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Monday, October 20, 2014

2013 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

Tonight the Knicks’ attempt to take sole possession of the third-longest winning streak in Knicks history with a win over the Washington Wizards.

It is worth noting that the other Knicks’ team to have won 12 straight games, the 1993 Knicks, lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to a defending champion juggernaut from their own Conference. The teams ahead of the 1993 Knicks, though, the 1994 Knicks (who won 15 straight) and the 1970 Knicks (who won 18 straight) both made it into the NBA Finals (with the latter team winning it all). Therefore, it is clear that if the Knicks win tonight, they will have better odds to join those other two teams and making the NBA Finals. I know that sounds basically like a coincidence (except for the general “the better the team is, the more likely that they will win more games in a row” idea), but hey, you can’t argue with science!

So that means tonight is a very important game.

The Wizards have actually been playing reasonably well since John Wall has returned, but their recent goodness has almost entirely been at home. They’ve won their last three at home (including wins over Indiana and Chicago) but have lost their last two on the road (including losses to Toronto and KG-less Boston). So this should be a win for the Knicks.

Let’s go Knicks!

109 comments on “2013 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

  1. johnlocke

    Derrick Rose was actually ranked 23 for not having played, other than that looks about right I guess – though obviously not in that order. In my mind the only players that are unquestionably better right now than Melo are Lebron, Durant (despite Melo owning him in their matchups), Paul and Kobe. You could have a good debate in either direction about Melo versus Harden and Parker

    d-mar: So who are the 8 above him?

    LeBron
    Wade
    Durant
    Paul
    Kobe
    Harden
    Parker
    Rose

    That sound right?

  2. Hubert Davis

    Jesus, that cross court pass from Melo to Felton for the 3 (to make it 14-8) was sweet. Threw it right to a spot where ray could step into it a start his shooting motion precisely when he caught it.

  3. AnonymousODG

    Normally, I’d be thrilled that KMart was in and Chandler was out. But not when KMart needs recuperation too. At this point, I think I’d rather run Chandler ragged and have a healthy, energized KMart for the playoffs. The only hesitation I have, is possibly seeing a different Chandler (who actually tries to play all four quarters) in the playoffs.

    Did Chandler play well in last year’s playoffs??? Can’t even remember.

  4. Frank O.

    Friggin’ league pass is blacked out in DC, and I don’t get the local cable channel… Shit

  5. AnonymousODG

    johnlocke:
    Derrick Rose was actually ranked 23 for not having played, other than that looks about right I guess – though obviously not in that order. In my mind the only players that are unquestionably better right now than Melo are Lebron, Durant (despite Melo owning him in their matchups), Paul and Kobe. You could have a good debate in either direction about Melo versus Harden and Parker

    Durant isn’t unquestionably better. There’s an argument there. But while Kobe’s talent level is off the charts, this has been a nightmare year for him. Imagine Melo having the year Kobe’s had. The media would be crucifying him for turning an All-Star caliber team into a joke and blaming his sh1tty team chemistry and declaring him to be a total, complete bust of a high paid contract.

    I feel Kobe’s only getting a pass based on the past and a handful of games where he decided to be a pass only guard — half due to Nash being out, half due to forcing the issue onto his teammates (which was sort of d1ckish in its own way).

    Carmelo is having a better year than Kobe.

  6. AnonymousODG

    I am astonished at how fast Wohl is off the dribble. I mean… he’s been going left all the time and he’s right-handed!!! Can you imagine if someone made the mistake of not forcing him left and he could go right???

  7. Hubert Davis

    Kobe ahead of Carmelo this year is absurd when you factor in the defensive side of the ball. If Carmelo ever took the approach on defense Kobe has taken this year he’d be run out of the universe.

  8. AnonymousODG

    Hubert Davis:
    Kobe ahead of Carmelo this year is absurd when you factor in the defensive side of the ball.If Carmelo ever took the approach on defense Kobe has taken this year he’d be run out of the universe.

    Agreed. Something completely lost this season is Melo’s improved defense. People used to point it out all the time. Haven’t heard much of a peep this year. And I honestly cannot remember the last time Melo was responsible for a bad switch leading to an easy backdoor pass or layup.

    Which is astonishing considering how often we’ve seen bad switches or over-switching.

  9. d-mar

    Happened to flip over to ESPN during a timeout, 4 guys were discussing the Knicks – Rambis, Legler and ? – and all 4 agreed that the Knicks rely too much on the 3, and if it’s not falling, they can’t win. (Unlike other teams who when they miss a lot of shots, tend to thrive.)

