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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Knicks 124 Clippers 115

It’s the NBA’s equivalent of a tree falling in the woods. A Saturday late night West Coast game against the Clippers. Knick beat writer Alan Hahn asked “Roll Call. Who is really watching Knicks-Clippers on a Saturday night?” Answered by the Times’ Howard Beck “No way. Total waste of a Saturday night. Oh, wait.

As for the game, Los Angeles had a 52-49 lead in the 2nd quarter. However New York scored 9 straight point and would hold the lead for the rest of the game. Blake Griffin and Amar’e Stoudemire traded thunderous dunks, the former outscoring scoring the latter 44 to 39 using the same amount of shots (24 fga). The difference was their teammates. Four other Knicks scored in double digits led by Danilo Gallinari’s 31 pts on 11 shots. Meanwhile only two Clippers achieved that feat, and Eric Gordon’s 25 points on 20 shots wasn’t efficient enough.

This was New York’s second straight victory, both occurring on the road late at night. Their next such game is January 7th in Phoenix.


In other news, KnickerBlogger favorite Nick Fazekas recently made the (minor) news. The statistically appealing big man was picked #1 in the NBDL draft by Reno.

Musselman’s first draft pick as the new head coach of the Reno Bighorns happens to be a local product, a four-year starter for the University of Nevada. But that isn’t why Nick Fazekas became the first overall selection of the 2010 D-League Draft.

“The biggest thing that interests us is the fact that he’s a proven player in this league, having averaged 20 and 10,” Musselman said. “It’s hard to find players that can score with their back to the basket and can also face up. We tried as a staff to continually take out of the equation that he’s from here, but it’s an added bonus.”

A 6-11 forward, Fazekas went 34th to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Draft. He appeared in 26 NBA games (four with the Mavs, 22 with the Los Angeles Clippers) and 28 more in the D-League (all with Tulsa) in 2007-08 before heading overseas the following season. After an ankle injury cut his 2009-10 season short, Fazekas has returned to the United States in hopes of making it back to the NBA.

Last night Fazekas led the Bighorns to a 117-106 victory over Utah. Also starting in that game was Patrick Ewing Jr. and Marcus Landry. That should be one good team, especially with regards to rebounding and defense.

45 comments on “Knicks 124 Clippers 115

  1. danvt

    I’m first.

    Yes, I watched the game, and on ATDHE.Net. I read that in the Curry thread and thank the poster so very much. Can’t remember exactly who. A godsend for a Knick fan in VT. I still love this team and if the beat writers want to send me to LA I’ll cover the game for those jaded losers.

    I’ve never seen a crowd or commentators ( I had the LA feed) so “electrified” by a player in a losing effort (Griffen). They just were so uninterested in the games outcome, except to call it a “great game” with the Clips trailing by 12 to a team that came in 5-8 on the second night of a back to back. When Bernard King had his huge 50 point games it, usually, came in winning efforts. So it was legitimately exciting. Meanwhile, Griffin really did do some incredible things. Just literally vaulting over defenders. He “Weise-ed” Mosgov a la Vince Carter.

    Gallo’s 31 on 11 shots must make all the stat heads here swoon. He was smart and clutch. The free throw really is the best shot in the game and the Knicks got 50(!) and made 83%. The horrible Clips were in the penalty half way through the third quarter and the savvy (?!) Knicks took advantage.

    One of Blake’s dunks, on the break over Gallo, was an obvious travel. Maybe next season they’ll make that a point of emphasis. It’s completely ridiculous how no one enforces or cares about that rule. I’m glad they’re clamping down on the carping and calling techs because it messes with the integrity of the game as far as how the fans see it. Now they should try to enforce the actual rules of basketball.

  2. xduckshoex

    Not to nitpick, Mike, but this was actually NY’s third straight victory.

    As for the game, I wish that Randolph could get some playing time; he’s clueless out there, but sitting and watching is not going to give him a clue. He is potentially the guy who will tie everything together for the Knicks, allowing them to continue playing the uptempo game while still playing solid defense but he’ll never be that guy if he plays 5-10 here and there.

