Knicks Morning News (2021.11.24)

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  • NY Knicks 106, LA Lakers 100 – The Advocate
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  • ‘Melo says Leon Rose doesn’t get enough credit for Knicks turnaround – NBC Sports
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    Knicks searching for answers for brutal offensive funk  New York Post

  • Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony says Knicks president Leon Rose deserves more credit for turning franchise around – CBSSports.com
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  • New York Knicks: 3 Ways RJ Barrett can break out of his slump – Daily Knicks
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    New York Knicks: 3 Ways RJ Barrett can break out of his slump  Daily Knicks

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  • New York Knicks: Obi Toppin hasn’t changed, the team has adjusted – Hoops Habit
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  • New York Knicks: 3 glaring concerns that are plaguing the Knicks – Sir Charles In Charge
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    1. A very good 1st quarter that once again did show us what this team can do if our main offensive engine play the right way, followed by a so-so 2nd, a terrible 3rd and a decent 4th where we couldn’t close until the end but from what we emerged with a precious victory thanks as usual to our Bench Mob (even depleted).

      As I wrote during the game, 1st quarter’s Randle made me ecstatic: he attacked the rim, never went iso, worked the boards, found the open man, was engaged on defense, took only open 3s. That player is a Star and the pieces around him, Fournier and Barrett in particular, play much better in the flow.
      The rest of game’s Randle on the other hand made me crazy, Bad Julius is just detrimental to the team (even when he hit some of his ultra-difficult shots, because in doing so he put everyone else out of synch).

      I don’t understand why at some point in the game he always start to detach from the team oriented path and end up back into the slow pace, ball-stucking iso-quagmire.
      A player with that kind of talent should play smarter all game long, not just in flashes.

      As a note, it’s true the Lakers did miss LeElbow and Davis wasn’t 100% but Westbrook played a great game, we did miss Rose a lot and Mitch too, he’s better equipped than Nerlens to bang down low with DAJ.

      I still think this team, in this balanced conference, can do great things if learn to play the whole game, or at least 3 quarters, like tonight’s first.

      Stat Of The Game.
      Carmelo Anthony still wear orange and blue (3-14, 2-8). His two wide open bricks in the clutch spared us an heart-threatening final and maybe a terrible loss.

      Play(s) Of The Game
      Quickley’s two shots that left us breathless and then pinballed through the net, digging a ditch the lakers never recovered.

      Feel Good Of The Game
      The first quarter, most of it. And 23 minutes of Toppin…

    2. My grades:

      Randle C- (20-16-5 4 TO -2)
      Am I the only one that get mad with this man? So much potential, so much talent, so many moments of great basketball and still I can’t remember a player so “sinusoidal” in every single game. A beast on the boards, attacked the rim like a tank at times but missed too many FTs. His last two games have been better, if he’ll ever learn to play “right” for 48 minutes he’ll be a Top-10 Player.

      Fournier A- (26-4-2 + 2)
      Nice game for the Marquis de Saint-Maurice, sharp from outside and perfect from the line, he did a decent job on defense and Thibs rewarded him with 42 (!) minutes of play.

      Barrett C- (12-7-3 zero)
      Started hot, went to the bench and then did disappear. Good hustle on the boards. More than half his shot from 3 is not a recipe I love. He needs to work on his finishes at the rim and on his FTs… again.

      Noel B- (4-7-1 -1)
      39 minutes of active defense (3 STL 2 BLK), didn’t shy away on offense when he had the chances but with negative results (2-7). Instrumental to our defense.

      Walker C- (6-4-5 -3)
      Despite his assists he’s not very valuable for us when he’s not on offensively (2-6). Burks and IQ replaced him well.

    3. Burks A- (12-6-3 9)
      Not perfect (4-10 FG) but he’s emerging as a willing defender (2 STL) even if he struggled at times against a very good Westbrook. Once a scoring option out of the bench his game looks more well rounded now.

