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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Knicks 90, Bucks 83

Milwaukee Bucks 83 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony, SF

38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +4

First half: Found something of an early rhythm, due in part to not forcing the issue. Rotated well; hit the glass in style; and seemed more than happy to send Spaulding ’round the horn. And he dunked with two hands twice, which, let’s try and save those.

Second half: A roller coaster seat studded with rusty nails where Mama June Shannon has to hold on to you because the handle bar is missing. It wasn’t so much that he was taking bad shots; the ship just couldn’t find its bearings, and Melo couldn’t right it. He did come up with the game’s two deciding buckets, however.

Tyson Chandler, C

32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 5 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | +18

First half: Looked spry and springy right from the get-go, hit an elbow jumper late in the first, and caused a minor earthquake after poor Nate Wolters decided it was a good idea to try and duplicate what he used to pull off against centers who averaged out at 6’4” at South Dakota State Methodist Polytech Agriculture and Mining State. That ball is now roughly half way through the earth’s mantle. Go fetch it, Mining Boy.

Second half: The only credibly consistent presence during the 24-minute snuff film that was the second half of this basketball game. It’s difficult to describe the violence with which Chandler impaled the ball – both through the rim and away from it – during the game’s waning moments. Without a doubt the game’s MVP.

Raymond Felton, PG

34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +11

First half: BOY, WHAT A BULLDOG! The defense looked tenacious, the jumper hitch-less, and the transition moxie controlled and confident. He poked and prodded the lane with aplomb – helpless whelp Nate Wolters at his hitch – and sweated delicious, chalky dirt. BULLDOG.

Second half: Pulled up lame after a smooth, traffic-defying reverse lay-in. The universe promptly melted. Ray would return, however, looking minimally hobbled and bringing an air of calm to a tumultuous stretch. Knicks: I don’t care if he freezes and drowns — ICE BATH. BULLDOG.

Pablo Prigioni, PG

37 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | +19

First Half: Pablo Prigioni’s hands might be snorting amyls. It was Prigs’ hounding heroics that set the tone defensively, while capitalizing on whatever the Bucks gave him at the other end. He ate Nate Wolters’ stubble-less face; and generally looked content with picking up right where he left off down last season’s stretch.

Second Half: A smoothie of rotted raw chicken and paint thinner. It was turnovers a’plenty until crunch time, when the goofball hands started flying and ol’ Pesky came up with a couple of crucial nabs – one of them a violent dive that resulted in a gritty Melo lay-in to put the Bockers up three.

Iman Shumpert, SG

33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +4

First half: A dash choppy to start, with Shump hesitating way too much off the catch. But once the groove was got, the coast was clear – confident dribble-drives, a gorgeous PUJIT three, a tough and-1, and a missed oop-and-foul that saw him land awkwardly on his left knee and caused at least six different fluids to spray out of my skull. Three of them I’ve never seen before. He deflected more passes than I could count, and was sweating hard enough to buoy a cruise liner.

Second half: A Debra Winger movie marathon for 72 consecutive sleepless hours. (Bad, but OK because you like watching Debra Winger. Debra Winger is Shump in this scenario. Never mind.) That 17-footer from the top of the key as the shit hit the fan was huge. Ditto the late-fourth D. All in all, there was plenty to love, even if it all feels like borrowed time.

Andrea Bargnani, PF

17 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -11

First half: A sucker fish that’s just had its eyes torn out by a school of convict cichlids, swimming around in aimless circles, praying for its owner to throw it down a broken toilet.

Second half: A sucker fish that’s just had its eyes torn out by a school of convict cichlids, swimming around in aimless circles, praying for its owner to throw it down a broken toilet.

Caveat: I understand it’s a process. Fact is, Bargnani’s baggage entails so many variables – draft status, signs of early atrophy, a city that welcomes warmly but turns in an instant – that any semblance of productive efficiency should be seen as found money, at this point. As in wrinkled and sweat-stained one-dollar bills with “TUESDAY RAIN” written in black lipstick.

Kenyon Martin, PF

5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6

First half: For a guy who’d spent most of the preseason alternating between frustrated quotes and ice baths, K-Mart looked pretty damn jumpy in the early going – fleet of foot, quick off the ground, and keen of timing.

Second half: Deafening crickets.

Metta World Peace, SF

18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -4

First half: It was encouraging to see Metta take a break from aimless perimeter chucking to post up weaker foes on the block. He’s still quick enough on the spin to create space and convert, so hopefully this wasn’t just a fleeting glimpse. Still looks a little lost on offense.

Second half: Like being hungover in a nine-hour line at the DMV where all of the clerks are Ted Cruz. Was apparently trying to catch the most routine of passes with toilet scrubbers. He did make a pretty big running jumper during Milwaukee’s slogging comeback.

