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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Jan 26 2013)

  • [New York Times] Lakers Beat Jazz 102-84 to Snap 4-Game Skid (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:16:17 GMT)
    Airing things out among themselves had the desired effect for the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Big 3 Lead Surging Thunder Past Kings 105-95 (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:46:19 GMT)
    Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Sacramento Kings 105-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Parker Gets Cut, Returns to Lead Spurs Past Mavs (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:07:28 GMT)
    Tony Parker writhed in pain alone under the basket, his hand covering the same left eye that was seriously injured last summer when the San Antonio guard was a bystander in a bottle-throwing melee at a nightclub.

  • [New York Times] Korver Has 27 as Hawks Top Celtics 123-111 in 2 OT (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:49:22 GMT)
    Kyle Korver said the Hawks owed the Celtics a big comeback.

  • [New York Times] Memphis End Brooklyn’s Bright Start to 2013 (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:37:06 GMT)
    The Memphis Grizzlies handed Brooklyn one of their heaviest defeats of the season on Friday, romping to a 101-77 victory over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Rally From 27 Down to Top Celtics in Double Overtime (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:37:04 GMT)
    Kyle Korver scored 27 points, and Atlanta came back from a 27-point deficit to defeat Boston, handing the Celtics their sixth straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Computer Tech Wins LeBron’s Contest (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:31:20 GMT)
    A 50-year-old computer technician from McHenry, Ill., made a half-court shot to win $75,000 and a hug from LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 35 as Cavs Rally for 113-108 Win (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:22:34 GMT)
    Kyrie Irving knows how to celebrate good news.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 30, Rockets Beat Hornets 100-82 (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:10:08 GMT)
    First-time All-Star James Harden had 30 points and the Houston Rockets broke out of their worst slump of the season by beating the New Orleans Hornets 100-82 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hinrich Scores 25 to Lead Bulls Past Warriors (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:04:15 GMT)
    Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Chicago Bulls’ 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Build Early Lead and Defeat Nets 101-77 (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:52:13 GMT)
    Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a 101-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies 101, Nets 77: Nets Blown Out by Grizzlies (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:43:09 GMT)
    In a game against Memphis that Coach P. J. Carlesimo had deemed “a barometer for where we’re at,â? the Nets fell behind by 23 before halftime and lost.

  • [New York Times] Wade Leads Heat Past Pistons 110-88 (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:16:15 GMT)
    Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the Miami Heat earn their fourth victory in a row Friday by beating the Detroit Pistons 110-88.

  • [New York Times] Return of Raymond Felton Will Give Knicks Healthy Core (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 02:40:59 GMT)
    Raymond Felton, out since breaking his pinkie in late December, is expected to start on Saturday against the 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Top Timberwolves 114-101 in 1st Wall Start (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 02:28:22 GMT)
    John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and the no-longer-last Washington Wizards finally hit double digits in wins Friday night with a 114-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • [New York Post] Felton expected to start against 76ers (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:58:43 -0500)
    PHILADELPHIA â?? Raymond Felton is expected to return from a broken pinkie as the Knicks starting point guard tonight against the 76ers, but he won’t be reunited in the starting lineup with his former pick-and-roll mate, Amar’e Stoudemire.
    Not now, maybe not ever.
    Knicks coach Mike Woodson gave the…

  • [New York Post] No Kidd-ing! Knicks star veteran reinjures back (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:50:15 -0500)
    PHILADELPHIA â?? As Raymond Felton looks in, Jason Kidd looks out.
    The heavy workload of filling in for Felton as starting point guard for the last month has finally taken its toll. Kidd has reinjured his back, didn’t make it to Temple University for Friday’s practice and probably will…

  • [New York Daily News] All signs point to Felton returning to Knicks (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:57:33 GMT)
    Raymond Felton is expected to be back in the starting lineup after missing 12 games with a broken right pinkie. Felton went through practice at Temple on Friday, and afterward Mike Woodson announced that the point guard, assuming he doesn’t have any setbacks, would start against the Sixers.

