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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)

Thanks for reading
Posted on: December 8, 2008 5:58 pm

Review/Preview Knicks 104-92 DET, Tues NYK @ CHI

A unique situation has occupied my time in the last few days, so I have not got to follow the Knicks as religiously as I tend to. Which is a shame after Sunday's performance

Review: New York Knicks 104-92 Detroit Pistons

I got nothing I can really add from my unique view of the game, as I was busy working out a nice deal in my personal life over on the left coast. My personal life (I guess it's my job, more like my method of earning income) is boring to everyone else and I won't even bother to try to give you guys any context, but let's just say it takes some very unique circumstances to keep me from watching the Knicks. Will I be pulled away by the whims of fate and opportunity again this season? Maybe. But let's just sum up some very generic points, instead of giving you some in depth look at how the Knicks played that goes beyond the standard boxscore, I'll go straight fanboy.

- KNICKS WIN!!!!!!

- Detroit is a struggling team since the AI trade, but let's face it, they are a talented team on paper with size. The Knicks dominated the game and may be coming into form with their speed and small ball. Lee is becoming a force on the boards and Duhon, when he is on, can keep the Knicks in big games.

- Knicks are going on the road for 5 straight games. It's Chicago, New Jersey, Sacremento, Phoenix, and the Lakers. The Knicks are 9-11 at the moment, and these first 4 winnable games of the road trip (Yes, at Phoenix is winnable. Phoenix stinks, trust me) with go a long way to defining this season. The Knicks are a talented bunch with a lot of youth and a lot of vets, still working on cohesion and learning how to win. The Knicks have been awful on the road for years, but need to start this road trip out hot if they have any dreams of making the playoffs. Can the Knicks go 3-1 and get to LA with a .500 record? They sure can. Will they? It's highly highly doubtful. But's it's possible and the thought will entertain the thoughts of Knicks fans for the next week's worth of games.

- Look forward to the reintroduction of intellegent basketball discussion in this section after the Chicago game, when I can witness it with my own two eyes.

Preview: New York Knicks (+8) at Chicago Bulls, Tuesday 8:30 pm EST

This is going to be a really fun game. Duhon returns to Chicago to face a stud rookie PG in Derrick Rose. Rose should have his way off the dribble, but the Knicks will have a big advantage down low with Lee and Harrington. The play of Q Rich and Chandler will be essential to any chances the Knicks have of walking out with a win on Tuesday. The Knicks are going to need to hit threes from both guys, and get drible penetration from Chandler to give the Knicks a threat on the drive outside Duhon and Harrington. This one is going to be real enjoyable, I hope all Knicks fans and casual fans of the NBA make the time to tune this one in.

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 (19th in the NBA)
Bulls defensive efficiency: 103.0 points/100 (13th in the NBA)

Knicks on defense:

Bulls offensive efficiency: 100.4 points/100 (23rd in the NBA)
Knicks defensive efficiency: 107.1 points/100 (25h in the NBA)

My prediction and some more fun about the game will come tomorrow, but I wanted to put together a  post before then after the Pistons win. Enjoy this week in the NBA everybody!
Posted on: November 30, 2008 1:17 am

Review/Preview: NYK 138-125 GSW, Tue. NYK vs. POR

First, a quick self-high-five. I wrote about the Knicks game against Golden State "I think the Warriors will have tired legs after this long road trip (4th road game in 5 days), give up a ton of easy buckets to the Knicks inside, and answer back with quick scores of their own, but it will not be enough." How good am I? Never mind I predicted a 4 point Knicks win when instead the Knicks blew the Warriors out of the water, just focus on the first half of my prediction that worked out really well .

Review: New York Knicks 138-125 Golden State Warriors

Wow. What a way to even up the Knicks' record to 8-8! The Knicks caught a Warriors team at the right time, tired off the end of a East coast trip, and took full advantage of the situation. Let's just get right to it.

37 points, 21 rebounds on 16-29 shooting. David Lee was the man that benefited the most from the superior play of Chris Duhon. Many people will see that D'Antoni said that Lee should have had 50 points and laugh it off like Coach is just being silly. But it could not be more true! Lee got about 8 slams and missed a lot of shots deep inside. Lee did snatch 8 offensive boards, some off his own misses, but 50 was a totally reachable number for Lee tonight. Lee was blocked 3 times as well, preventing his monster game from growing bigger. It's no sweat to David Lee fantasy owners, but Knicks fans are right to look at 37 and 21 and think what might hae been in my opinion.

