Tag:review/preview
Posted on: January 8, 2009 6:41 am
 

Review/Preview OKC 107-99 NYK, Thu NYK at DAL

How do you follow up a win over the defending champion Boston Celtics? If you are the Knicks, there is only one possible way to do it, lose to the worst team in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Whatevers. And be sure to miss 23 trays in the process and get crushed on the boards. Although to be fair, Oklahoma City does have imposing forces on the boards like, ummm, well....

- No, in all seriousness, Durant, Westbrook, and Green all had a great game for the Thunder against the Knicks on Tuesday. Scary to think that they are 20, 20, and 22 years of age. Too bad they could not be more out of Oklahoma once they serve their 4 years. But meanwhile they should get just good enough to help someone else when they come off their rookie contract.

- Hey, it happens. I asked the Knicks for Chrismas to give me some idea how the season would go, but all they have done is prove what Knicks fans already know. This team can beat anyone and lose to anyone. It could be a tough playoff out, and it's highly unlikely they will sniff the playoffs. If there is one thing the Knicks are good for, though, it's the ability to put a clunker up on the road. Until/unless that fixes, it's going to be lottery ball time after the season is over. Someone remind Ricky Rubio the Knicks don't have a 1st rounder in in 2009-2010 for me and he needs to come out this year.

- Considering how the current "showcasing" of Jared Jeffries is resulting in 20 rather unproductive minutes a game, I shudder to think of what will happen when Eddy Curry finally gets some minutes. D'Antoni has been hinting (or threatning, depending on your point of view) that Curry would likely see action during this road trip, and with Curry and Jeffries taking minutes in the post, the Knicks are going to struggle. Even with a shorter rotation, at least the Knicks were getting minutes that accounted for more then showing the NBA that we can play our 6 million dollar contract that goes through 2011 for 20 minutes and he can produce a whopping 4 points and 2 boards (Jeffries). Granted Curry should have a bit more to offer, but I feel the Knicks are hurting the long term trade value of Curry and Jeffries with these unproductive minutes.

Preview: New York Knicks (+8) at Dallas Mavericks, Monday 9:00 pm EST

The Mavs have been playing some excellent ball lately, and are a great 4th quarter team from what I have seen (which is a good deal, they are easily one of the top 3 teams outside the Knicks I watch). Jason Terry is having a fantastic year, and Dirk is probably a top 5 player this year, he should get more pub from the media. Jason Kidd is a bum and was a horrid trade, but Duhon may not have the offensive skills to abuse Kidd on the offensive end. Which would be a shame, since I am sure half the people that read this blog (that would be 4 of you I think) probably think they could take Kidd of the dribble this season. The Knicks have an advantage in Lee down low, but Chandler should be negated by Howard. Dampier is a bum, which is nice, but so is Jeffries, which is not so nice. The Knicks will have to bring their A game from behind the arc, get clutch performances by Q-Rich and Nate, and keep the pressure on for 4 full quarters to get out of Dallas with a win.

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: 102.8 points/100 (17th in the NBA)
Mavs defensive efficiency: 102.4 points/100 (10th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Mavs offensive efficiency: 105.4 points/100 (12th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 106.9 points/100 (24th 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. I'm skipping over the Mavs, a team I did before the Knicks dealt Z-Bo and Crawford, and going to Houston, an interesting team that the Sports Guy floated a Knicks/Rockets trade in a podcast this week that I have slightly modified.

Knicks get: Tracy McGrady (20.3 million/2 years), Chuck Hayes (1.8 million/2 years/team option for 3), Joey Dorsey (800k/2-4 years, rookie options)
Rockets get: Stephon Marbury (20.9 million/1 year), David Lee (1.8 million/1 year), Nate Robinson (2 million/1 year)