      Quickley A- (14-3-3 4)
      Sideshow IQ catch fire when needed, his clutch shooting made all the difference. Solid all around, I forgive him for a really dumb turnover only because I love his new hairdo.

      Toppin A- (12-4-1 15)
      Given a longer leash, tainted his percentages at the end but was really good and active all night long (1 STL 1 BLK). I’m very happy is here but beware to not making him waste on the bench when Bad-Julius shows up…

      Grimes C (0-1-0 6)
      Get a board, made a foul, 5 mistake-free minutes are good for the kid.

      Thibs B
      Forced to short the rotation burst a vain watching a 25-points lead disappear. Keep Barrett on the bench and put faith in Fournier, Burks and IQ. He was rewarded. He needs to rein in Randle.

    4. I forgive him for a really dumb turnover only because I love his new hairdo.

      Brian, can the next poll be about IQ’s old vs new do?

    5. Max, C- a little harsh for RJ, IMO

      I think one of the biggest reasons Randle turns into iso Randle is the defense. The Lakers were basically not defending at all in the first quarter and the floor was wide open. Once they cranked up the D in third and fourth quarters, the open shooters weren’t there and Randle reverted to iso.

      So it’s easy to say “why can’t we always play like the first quarter?” but that was an anomaly based on the Lakers non-existent defense. And I’m not saying I approve of iso Randle, just trying to explain it.

    6. @ptknicksblog
      Make that 78 points in 84 minutes on 67ts% for Luka Samanic. There’s a difference between being good in the G-League and too good for the G-League, he’s the latter

      I can’t imagine it happening this season barring an epic rash of injuries (and maybe not even then), but perhaps New Luka could eventually be the occasional stretch 5 we were talking about in yesterday’s news thread?

    7. Agreed D-mar the Lakers ramped up the defense to 10 it wasnt just the Knicks usual listless attitude. Avery Bradley turned into to prime Gary Payton for about a Quarter and a half and Deandre/AD did a good job protecting the rim.

      Plus when Westbrook is draining 3’s and mid range J’s theres not much you can do about him even in his decline phase.

    8. I can’t imagine it happening this season barring an epic rash of injuries (and maybe not even then), but perhaps New Luka could eventually be the occasional stretch 5 we were talking about in yesterday’s news thread?

      The talent is there for sure, he’s a modern stretch big with good handle, court vision and smooth moves in the paint, now it’s on him to show he’s not a AAAA-Player.

      Attitude, focus and willingness to defend cost him in San Antonio, maybe he can get his head straight recognizing this is his last chance before EuroLeague’s exile?

      He’s already better than Luke Kornet…

    9. Alan: I can’t imagine it happening this season barring an epic rash of injuries (and maybe not even then), but perhaps New Luka could eventually be the occasional stretch 5 we were talking about in yesterday’s news thread?

      We might finally have our very own Luka/Luca.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    10. A dub’s a dub, but I don’t know exactly how to feel about beating a Lakers squad sans LeBron. On one hand- they still had Westbrook and AD. On the other hand- we were without Mitch and Rose. Is that just about even? Or is it the Knicks overcoming the odds?

      One thing’s for sure- last night should have proven that Obi and Quickley need more playing time. Had it not been for those two, we would have turned a 25 point lead to a 10 point loss.

      Side note: I think we should dump Selden for Pinson. I don’t like Selden’s energy on the bench

    11. So the Lakers ramped up their defensive intensity only when Randle is in?
      Because the bench players has a lot less problems with it (i.e. Toppin’s cuts and dunks).

      Serious not provocative question:
      Where does a good defense starts and when it’s a matter of ball movement and players cutting instead of sloppy passes, sticky fingers on double teams and stubborn isolations?

    12. It was a solid win. Lebron is obviously still very good but its not like 2012 (or even 2016) Lebron was missing the game. It’s 2021 Lebron. Still a good player but not the best player in the league and probably not even top 10 anymore? Its hard to say with regular season Lebron but if Lebron was 2016 Lebron the Lakers would not be a 500 team.

