Review: Minnesota Timberwolves 120-107 New York Knicks
- WTF? I guess the Knicks want to build for the future 100% now. If the Knicks lose 2 of their next 3, it's probably time to start working on trading Lee and/or Nate and developing Chandler for the future of this club, 2010.
- The Knicks dominated the glass, second chance points, won the points off of turnovers, but forgot that part where you stop the other team from shooting over 50% from the field and the arc in your own building. That is one of the trickier things to remember on the basketball court, in the Knicks defense.
- Nothing like McCants and Telfair torching your favorite team to let you know the holiday cheer of the first part of this week has come and gone.
- Duhon took a very unfortunate shot, nothing intentional, but he was in some obvious pain and not at 100% when he returned.
- Chandler put up an unimpressive 19, but it was nice to see him go 3-6 from the arc, an area of his game that needs work.
Preview: New York Knicks (+3.5) vs Denver Nuggets, 1:00 pm ESTDenver is playing some decent ball lately, Melo is expected back after missing the last 3 games, with Denver going 2-1 during his absence. Denver can allow the 3 ball and lacks a great post presence, making them one of the good teams in the NBA that the Knicks actually stack up well against. If the Knicks feel like stopping anyone, that is...
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: 103.0 points/100 (17th in the NBA)
Suns defensive efficiency: 101.0 points/100 (5th in the NBA)
Knicks on defense:
Suns offensive efficiency: 105.2 points/100 (11th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.4 points/100 (25th 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.
Denver gets: Eddy Curry (9.8 million, obtained with the AI trade exemption), David Lee (1.7 million, obtained with the Marcus Camby trade exemption), Knicks picks (2011 first rounder, no protection, 2010 second rounder), $3 million
Knicks get: Chris Anderson ($800,000, obtained with the Mardy Collins trade exemption), 2009 first round draft pick (lottery protected through 2012)
Why the hell not? Knicks get a second young body to build off of in a 2009 first rounder (Maybe a dynamic 2 like Donte Christmas from Temple to cover for the loss of Nate or a player like Josh Heytvelt from Gonzaga to cover for Lee), dump Curry, get the Birdman to come to New York, which has a great chance to end in a horrific fashion that will be immensly entertaining, and did I mention the Knicks dump Curry from their books? Denver gets size. Billiups, Melo, Lee. You can make noise in the West with those three. Too bad about the fact Denver has a coach that would likely misuse that trio. Hell Denver can probably use Curry..Knicks pull off the ultimate salary dump to a team that could actually spend some more money, heck I think Denver has saved like 13 million in payroll so far since the NBA finals of 2008 via trades.
Prediction? Improbable win. Why would the Knicks do what you figure they would?
Knicks 111-Denver 101 (season record: 7-1 straight up, 4-4 ATS)
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