Why would the Rockets do this? T-Mac is due to make 23.2 million next season.  With this trade the Rockets dump an impressive 26 million off the 2009 books. The Rockets are just holding onto that 7 seed by a hair, and could be the team that slides out of the playoffs with their constant injuries. Freeing up a ton of money for 2009 would be a great move for Houston. They could attract a talent like an Iverson, or use the money to lock up Lee and or Robinson and pick up a quality PG like a Raymond Felton. Combine this guard depth with Yao and Battier and Houston can remind a top West team for long after T-Mac has hung it up. Why do the Knicks trade their young talent for T-Mac and still leave Curry and Jeffries on the books? Well, Chuck Hayes and Joey Dorsey are two servicable post players that the Knicks can choose to extend or not extend into 2010 at their leisure and at a good price. And second, the Knicks don't have a 2010 first round pick. They might as well win as much as they want to in 2009-2010, they have nothing else to gain with a bad season. T-Mac can get the Garden fired up when he's not missing 50 games a year, and he could be a force in the D'Antoni system. Donnie Walsh dealing Marbury shows 2010 free agents that he has the skills to build a winner, which could be huge. The Sports Guy's guests on the podcast didn't think a T-Mac/Hayes for Marbury/Lee deal would suit the Rockets, but I don't think they could pass up the deal if Nate is tossed in for Dorsey (who is no chopped liver, he showed flashes of brillance at Memphis and could be a Dampier type, for about 20 million less a year).

Knicks Prediction:

It's the Knicks on the road against what is, in my opinon, the third best team in the West. It's not pretty, although the Knicks did show up big time against the Lakers. The Mavs are a veteran team that should take care of business against the Knicks, they have been around the block too many times to sleep on New York after the Knicks gave them all they wanted earlier in the year

Mavs 112-Knicks 101 (season record: 7-2 straight up, 4-5 ATS)
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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Posted on: December 12, 2008 5:19 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 1:45 am
 

Review/Preview Knicks 121-109 Nets, Sat NYK @ Sac

After battling Chicago down to the wire earlier in the week on the road and letting a winnable game slip away (Hey Derrick Rose, wish you would have closed out that last game at Memphis like you did my Knicks! Hey I'm a Memphis Tigers fan, I have to throw a bitter shot here.), the Knicks gave every impression that they would continue their recent trends of not having the energy to compete on the second nights of back to backs and struggling on the road. New Jersey blitzed New York and was up 15 before you knew what happened. Then David Lee got hurt. And we all know New Jersey has had the Knicks number in recent years. So naturally...

Review: New York Knicks 121-109 New Jersey Nets

Oh snap! Knicks win an Atlantic road game for the first time in what feels like 5 years without Nate Robinson or much from Lee. Al Harrington is a beast, and he looks to be rounding into form better then anyone expected. We all know how rusty Harrington looked vs. the Cavs in his first game back. Since then all Harrington has done is drop 25 or more 5 out of 8 games, hit at least 2 threes in every game, and grab an average of something like 8 boards with only 2.5 turnovers a game in the fast paced Knicks style. Harrington dropped 39 on the Nets, and he is taking over the role of Randolph AND Crawford to the best of his ability. Al Harrington is going to be an even BIGGER part of the Knicks O if Lee is out for a game or two, he may run the pick and roll play that leads to Lee's easy buckets. Can Harrington actually make the Eastern Conference All Star team???

Tim Thomas also went into beast mode during Harrington and Thomas' homecoming to the great landfill that is New Jersey, dropping a season high 26 with 5 threes made, leading my fantasy baskeball team's bench to a strong night. Duhon had a double double, Jefferies continued to turn the ball over a lot and look silly on the court, and Q Rich continued to miss a lot of shots

The story of the night from where I sat, however, was Wilson Chandler. This kid is a stud! 24 points on 10-12 shooting and 9 boards. This goes with his 11-12 shooting night he had earier this season. And Chandler is not a guy that gets dunks or even many driving lay-ups. By my unofficial count, Chandler got 3 layups, a tip, shot 5-6 on mid range jumpers, and 1-2 from the arc. Chandler has one of the nicest mid-range jumpers in the league, it looks better then even Randolph's looked when Randolph was on. Now Chandler will force his shot when he is covered and he is known to throw up the occasional ugly airball, but frankly I remember a lot of other current NBA superstars forcing their shots when they were young. Chandler is going to be a good one. He might put up 20 a game next season, and I don't think that is too wild of a guess considering the current makeup of the Knicks 2009-2010 roster.