    It really is almost laughable how little respect we get, even after that win on Sunday.

  10. AnonymousODG

    Prigs 3 pt shot looks markedly different. He used to shoot from the chest. His release point is much higher. And the results are definitely tangible.

  11. DRed

    d-mar:
    Happened to flip over to ESPN during a timeout, 4 guys were discussing the Knicks – Rambis, Legler and ? – and all 4 agreed that the Knicks rely too much on the 3, and if it’s not falling, they can’t win. (Unlike other teams who when they miss a lot of shots, tend to thrive.)

    It really is almost laughable how little respect we get, even after that win on Sunday.

  12. DRed

    d-mar:
    Happened to flip over to ESPN during a timeout, 4 guys were discussing the Knicks – Rambis, Legler and ? – and all 4 agreed that the Knicks rely too much on the 3, and if it’s not falling, they can’t win. (Unlike other teams who when they miss a lot of shots, tend to thrive.)
    It really is almost laughable how little respect we get, even after that win on Sunday.

  13. DRed

    d-mar:
    Happened to flip over to ESPN during a timeout, 4 guys were discussing the Knicks – Rambis, Legler and ? – and all 4 agreed that the Knicks rely too much on the 3, and if it’s not falling, they can’t win. (Unlike other teams who when they miss a lot of shots, tend to thrive.)
    It really is almost laughable how little respect we get, even after that win on Sunday.

    Fuck ‘em. We’ve got a very interesting, unconvential offense this year, and if a bunch of media idiots don’t get it that makes it all the more satisfying when we win

  14. cgreene

    Guess the game threads are officially dead until the ECF? Ha. We are about to pick up 2 games on the 2 seed tonight. So we are actually going to be able to rest players and really get ready. Wow. What a finish to the year.

  15. hegotgame

    Shump is reaallly coming on now. That pump fake for an easier mid-range in the corner was fantastic to see. His defense has been great this game and we’ve expected it to improve but he looks so much more confident offensively. I do think if this becomes a consistent improvement he could get up to being a reliable 15pt a game dude, with that chokehold d. He should aspire to be as effective as gary payton. Something I wouldnt have said comfortably before this point in his career.

    Everybody is really putting in work on D though… AND TYSONS NOT EVEN IN. If he can rest up properly through this stretch and kmart is good for the playoffs….

    K-Mart is balling pretty hard too. Knowing his role and approaching it with maximum effort, not in an uncontrolled way either.

    Cant believe we’re peaking at th right time for once. I just pray we really can be relatively healthy for the playoffs. Health is the only thing I see stopping this team from getting to the ECF.

  16. BigBlueAL

    Im having a rant fest on Twitter with a couple of national writers talking about how the Celtics could beat the Knicks if not take them 7 and the Knicks cant beat the Pacers or Bulls in the playoffs.

    Like I told one of them, if you compared the statistical profiles of this season’s Knicks and Celtics teams nobody in their right mind would predict anything other than an easy 5 game series for the Knicks. But its the famous, tough Celtics vs the joke Knicks so the series is a tossup apparently.

    The great start to the season was a fluke and so is this winning streak I guess. Only the negative parts of the season are true indicatives of the Knicks because lord knows nothing good can be said of the Knicks nationally.

  17. AnonymousODG

    cgreene:
    Guess the game threads are officially dead until the ECF?Ha.We are about to pick up 2 games on the 2 seed tonight.So we are actually going to be able to rest players and really get ready.Wow.What a finish to the year.

    Rest players? Who could we rest with our banged up roster? KMart, Carmelo and Felton need the most rest (in that order). But as much as I would support it, Novak/Copeland sharing C duties for an entire game just would never pass muster with Woodson. Removing Melo means more minutes for JR (which doesn’t help much). And Prigs/Kidd cannot play increased minutes for Felton.

    Realistically, I don’t see why Copeland can’t play 35 minutes and White can’t play 15-20 minutes to help relieve KMart, Melo, JR and Shump. Copeland’s interior post-up defense is much better than his perimeter/fast break defense. I mean, that’s not saying much, but yea.

  18. Z-man

    MELO!!!
    SHUMP!!!

    *So much for John Wall being a draft bust! If he keeps getting better, he will eventually terrorize the league.

  19. BigBlueAL

    On a side note, nice to see the death of the Yankees mightve been a bit premature lol.

