Coincidentally, I’d already planned to watch the game with my father and use his responses in the grades/comments before I read Jim’s piece last night. We talked and agreed that I should go ahead anyway, thus making this an an “All-Dad Weekend” for the ‘Bockers. It seems apt considering these days this is is a team only their immediate family members could love. So, for your consideration, here’s my stab at photo-realism — my father’s thoughts about tonight’s game, recorded verbatim. New York Knicks 84 Final Recap | Box Score 97 Houston Rockets Amare Stoudemire, PF 36 MIN | 10-20 …continue reading
Elton John wrote a song called “Rocket Man,” and a song called “Saturday Night’s Alright.” Chew on that for a bit.
[New York Newsday] LeBron, Wade too much for Knicks (Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:22:40 EST) The Knicks were missing their best player, and their second best was invisible most of the night. It was too much for them to overcome against the Heat, which welcomed back one of its top guys. [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks' season-high in 3s nearly cool Heat (Sat, 28 Jan 2012 01:15:57 EDT) MIAMI — For three quarters, the Knicks made Heat coach Erik Spoelstra look smart yet stonewalled at the same time. During Friday morning’s shootaround at the American Airlines Arena, Spoelstra said …continue reading
Author’s Note: Tonight my wife and I had dinner at her folks’ place, about 20 minutes from where we live. Which worked out pretty well: Like his daughter, my father in law, Tom, is a huge Celtics fan. As such — and despite the Cs doing battle with the pesky Pacers at the same time — they were more than happy to let me watch the first half of the Knicks-Heat game after we’d eaten dinner. Under one condition: Tom got to chime in for all the player grades. Deal. New York Knicks 89 Final Recap | Box Score 99 …continue reading
Not penned by any of us, but from ESPN’s Stats & Info Team three things that are wrong with the team. Overreliance on Isolation This season, 15.8 percent of the Knicks offensive plays have come in isolation, the highest percentage in the NBA. But the results haven’t been there, as, in isolation, the Knicks average 0.67 points per play, 25th best in the NBA, and shoot 30.3 percent, 29th in the NBA. Two of the main culprits have been the Knicks superstars, Anthony and Stoudemire. 101 players in the NBA have run at least 20 plays in isolation this season, …continue reading
[New York Post] Reeling Knicks gear for red-hot Miami (Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:13:17 -0500) MIAMI â?? LeBron James always brings out the best in Carmelo Anthony, ever since their high-school wars. The Knicks haven’t seen the best of Anthony in a while. Nobody needs a good-feel night worse than the sore-wristed, sore-ankled, sore-thumbed Anthony. His disastrous shooting slump is the chief cause of the… [New York Post] Heat’s LeBron: Knicks need time to gel (Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:13:48 -0500) MIAMI â?? LeBron James compared the Miami Dream Team’s slow start last season to the Knicks’ current malaise, but …continue reading