      So yeah, they were missing Lebron and AD had a cold. We still beat them without our second best player (and our best guard) and our starting center. So I’m gonna say this was a good win against a solid, if not great, team.

      We’re 3-2 over the last 5 games and 2 of those wins were against decent if not great teams. And the Chicago loss was a loss on the road against a good team and a very winnable game. Randle appears to be perking up if not playing perfect basketball. And at least RJ showed signs of life. Fournier is playing better. IQ continues to dazzle and Obi continues to be super strong off the bench. Noel is back. We’re trending in the right direction.

      If we can go 3-2 over the next 5 games, I will believe we are back on track.

    13. Max:
      So the Lakers ramped up their defensive intensity only when Randle is in?
      Because the bench players has a lot less problems with it (i.e. Toppin’s cuts and dunks).

      Serious not provocative question:
      Where does a good defense starts and when it’s a matter of ball movement and players cutting instead of sloppy passes, sticky fingers on double teams and stubborn isolations?

      Max you know I didn’t say that. And I’m not defending iso Randle, just explaining why he reverts to it.

      And Obi was fine, but he had 6 total points in the second half. He’s not getting dunks when other teams first units are in and turn up the defense

    14. We’re 3-2 over the last 5 games and 2 of those wins were against decent if not great teams.

      We’re also 5-7 over the last 12 games.

    15. those two unacceptable Magic home losses really weigh heavily on our record and with the standings so close they probably will all season long…

    16. It’s not always one thing OR the other. Sometimes it’s both.

      IMO, the Lakers clearly upped their energy level on defense after they fell behind by 25. That made it tougher to execute our offense. But at the same time, Randle has that natural inclination to hold the ball, dribble towards the basket, and either get himself into trouble or force a tough shot. He likes to ISO.

      You need a guy (or guys) to bail the team out when the defense is winning the possession, but you don’t want to volunteer to take tough shots and potentially turn the ball over before necessary. The goal is to keep players and the ball moving in ways that enhance our chances of getting a very good shot. I don’t think we’ve found a sweeet spot yet.

    17. I agree with both of you, the Lakers ramped up their defense (or we would have won by 50), but we fell in their trap.
      When defense gets stingier you try to disrupt it with players movement, quick passes, probes into the lane to collapse it, every double play means someone’s free, just like when you face the press at the end of games.

      Randle’s premium shot-making ability is very useful when he gets the ball in the last 8 seconds of the play, not so much when he gets it with 18 to go and dribbles (or jab steps) for 12 seconds…

      Another thing, I agree with who said that Randle slow pace when he’s the first ball handler up the floor is a way for him to take a breath (was it Geo?), that’s why I’d like to watch Barrett play more with Rose, IQ or Burks, players that tends to play quicker and risk long passes more.

    18. Randle’s a 75% ft shooter. Complaining he went 5-8 from the line in a single game is stupid. Randle took some bad shots and turned it over too much but 5-8 is completely normal for a good FT shooter.

    19. DRed:
      Randle’s a 75% ft shooter.Complaining he went 5-8 from the line in a single game is stupid.Randle took some bad shots and turned it over too much but 5-8 is completely normal for a good FT shooter.

      He’s at 68% in the last 10 games and his % at the end of games is lower (He missed 3 out or 4 in the last minute in a close game in Charlotte, he went 0-2 with 5 seconds to go in the first game in Chicago giving DeRozan a chance to win the game and so on).

    20. ***Randle C- (20-16-5 4 TO -2)
      Am I the only one that get mad with this man? So much potential, so much talent, so many moments of great basketball and still I can’t remember a player so “sinusoidal” in every single game. ***

      I think that if you ever watched a game with the camera only on Randle and on nobody else, even as he stood in the backcourt during the other team’s technical free throws, you would have a newfound appreciation for the way he smiles, grunts, and occasionally picks his nose.