  20. maxwell_3g

    one thing that is amazing to see is that in today’s nba, it just kills your team when your pg or sg cant be a threat from 3. im watching the knicks make normally stupid decisions to double nene, but against the wiz, they can use wall as the man to cheat off of. basically, we are doing to them what teams have done to us for some time (ie, ronnie brewer, landry fields, etc). its good to be on the other end of it

  21. AnonymousODG

    d-mar:
    This winning every game we play is getting kind of boring (-:

    As boring as a long, slow blowjob, lol.

    BigBlueAL:
    Pacers with a furious comeback right now.

    God dammit, Cavs…

  22. maxwell_3g

    anthony is such a worse ofensive player when he decides in advance that he is on fire and wants to shoot

  23. maxwell_3g

    maxwell_3g:
    anthony is such a worse ofensive player when he decides in advance that he is on fire and wants to shoot

    but when its in the flow, it is en fuego

  24. hegotgame

    Christ. Melo is on such a TEAR. I will call it now. Nothing is stopping melo other than fate itself. He’s in WCF mode. The year he murdered the mavs and the lakers. No team will stop him in any series we play.

    If everybody plays their part as they are doing now, this team will beat the heat. That i have no doubt about. Cos even if lebron goes off. Melo will. I think the rest of the team as a whole balances out a lot more than people realise when healthy.

  25. ruruland

    AnonymousODG: Agreed.Something completely lost this season is Melo’s improved defense.People used to point it out all the time.Haven’t heard much of a peep this year.And I honestly cannot remember the last time Melo was responsible for a bad switch leading to an easy backdoor pass or layup.

    Which is astonishing considering how often we’ve seen bad switches or over-switching.

    He’s been a solid team defender and great post defender when allowed to single guys. He’s certainly had better, more active stretches/seasons than this, but he’s generally not making mistakes and playing sound.

  26. AnonymousODG

    Assuming this game is a win, if we finish the rest of the season 4-1 (which is absolutely possible), we would finish the season 18-5.

    Start and end the season with 18-5’s. That would be incredible, if just for enjoying sports media collectively chewing on their feet out of befuddled resentment.

  27. maxwell_3g

    gdamn it all!!! wouldnt you know. can we please put in flight white!?? at least its not a knee

  28. maxwell_3g

    hegotgame:
    Christ. Melo is on such a TEAR. I will call it now. Nothing is stopping melo other than fate itself. He’s in WCF mode. The year he murdered the mavs and the lakers. No team will stop him in any series we play.

    If everybody plays their part as they are doing now, this team will beat the heat. That i have no doubt about. Cos even if lebron goes off. Melo will. I think the rest of the team as a whole balances out a lot more than people realise when healthy.

    the million dollar question is can melo go off with lebrn covering him down the stretch. i pray you are right

  29. AnonymousODG

    mr.JayP:
    is it his knee or ankle?

    Has to be ankle. When he turned over and was slamming his fist on the ground, he was kneeling directly on his knees (elevating his ankles off the ground).

  30. maxwell_3g

    by the way, does anybody still want to trade shumps rookie contract for a reddick rental?

  31. maxwell_3g

    ruruland:
    OK, looks like severe sprain. He’ll be back if it’s just a bad sprain.

    as long as not a bad high ankle sprain. trust me, cant run for 2-3 months. better off breaking it

  32. BigBlueAL

    Screw the Cavs, if they have a lead in the 4th quarter on Friday vs the Knicks they better tank and blow the lead like they did tonight.

  33. flossy

    Better knee than ankle, I guess. Hopefully a couple weeks of sitting will heal that up.

  34. mr.JayP

    AnonymousODG: Has to be ankle.When he turned over and was slamming his fist on the ground, he was kneeling directly on his knees (elevating his ankles off the ground).

    Just heard my TV. its a sprain, dude looked either extremely pissed off or hurt or both lol

    maxwell_3g:
    by the way, does anybody still want to trade shumps rookie contract for a reddick rental?

    Reddick did light us up last time we played him. but ill stick with shump, he’s still young.

  35. flossy

    flossy:
    Better knee than ankle, I guess.Hopefully a couple weeks of sitting will heal that up.

    Better ankle than knee, rather.

  36. BigBlueAL

    Why is JR still in the game?? I know they are short of bodies but screw that put Shump out there instead.

  37. hegotgame

    Looked like his ankle on the replay but they did look like they were checking his knee. I dont think either one is looking good with the playoffs so close by… f**k.

    maxwell_3g: the million dollar question is can melo go off with lebrn covering him down the stretch.i pray you are right

    Melo throughout his career is winning the head to head matchup with LeBron actually. and I’ve seen some classic games, especially from nuggets days but now including knicks. He steps up for those games.Thats why melo is so good. He really is a great big game player and his clutch stats are simply an extension of that and not some crazy anomaly.

