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Friday, December 6, 2019

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Pacers

The Knicks have as many games left as most people not named Jason Pierre-Paul have fingers on one hand. That’s both a bit sad and somewhat reassuring at the same time, seeing as the tailspin that started in January has been difficult to watch for a fanbase used to losing in recent years that was given a glimmer of hope by the Knicks’ .500 record at the midpoint of the season. All that’s left to be accomplished with this season now is to play potential spoiler to the Pacers, a team that we have every reason to despise. It was only three years ago that a young Pacers team upset Carmelo’s best Knicks team in Round 2 of the playoffs, and most of us remember those years in the 90s when Reggie Miller was the basketball equivalent of a hemorrhoid on the Knicks’ ass. Hell, Spike Lee helped make a 30 for 30 on his quasi-rivalry against Miller and the Pacers highlighting some of those dramatic playoff battles from the Ewing days.

The Pacers are 2 games ahead of the 9th place Bulls with 6 games left to play for each team, and the Knicks play Indiana twice in their last five games, starting with tonight’s game at MSG. I realize this franchise doesn’t exactly have a loving relationship with Chicago either, but it was a lot easier to accept losing to Jordan’s Bulls than it was to lose to Miller’s Pacers back in the day. This is a golden opportunity to end the Pacers’ season and have them searching for tee times in late April instead of gameplanning for the Cavs or Raptors.

I realize there’s not much to be excited about right now. Porzingis may sit the rest of the year out, and probably should. The Knicks do not have a first round draft pick to be optimistic about, so even praying for ping pong balls is out the window. It took the veterans themselves asking Rambis to play some of the young guys for Jerian Grant to get a start and some meaningful minutes, which we talked about ad nauseum in the comments of the game thread for the game at Dallas a few nights back (still didn’t get Get Cic or Die Tryin’ out of the starting lineup, which is so frustrating it’s become comical at this point). And most of the guys on this roster figure to be gone after this year or the next, so it’s tough to even try and become attached to what exists on the roster outside of the starting frontcourt. But hey, Cleanthony Early got some run against Brooklyn, and it was definitely awesome to see the kid come back from that extremely weird straight-out-of-a-gangster-movie robbery and gunshot to the knee. When I think back to that bizarre moment in the season, I remember thinking his career could be in jeopardy, so it’s been pretty great to see him be able to play before the season ends.

But we can get excited about potentially knocking the Pacers out of the playoffs. Indiana has been in a bit of a tailspin lately, losing games to Orlando and Brooklyn in their last five. They also play Cleveland and Toronto before playing New York again, so if we can beat them twice (ideally) or get a split, there’s a very real possibility that the Pacers end up joining the Knicks on the outside of the playoff picture in two weeks. I think that’s plenty of reason to be amped up for tonight’s game, because if there’s one thing I like more than being happy, it’s seeing people I don’t like being unhappy. And the Pacers are one giant amorphous blob of people I don’t like (although it’s tough not to be a fan of Paul George, I’ve got to admit).

So, in short, LET’S GO KNICKS! MAKE THE PACERS SHARE IN OUR COLLECTIVE MISERY!

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44 comments on “2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Pacers

  1. alsep73

    No Kristaps, no Melo (resting for what Rambis says will probably just be one game). Your starting lineup

    Lopez
    Williams
    Early
    Sasha
    Grant

    Fear us, Pacers!

  2. alsep73

    Also, they don’t expect Lance back for the rest of the season. So if, in theory, KP and Calderon are kept out of the last few games as a precaution, our roster of active players will be:

    Lopez
    Melo
    Williams
    Sasha
    Grant
    Seraphin
    Galloway
    Afflalo
    Early
    O’Quinn
    Amundson

  3. DRed

    Sasha has been secretly not so terrible lately. He still shouldn’t be starting, but facts is facts

  4. d-mar

    No Kristaps, no Melo (resting for what Rambis says will probably just be one game). Your starting lineup

    Lopez
    Williams
    Early
    Sasha
    Grant

    I hear Guitar Jimmy will be handing out free tickets to see JD and the Straight Shot as a reimbursement to fans

  5. dtrickey

    Sasha has been secretly not so terrible lately. He still shouldn’t be starting, but facts is facts

    I was thinking the same thing watching the Brooklyn game. His numbers aren’t great and he definitely shouldn’t be starting, but he seems like a good locker room guy at this stage of his career and has provided some good energy. Ultimately the best option for us next year is if he doesn’t come back, but as a guy playing spot minutes to give an energy boost or as an antagonist off the bench, he has been serviceable in that regard, at least as of late.

  6. Alecto

    At the very least, Sasha has been leapfroged by Kevin Seraphin and particularly Arron Afflalo on my current list of “least favorite Knicks of the season.”

  7. ptmilo

    I think he’s legit outplaying Afflalo post ASB

    Some of the advanced stats peg them as basically equal for the entire year, just below the value of your typical replacement player. I don’t think it’s nuts. Afflalo is still a solid post player and a very good shooter but he is truly terrible at everything else. When Afflalo and Jose are in the game, opponents turn it over 8.3 /100, which is earth shatteringly low. The Knicks are worst in the league at 10.5% opp turnovers but without those two they just a little below average.

  8. Alecto

    Is it just me or has D-Will improved his 3 point shooting over the past month and a half or so

  9. d-mar

    I was going to switch to The Walking Dead at 9, but I could just keep watching the Knicks.

  10. ptmilo

    I was going to switch to The Walking Dead at 9, but I could just keep watching the Knicks.

    why not make a night of it. leaving this thread at 10pm for the Talking Dead seems wasteful and redundant.

  11. Kahnzy

    I stopped watching and now the game doesn’t annoy me any more.

    You know what they say:

    If you can’t beat ’em, walk away and do something else.

  12. ptmilo

    I’ll jump on the fourth quarter grenade, but I want a half off in summer league when anthony randolph is put in to spell hernangomez.

  13. ptmilo

    The Dead are Walking.
    The Pacers are Breaking Bad.
    Better Call Paul!

    Someone may need to extract me.

  14. ClashFan

    From what I’ve seen, pretty gutty performance by the Knicks so far. Been going back and forth with Mets v. Royals. Got to see Cespedes drop another fly ball…

  15. DRed

    DRed
    April 3, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    Sasha has been secretly not so terrible lately. He still shouldn’t be starting, but facts is facts

    Honestly I’m pretty awesome

  16. d-mar

    Last year, this would have been a perfect loss, gutsy effort, better lottery position.

    BUT THIS YEAR WE DONT HAVE OUR FUCKING DRAFT PICK

  17. ptmilo

    if rambis had any respect at all for the fidelity of the pulp fiction sequel, he would have inserted melo and zingis in full street clothes for that last possession

  18. BigBlueAL

    Caught the last few mins of the game. Great play calls out of timeouts by Rambis in the final 2 minutes, couldnt ask for better shots than that from Afflalo and Vujacic…..

  19. Brian Cronin

    Rambis said that Melo asked for the game off. I imagine Rambis was like, “Shit, I was planning on playing you 48 minutes tonight.”

  20. Jack Bauer

    BUT THIS YEAR WE DONT HAVE OUR FUCKING DRAFT PICK

    That about sums up the whole year nicely

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