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Monday, October 20, 2014

Knicks 111, Bobcats 102

Charlotte Bobcats 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

111 New York Knicks
Kenyon Martin, PF 36 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3Simply everywhere on defense for as long as the game was competitive. 3 contracts at or near the max, an 18-5 start, and yet I shudder to think what our outlook would be without this guy. He needs to not play 36 minutes in games like this.
Carmelo Anthony, SF 36 MIN | 11-28 FG | 9-10 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 32 PTS | +1Some brilliant shot-making tonight but it was scattered throughout some ugly cold stretches. The 11/28 shooting and 5 turnovers look ugly but 7 offensive boards and a 9/10 from the line (and oh how he finished through contact) makes it a plus night on the offensive end. Defense was unremarkable for better or worse.
Iman Shumpert, SF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +4Looking more and more confident in his shot and sharper and quicker on defense. Starting to play the passing lanes and body up quick defenders like he did as a rookie. When Chandler comes back, a lineup with Shump at the 3 and K-Mart and Chandler behind him could be an absolute brick wall when Melo needs a breather. Make no mistake, the difference between the team right now and a month ago is about K-Mart’s Renaissance and JR’s Reformation, but it’s got plenty to do with Shumpert’s Enlightenment as well.
Raymond Felton, PG 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +8There was a period where many Knicks fans (at least on Twitter) were firmly entrenched in two warring camps: one pro-Felton and one pro-Prigioni. At this point, it should be clear that we’re not dealing with an either/or proposition. Since Prigioni’s insertion into the starting lineup, the feast-or-famine Felton has been replaced with a far more consistent player who has shot less (between 6 and 12 FGA’s per game) and better (32/58 in the last 7) while limiting his turnovers as a result of his lightened playmaking burden. Prigs played just 11 minutes tonight but the calmer Felton showed up nonetheless, sinking 5 of 7 twos and 2 of 4 threes.

Felton’s TS% with Prigioni on the court this season is 59.0%. With Prigs on the bench, it’s 49.1%.

Pablo Prigioni, PG 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Prigioni’s TS% with Felton on the court this season is 64.0%. With Felton on the bench its 56.5%.
Chris Copeland, SF 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2Nothing to see here. With each passing day it becomes more apparent that there’s only room in the playoff rotation for one of he and Novak and I don’t like Cope’s odds in that battle. That said, neither of them was particularly necessary today.
Steve Novak, SF 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +14I SPACED THE FLOOR! PROVE THAT I DIDN’T!
Marcus Camby, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +72 points and 2 boards may not look like much but next to his pooped-in-the-fridge-ate-an-entire-wheel-of-cheese-impressive 4 foul, 1 turnover, 0-anything-else night against Memphis it’s like realizing there was one more Sour Patch Kid at the bottom of the bag.
Jason Kidd, PG 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -3Tonight it was rebounding. It’s always something. I don’t know what the most memorable play of the Knicks’ postseason will be this year but if it’s a happy memory something tells me Kidd will be involved.
J.R. Smith, SG 37 MIN | 12-18 FG | 11-12 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 37 PTS | +13I’ve spent hundreds of hours watching, thinking about, and writing about the Knicks this season. My girlfriend Emily has largely joined me on this journey and, while she likes both the sport and the team, it would probably be unfair of me to assume that this was the way she was hoping to spend her winter. In the first quarter last night, JR stepped up to the three-point line and employed a nasty stutter-step that sent his flummoxed defender (I think Gerald Henderson?) tumbling to the floor, able only to look up at Earl as he banged home a three. I yipped with excitement and called Emily in from the next room to see a replay.

Her response: “I love JR. I feel like he really represents the team this season. He kind of came out of nowhere and he’s really bad sometimes but when he’s good it’s so awesome.”

I have nothing to add.

Mike WoodsonSome of the high minute totals seem a little silly in a game that stopped being competitive so early but I’m not sure what he was supposed to do with so few bodies at his disposal. Did I really want to see 15 minutes of James White in a game that ended up only being decided by 9? Bottom line is, for all of Woodson’s imprefections, he’s got an injury-ravaged roster peaking at the right time and he’s doing it with a handful of fairly unorthodox lineups that have been thrust upon him by both short-handedness and quirks in the personnel. Don’t know how you could call that a bad job at this point.

21 comments on “Knicks 111, Bobcats 102

  1. David Crockett

    “I yipped with excitement and called Emily in from the next room to see a replay. Her response: ‘I love JR. I feel like he really represents the team this season. He kind of came out of nowhere and he’s really bad sometimes but when he’s good it’s so awesome.’ I have nothing to add.”

    No pressure or anything K-Mac, but. um. Emily sounds pretty damned awesome, herself. So don’t eff that up dude, seriously.

  2. BigBlueAL

    Z-man:
    Go Jazz! Foye with 6 3-ptrs in like 10 minutes of the 2nd half!!!

    Hoping for a Suns miracle vs the Pacers but highly doubt it.