Beno Udrih, PG

11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -12

First half: After a sterling preseason, Beno cut quite the jittery picture throughout, getting a bit cavalier with the ball and finishing with a team low +/- of minus 12.

Second half: Your boss walking in on you watching 80s dwarf porn on a Hello Kitty sticker-covered VHS you just stole from Goodwill.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG

15 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

First half: He can shoot.

Second half: He can shoot.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Two point guards! Fun for exactly 24 minutes! That Prigioni was a team-high +19 wouldn’t surprise anyone who watched even ten minutes of tonight’s game. I’m glad – as we all are – that Woodson acknowledged what worked last year.
  2. These two professional basketball teams combined for 45 turnovers in a professional basketball game in a professional basketball league. Forty-five. No, it wasn’t six overtimes. The Knicks were able to capitalize to a more consistent degree than were the Bucks, but both teams have to know what’s going up first on the drawing board.
  3. For once, the Knicks’ defensive rotations looked crisp, clean, and devoid of letting that shady dude in the corner bogart the rest of the bag. The wings in particular looked like they were communicating – if not verbally, than by some sign language Bargs learned in his Toronto safehouse.
  4. Paul Rudd says the new Anchroman is “amazing.” I have mixed feelings about Paul Rudd.
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21 comments on “Knicks 90, Bucks 83

  1. BigBlueAL

    Best part about the regular season starting is the amazing recaps. Jim is in mid-season form already.

  2. ruruland

    It would probably qualify as one of the 10-15 best defensive performances of last year. Really sound. Great sign. Offensive sets looked pretty crisp. Clearly a more talented team than last year.

  3. JK47

    The Nuggets started both Javale McGee and Anthony Randolph tonight. I am glad I do not root for that team.

  4. ephus

    Great recap.

    Glad the Knicks won.

    Tyson Chandler was awesome, on both ends. As in, I looked at him and felt awe.

    Bargiani was awful. As in, I watched him play and felt revulsion.

  5. danvt

    Minutes per game is obscured by the picture. I guess the redesign of KB is experiencing some of the same problems as the health care roll out. Nice to have Knicks basketball. No style points, a win is a win. I hope RayRay is OK. We’re going to need Cole Aldrich tonight against CHI. I wish I could write something more but I have to go to work. KB is blocked by the fascist filter there.

  6. Frank O.

    A frustrating game, but I’d rather see the learning process occur with a win.
    I think part of the problem was that in several instances there were too many new players on the court together at one time.
    Those guys don’t know each other and they don’t know the system as well yet.
    I think that was key

  7. iserp

    What’s wrong with the knicks in the 3rd quarter? I recall that last year we had many terrible 3rd quarters too.

  8. Frank

    In the 1st half I thought Carmelo played maybe one of his cleanest, best halves since he’s been a Knick. Nothing forced, everything in the flow. 2nd half wasn’t quite as clean but still – much less of what we all worry about.

    Tyson certainly had some great moments, most of them at the expense of poor Nate Wolters, but he had FIVE turnovers.

    Beno had 2 TOs in 11 minutes, and it sure felt like more. He really feels like he’s playing out of control pretty much all the time. I’m not sure I wouldn’t rather have Toure Murry out there based on what I’ve seen in preseason and last night.

    Bargnani took the brunt of the recap but call me crazy, but outside of a couple bad TOs, it seemed more like everyone else was falling apart around him? I thought in general he took good shots, even if they mostly didn’t go down. I thought he contested pretty well on defense. He’s not a good help defender by any means but at least it looked like he was trying.

    Shump looks awesome. Finally using his strength and quickness to get to the rim. I know he shot only 5/13 but 5 trips to the line is good. He was only 1/5 from 3 but they were all good wide open looks – he’ll definitely knock down 2 to 3 of those on average.

    And maybe the most promising thing– Woodson comes out with the 2PG lineup. 9 guys play at least 11 minutes. Melo still played 38 minutes, but you have to figure that if could’ve just not thrown the ball to the other team so many times, the plan was probably to play him less.

  9. Frank

    Meanwhile – Miami loses to Philly and Brooklyn loses to Cleveland? How great is that!?!? And Michael Carter Williams nearly becomes the 5th player EVER to have a quadruple double. In his FIRST game. Against the defending champs. Crazy.

  10. mokers

    That is a Tyson chandler that can help lead to a championship. Great to see it. Now we have to manage minutes so he can still do that in June. Hope woody is up to it.

    Woody is clearly experimenting with lineups. I hope Felton is ok, and I hope they don’t try and run Pablo 30 minutes a night. As good shape as he is in, not sure that holds up during the season.

