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Friday, August 1, 2014

Gallo Could Play Tuesday, And If Not Who?

According to ESPN’s Chris Sheridan:

Gallinari said it was not out of the question that he’ll be available for Tuesday night’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs, holders of the NBA’s best record (29-4).

“I think I will play. We were not talking about that after the game, because right now I still have the adrenaline going, and a lot of pain goes down when you have the adrenaline going,” Gallinari said. “It was not feeling the feelings you feel when you break something.”

If Gallinari can’t play, what will coach D’Antoni do? The obvious tweak in the starting lineup might be to give major minutes to Ronny Turiaf, which would shift Amar’e Stoudemire and Wilson Chandler to the forward spots. Shawne Williams or Bill Walker seems the most logical to be inserted in lieu of Gallo, since both play the SF position. The former is shooting unbelievably well in minor minutes, and the latter has shown to be highly efficient in the past.

Longer odds are on Mozgov starting (so Turiaf can still come off the bench) or Anthony Randolph actually finding his way onto the court. With a high quality team next on the schedule, it’s likely that D’Antoni will stick with Turiaf, a touch of Williams, and give an extra heavy dose of minutes to his usual rotation .

73 comments on “Gallo Could Play Tuesday, And If Not Who?

  1. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    How about Eddy Curry, Wilson Chandler, and #1 for Marc Gasol? They got less for Pau, so…

    Also, why bother playing an injured starter against a team who is simply dominating the league right now? The Spurs have shown that they’re for real, and anything less than 65 wins and a Finals appearance will be a shocker. Let him rest.

  2. TheRant

    The Honorable Cock Jowles: They got less for Pau

    Yeah, but at the time people were looking at the Pau Gasol trade like “what the f*** were the Grizzlies thinking?” As I recall, it was Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and a couple of draft picks. All in exchange for the Tim Duncan of the coming decade.

    I agree that there’s no reason to waste Gallo’s knee on a loss to the Spurs. I’d rather get to see Mozgov and AR flame out a bit, unless you believe that whole line about protecting their fragile egos.

  3. NYK Ewing

    From the rumors page:

    UPDATE: According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Gallinari’s MRI results won’t be known until later Monday, but he likely won’t play Tuesday against the Spurs.

    And without Gallinari, it looks like they’ll be a reshuffling of the starting lineup on Tuesday, according to Berman: Ronny Turiaf will come in and start at center, Amare Stoudemire will pop over from center to power forward and Wilson Chandler will move from power forward to small forward.

  4. ess-dog

    thcj,
    I would totally do that, but I can’t imagine Memphis going for that. It sounds like they are lukewarm about ZBo and Thabeet is looking bustish, so why would they trade another Gasol for peanuts? If the #1 was AR turned into a 2011 top 12 pick then maybe. I know they like Chandler. But that’s a lot to give up for Gay’s backup.
    Also, I still feel like AR could actually become a productive starter next to Stat eventually, maybe with a year of practice and coaching under his belt. The biggest benefit to this roster might just be maturation and not taking on bad contracts.

  5. Brian Cronin

    Yeah, but at the time people were looking at the Pau Gasol trade like “what the f*** were the Grizzlies thinking?” As I recall, it was Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and a couple of draft picks. All in exchange for the Tim Duncan of the coming decade.

    While the trade was awful, do note that the Grizzlies insist that the fact that they were getting the rights to Marc Gasol in the trade was the key to the deal.

    You can either believe them (in which case you could at least make an argument that the trade was Pau for Marc and another big money player, which turned out to be Z-Bo, as the money freed up by trading Pau allowed them to get Z-Bo for effectively nothing but money. Pau for Marc and Z-Bo is still a bad trade, but not an insane one) or you don’t believe them, in which case they just were lucky that Marc Gasol turned out to be really good.

  6. gbaked

    Marc is an Unrestricted FA because he was a 2nd round pick. So while it would be nice to trade for him, we could just sign him at seasons end.

    At least that is what I have been convinced over at P&T.

  7. Brian Cronin

    I don’t see how Memphis could let Gasol go as an RFA. Isn’t he their best player (maaaybe Z-Bo, but I’d take Gasol over Z-Bo any day of the week)?