The girl that works the Nets sideline is HOT! This deserves mention.

Also of note, Cuttino Mobley retired. I wish him well with his health issues. But, check this out....

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. But today, we will discuss the significance of Cuttino Mobley's medical injury retirement. Because Mobley retired and never passed his physical, the Knicks only have to count something like 1.5 million against the cap both this year AND next year. This actually will put the Knicks at 60 million dollars of cap room next season. Now that is still just over the cap, but if Harrington opts out after this season (10 million owed, but if he keeps dropping 20+ a night in NY, he could attract some serious interest after this year to the tune of 16 million plus), the Knicks suddendly find themselves with cap room in 2009-2010. Would the Knicks use it? Maybe. They could use it to lock up David Lee and/or Nate Robinson to cap-friendly but larger deals, or even make a run at Nash if he opts out next season, which I think might just happen. Why get Nash when you have Duhon? Well, have you seen the Kidd/Barea lineup Dallas uses? It looks good to me, I really like it. We all know Nash is super unhappy and may opt out after this year, and if the Knicks could lock him up for 4 years at reasonable terms (hometown discount? He does live in NY in the offseason), Nash could help attract star players in 2010. Hey, you heard the idea here first!
 

Preview: New York Knicks (+3) at Sacramento Kings, Saturday 10:00 pm EST

I know the following things about the Kings. Their announcers are horrible. The girl that works their sidelines I used to think was about as hot as the NBA had until I saw the Nets girl Wednesday. Kevin Martin can score. That's about it.

Nah, ok, I'm kidding. John Salmons is having a really good year, the Kings have some clowns in the post, and I think Mikki Moore is on that team. Now that's about it.

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: 103.4 points/100 (18th in the NBA)
Kings defensive efficiency: 109.9 points/100 (29th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Kings offensive efficiency: 101.0 points/100 (22nd in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 106.8 points/100 (24th in the NBA)


Knicks Prediction:

The Kings don't stop anyone, and they don't score. The Knicks never win the rebounding battle, but there might be a first time for everything. The Kings have a huge advantage of being at home, because when is the last time you remember the Knicks winning two straight road games? Well, it's the New York Knicks, with the emphasis on the New. Not only is this a game the Knicks can win, this is a game the Knicks MUST win if they expect to compete for that 8 seed this season. I think they can and will. Nate and Lee are questionable, but the Knicks showed they got plenty of offense without those two, and with them, it only gets easier. I'll predict..

Knicks 118-Kings 111 (season record: 4-1 straight up, 2-3 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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Posted on: November 27, 2008 11:23 am
 

Review/Preview Detroit 110-96, NYK Sat NYK vs GSW

Well, I predicted a 109-99 win for the Pistons, so 110-96 was pretty darn close. That was about all I had to be excited about as a Knicks fan, however, at least while the game is on. I am excited for the holidays, however, and hope that everybody out there is able to enjoy a Thanksgiving full of good food and good times. As I wait for the family to gather today, I figured I will put out the Review/Preview Thanksgiving morning, because I have the time to write it, and it will give Knicks fans and NBA fans all of the long weekend to stumble upon it at their leisure. So let’s get right to the Detroit game.

Review: Detroit Pistons 110 - 96 New York Knicks

Coming off a brutal loss to Minnesota, Detroit was fired up and ready to go, and the difference in talent and coherision between the two teams was evident on the court from the second quarter on. Detroit looked to be on a mission to get a home NBA win, while the Knicks looked to be on a mission of gaining experience playing with each other, shaking the rust off of Al Harrington’s shot, and getting Harrington and Thomas more involved in the offense.

 

-  Hopefully Al Harrington’s game is just really rusty. He had 25 points on 8-24 shooting, but most of his 8 makes were from close range. Harrington was 2-7 from behind the arc and was blocked twice, he doesn’t have an explosive vertical. However, he can take comfort in the fact that all the Knicks’ starters were blocked at least one time. Well, not really.

