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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Game Thread

2015-16 Game Thread: Thunder @ Knicks

The Oklahoma City Thunder boast an ORTG of 112.1 and score 108.5 PPG, both good for second in the NBA. They’re first in offensive rebounding (30.2 ORB%), third in FG% (.474), and fourth in FTM (19.7). Both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant rank in the league’s top four in PER, WS/48, OWS, and offensive +/-. The team just ran off a seven game winning streak before a fluke loss in Brooklyn. And yet at 33-13, 20 games above .500, the Oklahoma City Thunder are an afterthought in the Western Conference. Because even with all that gravy, what’s the stat with …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets

If you’re in on the East Coast right now, hopefully you’re handling the snow well. My wife went out for bagels this morning and here was the front door of our apartment building – I can only imagine what it looks like now. Anyhow, the Knicks luckily got in last night safe and sound at 2am. And their next game is not until Tuesday, so they won’t have to rush back home. Two games in the NBA have already been postponed tonight (Boston/Philadelphia and Utah/Washington) but since the Hornets play Sacramento Monday, they couldn’t push this one to Sunday. Anyhow, …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Jazz

I wonder how much you know about the Jazz, friends. I’ll tell you what I knew before I started writing this piece, and let’s see how well it matches up to your expertise. I knew that the Jazz started in New Orleans in 1974. That much seems obvious given the franchise name. I knew that the New Orleans Jazz famously employed “Pistol” Pete Maravich who led the league in scoring with over 30 points a game. I knew that the New Orleans Jazz had trouble financially and ended up moving to Salt Lake City, the former home of the ABA’s …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

While Martin Luther King Day is a special day for all of us, it is especially important in the NBA, where the vast majority of players are African-American. The Knicks, in particular, have a long and proud association with African-American history – the Knicks were the first NBA team to sign an African-American player and, as I detailed in an old Unsung Knick History installment, were the first team to have an all-black team (and thus also played in the first game in NBA history where all the players who played in the game were black). Today, the Knicks celebrate …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Grizzlies

I’ve spent more time in Memphis’ arena than any other arena but the old Reunion Arena in Dallas, where I grew up and was lucky enough to go to about 10 games a year with my Dad, who would buy one of those wonky half-season passes and split the time between taking me or my Mom or a client. Alas, the Mavericks were garbage during most of those years in the early to mid-90s, and so as a boy I found other teams to root for. Never the front-running type, I fell in love with two teams during those formative …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Nets

Back in 1992, when Brooklyn was a borough, not a brand, Guru and Premier produced an anthem fitting of the world’s most powerful municipality. “The Place Where We Dwell” is one of the greatest musical tributes to Brooklyn ever recorded, and there have been a lot. Brooklyn was substance over style, but boy did it have style to spare. Hip hop was born here and there, in and around various parts of the New York area, but it was in Brooklyn that it flourished and ruptured the global consciousness. New York, New York is where we live and we’re thorough …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Celtics @ Knicks

The Knicks’ recent meeting with Boston on December 27th resulted in a fourth straight loss for the Knicks and fourth straight W for the C’s. The Celtics played with the confidence of a team on a winning streak, moving the ball and creating easy looks en route to at least six points from eight different players, while the Knicks languidly trudged through the triangle like they were learning the offense on their first day of training camp. Arron Afflalo went 2-10 and KP was 4-13. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 but took 26 shots to get there, and logged just two …continue reading