  3. Juany8

    Clippers are starting to look outright mediocre recently, it’s not just losing to the Rockets without Harden, it’s getting blown out despite the fact that the Rockets didn’t even play that well. Rockets do have a nice little bench, and as awesome as Harden is, it’s Asik who keeps the defense stable, it explains why he has the highest On/Off differential on the Rockets despite the fact that Harden is the better player.

  4. massive

    Andre Iguodala is opting out of the final year of his contract with Denver to become a free agent. He’s obviously going to be out of our price-range, but it’s interesting that he would choose to go this route instead of just extending his current contract. I doubt he takes a significant pay-cut to play for a contender, but he was an Olympian. If nobody here remembers, another Olympian in Kevin Love was complaining earlier this season about the Wolves’ inability to build a contender around him (after they refused to offer him a max deal). I’m really interested in how this situation unfolds. Too bad the Knicks don’t have the cap space to pull off a deal; he would fit in perfectly with the Knicks as the starting 3.

    http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/226992/Iguodala-Likely-To-Opt-Out-Of-Contract-With-Nuggets

  5. Brian Cronin

    DeMarcus Cousins, for some reason, tries to shoot a three and Dwight Howard blocks it. The ball goes to a King who then passes to Cousins who tries it again!!! He bricks it badly. Kobe shooting free throws.

  6. massive

    The Suns wanted to lose this game. Why on earth do you let Wesley Johnson take all of your last shots?

  7. Brian Cronin

    Man, too many teams just don’t seem to have an end-of-the-game strategy. The Suns let the Pacers kill 4-5 seconds while down five for no reasoN! Just foul right away!

  8. Brian Cronin

    Here’s something I think is actually true. I think teams in the NBA would rather lose while not looking desperate than have a teensy chance of winning while looking silly. The only way you can possibly come back from a big deficit at the end of the game is fouling right away and then taking threes. That’s it. So when teams don’t do that, it aggravates me. Phoenix was actually better at it than most teams I see. Most teams wouldn’t do as much as they did.

  9. BigBlueAL

    massive:
    The Suns wanted to lose this game. Why on earth do you let Wesley Johnson take all of your last shots?

    The Suns didnt play Dragic the last 2 games because they wanted to give him some “rest”. They have no interest in winning any games the rest of the season.

  10. JC Knickfan

    Juany8:
    Clippers are starting to look outright mediocre recently, it’s not just losing to the Rockets without Harden, it’s getting blown out despite the fact that the Rockets didn’t even play that well. Rockets do have a nice little bench, and as awesome as Harden is, it’s Asik who keeps the defense stable, it explains why he has the highest On/Off differential on the Rockets despite the fact that Harden is the better player.

    Give me break, 4th game in 5 nights.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/4304/rapid-reaction-rockets-98-clippers-81

    Whenever an NBA team has to play four games in five nights, it’s commonly referred to as a “schedule loss.” It’s almost impossible to play two consecutive back-to-backs, separated by just one day, and win the fourth game. It showed tonight, as the Clippers were simply out of gas. They were routinely beat down the floor in transition, couldn’t stop the Rockets’ dribble penetration, and lacked the explosion that makes their offensive attack so potent.

  11. lavor postell

    JC Knickfan: Give me break, 4th game in 5 nights.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/4304/rapid-reaction-rockets-98-clippers-81

    Whenever an NBA team has to play four games in five nights, it’s commonly referred to as a “schedule loss.” It’s almost impossible to play two consecutive back-to-backs, separated by just one day, and win the fourth game. It showed tonight, as the Clippers were simply out of gas. They were routinely beat down the floor in transition, couldn’t stop the Rockets’ dribble penetration, and lacked the explosion that makes their offensive attack so potent.

    They’ve looked a lot more mortal recently. Losses to Sacramento last week and Dallas this week at home, were game they just wouldn’t have lost early in the season. I probably mention this everytime I talk about the Clippers, but they depend on a lot of individual skill to operate effectively in the halfcourt, with Paul virtually responsible for creating everybody’s shot. I can’t imagine them coming out of the West winning two series against the likes of SAS, OKC and DEN. Memphis would be a tough matchup for them again this year as well, especially if they get them in first round again.

  12. Juany8

    JC Knickfan: Give me break, 4th game in 5 nights.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/4304/rapid-reaction-rockets-98-clippers-81

    Whenever an NBA team has to play four games in five nights, it’s commonly referred to as a “schedule loss.” It’s almost impossible to play two consecutive back-to-backs, separated by just one day, and win the fourth game. It showed tonight, as the Clippers were simply out of gas. They were routinely beat down the floor in transition, couldn’t stop the Rockets’ dribble penetration, and lacked the explosion that makes their offensive attack so potent.

    This sounds nice, but the rockets were playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, so they had pretty much the same conditions as the Clippers, unless you think that extra game is more harmful to the Clippers than losing Harden is to the Rockets. Furthermore, they only won 3 games against playoff teams in March, and one of those was against the Knicks when they were missing Chandler and Melo.

    Put it this way, the Clippers had an even better start to the season than the Knicks, have had less injury issues, and are only 1 game ahead in the standings. A pretty big fall for a team many were laughably calling the best in the league after an admittedly nice winning streak.

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