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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Author: Jonathan Topaz

Jonathan Topaz works for POLITICO Pro. He can be reached at jonathan.topaz@gmail.com or on Twitter @JonathanTopaz.

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Game Preview & Thread: Knicks @ Clippers

Well, this game should be fun. The Knicks travel to Los Angeles to take on the 10-5 Clippers, a bucket-getting juggernaut that ranks 2nd in the league in offensive efficiency. The Clips have high-fliers (Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan), sharpshooters (J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Jamal Crawford), and the best point guard in the world (Chris Paul). It’s not hard to foresee trouble for our beloved Knicks, who rank 28th in defensive efficiency and seem confused with how to defend the NBA’s latest newfangled craze, a play these nutty kids are calling  the “pick-and-roll.” For some insight on the Clips, Fred …continue reading

Next Day Notes & Errata: Knicks v. Wizards

Before getting into the big-picture stuff, some assorted notes from last night’s game, in no particular order: 1. The Knicks underused and misused Iman Shumpert. In the first seven minutes of the game, Shumpert scored four points on one shot, had three assists, two steals, and a rebound. He held his counterpart Bradley Beal to one basket. John Wall and he were by far the most athletic guys on the floor to start the game. Mike Woodson rewarded that efficient performance by sitting Shumpert for 12 straight minutes. Upon his return, Shump promptly hit another jumper and grabbed another steal. …continue reading

Next Day Notes & Errata: Knicks vs. Rockets

Last night’s game was something of a Rorschach test for Knicks fans — what do you see? Do you see a team, after a very rough six games, competing gamely on a back-to-back against a potentially title-contending Rockets team? Or do you see a team that has now lost four straight at home and has some serious defensive issues? Several hours later, I can’t totally commit to either narrative (and you can’t make me!) So, I’ve decided to make some old-fashioned Things I Liked and Things I Didn’t Like lists to express my aforementioned ambivalence and my apparent proclivity to structure …continue reading

The Fine Print

JTyler

Cutting Jeremy Tyler, which the Knicks did on Friday, will likely have zero impact on the 2013-2014 season. Tyler has bounced around on the end of NBA benches, in the D-League and abroad. He is injured. He also, as Robert astutely points out, might rejoin the team very shortly, as it is unlikely that a team will bother to pick up a marginal, injured player. In other words, in the grand scheme of things, Friday’s roster moves — in which the Knicks kept Chris Smith in favor of several clearly superior players, including Tyler and Ike Diogu – will likely …continue reading

Protecting Tyson Chandler

A piece of expert analysis: The Knicks are taller and bigger this year. Jason Kidd, James White and Chris Copeland are gone. In their place, the Knicks have added Tim Hardaway, Jr., Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, and Jeremy Tyler, as well as a conceivably healthy Amar’e Stoudemire to start the year (knock on anything resembling wood) and a full season of Kenyon Martin. The question of whether going from small ball to a more conventional lineup is prudent is up for debate. But the Knicks appear to be hoping that what they might lose from the offensive advantages of …continue reading

5 takeaways from the 5 on the floor

With the Knicks already adding and subtracting pieces this offseason through the draft, free agency, and trades, Mike Woodson and his coaching staff are likely thinking about how they will mix and match lineups for next season. With an eye towards that, as well as better understanding what was a very successful 2012-2013 Knicks regular season, I recently took a look at the 3-man and 5-man lineups the Knicks used last year. Here, in no particular order, are my five biggest takeaways: 1. The Knicks will miss Jason Kidd more than you might think. The Knicks had the 3rd highest …continue reading

On Andrea Bargnani, draft picks, and the importance of process

Basketball is a game of probabilities and uncertainty. If Raymond Felton takes a wide open layup, even if the shot rolls agonizingly off the rim,  we would recognize that — results notwithstanding — it was a good possession. Similarly, if Raymond Felton makes a shot with two men in his face, even if the ball drops, that’s nevertheless a bad possession. Regardless of the result, we know that if the Knicks create more offensive possessions like the first scenario, they will be in better shape. This extends to the front office. Trades, drafting, and free agent signings are all imperfect …continue reading