    It was good to see Douglas hitting some shots again, and it was good to see Chandler contributing even though his shot wasn’t really falling. And it was really nice to see Gallinari take control in the 4th, scoring 15 straight Knicks points; if he can play the way he did on this west coast swing on the regular the Knicks don’t need Melo. Finally, I am always impressed by Mozgov’s cutting and Turiaf’s passing. They’re always going to be very limited in what they can do offensively, but it’s nice that they both have little things they can do on the offensive end to be a factor so the defense can’t just ignore them.

  3. Ted Nelson

    xduckshoex: he’ll never be that guy if he plays 5-10 here and there.

    AR hasn’t earned anything more than that, though. Sometimes you absolutely can learn through being benched. You have to think about why you are being benched and them make the necessary changes. This is not necessarily a permanent thing, but he has to take this opportunity to show a good attitude and work on his game on the side. He should be the first one there and the last one to leave, getting assistant coaches to work with him, getting them to break down tape with him, and talking to vets and coaches about basketball on plane trips. Heck, even talk to a Roger Mason on the bench. If he does those things he’ll catch D’Antoni’s eye while also improving his game.

    I would also like to see AR get back out there at some point. I like the short rotation, though, and if I’m D’Antoni I’m interested in how AR reacts to being benched. Last 2 minutes of the 3rd, for example, he could have come in so Turiaf doesn’t pick up that 5th foul. (One of the only sensible things said my the Clippers announcers all night…) You can also say 2 minutes isn’t really fair for him to show anything, so I don’t know. Maybe letting him think about why he’s being benched and get hungry is a better strategy than teasing him with 2 minute cameos. And as of right now he really hasn’t earned more than that with his play as a Knick, especially since the team has other guys who do basically what he does better.

  4. Frank O.

    All this AR concern, I think is unfounded. D’Antoni explained that this kid is showing certain weaknesses that he shouldn’t be working out in a game. AR himself acknowledges this.
    Allowing this guy to embarrass himself during the game as often as he does will only turn this experience into a negative one. You have to remember how young he is. I’d rather see him iron out some of these fundamental flaws in the gym, not where it can be exploited by some of the greatest athletes on the earth.
    Certainly, he shows flashes of what he can be, but they are overshadowed by some really embarrassing gaffs.

    Personally, he is like Knicks gold, and you need to protect it. If they bring him along right, let him study Amare’s work habits, he could becomes a very powerful big man in this league.

  5. DS

    @5 Agreed.

    Also, they Knicks could have lost any of the last 3 games and could have come unraveled at the wrong time if they had played Randolph and presumably had to sit Turiaf or Chandler.

  6. Frank O.

    Best quote of the game:
    “Let me say something plain and simple,” Ronny Turiaf said. “I will take getting dunked on the rest of the year every single game if we get the win.”

    indeed

  7. gbaked

    Ted Nelson: Maybe letting him think about why he’s being benched and get hungry is a better strategy than teasing him with 2 minute cameos.

    Mike D has often said that he doesnt feel its right to throw guys out there for 3 min a game. That they cant get into a rhythm and end up, for the most part, playing poorly. Which is generally more detrimental then sitting on the bench.

    When nate was benched for a month (yes for very different reasons) he changed most peoples opinion of him by busting it, never complaining and waiting for his next opportunity. I will say that it was a career changing month for him. Hopefully AR has the same attitude, and uses the time off the court to really work on his game and be ready when his number is called.

  8. Frank O.

    villainx: So weird to see blocked shots on the Knicks stat line, from different players too.  

    This is where WC has really had an impact. He’s taking fewer shots and playing much tougher D.

  9. Z

    :
    In Sacramento he scored 27 points on only 8 shots!  

    In fact, since the 2nd half of the Denver game, Gallo has scored 100 points on only 48 shots. Not sure what that makes his TS% over the past 108 hours, but it’s got to be somewhere close to .800%. (His TS% in Sacramento was .872; in LA .927).

