2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Kings

Of course DeMarcus Cousins is healthy enough to play today.

Oh well, that’s not good for the Knicks’ chances of winning, which is good for the Knicks, in its own way.

Cole starts again.

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76 thoughts to “2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Kings”

  1. This Knicks starting lineup got more crackers than a box of saltines.

    I initially made that joke but then realized they just had the same amount of white guys only a few games ago (Wear instead of Smith).

  2. When was the last time teammates each went for 40+ against the Knicks?
    Meh. We’ll know in about 75 minutes.

  3. The last time the Knicks had three white players in the starting lineup before this season was back when Gallo, Lee and Sergio Rodriguez started together the year of the great “clearing out cap space for Lebron” fiasco.

    Before that, you’d have to go back further than I could find individual starting lineup info for (so pre-1985).

  4. The definition of insanity is when you are away on vacation, and are “watching” the Knicks vs Kings on Espn gamecast. Somebody please kill me.

  5. Cole legit can’t miss these days. But the rebounds have vanished.

    The Kings are shooting over 63% from the floor. There aren’t too many rebounds to go around.

  6. Goddamn Melo with his 8-14 shooting, 5 rebounds, 6 assists. If we could only get rid of this asshole, this team could really go far.

  7. Its pretty wild to look at Pablo and realize that this old dude is not just an NBA player, but a really good NBA player. Someone needs to do some hidden camera shit with Pablo showing up at random pickup games, getting picked last, and then destroying everyone.

  8. I seriously think if we put together any 5 of us Knickerblogger commenters we could score 100pts against the Knicks. Maybe even by the end of the 3rd quarter lol.

  9. Its pretty wild to look at Pablo and realize that this old dude is not just an NBA player, but a really good NBA player. Someone needs to do some hidden camera shit with Pablo showing up at random pickup games, getting picked last, and then destroying everyone.

    I’d pay money to see that.

    Also, the Kingerbloggers, or whatever they call themselves, are gonna have a new Cole Aldrich award for career highs much like we have the Jimmer award.

    I’ve been watching this game on NBA TV and it has the Kings broadcast. Those guys love them some Cole Aldrich. They gush about him seemingly ever 5 minutes.

  10. Only the Knicks can turn DeMarcus Cousins into Dirk Nowitzki. Back-to-back top of the key j’s :(

    While normally the Knicks are TERRIFIC at making bad players look like all-time greats, in this case Cousins has actually been having a really good year.

  11. Months from now, maybe we can look back and say this is where we made our stand, this is where we collectively came together and said enough is enough

    And blew our chance for the number 1 pick.

  12. In the end its probably an insignificant decision but it really seems stupid to have declined Larkin’s option for next season.

  13. For what it’s worth, in a world where we’re trying to win (not this one), the line up that ended regulation should be starting.

  14. While normally the Knicks are TERRIFIC at making bad players look like all-time greats, in this case Cousins has actually been having a really good year.

    Agree…he just threw down a sick soul-destroying dunk

  15. Typically, what happens when you have a team with one good player vs. a team with a few good players, the team with more good players wins. Just one man’s opinion.

  16. Why sub Jason Smith for Dalembert. Let Dalembert foul out- at least he has a chance to defend Cousins without a double team.

  17. The perfect ending to a perfect game.

    Close, competitive, entertaining; yet ultimately still a loss. It’s a win/win/win. Two wins for us (fun game, but still a loss) and one for Sacramento.

  18. Cole Aldrich had 18/7 in 24 minutes against one of the best players in the NBA.

    Sure, he fouled out, but he pretty much has to start every game for the rest of the season.

  19. Cole Aldrich TS% watch:

    After tonight’s performance Cole Aldrich now has a .634 TS%.

    And I have to say, I have not been a huge believer in Shane Larkin, but the little dude actually has some game. Of course that does us no good, since the front office declined his option. Have these guys done anything right yet? Max extension for Melo, trade Chandler for Jose Calderon, decline option on Shane Larkin, sign Jason Smith as free agent… That is a pretty shabby series of moves. I’m sure there is some eleven-dimensional chess aspect to it I’m not seeing. Zen and all that.

  20. I’m sure there is some eleven-dimensional chess aspect to it I’m not seeing. Zen and all that.

    That’s what I keep telling myself, but it’s getting harder and harder to believe it.

