How did the Knicks win last night? The easy answer was a heave-ho off the glass from what seemed like 40 feet. What Jamal Crawford described after the game as the biggest shot of his career, gave the Knicks their first road win of the 2005 season. New York didn’t look good early on. A 7 point Houston lead at the half grew to 11 points by the start the 4th quarter. However the Knicks came storming back with a 3-point barrage. Actually Penny Hardaway and Jamal Crawford combined for all 7 of New York’s treys. All of Penny’s came …continue reading
This article from the Daily News says: “The best way to get out of a slump,” Marbury said, “is to continue to play hard on both ends of the court.” Someone should make a highlight reel of Marbury’s defensive effort last night. The Spurs got more points out of the PG position last night than any other. Tony Parker scored 19 points (4-9, 44.4%eFG, 1.26PSA), and Udrih had 9 in only 13 mintes (2-5, 50.0%eFG, 1.33PSA). If Marbury wants to get his team going, he should start on the court with his own play on the defensive end.
I think this says it all. OPP k_eFG o_eFG Net% ResultMIN 42.7% 54.4% -12% LBOS 43.6% 59.7% -16% LPHI 50.0% 49.3% +1% WLAC 53.8% 48.6% +5% WIND 42.6% 50.0% -7% LSAS 41.3% 50.7% -9% LOPP = Knicks’ opponentk_eFG = eFG% of the Knicks’ shooterso_eFG = eFG% of their opponent’s shootersNET% = The difference (positive is the Knicks were better)Result = Win or Loss There was one play last night that symbolizes the Knicks defense up to this point. Beno Udrih, lost Marbury on an easy cut to the hoop and had a wide open layup. What does it say about …continue reading
Yesterday I pinpointed the Knicks’ main defensive weakness: letting their opponents shoot at a high percentage. Looking deeper into the numbers reveals a more complete picture of where the Knicks are defensively. At the end of yesterday’s article I referenced the work of Dean Smith and Dean Oliver each of which I’m going to touch on today. Dean Smith understood that per game averages has a major flaw. Each team plays by a different pace, and therefore some teams will have more opportunities to score per game than others. For example, last year the Pacers only scored 91.4 points per …continue reading
A special note to KnickerBlogger.NET readers: I’ve gone mainstream…sort of. I’ve agreed to publish some of my blogs simultaneuosly on Knicksology, the RealGm.com Knicks webpage. All my writing will still appear here, so you will not need to change any bookmarks or go elsewhere. In addition some of my columns will NOT appear on the realgm.com page, so KnickerBlogger.NET will be the only place to get all of my analysis and insight. Personally I feel this is a win-win situation. More exposure means more readers will contribute to the discussion of the Knicks, the advancement of basketball statistics, and NBA …continue reading
In case you aren’t a regular reader of my blog, I’ve been following a distressing trend since the Knicks’ season started. So far defense has been a big issue for New York. The Knicks have allowed their opponents the second highest FG% in the league. However field goal percentage is a bit flawed, and I like to use something more meaningful called eFG% (sometimes called aFG%). If you want to know exactly how to figure out effective shooting percentage (eFG%), I did a little write up at the end of this article. It’s more accurate than FG%, because eFG% takes …continue reading
It takes hours to read all the emails from my million or so adoring fans. This one comes from Dr. David Crockett Assistant Professor of Marketing, part-time KnickerBlogger and avid hoops fan. As I said before, had the Knicks bought Anderson out this summer they’d probably have gotten a better bargain by giving him more flexibility in signing elsewhere. Nevertheless, it’s always a good sign when your leader recognizes a bad situation and gets out of it before things get worse. You hit the nail on the head – the willingness for this Knicks regime to make changes. Before Isiah, …continue reading