  8. Jafa

    gbaked,

    Our chances of signing Marc Gasol to an offer sheet and the Grizzlies not matching are not very good. Recent history with the way they handled Rudy Gay’s unrestricted free agency, and the news that they are intent on retaining Gasol even if it means losing ZBo tells us Memphis will be keeping their man.

    We just keep suggesting trades for him because we like him so much for our system, not because we think we can realistically get him.

  9. Ben R

    I like Marc Gasol but I think people on this board are rating him a little too high. He is only an okay rebounder, under 8 per 36 this season, under 9 for his career, a okay shot blocker 1.7 per 36 this season 1.5 for his career, and a low volume scorer, 12.6 per 36 this season and 14.0 for his career. He is a solid defender, a good passer and an efficient scorer but he is not a franchise changer and he is not the fastest center at running the floor. He is also not that young at 26 so what you see is likely what you get.

    I would rather keep Wilson Chandler. I don’t understand why people want to move him. He is probably our second best player this year, he is only 23 and he has improved every year he’s been in the league.

    Give Mozgov 2 years I would not be surprised if he is giving you 13 pts, 8 rebs and 2 blks per 36 at the age of 26.

  10. iserp

    Well, Gasol plays in a team with a slow pace, with another big time rebounder, and usually 3 ball hogs around him. His rebounding might be similar to Stoudemire, but he does box out (at least, i’ve seen him doing that with spain) And he is a good passer for a big man, which is a good thing in this system. His numbers are pretty nice, IMHO; and there aren’t many alternatives at the C position that are available (Tyson Chandler, perhaps). Also he comes with the right mentality, which you can’t just say of Javale McGee, for example.

    There aren’t that many opportunities out there to spend our cap space; Gasol is one of them and i find it natural that many posters are having an eye on him. I like him quite a lot, actually; but it seems that the grizzlies will match anything for him.

  11. gbaked

    jafa,

    It doesnt matter if the Grizz want to match or not, its up to Marc. He is an Unrestricted FA.

  12. Brian Cronin

    jafa,

    It doesnt matter if the Grizz want to match or not, its up to Marc. He is an Unrestricted FA.

    Oh, he is?

    Then in that case, yeah, I definitely want the Knicks to trade for him. Try to get him for Mozgov and spare parts. If he is an unrestricted free agent anyways, then the Grizzlies might take something for him rather than lose him for nothing. I could have sworn he was a RFA, though.

  13. Brian Cronin

    I’d be happier if Gallo’s injury were closer to the trading deadline….

    Ha!

    I will admit to thinking the same thing. Then I thought, “Eh, that probably would not stop anything from happening.”

  14. ess-dog

    Gasol is restricted.
    Chandler does seem like a good fit for what MD’A is trying to do, especially now that he’s shooting the three at a good rate. And at 23 he can still add more strength/weight and maybe come closer to a Boozer-type pf (an MD’A version of course.)
    According to this: http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/70920/20110103/walsh_knicks_active_in_trade_talks/ DW is really turning over every rock right now to see what’s out there. I have faith he’ll do what’s best at the end of the day.
    I think it’s really a matter of someone wanting a back end of the rotation guy or an out of the rotation guy. If someone wants AR bad enough for instance, I think Walsh would do a deal to get proven help (without adding salary.)

  15. d-mar

    alsep73: Per Hahn: http://twitter.com/alanhahn/status/22056920428847104Mild sprain, recovery time 2-3 weeks.
    Not great, but livable.  

    Well, Knicks welcome to the rest of the NBA. Other teams have been hit with injuries to key starters (Celts, Mavs, Bucks, Hawks – the list is long) and have managed OK, so now we need to. The timing could obviously be better with a tough Jan. schedule, but I would love to see a benchwarmer (i.e. AR) get his chance and make something out of it.

  16. art vandelay

    I think it is safe to say Azubuike is this season’s Cuttino Mobley….seems highly unlikely at this point we ever see him wear a knicks uniform.

  17. ess-dog

    gbaked: ess-dogI was under the same impression, but I have been trying to figure it out…He was a 2nd round pick so doesnt that has different rulesHoopsHype lists him as an UFA. http://hoopshype.com/salaries/memphis.htmHis Wikipedia page lists him as an UFA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_GasolI mean… why is he restricted?  