    21. his % at the end of games is lower (He missed 3 out or 4 in the last minute in a close game in Charlotte, he went 0-2 with 5 seconds to go in the first game in Chicago giving DeRozan a chance to win the game and so on).

      Edit: According to NBA.Com “clutch” statistics, his FT% in those moment is 60%.

    22. Edit: According to NBA.Com “clutch” statistics, his FT% in those moment is 60%.

      Yeah he’s 6-10. it’s meaningless.

    23. Max: Randle’s premium shot-making ability is very useful when he gets the ball in the last 8 seconds of the play, not so much when he gets it with 18 to go and dribbles (or jab steps) for 12 seconds…

      I keep ragging on Julius, so apologies Julius, but there’s such a wealth there… my comment to this comment is that the other problem is when he gets it with 4 seconds left. Because he so rarely does something immediately, he wastes 3 seconds holding the ball, then goes into his move, which often either leads to a rushed and bad and double-teamed shot or a toss-out to a teammate with basically zero seconds left.

      I can’t tell you how often I hear Breen go “Four seconds left!” as the ball hits Julius’s hands and I just put my head down…

    24. swiftandabundant: We’re 3-2 over the last 5 games and 2 of those wins were against decent if not great teams

      Are the Lakers a decent team? They’re near the bottom of the league in SRS, margin of victory, ORtg, DRtg, and net rating while having the 6th easiest schedule so far this season.

    25. Even with LeBron the Lakers were pretty underwhelming this year and they look like a total mess without him. A lot of that comes down to Davis’ weirdly under discussed shift from being an elite MVP candidate to more of a mere all-star type during the last two seasons, but also the state of their bench is such that they are heavily reliant on Carmelo Anthony in the year of our lord 2021. Early in the season I was of the opinion they’d eventually get it together and contend, but with LeBron looking human as well I’m starting to waver on that.

      All that said, we’ve been so reliant on Rose this year I don’t really have a problem with characterizing last night as a good/promising win. Randle didn’t shoot particularly well but I get the impression the coaching staff is telling him it’s actually smart for 6’9″ players who are strong as hell to go near the basket with the ball, which is good.

      Also this was almost certainly just because the center rotation was disrupted, but 34/22 is a great Randle/Obi minutes distribution. More of that please!

    26. Yeah the Obi/Randle duo at PF is a problem for other teams. Both last night and the Chicago game, the combined production from that spot is really good. Obi deserves more burn and deserves some PT with Randle.

    27. We’re also 5-7 over the last 12 games.

      So if we’re 3-2 over the last 5 but 5-7 over the last 12, that means we were 2-5 in the previous 7 before these last 5.

      I know you love to throw the sample size pie in people’s faces but come on. I’m just pointing to the fact that the team appears to be moving in the right direction. 3-2 is better than 2-5, no? You think you’re making some counter point to my point but in fact, you are reinforcing exactly what I’m saying.

    28. I’m just pointing to the fact that the team appears to be moving in the right direction.

      That’s not a fact. That’s you setting arbitrary endpoints to feel better.

    29. Imagine that. Me wanting to feel better about the basketball team I support! Oh the horror!

      Whatever dude. If they’re 3-2 the last 5 games and were 2-5 in the 7 games before that, then they’re clearly playing better. It’s called a trend.

    30. Yeah, Burks has been a nice surprise this year, maybe the only one so far. I hope he keeps it up, as I’m sure he makes rotations a lot easier with his ball-handling skills.

      I guess he’s not really “ready,” but I’m eager for Quick to take over the starting PG job. It might take a Walker injury for that to happen, but he looks improved in at least some point guard-ish areas, and I think he would keep us from falling into so many Q1 holes.

    31. We’re 20th in SRS and that hasn’t budged for a while. We’re squeaking out wins against bad/mediocre teams and losing to good/mediocre teams.