- How does David Lee get 8 dunks and a ton of inside shots? How did the Knicks get about 16 dunks as a team? Chris Duhon. 22 dimes, a Knicks record. Wow. Chris Duhon is really coming into his own as the point guard of the Knicks, gaining serious praise from Don Nelson after the game. From the AP writeup of the Knicks/Warriors game: “I think Duhon is the story tonight. Wow, what a player,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said. “Been watching him on film and seeing him on videos, but seeing him in person is another story. Guy’s got the whole package. He looked like Steve Nash out there. Unbelievable performance.". And to think Duhon sat out of practice with a bad back leading up to this game!

- Who needs Nate Robinson? The Knicks play 7 players, including preseason 12th man Anthony Roberson (well, ok, Jerome James is the 12th man now and forever, but you get my point), and shoot over 51% on 105 shots, and hit 13 of 27 from the arc. Al Harrington hit 5 of 7 from the arc to key his 36 and 12 performance, 

- 43 points in the second quarter, 82 points in the first half. Knick records (as was the previously mentioned Duhon's 22 assists). Mind-boggling numbers.

- No comment on the fact the Knicks blew up as soon as Marbury left the bench. Also no comment on my fearless fantasy prediction of a double double for Tim Thomas against the Warriors flaming out as Thomas got 15 and 9. You couldn't get one more rebound and make me look like a genius, Tim?

Preview: New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Tuesday, 7:30 pm EST

Portland is 11-6 on the year, 7-0 at home and 4-6 on the road. They will play Detroit Sunday before Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks at the World's Most Famous Arena. Marbury is meeting with Donnie Walsh on Monday, and I will more fully recap this game with the Knick-centric stats match-up, a Knicks fantasy preview for the week ahead, and my predicted Knicks/Blazers score when I report on the results of the meeting. If I had to make a Marbury prediction now, I would say Marbury is playing in Dallas by next week, but we will see.

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 do somethink to entice LBJ. 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. We arn't waiting to do this section, because the Blazers have the granddaddy of all trading tokens, The All-Mighty Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract. I cannot express enough how much I covet the Knicks to aquire this free cap space, I am dead serious. This thing is the key to the Knicks dreams in 2010. With this cap space, the Knicks can do wonders in 2010, sign solid role players to match the two max contrats they hope to give out, like New York City resident and aging veteran chasing a ring who would give a stacked Knicks team a home discount Steve Nash. Here is my best trade to get it:

Knicks get: The All-Mighty Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract!!!, 2010 1st round draft pick

Blazers get: Eddy Curry, Nate Robinson

Knicks sign Patrick Ewing Jr. to fill the roster out

This is a dream trade for me. The Blazers get insurance for Greg "Owwww!" Oden, and the real reason Portland does this trade is so they can go ahead and make the rumored deal with Memphis that has the Blazers trading Outlaw, Fernandez, and who knows what else for Mike Conley and Hakim Warrick and I don't know what. if I wanted to be complicated, I would make this a three team trade to bypass trade restrictions on Robinson and ship him right to the Griz and then Portland and Memphis can fill the rest of it out with whatever they want it to look like, but we can leave it at this for the purpose of the blog. But my point is these two things:

1) Donnie Walsh is not doing his job if he is not trying to interject himself into these ongoing Portland/Memphis talks and trying to get Curry off the books and pick up The All-Mighty Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract in return

2) Donnie Walsh needs to get Patrick Ewing Jr. on this team. The Knicks are playing 7 guys and the Garden craves Ewing Jr. Spike Lee says the Knicks have been cursed since Ewing left. Let's appease Spike and get a Ewing back in orange and blue. Ewing Jr. would be beyond fun to watch right now for the banged up Knicks.

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/Trail Blazers 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 new post Monday after Walsh meets with Marbury and hopefully trades Eddy Curry to the Blazers and then 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 afternoon Tuesday!):

Who's Knicks assist record did Chris Duhon break with 22 dimes against the Warriors on Saturday night?

Prediction record: (2-0 straight up, 1-1 ATS)

Enjoy the weekend!

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