  10. Frank O.

    Knicks were 84 percent from the line.
    My god…we haven’t seen the knicks use the charity stripe as a weapon in many, many years. This is where the athleticism takes its toll on the opposition.
    Even in the Ewing years, this team didn’t take advantage of the stripe like this…

  11. Frank O.

    Frank O.: Knicks were 84 percent from the line.
    My god…we haven’t seen the knicks use the charity stripe as a weapon in many, many years. This is where the athleticism takes its toll on the opposition.
    Even in the Ewing years, this team didn’t take advantage of the stripe like this…  

    I’m not certain of that last sentence. It was a feel

  12. villainx

    Frank O.:
    This is where WC has really had an impact. He’s taking fewer shots and playing much tougher D.  

    I think of it more as Stoudemire’s impact. Minimally, he’s a shot blocker on defense, so it does encourage that type of defense from his teammates. And then, cause the opponents are cognizant that Stoudemire will be there to block shots, he alters their shot for his shot blocking teammates as well. Plus, for that aspect of the defense, the fact that Stoudemire is there for 30+ minutes, it helps to sustain the shot blocking approach/mentality through the whole game, and not just the 5-10 minutes if there was some defensive specialist role player out there.

    I could be wrong.

  13. totti

    So all of a sudden, my boy started to play like he was used to do in italy. Has he really translated all his old game to nba? Can he really put the team on his shoulders in clutch time, game after game?
    If yes, my friends, knicks can be contenders with two more key addition at 1/2 and 5.

    Gallo himself is not expecting to continue like this, he’s not lebron, he said.

    My boy

  14. Nick C.

    Lets hope this is a real improvement and not just a mirage caused by playing weak opponents. Other than the obvious, Gallo, Amare, Felton, Fields and Turiaf the nicest thing is Chandler taking less shots, getting some FTs and continuing to rebound and defend.

  15. d-mar

    Frank O.: Best quote of the game:
    “Let me say something plain and simple,” Ronny Turiaf said. “I will take getting dunked on the rest of the year every single game if we get the win.”indeed  

    I saw that quote also, Frank. I really love this guy. He’s just a great positive presence on the team and a tremendous competitor utilizing limited skills. Did you see the way he drew that foul on Gordon? Classic.

  16. Z

    Nick C.: Lets hope this is a real improvement and not just a mirage caused by playing weak opponents.  

    People who devalue the “win streak” by saying it’s against bad teams don’t give enough respect to the fact that it is: 1) difficult to go on road trips; 2) difficult to play games from 10:30 pm – 1:00 am; 3) difficult to win the back end of back-to-back games (not once but twice); 4) difficult to win the back end of back-to-back games on the road (not once but twice); difficult to play 4 games in 5 nights.

    From the 2nd half of the Denver game on, the Knicks played this 4 game western swing as well as anyone could have hoped. They long stretches of all the games. The last three the Knicks were in steady control of. Even when the Clippers opened the game shootibg 9 for 10, the Knicks still were winning by the end of the 1st quarter.

    Obviously beating the Kings, Clips, and Warriors doesn’t make the Knicks instant contenders, but it’s not “fool’s gold” either. They did a really good job going 3-1 on a west coast swing could have doomed many a bad team…

  17. danvt

    Nick C.: Lets hope this is a real improvement and not just a mirage caused by playing weak opponents.

    I will take any win at this point and I am never sure that this team will. The Knicks seemed to handle their business last night, never letting the Clips get closer than 5 but I was a nervous wreck until there was about one minute left. Once bit and twice shy or should I say 1000 times bit 2000 times shy. We have seen them lose every possible way to every possible team. If they actually get to .500 in the next week I might start thinking that they’d be the favorite in any game. Until then, any win is a huge win. Even against a 1-13 team with two injured starters.