    This is what I’ve found: Marc Gasol is coming off his rookie contract. When you come off your rookie contract, you become a RFA, with the team gains your non-bird rights (1 year), early bird rights (2 years) – both the preceding fall under the Gilbert Arenas provision – or bird rights (3+ years). In Marc Gasol’s case, Memphis has his full bird rights.
    But that’s second hand. Not sure of the validity of the Bird rights which seems to be the key. Either way, it could take upwards of 14-15 mil to get him.
    He’s like the kid in high school who’s older brother gets straight A’s. There’s a lot of expectations…

  18. gbaked

    here is what I just found with a little more digging.

    marc was a 2nd round pick:

    Players selected in the second round of the NBA draft receive no such guarantee, and the team that chose them gets to take time and decide whether to sign them, keep their draft rights but not actually sign them just yet, trade their rights to another team, or just give up their rights and let the player go.

    http://www.insidehoops.com/draft.shtml#ixzz1A1gEeHSK

    The grizz signed him to a 3 year deal
    Marc Gasol was signed to a three-year, $9.72 million deal.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3480673

    Therefore yes, they have bird rights to him… but that does NOT mean he is restricted. They do not have the right to keep him there or match an offer. They can offer him more money. Its just like the Melo situation.

    idk though, I could easily be wrong. There is this provision on wikipedia: For 1st-round draft picks, restricted free agency is only allowed after a team exercises its option for a fourth year, and the team makes a Qualifying Offer at the Rookie-scale amount after the fourth year is completed. For any other player to be a restricted free agent, he must be at most a three-year NBA veteran, and his team must have made a Qualifying Offer for either 125% of his previous season’s salary or the minimum salary plus $175,000, whichever offer is higher.

    soooooo… yeah. I really dont know what that means. I am more on the side that he is a UFA.

  19. gbaked

    ess-dog: Marc Gasol is coming off his rookie contract.

    thats the rub. he was not on a rookie contract. There is no rookie contract for second round players (btw, how did he fall to the 2nd round? what was going on that year?)

  20. GAx

    Marc Gasol looked fat and terrible up until he started getting motivated in the NBA. I remember seeing pics of him from a couple years before he joined the league and once he got in and almost didn’t recognize the guy. He’d been good in Europe, but he really buckled down once he got drafted.

    And you’re right about the 2nd-round contract stuff. I’m 99% that he’s UFA. There are no Bird Rights applicable in this case and I believe the Grizz don’t have any special mechanism they can use to retain him exclusively.

  21. Spree8nyk8

    Gallo missing anywhere from 7-11 games, geez not good, would have been better in february when the schedule is softer. Going to be tough to maintain .500 now.

  22. BigBlueAL

    I love Gallo like everybody else but I dont quite understand why some are making his loss to mean the Knicks are in big trouble. He aint Amar’e or Felton who are the only players on the Knicks who are truly irreplaceable with the current roster.

    The schedule is tough coming up but it was going to be tough regardless. SF is the one position where depth is not a problem with this team plus in a way it might help a bit because it seems for now it means Turiaf starting and Amar’e moving to PF and with the upcoming schedule that could be a huge blessing in disguise.

    Having said that, of course lets hope Gallo is only out 2 to 3 weeks and when he comes back he is 100% healthy.

  23. Z-man

    BBA, I agree that we are deeper at SF than most other positions, but still think Gallo will be sorely missed. He is getting better with every game at going to the rim and drawing fouls.

    That said, I am interested to see whether Extra E responds to the extended minutes. I have really admired his all around effort and his 3-pt stroke. Can he take it to the rim? Seems like he travels whenever he tries, maybe now he can work on that.

  24. d-mar

    BigBlueAL: I love Gallo like everybody else but I dont quite understand why some are making his loss to mean the Knicks are in big trouble.He aint Amar’e or Felton who are the only players on the Knicks who are truly irreplaceable with the current roster.

    BBA, I would add Chandler to the “truly irreplaceable” list. I think we’d be in much deeper trouble if it was he and not Gallo who was out for 2-3 weeks. Other than yesterday, he’s been incredibly consistent and a big part of their winning ways.

  25. d-mar

    Sorry about the prior post, got added to #29.

    @29 BBA, I would add Chandler to the “truly irreplaceable” list. I think we’d be in much deeper trouble if it was he and not Gallo who was out for 2-3 weeks. Other than yesterday, he’s been incredibly consistent and a big part of the Knicks’ winning ways.

