Statistical Analysis. Humor. Knicks.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Author: Robert Silverman

Hey, did you know that in addition to banging the keys here and occasionally for the NY Times and at ESPN, Robert is a playwright, an actor and a wand'ring mendicant/gadfly? He also once wrestled a bear...and lost.

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Blazers 103, Knicks 99

Portland Trail Blazers 103 Final Recap | Box Score 99 New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +8 I mean, sure. Some decent rebounding and post defense, but is still mind-numbingly bad whenever he’s facing a pick and roll. Of course, the STAT-Acy-Melo-Shump-Jose quintet represents the Knicks’ 10th different starting lineup in the first 22 contests. At no point have they gone with the same five for more than two games in a row. …continue reading

Nets 98, Knicks 92

Brooklyn Nets 98 Final Recap | Box Score 93 New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 37 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +6 I mean, sure. Why not start STAT. At this point, I’m going to assume that Fisher generates a lineup and subsequent substitution patterns by writing out every Knick’s name on an index card and plops them down on the plush shag carpeting, cranks the heat in his office up to 100 degrees, puts on three heavy nylon …continue reading

Mavericks 109, Knicks 102

New York Knicks 102 Final Recap | Box Score 109 Dallas Mavericks Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m sure we’re all bracing ourselves for a Eugene O’Neill-esque sea of simmering resentment and forced pleasantries, a slew of social/political/economic issues that you might be dragooned into to “discussing” with various chain mail-forwarding relatives that you haven’t seen in a year (or more), the drinking habits of various grabby, rant-y family members and possibly screwing on a smile when face-to-face with their new significant others, such that you can practically see the unspoken cartoon thought bubbles bobbing menacingly above everyone’s head: “Hey, where’s Aunt …continue reading

Knicks 91, Sixers Aren’t Interested in Putting a Competitive Team on the Floor. They Scored Some Points, But It’s Irrelevant in the Grand Scheme of Things. Less Than the Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers 83 Final Recap | Box Score 91 New York Knicks I forget where I read this thesis, so please, apologies to whatever fine writer that wrote this first, but to paraphrase… Some smart person (and it’s really pissing me off that all the Googling isn’t helping me dig it up such that I can properly blockquote him/her) surmises that there’s a fascinating tendency for every blog post about something interesting that’s found in the perpetual churn that is US Popular Culture in the year of our Lord 2014, to be equated to the larger qualms that said writer …continue reading

Game Thread and Preview: Knicks at Timberwolves.

If you like words about basketball, you’ve probably read a ton of Steve McPherson‘s stuff. The dude’s a great writer, and he’s everywhere–Rolling Stone, Grantland, Cat Fancy… He’s also a scribbler at Wolf Among Wolves, and so, in exchange for a dandy recipe for warm grape salad, agreed to drop by our lil’ e-corner to give us the skinny on tonight’s matchup. You can check out my answers to his Knicks questions here.  Robert Silverman: So, how’s year one (or rather, the first few weeks) of the Post-Kevin Love era going? Lots of frisky, young pups scurrying about? Tell us more… Steve McPherson: Welllllllll, …continue reading

Knicks 109, Nuggets 93

Denver Nuggets 93 Final Recap | Box Score 109 New York Knicks It’s a lazy Sunday, and so we’ll be brief here in the Ancient Kingdom of Recapperia. But lawdy be, I’ve done gone and buried the lede. For shame, noble ‘Bocker-scrivener… for shame. The Knicks emerged from the dark twoer that was a seven-game losing streak to pummel the lowly Hunks o’ Precious Stones, not so much because they’ve managed to solve all the endemic, structural issues that plague this ball club, but mainly because the kindly schedule-maker set up a tilt against a squad as utterly hapless (if …continue reading

Magic 97, Knicks 95

Orlando Magic 97 Final Recap | Box Score 95 New York Knicks I’m not in a grading frame of mind tonight, so we’re going to kick it old school. One man, in a world…with a keyboard and a bucketful of #feels—none of them particularly pleasing or fun—about the Knicks, rantin’ and hootin’ and hollerin’ to all his virtual pals. So yes, a loss, which is pretty much par for the course, The bulk of the chatter around the Knicksian water cooler tomorrow will be about the last play, and whether J.R. was even paying attention to the best-laid plans of …continue reading