    That 3 by JR was ridiculous btw. Jesus.

  38. BigBlueAL

    Was the franchise record for 3pters the St Patricks day win over Memphis after the Melo trade?? TD hit like 8 or 9 I believe.

  39. Kikuchiyo

    Cavs with a 10 point fourth quarter.

    Do they know something about this year’s draft that no one else does?

  40. hegotgame

    Its just an ankle sprain guys!! Nothing to see here!!
    Soo good we could build that lead and get some good old garbage time.

    I think we should go into chicago knowing that if the bench cant do enough against a scrappy team we may have to just bite the bullet and take an L. I dont want us to kill ourselves to get that game by perhaps overplaying a banged up tyson or playing tyson at all. But cant see woodson doing that.

  41. d-mar

    I’m very happy the Knicks aren’t going to hang an Atlantic Division banner from the rafters

  42. AnonymousODG

    Seriously. We don’t even need STAT back for scoring. We need him back just to be the big man for 15 minutes a game. Anyway, the basketball gods are doing just about everything to keep us from a championship. We’ve had Melo play PF for the entire season. And have almost never had a big man PF playing along with a true C.

    Yet… with 5 different men sharing one single position for the entire season (Chandler, Wallace, Thomas, Camby and KMart)… and with the number of minutes we’ve seen Novak/Copeland play C… we still have no center.

    I mean… we’ve basically dedicated half our roster to that position and we just keep getting ravaged by bad luck. It’s like we’re cursed, man.

  43. ruruland

    AnonymousODG:
    Seriously.We don’t even need STAT back for scoring.We need him back just to be the big man for 15 minutes a game.Anyway, the basketball gods are doing just about everything to keep us from a championship.We’ve had Melo play PF for the entire season.And have almost never had a big man PF playing along with a true C.

    Yet… with 5 different men sharing one single position for the entire season (Chandler, Wallace, Thomas, Camby and KMart)… and with the number of minutes we’ve seen Novak/Copeland play C… we still have no center.

    I mean… we’ve basically dedicated half our roster to that position and we just keep getting ravaged by bad luck.It’s like we’re cursed, man.

    All the matters is starting to get guys back in the first round, and then have them getting healthy into the second round so they are ready to go for Miami.

    We aren’t beating Miami four games in a series without Kenyon and Amar’e. Believe that. That is the Knicks biggest match-up advantage.

    Amar’e has more than a month from now to get himself ready to go.

  44. BigBlueAL

    Bulls lose their last game in Detroit and now are losing at home to the Raptors with a few mins left. WTF

  45. Hubert Davis

    It never occurred to me that the Nets could be the 3 seed until a nets fan on my twitter feed prematurely posted that they were just 2.5 games back before the Pacers comeback.

  46. Brian Cronin

    In all seriousness, they could have anyone play center and still win if Melo and JR are hot.

    Yes, they would rather have them than not have them, but it really is not as big of a deal as if, say, Melo or JR got hurt. Then they’d be fucked (and they could even lose JR if Melo went nuts).

  47. Brian Cronin

    We aren’t beating Miami four games in a series without Kenyon and Amar’e. Believe that. That is the Knicks biggest match-up advantage.

    Amar’e has more than a month from now to get himself ready to go.

    Yeah, Miami is the only team that they need STAT and K-Mart to face. They need Chandler against Indiana. But they need no one for the first round outside of Melo and JR.

  48. AnonymousODG

    hegotgame:
    Its just an ankle sprain guys!! Nothing to see here!!
    Soo good we could build that lead and get some good old garbage time.

    I think we should go into chicago knowing that if the bench cant do enough against a scrappy team we may have to just bite the bullet and take an L. I dont want us to kill ourselves to get that game by perhaps overplaying a banged up tyson or playing tyson at all. But cant see woodson doing that.

    Agreed. I mean… I don’t want to give up the #2 seed… and as I mentioned before, I reallllllly want the Knicks to finish 18-5 (need to finish out 4-1) to mirror how we started the season. But god dammit… Tyson Chandler’s health is paramount now. However long he needs to sit… 2 or 3 or all 5 games, he has to do it. I just hope Woodson/Chandler have the balls to admit this.

  49. mr.JayP

    Brian Cronin:
    In all seriousness, they could have anyone play center and still win if Melo and JR are hot.