      The Knicks’ defense is improving, but the offense is getting steadily worse. At some point I expect a flip, and that our defense will be higher ranked than our offense.

      An objective look at this team’s overall performance suggests something like a .500 team. Not a horrible baseline but we need to get better than that.

    32. Swift — er no, I actually agree with you in this case, but you’re quoting not a fact, but an observation. Which could be false, as Jowles points out (via small sample size and arbitrary end points), and even you hedge it with ‘appears to be’. It is a fact that you have an observation, but that’s a rather pointless point.

      It’s a subtle thing, but given the tendency these days to believe any observation is a fact (“I read it on twitter!”), I feel the need to point it out now and again.

    33. ess-dog: Yeah, Burks has been a nice surprise this year, maybe the only one so far

      For me, Obi has been a nice surprise despite his spotty 3 point shooting. I was pretty pessimistic about him last year, as he looked stiff and awkward and his defense was subpar.

      This year he seems to be gaining confidence and can run the floor with anyone. It’s been said before, but Randle sitting out a game wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to give Obi a starters worth of minutes and see how he performs.

    34. Ha. I mean, I said “appears to be” moving in the right direction. So I would argue that is a “fact” and I backed it up by their record 3-2 (vs. 2-5) and also the close loss to Chicago on the road, Randle playing better, Fournier playing better, etc. I mean, most of what we make on this blog are observations and our own guesses. I’m not gonna take being raked over the coals for semantics for stating my observation that they’re playing better because Jowles wants to nitpick me about arbitrary end points.

    35. I would also argue that the phrase “I’m just stating the fact that” in many instances is more of a turn of phrase than the person actually saying “this is one hundred percent true” hence my also saying “appears to be.” Can we please not nitpick over linguistics?

    36. I was an Obi doubter as well but hes putting up really solid numbers. If he ever gets that 3pt shot to near league average he will be a problem

    37. Knicks are 16th in defense and 13th on offense according to bbref. I honestly think if this team makes the playoffs it will be alot more dangerous to play than last year’s team because of their offensive potential which as frustrating as they’ve been we’ve seen alot of stretches of great offense so far.

      The schedule is incredibly tough thru the end of the year, if they can stay at .500 thru this stretch they’ll probably then go on a run similar to last year and finish like most of us predicted with mid to late 40’s wins. Alot of that hope is probably predicated on Thibs being able to coach them to figure it out consistently.

    38. thenoblefacehumper:
      There are a lot of valid criticisms of our offseason, and I’ve levied some of my own. However there was one relatively controversial decision that at least as of now is fully vindicated.

      If you think a handful of games for a new team means something you are way wrong.

      We are all guilty of overreacting to short term results from time to time, but some people take it to extremes depending on the last few games.

      Bullock is not some young player where we are debating upside, injury risk etc… He’s a veteran. We all know what kind of player Bullock is. He’s a plus defender, good 3 point shooter, and can make big shots under pressure. He’s the kind of guy you want on the court if you have a solid #1 and #2 option that will take most of the shots. Then he can play off them with limited but efficient usage, knock down open 3s, create space, and cover one of the best players on the other team. He’s a very good fit for Dallas, but we are missing him badly on defense in NY too. Should have kept both.

    39. He’s a very good fit for Dallas, but we are missing him badly on defense in NY too. Should have kept both.

      Reggie Bullock has comprehensively stunk out the joint for Dallas.

      .464 TS%
      -6.4 BPM
      .001 WS48

      “Good fit” my ass

    40. I don’t think we’re missing Bullocks all that much with the hard (and seemingly improved) work on D of Burks, IQ, and sometimes Barrett. I think Burks is a much more multi-faceted player on O and offers much more than Bullock, and it’s a FACT that so far this season we’ve way won that particular argument. The FACTS may look different come the end of the year, but I’m pretty happy with the decision.