  26. itztiz

    I look forward to the fantasy seeing Randolph crack the rotation. If not this still will be a learning experience for this young team. The Spurs are playing championship ball; win, lose, or draw it will be interesting to see what the young guys learn from this battle.

  27. daJudge

    I think we will be w/o Gallo for a few weeks. The problem is the next 2-3 weeks it takes to get back into game shape and then the next period it takes to get back with the program. This is not easy. Since the Knicks will have to change their line-up and, offensive strategy to some extent, then it will take Gallo and the team time to get back the flow. Further, Gallo was not exactly in the flow before the injury, IMO. Who will step up and how they will step up? Gallo’s injury is an opportunity for some and a challenge for some, certainly including the coaching staff. I’m not a huge Gallo fan, but he is a rotation player on a thin team who brings it most of the time. Let’s see if survival of the fittest brings out the best in this team. Maybe it will lead to further evolution. Go Knicks.

  28. latke

    GAx: There are no Bird Rights applicable in this case and I believe the Grizz don’t have any special mechanism they can use to retain him exclusively.  

    Any player who has played 3 or more consecutive seasons without changing teams through free agency gets larry bird rights. Memphis will own Gasol’s bird rights, meaning they can pay him as much as they like,even if it puts them over the salary cap, but he will not be a restricted free agent.

    itztiz: I look forward to the fantasy seeing Randolph crack the rotation.

    I wish so too. I have a hard time imagining it though. Let’s say Turiaf starts. The depth chart looks like this then: Douglas, Williams, Walker, Mozgov. Moz will probably get some minutes because Turiaf has proven himself frail, but there’s no guarantee even there — MDA let shawne williams play the 4/5 against Dwight Howard.

  29. TheRant

    Ben R: I would rather keep Wilson Chandler. I don’t understand why people want to move him. He is probably our second best player this year, he is only 23 and he has improved every year he’s been in the league.

    I concur. I think Chandler’s “mild mannered” thing plays against him. People don’t see how good he is cause he isn’t showy at all. And because Stat and Felton were such good pickups, their efforts have masked the increasing maturity of Gallo and Will. I’d keep Chandler.

    I’m not saying anything people don’t already know here, but I love that Wilson is 23, Gallo is 22, Felton is 26, even Stat is only 28. Oh, yeah, Landry is sixteen.

  30. Brian Cronin

    Fields won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December! Wow, November and December! Pretty darn good for a “role player.”

  31. TDM

    Gallo out 2-3 weeks, Turiaf to start:
    http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/knickknacks/

    Just read that the Clippers waived Jarron Collins. Might be a decent low risk vet to pick up to take some of the burden off of Turiaf.

    I was watching a spurs game last week on TNT and found it interesting that the commentator was saying that SA had a difficult 5 game stretch coming up, naming 4 other teams and NY. Times they are a changing.

  32. Frank O.

    Brian Cronin: Fields won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December! Wow, November and December! Pretty darn good for a “role player.”  

    He’s still a long shot for ROY. And his last week of play seemed to indicate he either hit a wall or the NBA has adjusted to him and he has not yet adjusted his game to counteract.

    I’m bummed about Gallo being hurt, but relieved that he didn’t do major damage. I’ll be interested to see how quickly he mends. His back injury took a long time, altho I know it is a different injury all together.
    I’m also not as concerned. Given his penchant for disappearing, I suspect other Knicks will step up as they have had to all season.
    I also saw this as an opportunity for D’antoni to learn more about the guys on his bench.
    Turiaf will get many of Gallinari’s minutes and so will Williams, but that means someone else will get some burn. I’m a little concerned that Walker is getting those minutes. I haven’t been very impressed with his play. I’d like to see Mosgov and AR get some time again. I think long term, they will help the team more.

  33. Nick C.

    D’Antoni is going to have to set aside his stubborn streak and play some guys that he has buried like Mozgov and AR. Otherwise he is going to burn out the team by February, in particular Turiaf.

  34. misterma

    I think Walker will get the minutes. He’s been pretty poop this year and it’s puzzling because his stint on the Knicks last year was pretty good. That’s why Walsh gave him a contract.