  • [New York Daily News] With Melo flourishing, ‘it makes sense’ to keep Amar’e on bench (Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:48:34 GMT)
    Amar’e Stoudemire’s days as a backup don’t appear to be ending anytime soon. Mike Woodson said on Friday that “it makes sense nowâ? to keep Stoudemire on the bench with the Knicks winning and Carmelo Anthony flourishing at power forward.

  • 47 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Jan 26 2013)

    1. danvt

      8-9 in the last 17 after 18-5 start. Before the C’s game I was concerned. Concerned that elite status was just a pipe dream. But now I see that this team is doing what good teams do. Each one of the last wins was a gut check. A game they needed where they didn’t have Felton or Melo or both. A game coming off of a, perhaps dispiriting loss to a conference rival. Indeed, 8-9 would have been a good stretch through much of the 2000′s. The point is they have mitigated disaster. The ship does not be sinkin’! If we look back and this was the low point of the season then this season could truly be memorable.

      So glad to get Raymond back. Let’s just hope we stay healthy. NYK fans deserve some happiness. I really can’t complain about the resolve of this team so far. Good job coach Woody. Thanks for playing hard guys!

    2. Z-man

      ruruland: I think Smits is a great comparison.

      If I recall, that great Pacers run in the late 90s had the offense running through Smits with the Davis brothers doing the dirty work.

      The similarity between Smits and Lopez after 5 years is uncanny:

      Minutes played: Smits 9979 Lopez 9581
      Pts per36: Both exactly 18.9
      Rebs per 36: Both exactly 8.0
      eFG% Smits .506 Lopez .507
      Turnover % Both exactly 11.7
      Usage% Smits 23.1 Lopez 24.6

      Block%, steal% and assist % all very close as well. Lopez is way overpaid, but he’s an effective player and a valuable trade chip, imo.

    3. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      danvt:
      8-9 in the last 17 after 18-5 start.Before the C’s game I was concerned.Concerned that elite status was just a pipe dream.But now I see that this team is doing what good teams do.Each one of the last wins was a gut check.A game they needed where they didn’t have Felton or Melo or both.A game coming off of a, perhaps dispiriting loss to a conference rival.Indeed, 8-9 would have been a good stretch through much of the 2000?s.The point is they have mitigated disaster.The ship does not be sinkin’!If we look back and this was the low point of the season then this season could truly be memorable.

      So glad to get Raymond back.Let’s just hope we stay healthy.NYK fans deserve some happiness.I really can’t complain about the resolve of this team so far.Good job coach Woody.Thanks for playing hard guys!

      The Knicks are also 9-9 in their last 18. What’s your point? Why did you choose the last 17 games? Did someone get injured, then?

    4. Z-man

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: The Knicks are also 9-9 in their last 18. What’s your point? Why did you choose the last 17 games? Did someone get injured, then?

      Sorry to butt in, but my guess is that 18-5 was the high water mark of the season and we’ve treaded water since then, so not completely random.

    5. Z-man

      I think we can safely say at this point that early season concerns that Shump and/or Amare might not be capable of getting close to 100% by the plyoffs are laid to rest. Amare may never bewho he wasat age 25, but he looked pretty athletic vs. the Celts. Shump looks prety much like he did pre-injury.

    6. danvt

      18-5 was their highest point over 500. Since then there has been a drop off to 8-9. That’s why people other than me have cited those numbers, because there’s a disparity. I’m happy that the drop off hasn’t been more steep. This drop off would have been an uptick in recent seasons. So, as long as we pick up the pace, and I’m sanguine on the prospect, I don’t have to be depressed based on a run of 500 basketball in the last 17 or 18 games.

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: The Knicks are also 9-9 in their last 18. What’s your point? Why did you choose the last 17 games? Did someone get injured, then?

    7. danvt

      Absolutely, that’s my main reason for optimism as well. Plus we now get our playmaking back. This city is about to truly embrace Ray now, or should.