      And I apologize, Swift, I have to nitpick semantics as part of my profession. Hard to leave it at the door.

    41. Knicks are 16th in defense and 13th on offense according to bbref.

      So far this is what I predicted.

      Instead of being a top defensive team that would be competitive in practically every game and could grind out occasional tough wins against superior opponents, we are mediocre team on both sides of the ball hoping our 3s are dropping or we could lose to a scrub team on any given night. What we needed to do first was retain the defensive identity and try to upgrade PG because Payton’s inability to shoot was a huge negative on the overall offense. If we added a PG that could shoot the 3, defend at least as well as Payton, and did nothing else, we’d be better than we were last year or now. There were options. We just didn’t want to pay for Lonzo and he’s better on both sides with upside.

    42. JK47: Reggie Bullock has comprehensively stunk out the joint for Dallas.

      .464 TS%
      -6.4 BPM
      .001 WS48

      “Good fit” my ass

      Did you read anything I said?

      This forum is only topped by the Dallas forum in changing its views on players every few games depending on whether they were good or bad recently. lmao

      That’s not how it works.

      Players have skills that are demonstrated over time (many many games). They can improve or decline depending on their age and injury. They can fit or not fit. But 10-20 games usually means jack shit. Anyone can see he’s not shooting the ball well so far. The question is does his skill set fit because eventually he’s going to start hitting 3s at close to 40%, defending well, and doing his thing. He’s not old. He’s a good fit over there even though his shooting is off to the rough start.

    43. Raven:
      I don’t think we’re missing Bullocks all that much with the hard (and seemingly improved) work on D of Burks, IQ, and sometimes Barrett. I think Burks is a much more multi-faceted player on O and offers much more than Bullock, and it’s a FACT that so far this season we’ve way won that particular argument. The FACTS may look different come the end of the year, but I’m pretty happy with the decision.

      And I apologize, Swift, I have to nitpick semantics as part of my profession. Hard to leave it at the door.

      I like Burks a lot and was in favor of keeping him because he has a diverse skillset, but the reason the defense is worse is because Bullock and Payton were replaced by Fournier and Kemba (and to some extent Nerlens being out). But we ARE missing Bullock’s defense, consistent energy, movement etc… Thibs wanted to keep him for a reason.

    44. He’s a “very good” fit for Dallas, except for the part where he has played fucking horribly. Okay dude.

    45. Bullock was never really any good.

      People really need to stop appeals to Thibs’s GMing authority as indicative of anything real or tangible. It’s a bug, not feature, that Thibs wanted to keep him.

    46. swiftandabundant: Whatever dude. If they’re 3-2 the last 5 games and were 2-5 in the 7 games before that, then they’re clearly playing better. It’s called a trend.

      Actually, they were 3-4 in their last seven games, and 2-3 in the five games before that. So they’re not really playing much better, are they?

      (I actually have made the same point as you have: nothing at all.)

      Let’s also remember that wins and losses are binary, and do not capture the quality of play therein. You could shoot .300 TS% and still crush the Rockets, but that doesn’t mean you played well. You could also shoot .600 TS% and get the pants beat off you by a hot Steph Curry. Wins don’t capture the identity of opponent, quality (both long-term, i.e. talent, and short-term, i.e. injuries) of opponent, margin of victory, or anything luck-related.

      If you could point to some kind of structural change over the past five games, I could be on board. Did Mitch start playing 35 MPG instead of sitting on the bench? Did Kemba get moved to a bench role? Is Noel actually playing at all? Did Julius get his eyes checked and a new contact prescription? None of the above? Cool! You’re squinting.

    47. I love watching Strat race from hill to hill, dying over and over. He must have cat in him.

      Okay, Strat, I’ll give you this one — didn’t watch the game last night, but it does look like KP is rounding into November form. Do you have a prediction when he has his anemic collapse followed by catastrophic injury?