    The Knicks are so great when they take care do the ball and play even a little defense. They played like a 60 win team in the first half and a 20 win team in the second. Still, I’ll take a win.

    Great to see the heat and nets lose. Maybe the east will be a little more fun this year. If Carter-Williams 3p shot is going in, he is going to be fun to watch.

  11. er

    Great recap.

    Glad the Knicks won.

    Tyson Chandler was awesome, on both ends. As in, I looked at him and felt awe.

    Bargiani was awful. As in, I watched him play and felt revulsion.

    Minutes per game is obscured by the picture. I guess the redesign of KB is experiencing some of the same problems as the health care roll out. Nice to have Knicks basketball. No style points, a win is a win. I hope RayRay is OK. We’re going to need Cole Aldrich tonight against CHI. I wish I could write something more but I have to go to work. KB is blocked by the fascist filter there.

    2 funny posts…..thanks i needed that to start my sad morning. Car died need a new one :(

  12. david

    A few thoughts:

    1. Shumpert, Prigs and Chandler make for an interesting defensive team — lots of deflections and steals. The starting 5 looked good.

    2. Bargnani was awful. It’s difficult to get your head around how awful, but he had a bunch of wide wide open threes he bricked, and if he can’t make those, he can’t do anything.

    3. My hope for the season is that Woody realizes that the way forward with this group is to play 3 guards basically all the time — I liked what we saw of Hardaway, Udrih looked good in pre-season and you could see that he’ll be better, and JR will be back. The ball moves better with our 3 guard lineups, the spacing opens up things for our best players (Carmelo and Tyson), and on defense, playing with a lot of ball pressure and funneling drivers towards Tyson is probably our best strategy. I hope Artest is basically a backup PF to Anthony, and one of Martin/Amare/Bargnani emerges as a competent back up center, either by scoring or playing solid defense.

  13. lavor postell

    Anybody going to be watching the Bulls-Knicks game around LES tonight? I’m in from out of town tonight and have a dinner with some friends around 830 by Delancey and Essex. I’d love to meet up before tip and first quarter for drinks if anybody is interested.

    On last night’s game there was a lot to like and dislike. The biggest takeaway for me was that we need to clean up the turnovers, though I think a lot had to do with Woodson experimenting with new guys and various lineups I doubt we’re going to see as the season progresses. That was a T-1000 version of Tyson and that first half from Melo was fantastic.

    As much as I hate to say it we really need JR with that second unit as the focal point of the offense. MWP, Bargs and Udrih are not the solutions to more sustaining our offensive efficiency off the bench. JR himself obviously is not the most efficient player in the world, but he allows a lot of other guys to play in roles they are more comfortable in and in which they are more efficient.

    If the rotation comes down to Felton-Prigs-Shump-Melo-Tyson to start and MWP, STAT, K-Mart and JR off the bench as I expect it too, I think that can be a pretty formidable team if health works in our favor and we are healthy come playoff time. Excited for this season. Go Knicks!

  14. Mike Kurylo

    lavor postell October 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Anybody going to be watching the Bulls-Knicks game around LES tonight? I’m in from out of town tonight and have a dinner with some friends around 830 by Delancey and Essex. I’d love to meet up before tip and first quarter for drinks if anybody is interested.

    Sorry took my night out for the week yesterday.

  15. Frank O.

    I am fairly convinced that Stat’s play is going to force Woodson to play him his max of 20 minutes per, and maybe more, at the expense of AB and MW, with Anthony sliding to the 3.
    One thing is clear to me: They won’t need to run Tyson, Melo, Shump and Felton into the ground this year. There is no reason to run those guys more than 30 minutes. The supporting cast will be solid once they learn the system and each other. This is the deepest Knicks team we have seen in many, many years.

  16. danvt

    If the rotation comes down to Felton-Prigs-Shump-Melo-Tyson to start and MWP, STAT, K-Mart and JR off the bench as I expect it too, I think that can be a pretty formidable team if health works in our favor and we are healthy come playoff time. Excited for this season. Go Knicks!

    Right and then Bargnani can play NOVAK’S ROLE!

  17. Robert Silverman

    Right and then Bargnani can play NOVAK’S ROLE!

    Small problem, though. Bargs can’t shoot. Novak can/could. You might as well say I could play Novak’s role if I was 6-10.

  18. danvt

    Small problem, though. Bargs can’t shoot. Novak can/could. You might as well say I could play Novak’s role if I was 6-10.

    Well, yes, I guess you’ve exposed a possible flaw in my logic. Maybe he could be a decoy? Mostly I was just saying, please God, not as backup 5.

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