      Z-man: think we can safely say at this point that early season concerns that Shump and/or Amare might not be capable of getting close to 100% by the plyoffs are laid to rest. Amare may never bewho he wasat age 25, but he looked pretty athletic vs. the Celts. Shump looks prety much like he did pre-injury.

    8. bockadoo

      Sure would be nice if Felton doesn’t continue to chuck when he comes back. Would be amazing if he and Stat click again. I’d rather have a 12 point 8 assist 45% shooting Felton than 16, 6 and 40. If he can do that, we’ll score alot of points. Love those games when Felton shoots 19 times and Novak 3.

    9. danvt

      This will be the perfect proof of context makes the man. I think JR and Novak will also benefit from the complete roster. People are constantly forced out of their proper roles because of injuries. Now JR doesn’t have to handle as much, Ray doesn’t have to shoot as much, and Steve get’s that much more space.

      This could be really really fun.

      bockadoo: Sure would be nice if Felton doesn’t continue to chuck when he comes back. Would be amazing if he and Stat click again. I’d rather have a 12 point 8 assist 45% shooting Felton than 16, 6 and 40. If he can do that, we’ll score alot of points. Love those games when Felton shoots 19 times and Novak 3.

    10. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Z-man: Sorry to butt in, but my guess is that 18-5 was the high water mark of the season and we’ve treaded water since then, so not completely random.

      I don’t understand what this means at all. It’s not random because their record was the best, then? What does this mean? Do you want to point to some actual variable like an injury or playing distribution, or are all of you unaware of what “arbitrary endpoints” means?

    11. bockadoo

      THCJ, why are you having such difficulty with this concept? Our best record was 18-5. Since then we are 8-9. Simple as that. Why complicate this?

    12. mokers

      bockadoo:
      THCJ, why are you having such difficulty with this concept?Our best record was 18-5.Since then we are 8-9.Simple as that.Why complicate this?

      I understand where THCJ is talking about. Just because it was the high point doesn’t mean it is any less arbitrary. Basing it on injuries might give you a better start for actual comparison of performance since you are supposed to be analyzing personnel on the floor and not a calendar date.

      That being said, I don’t think anybody is using the 18-5 endpoint as part of some greater thesis. Also, when you are framing the discussion about how fans are feeling about the knicks over this last 8-9 stretch, comparing how you felt about the team at their high water mark is completely legitimate. Like you said, it is really not that complicated.

      I think with the team more at full strength, Woody’s next project is to keep Felton from chucking so much. If there are 4 seconds left on the shot clock, let him take those midrange jumpers. But if he is on the initial PnR with Chandler or Stat and there is nothing there, he needs to pull back and restart the offense or get some ball rotation going. I understand his importance to the offense, but he can still be a lot smarter with his shots.

    13. flossy

      danvt:
      Could someone explain to me the whole “cereal” thing?I don’t get it.

      Carmelo Anthony was fasting and flipped the fuck out when Kevin Garnett taunted him about the sweet, sugary carbs he couldn’t eat.

    14. danvt

      mokers: Also, when you are framing the discussion about how fans are feeling about the knicks over this last 8-9 stretch, comparing how you felt about the team at their high water mark is completely legitimate.

      Thanks

      mokers: But if he is on the initial PnR with Chandler or Stat and there is nothing there, he needs to pull back and restart the offense or get some ball rotation going.

      Yes, his decisions in the past can be questioned somewhat, I guess, but I still think he needs to be a legit threat. He needs to be a more aggressive scorer than someone like Rondo or Lin. He has more mid range skill than either of those guys and that’s part of why he creates space so well. I think one of the reasons the Nets struggled early was that Williams was spooked about his shot and deferring too much. I just think Ray has to be more than just a “pass first” pg.

    15. flossy

      Raymond Felton – 17.5 FGA/36 (TS% .460)

      Amar’e Stoudemire – 12.5 FGA/36 (TS% .581)

      Felton’s job now that he’s back should be to reverse those FGA rates. I guess it’s a given that Amar’e is not going to be starting and playing 36 mpg anymore but for the 25-30 minutes he’s on the floor he should be shooting *at least* at his career average rate of 15 FGA/36 if not more. The man can still score, and his post game actually looks pretty sharp. He isn’t out there for his defense, so when he’s on the floor get him some shots for god’s sake!