    48. Bullock was good last year. He would help us if he were still here and playing for Thibs.

      Burks was also good last year so I don’t understand why people are surprised with his performance this year.

    49. I’m reducing my offer to Mitch by another $3 million AAV due to more injury time. Sorry, Mitch.

    50. Reggie is a serviceable 3-and-D wing, he is not a rare talent. I don’t get why he’s supposedly a “good fit” in Dallas as opposed to anywhere else other than that Dallas is some magical team that proves all of Strat’s theories to be correct.

    51. Reggie would be a better fit in Dallas if he was shooting near his career 3pt% instead of shooting 28%

    52. Toppin reminds me of David Lee. Super high energy, great finisher not just dunking but with rapid fire flip shots near the rim, seems to move with a light-footed quickness that allows him to break free for lobs and put backs. Defense sucks. Lee was the better passer while Toppin is more advanced from the perimeter. I hope we can put a good team around him (or move him for value) before his rookie deal expires and he inevitably gets overpaid like Lee and all other decent starter RFAs do.

    53. ***Okay, Strat, I’ll give you this one — didn’t watch the game last night, but it does look like KP is rounding into November form.***

      The Mavs didn’t play last night. I know this, because nobody posted anything about Frank Ntilikina here.

    54. evian looking all suited and booted to a T in the post game, makes me miss monsieur frank a whole lot less…

      i liked frank’s style a lot; however, i think i might like evian’s even more though…

    55. I was one of those who thought Obi would be a bust. I concede he can be a useful player. But I’m skeptical he would be good as a starter. I see other guys breaking down the defense and creating opportunities for him and then he takes advantage. I don’t see him being an offensive creator on his own. Maybe I’m wrong and he just needs time. I hope so.

    56. League Pass observation of the day: Kevin Love is still the best looking white dude in the association.

    57. Wow. Nets putting on an impressive display at both ends of the TD Garden. Just embarrassing the Celtics. We are gonna get smoked next Tues at Barclays.

    58. the knicks are having a really good night of basketball…everyone around us is losing…nice…

      and anthony edwards just did some freaky shit on my tv…

    59. The Bulls lost by 32 at home to the Pacers on Monday and just lost tonight to the 1-16 Rockets.

      If this were the Knicks, this blog would be freaking the fuck out.

    60. Donnie Walsh:
      League Pass observation of the day: Kevin Love is still the best looking white dude in the association.

      I mean, Ricky Rubio and Jonas Valanciunas are right there, but it’s not a bad choice I guess too.

      I only half-ironically wish sometimes we traded our entire team for LaMelo and Anthony Edwards just so I could watch them every game as the peak of contemporary basketball entertainment.

    61. Bulls losing to Rockets makes me feel slightly less bad about at least one of our Magic losses.

      wait al, are you saying you’re somehow complicit in that defeat :P

    62. vincent extended his arms while edwards was in the air…one of the other refs should have called blocking, give them a chance to get it right…

      ref just blew one of the nba’s plays of the year…that’s an expensive error…

      not sure if the wolves had a challenge left…someone would have made sure they got the call right…

    63. can’t imagine the sixers are gonna win against the warriors, who are playing at home…

      I kind of remember some periods last year where it seemed we caught some breaks with a bunch of teams losing on our off nights…

      that’s like better than any invisible sixth man…

    64. Maybe not after 18 games, but how many before we start talking about this Dubs team as a contender for greatest ever? Their MOV through the first quarter of the season is absolutely sick.

    65. If there’s one thing we can all agree Phil Jackson was right about, it was to try to hire Steve Kerr as coach.

    66. That’s why i like the Warriors, they have our 2 greatest misses of the last 15 years, so every time i watch them i wonder about “what could have been”. ;P

    67. And yeah, if they didn’t select Steph (that refused to workout for them, focused on being a Knick) ONE PICK before us, i think PROBABLY (LOL) the Charlie Ward curse wouldn’t be the thing it is today. :P

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