  35. StevenU

    I certainly hope playing shothanded for a couple of weeks turns intoa blessing in disguise; crisis/opportunity.
    I always like to examine how players effect the others on the floor and looking for ways to explore that and just saw an interesting stat on ESPN.com: “With Gallinari on the floor this season, the Knicks have shot 48 percent from the field. When he’s been on the bench, they’re shooting just 43.1 percent.” It’s particularly interesting given his low FG%. Just as a low post presence creates better looks from outside, a good shooter with range creates space for everyone else to get better looks-inside and out.
    I know his value is less then Amare, Felton and probably Chandler, but this is gonna be a very tough couple of weeks.

  36. d-mar

    I think the Suns game on Fri. will be the biggest of this stretch. If we lose tonight like we’re supposed to (we are 5 point dogs) and then lose in Phoenix, we’re at 2 in a row heading to LA, and then a back-to-back with Blazers and Jazz. So it could get ugly in a hurry; a win in Phoenix would stabilize things and maybe we pull an upset in the next 3. I think we’d all be thrilled with 2-3 over the next 5 games.

  37. Frank O.

    I’m not as pessimistic about tonight as most. I think the Knicks will match up well with the Spurs.
    Contrasting styles.

  38. tastycakes

    Frank O.: I’m not as pessimistic about tonight as most. I think the Knicks will match up well with the Spurs.
    Contrasting styles.  

    I watched them absolutely dismantle the Thunder last week, so I’m pretty pessimistic. (Though hey, we blew them out too!)

    Also going to see Spurs Knicks live later this month here in TX, so I’m obviously hoping you’re right .. but damn, this Spurs team is ballin’.

  39. ess-dog

    Turiaf might start, but I expect Shawne to see a lot of minutes tonight to replace Gallo’s shooting. A bigger concern for me is TD. Is he healthy enough to play? And will he be 100%? 80%?
    Maybe Fields is a better matchup against Ginobili anyway but it’s a concern since he backs up both guards. Sadly, I feel like we’ll see Mason tonight, maybe some Walker at the 3, and no AR or Moz again.

  40. Frank O.

    tastycakes: I watched them absolutely dismantle the Thunder last week, so I’m pretty pessimistic. (Though hey, we blew them out too!)Also going to see Spurs Knicks live later this month here in TX, so I’m obviously hoping you’re right .. but damn, this Spurs team is ballin’.  (Quote)

    Spurs are winning with great defense. The Knicks have scored a lot of points on great defensive teams.
    The key will be: can the Knicks defense play adequately enough to offset a little dip in their O.
    Even without Gallo, the Knicks will probably score about 100, which is great against a team like the Spurs.
    The key, however, will be whether the Knicks 3 pt shooters will be good enough to keep the Spurs from packing in on Amare.

  41. Caleb

    Not to pick on Frank, but the Spurs are #1 in offensive efficiency and #7 in defense. (Knicks are #5 and #21, respectively).

    Spurs are playing great but it’s great not to be the gimme on the schedule.

    I am also fantasizing about getting Randolph on the floor but don’t have my hopes up. In the short-term I think Williams & Turiaf will get more minutes and the other starters will be pushed to the 42-44 minute range. At some point Turiaf’s back will go out, Stoudemire will land in deep foul trouble and Mike D. will have to go a bit deeper on the bench.

  42. Caleb

    I read this morning that the Celts might cut Von Wafer this week, before his contract becomes guaranteed. I’m not totally down on Walker, but Wafer would be an interesting guy to try out – eat some minutes at SG, or when we need another shooter on the floor, or just for some backcourt depth.

  43. d-mar

    Yeah, I’d like to share Frank’s optimism, but the Spurs are an incredibly well-coached and disciplined team. If I was starting a team today, Popovich would be my coach, hands down, the man gets the maximum results out of every Spurs team he coaches, year after year. Yes, he has Tim Duncan, who can make any coach look smart, but Duncan isn’t the reason they are 29-4 this year.

    I like coach D’Antoni, but something tells me he will be forced to make adjustments on the fly, as Pop will throw things at us on both ends that we may struggle with. (was the last time we beat the Spurs the game that Camby almost knocked out JVG?)

  44. Brian Cronin

    was the last time we beat the Spurs the game that Camby almost knocked out JVG?

    It feels like it (I was at a game when Balkman left Michael Finley open for a game-tying three-pointer and the Knicks lost in overtime), but the Knicks won just a little under two years ago – an overtime win at home with Manu out, when Nate went for 32. What was amazing about that game was that Nate was really the only Knick who had a great game, and they still managed to beat the Spurs (granted, like I said before, they were Manu-less, but still!).