  21. The Larkin move goes along with the same thing we’ve been observing for a while now – Jackson thought that this team would be competitive. Larkin really wouldn’t have a role on the Knicks as Jackson envisioned them (Calderon and Prigs being his point guards) and he was so concerned about adding a top free agent to what he believed would be a competitive team that he didn’t want to risk Larkin’s cap hold constraining him, even if that risk was quite minimal (as you’d have to think the odds were good that Larkin could fetch a conditional second rounder if he was anything better than terrible this season and the odds of him being better than terrible had to be pretty good).

  22. I’m sure there is some eleven-dimensional chess aspect to it I’m not seeing. Zen and all that.

    Zen is rooted in the present. In fact, it outwardly denies the existence of a future.

    “If you are depressed you are living in the past.
    If you are anxious you are living in the future.
    If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

    So, yes, Phil did the Chandler trade to win-now. And no, they are not losing on purpose. And yes, Phil is at peace.

  23. So, yes, Phil did the Chandler trade to win-now.

    Don’t think so. Imo He figured Calderon would be a decent PG at 7m for our triangular future and wanted to spend free cap this summer on post-up/passing center or PF. That said, I don’t think he envisioned us being this bad. Problem is Calderon’s been a net minus (per BR) for this season and the previous 3 seasons and there’s no way to hide a guy in the playoffs who’s this bad on defense.

    And no, they are not losing on purpose.

    Agree. Phil now needs to give Melo the keys to his Montana ranch and a copy of Sun-tzu’s the Art of War and tell him to forget about his brand, relax and milk some cows, feed some chickens, and be ready for battle next season.

    And yes, Phil is at peace.

    Doubt it. His recent twittering suggests he has a very thin skin.

    After tonight’s performance Cole Aldrich now has a .634 TS%.

    Slow down Cole. We’re only able to offer you, per Brian in previous thread, up to 5m outside of the 66m total cap. If he keeps this up, he will price himself out of our range.

  24. Definitely need to limit Cole’s minutes tonight. He keeps playing 20+ he might get in shape, and then we’re looking at a max level player.

  25. Cole is # 1 Knick in WS/48, # 2 Knick in WP/48 and #3 Knick in PER (lol). Soon all your stats are belong to Cole.

  26. Cole is # 1 Knick in WS/48, # 2 Knick in WP/48 and #3 Knick in PER (lol). Soon all your stats are belong to Cole.

    And 13th in minutes. Benching guys who can play and giving those minutes to Jason Smith is a big part of what we do here. We’re not gonna kick benching guys who can play and giving those minutes to Jason Smith to the curb.

  27. So you take the combination of stories starting to leak out about Stat’s knee maybe troubling him a bit and whispers about a certain gigantic Italian getting friskier and you know what’s coming. You want to go to war, Philly?

  28. Shout out to country cole Timmy and Melo last night. ‘Twas a good effort from those 3. Jason smith and Sammy were utterly destroyed by boogie in 30 mins smh ah well lol

  29. Slow down Cole. We’re only able to offer you, per Brian in previous thread, up to 5m outside of the 66m total cap. If he keeps this up, he will price himself out of our range.

    While he should make more than $5 million a year, it just doesn’t seem like the NBA rates him too well overall, so I’m not worried about losing him to another team. I am worried about the Knicks stupidly not valuing him enough to keep him period. Remember, he’s the Knicks’ “emergency center.” Who gives their emergency center more than minimum?

  30. Re: Cole
    I don’t think the Knicks value him that low, he has played 26, 17, 22, 22, and 24 minutes the last five games.

  31. But how much of that is due to their lack of other options?

    But sure, I certainly do hope that they’ve come around on Cole and will do all that they can to keep him next season.

  32. Things we absolutely know at this point about the Knicks management:
    1. No one planned on tanking this year. Rightly or wrongly, no one thought we’d be this bad this year. This explains why trades/signings were made partly/mostly with this year in mind (and the decision re: Larkin)
    2. No one thought we were contending this year either, so this explains why we have signed people on one year contracts and taken on a bunch of yoots.
    3. Once management realized just how bad we were this year, no hasty/flashy/stupid trades or signings were made.

    We still have a long way to go to judge anything yet. But I do NOT think anyone in current management undervalues Cole, Larkin, Early, etc. I think we may be subtly tanking. (Because why else play Jason Smith at the 5 in overtime vs. Demarcus Cousins?!)

  33. How did they not undervalue Cole? Jackson called him their emergency center and Fisher proceeded to play him like…an emergency center. That he has played a lot recently has only been due to the fact that they had a need for an emergency center due to injuries.

  34. I meant recently. He was called an emergency center on October 22nd, but I think in the past couple of weeks his value has creeped up.

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