Which coach is more likely to win a blowout, the one slanted entirely towards a high paced offense, or the more balanced plodder? In my last post on Off the Dribble, I wrote that the percentage in which teams blow out their opponents may indicate they are stronger than their record would indicate. This season, the Knicks have won 28 percent of their games by 10 or more points. That rate ties them for seventh best in the N.B.A., a substantial showing despite their middle-tier ranking in terms of actual wins. One curious fact about these blowout wins for New …continue reading
[New York Daily News] Chandler eager for another shot at Heat (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 06:54:23 GMT) Tyson Chandler is looking forward to picking up this weekend where he left off last June â?? down in Miami, in a playoff series against the Heat. But could he also win this one, without Dirk Nowitzki? [New York Times] 76ers 105, Nets 87: Time Expires on Nets in New Jersey (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:24:07 GMT) One last round of “Let’s go, Nets” in the Garden State, and the team is off to Brooklyn for next season. [New York Times] Wizards 101, …continue reading
Aesop taught us when we were very small that the slow and steady tortoise can beat the hare. Have the Knicks been slow and steady in their improvement, or did they, like the hare, wait around, give only partial effort for half the season, assuming that all the other NBA teams were wearing half-shells? Many point to the firing of D’Antoni as the moment when the Knicks woke up and began to run for their lives. However, if you take a look at the chart below, you can see that this year’s team should be called the Turtle-Knicks, for they …continue reading
[New York Times] Essay: For the Nets in New Jersey, an Often Sorry State of Affairs (Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:14:41 GMT) While often bad, the Nets were never boring during their 35-year run in New Jersey that concludes Monday night at Prudential Center in Newark. [New York Times] Knicks 113, Hawks 112: Knicks Rest Chandler, and Are Able to Exhale at the Finish (Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:14:24 GMT) The Knicks, effectively conceding the standings race, rested Tyson Chandler, put a smallish lineup on the court and hoped for the best against the Hawks. [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: …continue reading
New York Knicks 113 Final Recap | Box Score 112 Atlanta Hawks Carmelo Anthony, SF 42 MIN | 14-32 FG | 8-9 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 39 PTS | +6 Melo provided yet another sterling performance, continuing a run of basketball in April that’s almost made me forget he also got his coach fired this season. (Zing!) In all truthfulness, it was Melo’s offensive prowess, intensity, and hustle (10 boards) that allowed the Knicks to eke out a win despite the absence of defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler. Bravo. Landry Fields, G 30 MIN | 7-8 FG …continue reading
New York ( 33-30) take on Atlanta ( 38-25). Atlanta has been strong at home going 21-9 while New York (12-19) hasn’t fared well on the road. The 6th seed is still in play, but a loss today eliminates any chance of New York moving up. Your in-game thought here.
[New York Post] It’s obvious Melo-Amar’e pairing a Knicks problem (Sun, 22 Apr 2012 05:03:38 -0500) ATLANTA â?? In his return to the Knicks on Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire managed to do something no NBA player had been able to accomplish the past 3 1/2 weeks â?? stop Carmelo Anthony. Or maybe it was Anthony who stopped himself in Cleveland as his 12-point, one-rebound, four-turnover outing may… [New York Post] Disk leaves Stoudemire shell of player he was (Sun, 22 Apr 2012 01:46:30 -0500) C’mon, even a dullard like me saw that coming. Apostroph’e Stoudemire returned against the Cadavers and the …continue reading