  45. Ben R

    The Spurs were the team that knocked D’Antoni out of the playoffs 3 out of the 4 years Pheonix made it. Their discipline and Duncan’s ability to match up well with Amare makes it a bad match up for ssol. Unlike most teams the Spurs continue to play thier game they won’t get sucked into our style.

    We have a shot but I think the Spurs are not only the best team in the NBA but one of our worst match ups. I think we have a better shot beating LA in LA than the Spurs in NY.

    It will be fun to see us play the best team in the NBA though. We have nothing to lose, this is a game we should lose so essentually we’re playing with house money.

    D’Antoni is a great coach but he is not in Popovich’s league, Popovich is amazing.

  46. Caleb

    Obviously the Spurs are the better team, but in terms of specific matchups I don’t think it’s so bad.

    When the Knicks have the ball, Duncan has lost foot speed and is no longer a great pick and roll defender. Nash absolutely carved them up in the playoffs last year. There is a real opportunity there. I haven’t seen Splitter play but assume he will be a big part of the Spurs’ ability, or lack of it, to defend the PnR.

    Defensively, Felton, Chandler and Douglas are pretty good defensive matchups on Parker, Ginobili and Hill.

    The Knicks’ biggest vulnerability, as usual, is on the boards. I could see Duncan and Blair playing volleyball over the Knicks’ front line.

  47. jon abbey

    Ben R:

    The Spurs were the team that knocked D’Antoni out of the playoffs 3 out of the 4 years Pheonix made it. Their discipline and Duncan’s ability to match up well with Amare makes it a bad match up for ssol.

    David Stern knocked Phoenix out one of those years, and Amare had great numbers in almost every single playoff game against San Antonio, averaging around 29 points and 10 boards over 3 postseason series.

    but yeah, as Caleb said, this SA team is actually playing more like a D’Antoni team, Popovich has said he was bored coaching the same way every year and so has changed it up this year.

    and I think Miami is the best team, or they will be by the time it matters, but time will tell.

  48. Frank O.

    Caleb: Not to pick on Frank, but the Spurs are #1 in offensive efficiency and #7 in defense. (Knicks are #5 and #21, respectively). Spurs are playing great but it’s great not to be the gimme on the schedule. I am also fantasizing about getting Randolph on the floor but don’t have my hopes up. In the short-term I think Williams & Turiaf will get more minutes and the other starters will be pushed to the 42-44 minute range. At some point Turiaf’s back will go out, Stoudemire will land in deep foul trouble and Mike D. will have to go a bit deeper on the bench.  (Quote)

    I don’t feel picked on.
    I recognize part of what I wrote would be considered very optimistic. But the Knicks have scored a lot of points on both the Celts and Miami, both of which have better Ds, I believe, than the Spurs.
    Also, the Spurs are a low possession team, right? They’d have to be with the number of points they are scoring nightly v. their offensive efficiency ranking…

    The Knicks have lots of trouble against teams with skilled bigs. Duncan likely will hurt them. But we match up well everywhere else, and Amare will get his. It just depends on how efficient he is and whether the Knicks can get solid FTs and solid play from Fields, Williams, and TD on offense.
    Turiaf is going to pick up some fouls tonight.

    It’s a stretch, but the Knicks have been playing very solid defense in recent weeks.

  49. Frank O.

    Caleb: Obviously the Spurs are the better team, but in terms of specific matchups I don’t think it’s so bad. When the Knicks have the ball, Duncan has lost foot speed and is no longer a great pick and roll defender. Nash absolutely carved them up in the playoffs last year. There is a real opportunity there. I haven’t seen Splitter play but assume he will be a big part of the Spurs’ ability, or lack of it, to defend the PnR. Defensively, Felton, Chandler and Douglas are pretty good defensive matchups on Parker, Ginobili and Hill. The Knicks’ biggest vulnerability, as usual, is on the boards. I could see Duncan and Blair playing volleyball over the Knicks’ front line.  (Quote)

    Yeah, rebounding…
    You guys are such downers. :)

    But seriously, we play big at most positions other than center. we’ll D up well. But your point about boards may be the difference. It’s where the Knicks suffer the most.