- The Knicks were outscored 26-13 in points off turnovers, out assisted 28-19, and outshot by about 13%. These things will get you beat in the National Basketball Association. However the Knicks did a fairly decent job on the boards, matching Detroit in interior scoring, and in the turnover count.

- The loss of Nate Robinson reared it’s ugly head, as the Knicks guards only took 27 of the 85 total shots. Anthony Roberson and Q-Rich had subpar games, Chris Duhon had one less point then Richardson and Roberson did combined, and Duhon did it on 8 of the 27 aformentioned shots and added 9 dimes.

- David Lee’s 17 points and 15 boards was a decent showing, as Lee was able to shoot 6 of 11, with a couple dunks, a couple inside hoops, and hit a couple medium range two pointers including a nice baseline shot while the Knicks were battling to stay in the game early. The medium range 2 for Lee will have to continue to improve for Lee to become a weapon on the offensive end in the D’Antoni system, but it seems that Lee will get his chance to hone his game from 12 to 18 feet as the season goes on.

- No comment on the Marbury situation. I stated he wouldn’t play despite the fact the Knicks were short handed at the guard spot, and I am the opposite of surprised that this story is back in the news. Much like Q-Rich, I don’t consider Marbury a Knick, and I don’t feel he deserves more then a casual mention buried in the middle of a Review/Preview until something changes.

Preview: New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors, Saturday 7:30 pm EST

Jamal Crawford returns to MSG, and brings a 5-10 Golden State team to the Garden to face the 7-8 New York Knicks. The Warriors are giving up some serious points as they travel East, giving up 124 in a 24 point loss at Washington Tuesday, and 119 in a 8 point loss at Boston Wednesday night. The Warriors stay out on the road, playing at Cleveland Friday before heading to the World’s Most Famous Arena for a Saturday night game with the Knicks. If you do the math on this schedule, that is 4 road games in 5 days for the Warriors, all of them very far away from California, and it ends at MSG against a team that will have had the last two days off. This is as good a spot for the Knicks as you can have, and nothing short of a solid win will be acceptable for Knicks fans (at least those that are not setting the world record for looking forward to the 2009 NBA draft).

 

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. All stats are as of Thanksgiving Day.

Knicks on offense:

Knicks offensive efficiency: 102.9 points/100 (16th in the NBA)
Warriors defensive efficiency: 106.3 points/100 (26th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Warriors offensive efficiency: 102.7 points/100 (17th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.3 points/100 (27th 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. However, the Knicks just did a deal with the Warriors. I’ll take a pass on this section for the Warriors game, instead unveiling a new section to Review/Preview…

Know the Knicks/Predict the Knicks:

Here is how it works. I will post a trivia question about something Knicks related. Post your guess as a comment below on the blog (after you are done berating my Knicks coverage, of course!) AND post a final score for the Knicks/Warriors game. Also, try to say something funny/clever. I will try to do this every time the Knicks have some time before their next game. I will do a quick update edit to this blog on Saturday and post my pick and the pick of whoever got this answer correct, posted a final score, and I decided to choose for no good reason. I will keep track of the readers picks vs. my own and we will see who gets bragging rights at the end of the year!

 

Trivia Question (answer from now through all day Friday!):

What team did the Knicks beat in the game the NBA reconigises as the first game in NBA history?

Prediction record: (1-0 straight up, 0-1 ATS)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted on: November 26, 2008 5:46 pm
 

Review/Preview CLE 119-101 NYK, Wed NYK @ DET

The majority of this blog will be Review/Preview, where I recap the last game New York played, and try to offer an angle or two that is fresh, and give a quick look ahead to the next game the Knicks are playing. Review/Preview will have a few constant or semi-regular features; including one or two that I hope spark a bit of conversation. Let's get to the painful review that was last night's game against the Cavs.

Review: Cleveland Cavaliers 119 - 101 New York Knicks

It was billed as a party in the Garden last night, as most of the Knick faithful came out to see LeBron James as much, if not way more, then to scope the new look Knicks. A funny thing happened on the way to the second part of that plan, however, as the Knicks ran the D'Antoni system, but looked eerily like the Isiah Thomas Knicks of old, getting down huge and never seriously competing. A few thoughts I had watching the game.

