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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Knicks 96 Hawks 84

I love MSG Rewind. Monday nights I rent a court with a couple of guys I’ve been playing with for a few years. The gym runs 7 to 10. Tonight the Knicks game started at 8:30, so usually I would have to choose between the two. Luckily MSG Rewind comes on at midnight, so I can still watch the game instead of trying to rush home and catch the 4th quarter without prior knowledge of what happened earlier in the game. Unfortunately last night’s game wasn’t a very noteworthy game. Actually I came away with more questions that answers. I guess it’s appropriate, since I started off this week with an interview.

How good is Penny Hardaway? In the first half, he botched a couple of easy passes. One on a fast break. I was surprised to see this, since he does play PG some of the time, but I don’t recall him handling the point tonight. Penny seems to be able to knock down shots when open, and can create a jump shot when needed. The bad passes really bothered me, but I’m not going to judge him on one game, so this will be a question I’ll be looking to answer with more statistical and observational evidence.

Why does Nazr Mohammed play inconsistently? Some nights he looks like a world beater. Tonight he scored impressively from at least three different methods: getting good passes while cutting to the hoop, crashing the offensive glass, and using his post up game. Other nights he’s almost non-existent. So what is it that causes this? Is it the foul trouble? Is it the defensive ability of his opponent? Is it when he faces an offensive player that saps his energy on the defensive end? Another question to table for a future study.

Can’t the Knicks stay healthy? The team is just too thin without Houston & T.Thomas. Sure Houston is on the wrong side of 30, but until this year, he never missed more than 6 games in a season. Tim Thomas is on the good side of 30 and has never missed more than 10 games in a season. So how are they both hurt at the same time? Deke I can understand, and Frank Williams is suffering through a personal tragedy (who we probably won’t see again this year). I’m not going to turn this into a study, so I guess this is more of a rhetorical question.

Who is the real Dermarr Johnson? He’s an intriguing player. A young prospect for the Hawks until he was in a car accident. Is the future Dermarr the guy that can hit the trey, and dunked on his former team, or is it the one that threw up an airball and shot less than 40% his first two years? We probably won’t know until next year, and I can wait until then for an answer.

Do I like Lenny Wilkens’ coaching style? I won’t even get into the phantom time out debacle of this weekend. Wilkens is fearless with who he plays. He’ll give everyone playing time, which is good during a season because you want to know what you have. However I’m not crazy about some of his choices. Why is Moochie getting more play than Frank Williams (even before F-dub went on the IL)? Why is Othella Harrington getting any non-garbage time? For now I’ll give him the thumbs up, especially after living through Van Gundy who had a tight leash in these matters.