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Monday, June 24, 2019

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

A big game for the Tank tonight, as the Knicks host the 76ers, who have been playing better recently even without Embiid.

This is a must lose game for the tank!

Let’s go! Knicks?

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76 comments on “2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

  1. geo

    I got a color TV, so I can see
    the knicks play basketball

    quite an intriguing game tonight – hahahahahahahahaha

    shit, no clyde?

  2. d-mar

    I’m not watching the game (because I’m not a masochist) but I just checked the box score and Willy has 4 points, 3 rebounds an assist and a block in 7 minutes.

    Amid all the gloom, I’m really excited about this guy. And all this playing time (due to the human injury Joakim Noah being out) is great for his development.

  3. ClashFan

    One hope for the tank is that the Sixers have missed a ton of open looks. I wonder, though, if they are capable of getting hot?

  4. Brian Cronin Post author

    Rose sucks so much. Please may God deliver us from his suckitude.

    That Thibs saw him this season and said, “Hey, this guy could help us long term” is so shocking to my view of Thibs as an otherwise smart guy.

  5. geo

    the second thibs even considered swapping rubio for rose phil should have been on a plane with a pen for him to use…

  6. yellowboy90

    I just hope Phil is not watching okafor because I do not want to hear of the knicks trying to trade for him in the off-season

  7. Brian Cronin Post author

    It’s such a scary area that the Knicks are in, with so many teams bunched together.

  8. thenoblefacehumper

    I’m afraid we’re just a better team than the post-Noel trade Sixers, among a few others. That’s what we signed up for when we didn’t move anyone at the deadline. We could easily wind up with the 12th pick or something. Our best shot is Phil coming to his senses and telling Hornacek that Baker/Ndour/Plumlee need to be “evaluated” to make a decision on their contracts and have them play a lot. Lots of Rose too.

  9. Philmelo

    Sixers are so horrendous. They’ve had countless open looks throughout the game and missed horribly.

  10. Brian Cronin Post author

    I’m afraid we’re just a better team than the post-Noel trade Sixers, among a few others. That’s what we signed up for when we didn’t move anyone at the deadline. We could easily wind up with the 12th pick or something. Our best shot is Phil coming to his senses and telling Hornacek that Baker/Ndour/Plumlee need to be “evaluated” to make a decision on their contracts and have them play a lot. Lots of Rose too.

    The worrisome thing to me a while back was the rumor about what Phil considered the future “core” of the team. It was everybody but Melo, Rose, Jennings and O’Quinn! And two of those guys are expiring free agents! If you think the remaining guys are the making of a good core then, well, you’re mistaken. Which is why I worry that they weren’t heavily shopping some of these guys because they think they’re part of the next good Knicks team. Lee really, really needed to be heavily shopped for any sort of return. There are two players who should be considered “the core,” plus Noah, because you’re stuck with him. Everyone else should go.

  11. Philmelo

    This Sixers team can’t hit an open shot and can’t grab a rebound. Serious, they’re trying to tank. Its disgusting.

  12. Brian Cronin Post author

    Henderson and Rodriguez < Rose and Jennings

    It’s close enough that you really have to imagine what the Sixers would look like with either of the top PGs.

  13. Brian Cronin Post author

    Henderson and Rodriguez < Rose and Jennings

    KOQ’s been playing well, and the Sixers are playing really small. I’d agree, though, with bringing Willy back in.

  14. thenoblefacehumper

    Between the “we want Baker” chants and ambiguous cheering I’m starting to think MSG has become woke.

  15. Brian Cronin Post author

    Oh boy. I have a feeling the one time I really want an Iso-Melo brick he’ll sink it.

    JINX! :)

  16. Hugo Busto

    I only saw the 4th quarter but I feel like Saric should have guarded Melo on the last play. It seemed to me he was being physical and guarding Melo well.

    Brutal win. Terrible win

  17. Brian Cronin Post author

    I only saw the 4th quarter but I feel like Saric should have guarded Melo on the last play. It seemed to me he was being physical and guarding Melo well.

    He did well, but the ridiculous thing was that they should have just tripled Melo then. He’s going to shoot it no matter what, ya know? I honestly wonder if the Sixers just threw the game at the end. They didn’t even run to the basket at the end!

  18. TheOakmanCometh

    This team manages to turn the knife in your gut even long after the season’s over. What a club.

  19. thenoblefacehumper

    Our pick is back to 9th in one fell swoop. Currently projected on tankathon to draft…Miles Bridges!

  20. JK47

    Miles Bridges is as inevitable a Knick as Tyreke Evans and/or Rudy Gay. You all might as well go buy your Miles Bridges Knicks gear right now, because that shit is happening.

  21. Brian Cronin Post author

    Our pick is back to 9th in one fell swoop. Currently projected on tankathon to draft…Miles Bridges!

    I’m as pessimistic about the tank as you can get, but A. I don’t think they’d draft Bridges (although yes, he seems like a prototypical Knick pick) and B. there’s so much time left that they can get back up in the tank (or down, you know whichever one means closer to the #1 pick).

    So while I’m very nervous, I’m also hopeful still.

  22. JK47

    There’s still a lot of time left to tank, but Knicksy things always happen to the Knicks. The team that finishes one slot worse than the Knicks will win the lotto and draft Lonzo Ball, and the Knicks will win meaningless games like this one and end up with Miles Bridges or his equivalent. I can see it all coming from a mile away. It is written in the stars.

  23. Brian Cronin Post author

    That has been the Knicks’ pattern in the past, naturally, but that doesn’t have to be their future. Are they horribly managed? Of course, but even horribly managed teams don’t always fall apart. The Clippers were horribly managed for years and still ended up with Griffin, Jordan and CP3! Yes, they’ve been so horribly managed that those guys haven’t been enough to win a title, but they’re still a good team that has an outside chance of winning a title and have been well worth watching, which is all I think you can ask for from an NBA team, and they got there through incompetent management, as well!

  24. TheOakmanCometh

    Hahaha, Horny said the team is refocusing on the triangle. Great. Good stuff.

    At least this assures the tank.

  25. nicos

    They’ve actually gotten good stuff out of the triangle on occasion this year. What’s weird is that given Noah and Billy are both better high post passers than Lopez (KOQ’s assist rate is actually lower this year but his turnovers have dropped as well), Calderon would have been a better fit this year than he was the last couple of years since his inability to penetrate wouldn’t have been quite as big an issue.

  26. Brian Cronin Post author

    Oh come on, that was just him being sweet. I thought that that was very nice of him, and he’s often a dick, so it stood out.

  27. JK47

    Oh wait, it was for Tex’s birthday. I read about it in some dumb article and I thought Phil was just randomly throwing shout-outs to the Triangle on Twitter, but now I see that was not the case.

    Sorry, Phil!

    It’s kind of dispiriting though to hear that the Knicks are going to be resuming triangular activities from this point forward. On the other hand, who gives a shit. These guys are just playing out the string at this point. Maybe it’ll be good for the tank having Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony half-heartedly go through the motions of playing this dinosaur of an offense. Whatever. You do you, New York Knicks.

  28. Brian Cronin Post author

    I think it is an issue only in the sense that it means that they’ll likely be implementing it more next year, and really, offense is not this team’s problem this season (it’s not particularly good, but it’s not really a problem, either), so to see them look at the season and say, “Hmmm…Rambis’ defense systems are good, but the offense needs work” is quite annoying.

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