson Chandler had another bad game, and is looking like he is a very streaky player at this point in his career, but at least he is still trying to be a part of the offense, he will grow in my opinion, I have faith in his game.

- Not that Knicks fans care that much, the the Blazers were really money in that 4th quarter. Portland hitting big shots on the road in the 4th really impressed me. That young team could be a serious threat, as in they might just be Western Finals level good if they can play like that.

Preview: New York Knicks (+15) at Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday 7:00 pm EST

This is going to be one annoying game. Defensive Cleveland fans are going to cheer LeBron and boo the Knicks non stop, trying to match the level of passion the basketball mecca New York City gave Lebron back at the World's Most Famous Arena Madison Square Garden last week. Also annoying is the fact that the Knicks match up horribly with the Cavs. The Cavs have far too much size for the Knicks, who are 15 point dogs tonight and will again lack the services if Nate Robinson and Cuttilo Mobley. This game could be a disaster.

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: 104.3 points/100 (14th in the NBA)
Cavs defensive efficiency: 99.1 points/100 (5th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Cavs offensive efficiency: 111.8 points/100 (1st in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.7 points/100 (26th 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.

How about this one, Cavs fans?

Knicks get Wally Szczerbiak (13.7 million/1 year)

Cavs gets Eddy Curry (9.7 million/3 yrs) and Nate Robinson (2 million/1 year)

Cleveland, you want scoring this season from the 2, and some more assists from the 2, and a guy that can take the game over if LeBron is on the bench? Well just trade for Nate Robinson. And ignore the part where Eddy Curry eats up all your future cap room.

Knicks Prediction:

The Cavs, specifically LeBron's supporting cast, are going to want to come out and stomp a mudhole in the shorthanded, tired Knicks to get back at the Knicks fans for doing exactly what Knicks fans were supposed to do as smart basketball fans last week. Ben Wallace will probably find a way to score a double double. Duhon played 44 minutes last night and seemed to tire down the stretch, it will take a gutty performance from him to keep the Knicks in this game. Lee tends to get frustrated by the trees inside, but I expect that Tim Thomas will get a lot more minutes tonight to help combat the size of Cleveland.

A lot of factors in this game point towards a blowout. But my gut tells me a different story...for no real reason. I expect a tight one tonight at Quicken Loans Arena (stupidest name for an arena ever!)

Cavs 108-Knicks 103 (season record: 3-0 straight up, 2-1 ATS)

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