  18. Robert Silverman

    Interesting factiod, look at Raymond Felton this season and Chauncey Billups in their 6th season (both age 26 – this was the year CB signed with the Pistons and really broke out):

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=feltora01&y1=2011&p2=billuch01&y2=2003

    Watching Ray-Ray out there, he’s actually reminded me a LOT of Tim Hardaway circa 1998 — same body type. Same propensity for big shots, good penetration off the dribble, pesky D, so-so court vision.

  19. Nick C.

    Z-I agree with what you are saying. The shell shock of the last years is a little tough to set aside. lol

  20. Ben R

    Wilson Chandler seems to have gotten the memo. His shot selection has been much better over the last five games.

    Over the first nine games Chander shot 49 three pointers (6.4 per 36) and 25 free throws (3.3 per 36), over the last five games Chandler has shot 12 three pointers (2.9 per 36) and 22 free throws (5.3 per 36). In each of the last five games Chandler has shot more free throws than three pointers a feat he only managed once over the first nine games.

    First nine games:
    30.4 mins – 20.1 pts per 36 – 49.7% TS%
    Last five games
    29.8 mins – 18.4 pts per 36 – 56.1% TS%

  21. Ted Nelson

    villainx: I think of it more as Stoudemire’s impact.

    I don’t really follow… Why is Amare the key rather than anyone else?

    Nick C.: Lets hope this is a real improvement and not just a mirage caused by playing weak opponents.

    Right now I suppose you could look at them as on a 35 win pace (6 wins in 14 games) or as a game under .500… I don’t think it’s a mirage, but they’re not going to get the Kings or half-staffed GS or Clippers every night, either. They let up on those teams to a point where a better team would have probably trounced them. I don’t think it’s any more a mirage than the 6 game losing streak was, though. Their season will almost definitely be somewhere in between… but there’s a lot of space between 0 and 61.5 wins…

    Z: People who devalue the “win streak” by saying it’s against bad teams

    It is against bad teams… I don’t think that’s devaluing anything, just stating a fact. The Knicks have also lost to some bad teams this season. Any 3 games win streak isn’t indicative of anything and has as much of a chance to be “fool’s gold” as anything. Have you forgotten the 12-6 run the Knicks went on last season beating some real quality opponents? I don’t think this 3 game win streak is any more an indication that the Knicks have turned a corner than the 6 game losing streak was that they would be awful all season… Hopefully we can look back on it and say it was, but that this point…

  22. cgreene

    I think that Amar’e felt more confident going up against teams he has always dominated and that had a lot to do with how well he played and helped translate to the team. These guys are not robots who just put up their statistical averages. Confidence is a huge key and Amare came into these games being confident he could dominate because of his history against those teams and in those arenas. That had a trickle down effect.

  23. JK47

    We’ve pretty much been playing stereotypical Mike D’Antoni basketball– these games are all shootouts without much defense. Our offensive rating has zoomed to #8 in the NBA, but our defensive rating has plummeted to a discouraging #25. We’re middle of the pack in all the offensive four factors but are 3rd in FT/FGA. In the defensive four factors we’re pretty much average in everything but are 26th in eFG% allowed.

    We lead the league in blocked shots and we’re 4th in steals, but we’re still a bad defensive team. And rebounding is not the culprit– our rebounding, which was a major worry of mine before the season, has been average.

    What is everybody’s take on all of these numbers? How can we improve our defensive rating? Obviously we need to close out on outside shooters better, but does anybody feel like there’s too much emphasis on trying to get blocks and steals, and not enough on playing good, solid position defense? We’re allowing too many easy buckets, that’s for sure.