- Why does LeBron James always find his three point shot against the Knicks? You can't read a major media outlet without finding somebody who is giving LeBron a nice e-scolding for his three point prolificacy, or lack thereof to be precise. However Knicks fans with long memories remember that LeBron shot over 54% from downtown against the Knicks last year, hitting 13 of 24 against New York in three games last year. LeBron was actually only 3-7 last night from beyond the arc against the Knicks, but it felt worse, and 3-7 is pretty good, he is only a 25% three point shooter for this season so far. If LeBron somehow has a three point shot that is made for the Garden, the Knicks fan base that is counting down the days until 2010 has one more thing to hope for.

- The Knicks were outscored 50-28 in the paint, and the Cavs really didn't have to work for many of those 50 points. Any time you see Ben Wallace looking for his offensive game, you know you lack interior D. The Cavs also got a healthy amount of points in the paint from the 30 total points they scored off turnovers.

- This was the third straight game where Wilson Chandler forced his offense, but tonight the big trees that Cleveland plants down low in their interior defense gave Chandler a lot of trouble. I tend to agree with most of what Clyde Frazier says, and he was on top of Chandler passing up medium range jump shots to challenge the Cavs height to limited success. Chandler has shown flashes of the medium range jump shot that is an endangered species in the NBA, and should go to his jumper more often.

- I feel like I am writing "The Knicks were utterly destroyed by the Cavs" in 5 different ways, but considering the Knicks were trotting out a new rotation, some of these stats within the game are things to keep an eye on as the Knicks move forward. How many of these were one night problems, and how many will be season long crutches? Knicks fans will find out before Christmas.

- Nate Robinson's groin injury isn't expected to be too bad, but without Nate (doubtful tonight vs. Detroit), it is hard to see New York having the offense to bust out of the slumps that the Detroit D can put you in. If I had a tepid smiley face I could use to convey my emotions heading into the Palace tonight, I would use it.

Preview: New York Knicks (+13) at Detroit Pistons, 8:00 pm EST

The Knicks are as big an underdog as they have been all season, and for good reason. Detroit can play the passing lanes and give the Knicks fits inside, just as Cleveland did. With Nate Robinson doubtful and Cuttino Mobley not expected to play all week (last I heard, this could be a very fluid situation), The Knicks are going to lack serious depth in the frontcourt. Don't start with the Marbury thoughts, it’s not happening. I'd love to have some thoughts about how the Knicks can overcome being new, hurt, and less talented on paper, but I'm stymied.

Knicks-centric stats match-up:

Note: 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: 103.2 points/100 (14th in the NBA)
Pistons defensive efficiency: 105.0 points/100 (t21st in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Pistons offensive efficiency: 103.9 points/100 (11th in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 106.8 points/100 (27th in the NBA)

Psst! Hey Donnie Walsh!

This is the section where I 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.

Knicks/Pistons trade of the day:

Knicks get: Rasheed Wallace (1 year, $13.9 million, ) - 13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
Pistons get: Eddy Curry (3 years. $9.7 million), David Lee (1 year, $1.8 million) - 12.2 points, .7.9 rebounds

This one is a bit more far fetched then some of the other trades I have thought about, but ‘Sheed is not in the Pistons long term plans, the Pistons lack a rebounder outside Wallace (hey, they get two in return), and Curry still has the aura of a low block scorer, something the Pistons certainly don't have. We all know Joe Dumars is not above making moves. Sadly, he's probably well above making this one.

Knicks Prediction:

I don't see a lot of ways that this Knicks team is going to get anything going tonight in Detroit. However, I am sure the Pistons also don't see a lot of ways the Knicks pose a serious threat to them, either. This could be a game that Detroit sleeps through during the and lets the Knicks hang around. I surly don't see the Knicks pulling this one out, but I think that the Knicks might be able to stay within a baker's dozen. D'Antoni is going to be all over this team tonight, and I expect an inspired performance, but a loss nonetheless.

Pistons 109-Knicks 99 (season record: 0-0 straight up, 0-0 ATS)

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