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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2011 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bobcats

For your in-post game thoughts.

133 comments on “2011 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bobcats

  1. Jafa

    Going to the NJ game next Tuesday. Hoping my Knick are at or above .500 by then. Excited to see if Felton has a great game tonight against his former team and outplays DJ.

  2. totti

    A pray for Gallo:

    Dear Danilo,

    Your beloved AC Milan just won 2 – 0 and qualified for champions league playoffs next spring. In the honor of the scorers Ibraimovich and ronaldinho, please gallo, don’t loose your great momentum and help the knicks tonight to go 7-8.

    Thank you

  3. cwod

    “More intensity!” – Lost in Translation

    Gallinari isn’t settling for threes anymore. I am loving it.

  4. ess-dog

    Is it just me or does DWTDD kind of sound like Andre3000?

    I missed his minutes, but I assume Mozgive did not impress?

  5. cwod

    @25 @26

    I agree. He has eight points (2-2 FG, 4-4 FT) and three assists, three rebounds, a steal, and a block in the half.

    I liked when Breen talked briefly about how D’Antoni has adjusted the offense to account for Felton’s lack of natural playmaking.

  6. cwod

    The team found Mozgov a few times in good position around the hoop or cutting toward the basket, but he can’t catch passes cleanly.

  7. Garson

    Honestly…. If they keep this offensive flow up , would you trade Gallo fields + package for melo? I dont see how melo makes us better. This is the most continuity and teamwork we have seen in a looong time.

  8. Nick C.

    Looks like Douglas is back. Geez if not for the charging calls Knicks would be up by 20. But they get one on the other end. TDDWTDD again off a Turiaf pass and then a Turiaf block and jumper!!

  9. cwod

    We wanted to know how we’d look against a “good” defensive team. Through three quarters, I think we’re doing pretty well. We’ve also been fairly lucky, I suppose.

  10. Spree8nyk8

    Says on the screen they are having audio problems, but watching on league pass online I haven’t had any issues.

    Btw the hoodie is definitely working.

  11. Frank O.

    He fellas!

    What a nice game. The Pharoah is playing great.
    Who is this raymond felton and from where has he come?
    Douglas’s back appears to be better, and Gallo is butta!

  12. Spree8nyk8

    Frank O.:
    not so sure. he;s got give and he’s having trouble holding the ball. Rather wait til 3 mins  

    He’s our best rebounder and there was several spots where they haven’t secured routine rebounds.

  13. Frank O.

    Call it weak, but I liked Turiaf helping Wallace up…then chugging down the court and banking it home.
    What goes around comes around

  14. Robert Silverman

    thought Jackson had a foot on the line for his 3. Don’t be surprised if the refs make it a 2

  15. taggart4800

    I am D’Antoni’s biggest supporter but for a good coach he sure does struggle to close out games

  16. Frank O.

    ess-dog: Such a nice change from the buffoonery of last year…  

    Yeah, it felt good not to fret. They have a handle on what needs to happen.
    Fields made the difference in the end. He made tough plays when Bobs made their push.
    Felton was gutsy.
    Turiaf is special

  17. d-mar

    Ask Rex Ryan, any win is a good win. Although I’m sure some unnamed beat reporters will characterize this as an ugly victory where the Knicks almost blew it and say nothing positive.

  18. cwod

    It was tough to see them blow the lead, but at least we saw Fields shine again.

    Amare picking up three offensive fouls was pretty huge. They need to get away from the isolation plays and get him the ball within the flow of the offense, which seemed like something that was happening more often during the road trip.

  19. Caleb

    Going into tonight, Gallinari is 7th out of all NBA forwards in FTA – who saw THAT coming?

    He’s 4th in makes (after Carmelo, Durant and Gallo).

    Stoudemire is 1st in FTAs.

  20. Caleb

    It WAS ugly and they’ll have to play better once the competition improves in a week or two. I think the Knicks have played the softest sked in the league, by the numbers.

    But 4 in a row is 4 in a row – especially early season, coming off 4 games in 5 nights, then a cross-country trip – it’s like a 5th road game. You gotta get some of these under your belt.

    I still don’t like to see Randolph buried… hope he’s not a moper.

  21. Frank O.

    Caleb: Going into tonight, Gallinari is 7th out of all NBA forwards in FTA – who saw THAT coming?
    He’s 4th in makes (after Carmelo, Durant and Gallo).
    Stoudemire is 1st in FTAs.  

    Starting to look like a pretty good team

  22. marxster

    You gotta be optimistic. If we can get a bit more out of Mozgov, develop Randolph and get Azubuike on the floor, we’ll be in good shape.

  23. Frank O.

    Caleb: It WAS ugly and they’ll have to play better once the competition improves in a week or two. I think the Knicks have played the softest sked in the league, by the numbers.
    But 4 in a row is 4 in a row – especially early season, coming off 4 games in 5 nights, then a cross-country trip – it’s like a 5th road game. You gotta get some of these under your belt.
    I still don’t like to see Randolph buried… hope he’s not a moper.  

    Bunch of stories on this today. Seems like the management is unified in keeping AR on bench to sort him out and Randolph seems to have the right idea about what it means.

  24. latke

    cwod: It was tough to see them blow the lead, but at least we saw Fields shine again.Amare picking up three offensive fouls was pretty huge. They need to get away from the isolation plays and get him the ball within the flow of the offense, which seemed like something that was happening more often during the road trip.  

    Amare lately has been pretty solid on the isos, but he often imitates eddy curry when he’s double teamed — either making a bad pass or forcing a shot/charging through a defender. It’s one thing to make that misplay on the odd double-team, but if a team keeps doubling you, just catch the ball and get your head up, wait for the double to get close come and get the ball moving again.