  24. hoolahoop

    A few of player notes:
    Amare was everything we could have hoped for in this game. He showed leadership by his will to win (when are they going to have a stat for that), as well as his athletic skills.
    Gallo – played with more confidence than I’ve ever seen. He had a great game – the best I’ve seen him play. He’s a soft player that’s needs to be aggressive game in, game out to be a reliable A player. I love the way he draws fouls – and makes them count. Big 3′s are invaluable.
    Felton – played well, but needs find more enjoyment in setting up teammates than trying to score (see Rondo). He throws up some garbage sometimes that’s a momentum stopper for the knicks. A point guard that shoots too much is cancer (see marbury).
    WC- I like his game (on this team) and don’t care what his box score looks like. Other than Amare, he’s the warrior of this team. A team needs warriors to win.
    TD – I thinks he’s filler on this team. He’s from the Iverson, Marbury School and doesn’t understand winning basketball.
    —-
    Blake Griffin- He’s a monster!

  25. domiknick

    Hey Guys,

    I was at this game (I live in San Diego, drove up to LA for it). Just a few random things I noticed (some maybe more obvious than others):

    - Blake Griffin is a BEAST. I mean, really. Not sure how it looked on TV, but that dunk over Mozgov was monstrous to see in person. It brought the house down, Clippers AND Knicks fans. Regardless of which team you’re rooting for, I think when you see someone that talented in person, you have to give respect where it’s due. But it wasn’t just the dunks – the kid seems to have an array of moves, from post-up to face-up, and he can knock down the 15-footer too. Towards the end of the game, you could tell he was just trying to attack the basket with every shot.

    - Comparing Griffin to Amare: They seem similar in that they both can tear down the rim on dunks, can knock down the perimeter shot, and both look to attack the basket off dribble drives. However, Griffin just seems more…fluid out there. Amar’e’s drives to the basket with his head down, bowling people over, are frustrating to see in person. Especially compared to Griffin who just seems to have more moves and be under more control on his drives than Amar’e. And HE’S the rookie.

    - Even with Griffin show in full effect, it never really felt like was a winnable game for the Clippers, from about halfway through the 2nd quarter on. If you think Knicks fans expect to lose, you should see Clippers fans. I mean, they got excited for their players when they made big plays, and it get louder when the Clips got the score closer, but there was no point in the game where I felt “Oh crap, here goes our lead.”

    - We just seemed like the smarter team (for once!). For all of Griffin’s heroic dunks, Amar’e calmly went to work, got his fouls, and kept pace with the rookie’s scoring outburst. So maybe that’s the veteran difference.

    - Bill Walker seems bigger in person (haha, just wanted to throw that in).

    - Gallo is fun to watch in person.

  26. Ted Nelson

    hoolahoop: when are they going to have a stat for that

    They have tons of stats for that… How did that manifest itself on the floor? If a guy has an ENORMOUS “will to win,” wants it more than anyone else on the court, but misses every shots, turns it over a ton, doesn’t get any rebounds, lets his man score, fouls all the time, etc… His name is Mark Madsen and no one cares about his will to win. The will to win is only important when it manifests itself as production.

    hoolahoop: He’s a soft player

    Did you seriously write that?

    hoolahoop: TD – I thinks he’s filler on this team. He’s from the Iverson, Marbury School and doesn’t understand winning basketball.

    I strongly disagree. He’s not a PG. That doesn’t make him “filler.” This is a guy who played SG his whole life, that doesn’t make him an ego-maniacal cancer like the 2 you compared him 2. And even Iverson played plenty of winning basketball despite all his flaws.

  27. hoolahoop

    Griffin looked every bit as beasty on tv. Holy cow, he’s scary! He’s big, strong and agile. I dare to say, but he reminds me of LeBron. It could get interesting when Baron Davis returns.

  28. Ted Nelson

    cgreene: I think that Amar’e felt more confident going up against teams he has always dominated and that had a lot to do with how well he played and helped translate to the team.

    That’s pure speculation… He’s been in the league 10 years and probably had good nights in every arena and bad nights in most as well. Do you even have any proof that he’s historically played better against those teams?

    Certainly it’s possible, but there are plenty of other explanations that are just as possible. For one thing he’s getting the ball in much better spots than the beginning of the season, when he would get the ball out by the 3-pt line on a hand-off so he had his man, Felton’s man, and help defender(s) between him and the basket. Now he’s usually getting it more in the high-post with his man and the help to beat and a lot less ground to cover to beat them…

    JK47: What is everybody’s take on all of these numbers?