    Yes, they would rather have them than not have them, but it really is not as big of a deal as if, say, Melo or JR got hurt. Then they’d be fucked (and they could even lose JR if Melo went nuts).

    True, but having a good rebounding Center/Foward will def. be a plus during our playoff run.

  50. cgreene

    Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that this team is going anywhere without 2 legitimate centers. Chandler plus KMart, Rasheed or Camby or they lose in the 2nd round.

  51. cgreene

    Brian Cronin:
    The Knicks can win in the second round with just Chandler. I think that they likely need all three to beat Miami, though.

    Chandler has not shown the ability to play at a high energy level for lots of minutes for several games in a row all year. Maybe he will get another gear for playoffs w all the rest at the end here but there is a lot of risk.

  52. Brian Cronin

    Bulls lose their last game in Detroit and now are losing at home to the Raptors with a few mins left. WTF

    It really doesn’t matter. The Knicks are practically guaranteed to get the #2 seed. They are three games up on Indy in the loss column!

  53. AnonymousODG

    Brian Cronin: It really doesn’t matter. The Knicks are practically guaranteed to get the #2 seed. They are three games up on Indy in the loss column!

    Yeah, just looked at the remaining schedule again to console myself. With IND having to play NJ, NYK and BOS next (then PHI), it will be exceedingly difficult for them to take our #2 spot. Even then, they still need the Knicks to lose at least 3 of the last 5 games. With this new setback, the chances of the Knicks going 2-3 in our last 5 have grown considerably. But IND winning out is still a big stretch.

  54. Hubert Davis

    Brian Cronin:
    Come on, Chicago!

    Wait. I think this week we want the Bulls to lose, don’t we?

    I don’t want Indiana to be rewarded with Atlanta if we get the 2 seed.

  55. Brian Cronin

    Wait. I think this week we want the Bulls to lose, don’t we?

    I don’t want Indiana to be rewarded with Atlanta if we get the 2 seed.

    Yeah, good point.

  56. AnonymousODG

    Hubert Davis: Wait.I think this week we want the Bulls to lose, don’t we?

    I don’t want Indiana to be rewarded with Atlanta if we get the 2 seed.

    Frankly, CHI might drop down to the 7 spot. BOS is only 2 games back from them. With Noah suffering plantar fasciitis, Luol Deng with a hip injury, Gibson with a gimp knee, and no Derrick Rose in sight… I think I’d rather face the Bulls than the Celtics in the 1st round.

    I’d also be happy with IND facing CHI in the first round. Therefore, I will be rooting for worthless ATL.

  57. Hubert Davis

    I’m still afraid of sustaining injuries the 4 games in 5 nights coming up.

    If we clinch the 2 seed next sunday by beating Indiana, Dolan should just eat the $250k and not make Melo, Chandler, JR, et al fly to Charlotte.

  58. Hubert Davis

    Brian Cronin: Yeah, good point.

    If the Hawks win tomorrow it increases the slim chance they rise to 5 and force Indiana to deal with Chicago.

    If the Hawks lose tomorrow it increases the slim chance they drop to 7 and we get to sweep them.

    The only thing we know for certain is that if Derrick Rose comes back the Bulls will face the Knicks in round 1.

  59. AnonymousODG

    Hubert Davis:
    I’m still afraid of sustaining injuries the 4 games in 5 nights coming up.

    If we clinch the 2 seed next sunday by beating Indiana, Dolan should just eat the $250k and not make Melo, Chandler, JR, et al fly to Charlotte.

    If we rested them, we’d only have 7 players in the lineup. Copeland, Shumpert, Felton, Prigs, Novak, Kidd, White.

    While I am happy with Copeland, Novak and White playing 40 minutes, we can’t afford to have Shump, Felton, Kidd and Prigs playing extended minutes.

    Bottom-line, we are not resting anybody before the playoffs. Not a single guy. It’s just impossible at this point.

  60. Hubert Davis

    This would be my lineup for the Bobcats game if we clinch the 2 seed the day before:

    F Copeland
    F Novak
    C Dolan
    G Frazier
    G White

    Bench: Prigioni, Shumpert, Trautwig

  61. AnonymousODG

    Hubert Davis:
    This would be my lineup for the Bobcats game if we clinch the 2 seed the day before:

    F Copeland
    F Novak
    C Dolan
    G Frazier
    G White

    Bench: Prigioni, Shumpert, Trautwig

    I was about to give this a thumbs up until I saw that you left out Herb Williams.

    How could you?