  50. Frank O.

    Not having Gallo will be a handicap. I think his passing is underestimated and the ball may not flow as well. We’ll see

  51. Frank O.

    jon abbey: David Stern knocked Phoenix out one of those years, and Amare had great numbers in almost every single playoff game against San Antonio, averaging around 29 points and 10 boards over 3 postseason series.but yeah, as Caleb said, this SA team is actually playing more like a D’Antoni team, Popovich has said he was bored coaching the same way every year and so has changed it up this year.and I think Miami is the best team, or they will be by the time it matters, but time will tell.  (Quote)

    I was going to say, Amare was a beast in some of those games with the Spurs that I watched. Looked like a man among boys a few times.

  52. Frank O.

    But the Knicks cannot – cannot – start slow as they have in recent games. You can’t spot the Spurs a 10 point lead early. They are a team that knows how to finish the opponent.

  53. jon abbey

    isn’t Rautins first on the chopping block?

    and goddamn, I cannot wait until the bloated corpse of Eddy Curry no longer takes up a roster spot. I really really wish Dolan would sue him for failure to live up to his end of the contract (this will of course never happen), thoroughly disgusting.

  54. Droidz1979

    Hollinger’s take on the Knicks :

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/23575/john-hollinger-predicts-knick-mediocrity

    “In New York, people have been unbelievably excited about the Knicks’ triumphant return to halfway-decency.

    But John Hollinger (Insider), in a discussion of the whole league (which includes noteworthy mocking of Wolves GM David Kahn), says to expect things to cool off a bit over the remainder of the season for the Knicks.”

    The Knicks are in the same discussion as David Kahn? Really now.. nice troll job from ESPN “sports” writers i must say.

  55. jon abbey

    “The Knicks are in the same discussion as David Kahn? Really now.. nice troll job from ESPN “sports” writers i must say. ”

    actually, you’re the one off base here, criticizing an article based on a short synopsis.

    it’s a longish piece, the Kahn slam is for saying Darko should be an All-Star (heh), and the rest of the piece just talks about strength of schedule and margin of victory and how he sees that impacting things going forward. we all know NY’s upcoming schedule is brutal and that we’ll be happy if they’re still much over .500 ten games from now, so no real news here.

  56. Droidz1979

    jon abbey: “The Knicks are in the same discussion as David Kahn? Really now.. nice troll job from ESPN “sports” writers i must say. ”actually, you’re the one off base here, criticizing an article based on a short synopsis. it’s a longish piece, the Kahn slam is for saying Darko should be an All-Star (heh), and the rest of the piece just talks about strength of schedule and margin of victory and how he sees that impacting things going forward. we all know NY’s upcoming schedule is brutal and that we’ll be happy if they’re still much over .500 ten games from now, so no real news here.  (Quote)

    Sorry i know this was off the topic but what got my goat was the “John Hollinger predicts Knick mediocrity” article title and when you read the article’s content it simply states that the Knick schedule will be brutal. I mean that’s pretty obvious but the Knick won’t really be mediocre coz at the end of the season this would still be a play-off team and you don’t give mediocre labels at a small time frame of the season and make it the over-all grade for the rest of the season or games to come. We know we’re not elite yet but im quite sure this Knick team ain’t mediocre. Just saying…

  57. jon abbey

    it’s a slightly misleading headline, but Hollinger’s mathematical model has us 17 out of 30 teams last I checked. “mediocre”=41 wins, Hollinger has us ending up at 44 or 45 which seems reasonable to me.

    also, writers virtually never write headlines themselves, editors and copy people or whoever do that, I thought that was pretty common knowledge.

  58. Droidz1979

    jon abbey: it’s a slightly misleading headline, but Hollinger’s mathematical model has us 17 out of 30 teams last I checked. “mediocre”=41 wins, Hollinger has us ending up at 44 or 45 which seems reasonable to me. also, writers virtually never write headlines themselves, editors and copy people or whoever do that, I thought that was pretty common knowledge.  (Quote)

    My bad, guess it would be too much to ask for ESPN’s headline to be like at this site.

  59. Droidz1979

    ess-dog: This seems like a it would be a good pick up for us:http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/gainesu01.htmlJust waived by the TWolves. Played very well for Utah last year. Thoughts on Gaines?  (Quote)

    Other than his game winner at Utah the dude barely got minutes including his stint at Minnesota. There’s gotta be some reason for that. Would love if we could get a better back-up PG especilly since TD really is not that and Mason is giving us nothing and Rautkins barely played at all.

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