    Interesting stuff… I don’t know. I guess it’s still pretty early in the season: still some wild swings in rankings from a few games.

  29. cgreene

    Ted, what I was saying was not that Amare plays particularly better against those teams as opposed to others, but the frequency with which he played them, and basically, just the opportunity for him to play out West this early in the season was helpful and comfortable for him. I am not as quick on looking up the stats as you but I think it probable that the Suns had a lot of success against the bad teams in the West that we just beat. Knowing that you have had that success gives one confidence. This is absolutely conjecture on Amare’s psychology.

  30. Spree8nyk8

    Doug Chu: This was New York’s second straight victory, both occurring on the road late at night. Their next such game is January 7th in Phoenix. .  

    Damn did they take a win away from us? Cause I’m pretty sure it was 3.

  31. d-mar

    If you’re looking for more Knick silver linings, we’ve played more road games so far than any team in the NBA (9). Of course, we have the 2nd worst home record (1-3) also, and that obviously has to change.

  32. hoolahoop

    Steve Nash has been sidelined for a couple of games and played hurt the game before that. The Suns lost all three games. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s not as much the system that wins games, than the players executing the system.

  33. hoolahoop

    Steve Nash has been sidelined for a couple of games and played hurt the game before that. The Suns lost all three games. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s not as much the system that wins games, than having Steve Nash executing the system.

  34. danvt

    I don’t really think the team your playing matters as much as how you are playing matters. I’m not saying it doesn’t matter. I think it matters a lot but I feel as if, for example, Danillo would have made those shots and drawn those fouls against many teams in the league be they north or south of .500. I think the important thing is that a team be as razor sharp tight as The Eagles in concert and that guys play within themselves, absolutely, not doing the things they are less good at, but also in rhythm, relaxed, and coordinated with their team mates. Then anyone can beat anyone and NYK can.

  35. Robert Silverman

    The thing that could really vault this team forward is (gulp) Anthony Randolph.

    If he could put up even the #’s he did in his first two seasons in GS (11 pts, 6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks/steals in 20 mpg), it’d be a huge weapong off the bench, especially as a defender when Turiaf sits, b/c Ronny’s not going to last the year playing 35 mpg considering how physically he plays.

    The 8-man rotation has been working, but I’d love to see AR start to get mins especially considering the next 10 games: Charlotte, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey, New Orleans, Toronto, Minnesota, Toronto, Washington.

    If they’re serious about the playoffs, 6-7 wins is an absolute MUST.

  36. Ted Nelson

    cgreene: This is absolutely conjecture on Amare’s psychology. 

    Yeah, that’s my only point. I mean Gallo never played in the West and he also feasted in those games. And going against mostly single coverage vs. VladRad/Adrien/Wright, DeAndre Jordan, Sacto’s bigs… Amare is probably going to feast whatever team it is and where ever the game is played.

    danvt: I don’t really think the team your playing matters as much as how you are playing matters.

    There’s a thin line and of course all you can do is beat the teams on your schedule. But a better defensive team is probably not going to foul Gallo quite so much. Or even the Warriors could have been better against Amare had their top 3 or 4 PFs or something not been injured… The Knicks will beat some good teams, but I don’t think they take 3 of 4 from playoff teams too often.

    Robert Silverman: The thing that could really vault this team forward is (gulp) Anthony Randolph.

    Good point. If he gets it together absolutely could. If the Knicks are hitting their 3s and have a pretty tight rotation I think AR will be a lot more effective than he was in the line-ups he played in.