    Regardless, the last quarter certainly was not pretty, but we pulled it out.

    With the foul trouble for Turiaf and Stoudemire and the poor play by chandler I thought for sure this was the game that AR would get a shot…

  25. cwod

    @108

    Wow, looking at our December/January schedule, I think we definitely need to play above .500 ball for the next couple of weeks.

  26. Frank O.

    BTW, Milicic last night was fantastic.
    He’s so good at splitting doubles and finding and open cutter.
    He was virtually unstoppable, but then for no good reason they went away from him and they lost.
    But that guy was in great shape, worked hard, plays well with Love and was absolutely nothing like he was with the Knicks.
    Weird.

  27. marxster

    If Azu actually gets minutes it’s because he plays well. If that’s the case, I don’t care who loses minutes. But my guess would be Walker and/or Chandler.

  28. Z-man

    I am impressed and relieved that they held on, it would have been a devastating game to lose. I think in the back of their collective minds, there was serious pressure to get a win at home after some of the recent debacles at the Garden vs. beatable teams. Loved how Gallo and Felton stepped up and drilled those FTs.

    I was also impressed with Charlotte’s defense, definitely a Larry Brown team. Augustin was tough.

  29. marxster

    Frank O.: BTW, Milicic last night was fantastic.
    He’s so good at splitting doubles and finding and open cutter.
    He was virtually unstoppable, but then for no good reason they went away from him and they lost.
    But that guy was in great shape, worked hard, plays well with Love and was absolutely nothing like he was with the Knicks.
    Weird.  

    That was a fluke. I’ll get you he won’t be able to keep that up.

  30. domiknick

    Frank O.: Who loses minutes for Azu?  

    Depending on how he plays, I’m thinking a few from Felton (not because Felton’s bad, but just to give him some more rest), a few from Chandler (because he *should* be a better shooter), and perhaps a lot from Walker (because he should do a lot of the same things, but better).

  31. Frank O.

    marxster:
    That was a fluke. I’ll get you he won’t be able to keep that up.  

    Perhaps, but something has changed over the past four games for him.
    It may be an outlier, but his play has been much better.

  32. nicos

    It’ll be interesting to see what adjustments get made for tomorrow- obviously the Knicks have to figure out a better way to get Stat the ball- Wallace was really good as the help defender but Amar’e needs to make better decisions on the double.

    Nice to see TD back shooting well- still gambles too much on D for my taste but played well.

    Mozgov has terrible hands, struggling both to grab rebounds and catch passes- especially on the move. Hopefully it’s just that he needs to get used to the speed of the game otherwise he’s never going to more than a 10mpg player.

    I’m guessing tomorrow night game will be played in the 90′s- hopefully the Knicks will play enough defense to pull out another win.

  33. Spree8nyk8

    Wow our schedule from the end of december through mid jan is disgusting. They need to seriously stockpile some wins.

    These are all in a row starting with December 15th
    Boston
    Miami
    @Cleveland
    OKC
    Chicago
    @Miami
    @Orlando
    Indiana
    San Antonio
    @Phoenix
    @Lakers
    @Portland
    @Utah

  34. Abasi

    Gallo driving to the basket is making a huge difference for the Knicks. They seem to be taking fewer 3′s and that’s also good.

  35. Abasi

    With that schedule coming up, the Knicks will need Randolph even if it’s just to give the regulars a little rest. The team is not very deep and losing ANY of the starters would be catastrophic.

  36. Caleb

    @128 I would say that depth is actually a strength – relatively speaking, at least, for a team that’s gonna win 35-45 games. Once Azu comes back there are a dozen guys who are legit NBA players. Even if Mason is a total washout and a couple guys get hurt, we’re not going to see those 7-player rotations like we did a couple times last year (or in the early Riley/Knicks days).

  37. nicos

    Spree8nyk8: Wow our schedule from the end of december through mid jan is disgusting.They need to seriously stockpile some wins.These are all in a row starting with December 15th
    Boston
    Miami
    @Cleveland
    OKC
    Chicago
    @Miami
    @Orlando
    Indiana
    San Antonio
    @Phoenix
    @Lakers
    @Portland
    @Utah  

    Man, that’s rough. But in the next 10 only 3 are against teams with winning records and two of those are at home. Hopefully, we can start to get some home cooking going and maybe go 7-3 and at least hit that stretch a few games over .500.

  38. Spree8nyk8

    Caleb: @128 I would say that depth is actually a strength – relatively speaking, at least, for a team that’s gonna win 35-45 games. Once Azu comes back there are a dozen guys who are legit NBA players. Even if Mason is a total washout and a couple guys get hurt, we’re not going to see those 7-player rotations like we did a couple times last year (or in the early Riley/Knicks days).  

    I completely agree, I think we are far deeper than many people give credit for. Chandler, Turiaf (or mozgov depending), Douglas, Walker, and Azuibuke coming back and Randolph there developing I think that is reasonably deep.

  39. Abasi

    I don’t want to find out what would happen if “a couple of guys get hurt” – we saw the team without Turiaff and that was enough for me…

    Caleb: @128 I would say that depth is actually a strength – relatively speaking, at least, for a team that’s gonna win 35-45 games. Once Azu comes back there are a dozen guys who are legit NBA players. Even if Mason is a total washout and a couple guys get hurt, we’re not going to see those 7-player rotations like we did a couple times last year (or in the early Riley/Knicks days).  

  40. Nick C.

    Azu coming back might help give Felton a rest. It seems like he’s always the last starter to sit. Also, there are those dead ball stretches the team has especially in second halves that maybe are because he is starting to tire (or not purely speculation and/or imagination on my part). Of course Azu isn’t a point so I’m not exactly sure how much difference it would make with Felton unless TD is ready to run the show for more than 2-3 minutes.

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