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Friday, December 19, 2014

Author: Jonathan Topaz

Jonathan Topaz is a reporter for POLITICO. He can be reached at or on Twitter @JonathanTopaz.

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Knicks 92, Mavericks 80

New York Knicks 92 Final Recap | Box Score 80 Dallas Mavericks Andrea Bargnani, PF 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +7 It seems like every time you’re about to make fun of him for an awful defensive rotation or awkwardness pertaining to but not exclusively A) ridiculous drives to the basket, B) “contesting” a shot when he is more than 5 feet away, C) his mouthguard, he makes another midrange jumper. He finishes with respectable lines yet the …continue reading

Next Day Notes: The Beautiful and Tragic Amar’e Stoudemire

A friend of mine went to the Knicks-Rockets game last month. He told me that midway through the second quarter, a bunch of fans began to heckle Amar’e Stoudemire, who at the time was terribly ineffective in his very limited minutes. The fans insulted his play. They talked about his notoriously balky knees, the ones that have derailed his career. They yelled at him for his 5-year, $100 million contract, which might be the worst in the NBA. Stoudemire was upset by the taunting, and quietly asked a security guard to remove the fans, or at least tell them to …continue reading

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


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