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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Author: John Kenney

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In Praise of Variance, or, A Response to Bill Reiter

When I woke up this morning, I, like almost every college student I know, immediately checked my Twitter. After a few minutes I stumbled across a retweet of Bill Reiter’s column on Fox Sports, (which you can read here) wherein it was revealed that he has a, shall we say, “less than favorable” opinion of the Knicks’ postseason chances. Now, anyone picking the Knicks as a favorite against the Heat at this point would be out of their minds (which perhaps explains why I havn’t seen a single person make that claim,) but what Bill was specifically arguing against was …continue reading

Total Regicide, or, Amar’e's Returned, or, Knicks 120 – Kings 81.

I was lucky enough to be at the Garden for this game, the kind of game that left me taking pictures of the scoreboard every five minutes just to send to my friends with a “Can you believe this?!?” attached underneath it, the kind of game where you stop and appreciate just how incredible this team can be when it is firing on all cylinders. The Knicks may well be one of the two best teams in the East, the Kings might be one of the two worst teams in the West, and yet this game still felt like more …continue reading

Recap: Knicks 99, Magic 89

New York Knicks 99 Final Recap | Box Score 89 Orlando Magic Carmelo Anthony, SF 43 MIN | 11-22 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | +7 Just like the Knicks on this night, Melo’s performance can best be described as “good enough.” A timely late three-pointer and some decent defensive stretches were laudable, and I’d be remiss not to mention that he buried a few jumpers to get the Knicks on the board. However, in the first half there were also quite a few defensive lapses, with Melo falling prey to several …continue reading

2012 Report Card: Steve Novak

Stats: Player Age G MP MPG PER TS% eFG% TRB% AST% TOV% USG% Steve Novak 28 54 1020 18.9 15.9 0.684 0.675 5.9 2 5.7 16.2 Per 36 Minutes: FGA 3PA 3P% FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS 11.9 10 0.472 0.9 0.846 0.3 3.4 3.7 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.7 2.1 16.8 Hello Knickerblogger Nation. As you may remember, there was once a time when the 2012 off-season appeared from afar to resemble an excursion down a small river; while there might be some twists and turns along the way- look! It’s Pablo Prigioni!- nothing too drastic …continue reading

Knicks 113, Hawks 112

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

Quick Reaction: Knicks 85, Heat 93

Miami Heat 93 Final Recap | Box Score 85 New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, SF 43 MIN | 14-27 FG | 12-15 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 42 PTS | -13 Melo was Iso-tastic today, hitting jumpers from all over the court and driving to the rim with both intensity and intelligence. Pouring in the most points any player has scored against the Heat this season was nice, but equally impressive was his smart play and ball movement . Melo also played some quality defense against LeBron, which made his late-game lapse in effort (with Knicks trailing …continue reading

Knicks Might Be Pretty Good, Say Numbers

Last night was many things: exhilarating, exciting, transcendant, illuminating…and also, the Knicks won! The shellacking the Knicks gave the Magic can only be described as a beat down.  The fact that the Magic are a very good team, widely discussed as being one of the teams most capable of defeating the Bulls or the Heat in a playoff series, made the win that much sweeter. That the Knicks could beat them so thoroughly despite missing two starters (and the primary backup to one of those starters) is impressive, and a little shocking. But the numbers are beginning to suggest that …continue reading