After getting stuck late at work, I turn the game on with 9 minutes left in the 1st. Breen welcomes me with one of his classic euphemisms: “Calderon and Vujacic haven’t gotten into rhythm.” That’s his way of saying they suck.
Giannis recovers to the perimeter to block a Derrick Williams three. These long wings are the future of the league; their length allows them to shrink the court — a great counter to the three point shooting that widens it.
Breen has brought up the Knicks’ great team free throw shooting the last few games. He just did it again. The 2010/11 team was the last Knicks team to shoot over 80% from the charity stripe and they played a lot of small ball. Interesting they’ve been able to do it here with mostly bigger lineups.
“Lance Thomas is a good defender.” – Mike Breen. That’s code for “I’m not sure why this guy is on an NBA roster.”
Technical free throw on Plumlee. If only we had Calderon in to get us an additional .05 points (as long as Melo wasn’t in.)
Vujacic back in to play with the bench. Short leash for Grant… (Vujacic would go on to play 27 minutes, second only to Galloway among guards. He wouldn’t score until the final seconds.)
The absence of Carter-Williams is probably a plus for the Bucks. He can’t shoot and doesn’t have the quickness to abuse the Knicks’ slow guards, and most of the Knick guards don’t need real defensive attention, which is MCW’s only plus skill at the moment.
Late 2nd quarter, and the Knicks cut it to four. Is this the biggest Knick run with both Vujacic and Calderon on the floor?
Carmelo taking the technical free throw with Calderon in the game! Derek Fisher, you lied to Chris Herring.
Porzingis hits a wide open three to cut the lead to three!
Porzingis is the best Knick in this game so far. Rebounding, drawing fouls, making plays on defense…
Wow, MSG using per-36 stats to hype up Porzingis.
Could they have fit every Kobe made field goal this season into the promo for the Laker game?
Another miss from Monroe and another layup for Lopez — still happy we didn’t get him.
Late 2nd quarter, and Vujacic and Calderon are still scoreless. (They would remain scoreless for the first 47 minutes of the game and finish a combined 1-8 and -24.)
There’s a New York Lotto ad with a guy taking a wine bath for its health effects. I wonder if this was inspired by Amar’e.
Greg Monroe misses consecutive point blank layups. Still happy we didn’t get him.
After Porzingis’ second slam put-back, Monroe thinking, “so that’s what being able to jump gets you.”
Porzingis playing center! Is this the first time this season? This will be his position. I’m sure of it. Usually, you play the biggest position that you can defend, and Porzingis can be a plus defender at the 5.
Melo has shot okay so far but it seems like all his points are coming from the offense. He’s really struggling to create space in isolation. We’ll see if Fisher recognizes this and doesn’t go ISO Melo late in the game (assuming it stays close).
Knicks finally tie the game on a long two from Lance Thomas early in the 4th.
Bucks score 4 straight. Knicks answer with 4 of their own. Will Fisher bring back the starters?
Shot clock violation because the Knicks have to get it to Melo down the stretch :-(. 6:30 remaining.
Never grab John Henson’s jersey repeatedly. He’ll swat your comeback away with his awkward offense.
Box score tells me Porzingis has 9 offensive rebounds. Good job, KPZ.
Robin Lopez FINALLY comes back in with 1:40 left. for Porzingis? Come on. So he missed a couple shots. He’s your best player. Still, noteworthy that Fisher is bending rotations dramatically based on who’s playing well unless the player who isn’t playing well is Vujacic.
Fisher brings Grant back in, and Breen insinuates that he shouldn’t have taken Grant out. Immediately after, Grant draws a foul on a semi-transition drive.
I really thought the Knicks were going to win this game.
“If you’re losing, you might as well lose with rookies.” -Clyde
That’s why I love you, Clyde. You don’t sanitize the truth.