  62. jon abbey

    Mason, Oakley and Starks too, please!

    Hubert Davis:
    This would be my lineup for the Bobcats game if we clinch the 2 seed the day before:

    F Copeland
    F Novak
    C Dolan
    G Frazier
    G White

    Bench: Prigioni, Shumpert, Trautwig

  63. massive

    That injury to K-Mart scared me so badly when I saw him go down like that. I just hope he comes back healthy and doing K-Mart things, like fouling and intimidating. After the season is done, I think we need to look into Gorgui Dieng or (definitely) Mitch McGary. We have no choice but to go frontcourt in the draft this year. And fire our medical staff, please. They suck.

  64. Brian Cronin

    Does the NBA allow teams to wrap players in bubble wrap before the game? If so, then the Knicks should definitely wrap Melo up for the rest of the season.

  65. Count de Pennies

    massive: And fire our medical staff, please. They suck.

    Yeah, I can’t understand why they’ve been unable to come up with a cure for old age by now.

  66. alsep73

    Was at the game with a friend, and we were upset about Woodson reinserting KMart into the game well before the ankle injury. Once the lead got to 23 or 24, it made no sense to have him in, as opposed to just making Copeland and Novak the big men the rest of the way.

    Fun night at the Garden. Was definitely one of those games where the Knicks knew they were clearly better than their opponent and could flip a switch whenever Washington seemed to be making it interesting.

  67. jon abbey

    ruru, here are a couple more questions for Oliver:

    do people keep track of doubleteams resulting in eventual baskets like they do conventional assists? high usage guys should get more credit here then they do, for hockey assists or even baskets three and four pases later sometimes.

    do people chart games independently and compile data that way or does everyone just default to the play by play? we all know many of the non-point categories are less than perfectly categorized in the play by play, that would seem to be an area where proprietary data (a few smart interns independently charting every game) could be very helpful.

  68. Brian Cronin

    Was at the game with a friend, and we were upset about Woodson reinserting KMart into the game well before the ankle injury. Once the lead got to 23 or 24, it made no sense to have him in, as opposed to just making Copeland and Novak the big men the rest of the way.

    Exactly. There was no reason to keep him in there. That’s the most frustrating aspect about it all.

    Fun night at the Garden. Was definitely one of those games where the Knicks knew they were clearly better than their opponent and could flip a switch whenever Washington seemed to be making it interesting.

    Yeah, Washington clearly had no chance.

  69. AHouston20

    jon abbey:
    ruru, here are a couple more questions for Oliver:

    do people keep track of doubleteams resulting in eventual baskets like they do conventional assists? high usage guys should get more credit here then they do, for hockey assists or even baskets three and four pases later sometimes.

    They do Jon, if you look up the Zach Lowe article on Grantland a few weeks back about the Raptors and their use of SportsVU, Lowe talks about how the Raptors say their data from SportSVU indicates that isolations and post ups are among the most efficient plays if you include plays that begin with that and then may morph into something else. like say an Iso-post that gets swung and then a side pnR is run. I believe the Raptors people said for them in particular isolations were a very good play

  70. AHouston20

    I don’t remember if he specifically mentions double teams but one could reasonably assume the reason these post-ups/ isolations are efficient because they create double teams/ demand defensive attention.

  71. ruruland

    AHouston20:
    I don’t remember if he specifically mentions double teams but one could reasonably assume the reason these post-ups/ isolations are efficient because they create double teams/ demand defensive attention.

    Yep. Said that from day one. They can be a very efficient form of shot creation, even if the isolation and post-up shot are inefficient.

  72. Brian Cronin

    The Rockets won on a goaltended three-pointer. I doubt that‘s ever happened before. That’s what is so cool about sports. Every game might be historic in some small way.

  73. BigBlueAL

    I believe if the Knicks beat Indiana they could lose every other game and it wouldnt matter. They would still finish tied with Indiana and have the conference record tie-breaker.

  74. Brian Cronin

    I think you’re right, Al. So in other words, come on, the Knicks have almost no chance of not finishing 2nd. The Celtics seem to be favorites to finish #7, so I guess it will be a re-match of the 2011 playoffs. Good. I’d love to see the Knicks beat them. Although Bulls, Celtics, Heat and finally Spurs would be awesome, too, as it would be the revenge trip through the playoffs! :)

    All wrongs will be righted in just four series!!

    Note that Atlanta could fall to #7, which would be even better since Atlanta has no shot of beating the Knicks. The Celtics at least have a shot (a small one, but a shot!).

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