  37. ess-dog

    JK47: We’ve pretty much been playing stereotypical Mike D’Antoni basketball– these games are all shootouts without much defense.Our offensive rating has zoomed to #8 in the NBA, but our defensive rating has plummeted to a discouraging #25.We’re middle of the pack in all the offensive four factors but are 3rd in FT/FGA.In the defensive four factors we’re pretty much average in everything but are 26th in eFG% allowed.We lead the league in blocked shots and we’re 4th in steals, but we’re still a bad defensive team.And rebounding is not the culprit– our rebounding, which was a major worry of mine before the season, has been average.What is everybody’s take on all of these numbers?How can we improve our defensive rating?Obviously we need to close out on outside shooters better, but does anybody feel like there’s too much emphasis on trying to get blocks and steals, and not enough on playing good, solid position defense?We’re allowing too many easy buckets, that’s for sure.  

    If you look at points differential, we are 16th in the league – exactly the 8th seed – not too different than what people have expected. You have to take pace into account. In terms of the eFG given up, it’s hard to say. It’s a small enough sample size that you can say that that # will go down considering Turiaf was hurt and possibly Douglas, two important defenders. Plus as people are saying, working AR into the rotation could help this as well. Frankly, I’m not too concerned. I don’t think we’re “bad” defensively, just middle of the pack.

  38. nicos

    Defensively I’d say the Knicks need to make better in game adjustments- if someone- Ellis, Griffen, Beasley/Love- is hurting them they don’t seem to do enough to get the ball out of their hands. Also, at times they allow themselves get switched into mismatches on the perimeter way to easily- I think D’Antoni needs to tinker with the “let’s switch everything on the perimeter” model a bit- you don’t want a steady diet of Gallo on Ellis or Amar’e on Eric Gordon. Also having Toney take a step off guards who can actually handle the ball might be nice- I have no problem with him getting up in Eric Bledsoe or C.J. Watson’s grill every time down the court but while you might turn Steph Curry over once or twice, you’re probably going to let him get in to the lane 3 or 4 times- Toney needs to do a better job of picking his spots. I’d also say transition defense hasn’t been great- part of this is Fields crashing the offensive glass has left the backcourt unbalanced- especially given that Felton drives a lot that often leaves Gallo and a big trying to match up with guys leaking out and while Gallo’s not a bad half court defender he’s really not very good in transition.

  39. Brian Cronin

    Really, what makes me so happy watching the Knicks these last few games is that pretty much every single “easily correctable” mistake that we’ve been harping on has been, well, corrected!

    1. Amar’e should pass out of doubles – check.

    2. Amar’e and Felton should look for Gallo in the fourth quarter – check.

    3. The Knicks should look to Gallo more period – check.

    4. Chandler should not take threes – check.

    5. Toney Douglas and Gallo and walker should shoot closer to their career percentages on open threes – check.

    Only AR has not addressed his easily correctable flaws (don’t shoot outside jumpers), and he has not had the opportunity yet.

    It is a ton of fun seeing stuff you are complaining about actually get addressed (or at least seemingly being addressed – this could obviously all still be a fluke and Tuesday they could go right back to Amar’e running into doubles, Chandler hoisting up threes and everyone ignoring Gallo).

  40. Brian Cronin

    Gallo is now fifth in the NBA in Offensive Win Shares. Wow.

    He’s 16th overall in Win Shares. Cuh-ray-zee.

  41. iluminati

    What also makes me feel good is that we have a nice stretch these few weeks where the Knicks can get fat off of some beatable opponents. Let’s see if they can fix the errors of their losses early in the season. If not, from December 10th to the 31st, this season can get ugly in a hurry.

  42. Ted Nelson

    nicos: Also, at times they allow themselves get switched into mismatches on the perimeter way to easily- I think D’Antoni needs to tinker with the “let’s switch everything on the perimeter” model a bit- you don’t want a steady diet of Gallo on Ellis or Amar’e on Eric Gordon.

    I actually feel like they’re not switching that much on the perimeter lately. Against GS in particular TD and Felton were fighting over every screen, only to let Ellis and Curry get open momentarily for jumpers. You switch and maybe you take away that shot, but maybe they beat a slower player and get to the basket…

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