      Felton does a lot of things well that this offense badly needs, but high-volume scoring is NOT one of them. On a team with Melo, Amar’e, and JR, not to mention an A+ PnR finisher like Chandler, that kind of shooting volume is just unacceptable. I hope now that he’s got some more scorers to pass to we see the end of the regular 6-19 Raymond Felton box score lines.

    16. danvt

      flossy: Carmelo Anthony was fasting and flipped the fuck out when Kevin Garnett taunted him about the sweet, sugary carbs he couldn’t eat.

      I still don’t get it. Really?

    17. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      danvt: 18-5 was their highest point over 500. Since then there has been a drop off to 8-9. That’s why people other than me have cited those numbers, because there’s a disparity.

      mokers: That being said, I don’t think anybody is using the 18-5 endpoint as part of some greater thesis.

      Huh?

    18. danvt

      flossy: Felton does a lot of things well that this offense badly needs, but high-volume scoring is NOT one of them. On a team with Melo, Amar’e, and JR, not to mention an A+ PnR finisher like Chandler, that kind of shooting volume is just unacceptable. I hope now that he’s got some more scorers to pass to we see the end of the regular 6-19 Raymond Felton box score lines.

      an embarrassment of riches, indeed, and I think maybe ten shots or more depending on whether they’re going under screens or not. Ray needs to force opposing PGs to get over screens.

    19. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      bockadoo:
      THCJ, why are you having such difficulty with this concept?Our best record was 18-5.Since then we are 8-9.Simple as that.Why complicate this?

      You’re assuming that an 18-5 record is a predictor of future success. Because that success was not met, you assume that something fundamentally changed in the Knicks’ ability after that 23rd game, when it’s more likely that the luck of the ridiculously high 3-point efficiency fell off.

    20. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      flossy: Carmelo Anthony was fasting and flipped the fuck out when Kevin Garnett taunted him about the sweet, sugary carbs he couldn’t eat.

      Hahah, that’s good.

    21. AHouston20

      danvt: I still don’t get it.Really?

      supposedly KG told Melo his wife, LaLa, tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios, this got said on twitter and I think some blog but was never really verified

    22. flossy

      danvt: an embarrassment of riches, indeed, and I think maybe ten shots or more depending on whether they’re going under screens or not.Ray needs to force opposing PGs to get over screens.

      Right, not saying he shouldn’t shoot, in fact he has to shoot a bit to make the PnR work, but 17.5 shots per 36 is waaaaay too many. That’s a fully 3.5 shots more than his previous highest rate, when he was chucking away under D’Antoni. His career average of 12ish shots per 36 should suffice.

    23. iserp

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: You’re assuming that an 18-5 record is a predictor of future success. Because that success was not met, you assume that something fundamentally changed in the Knicks’ ability after that 23rd game, when it’s more likely that the luck of the ridiculously high 3-point efficiency fell off.

      Come on! You are nitpicking. It is fair to compare streaks even if the you choose them somewhat arbitrarily.

    24. jon abbey

      FWIW, that is almost exactly when Sheed got hurt. NY is an amazing 16-4 in games he plays this year, 10-10 without him.

    25. Z-man

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: You’re assuming that an 18-5 record is a predictor of future success. Because that success was not met, you assume that something fundamentally changed in the Knicks’ ability after that 23rd game, when it’s more likely that the luck of the ridiculously high 3-point efficiency fell off.

      Or that teams had enough games to properly scout us, or that losing Felton and Sheed an/or Melo missing some gams resulted in us losing some games we might have won previously, or that the schedule got tougher. There was probably some reverting to the mean involved, but many othr factors came to bear during the second 20 games.

    26. ruruland

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: You’re assuming that an 18-5 record is a predictor of future success. Because that success was not met, you assume that something fundamentally changed in the Knicks’ ability after that 23rd game, when it’s more likely that the luck of the ridiculously high 3-point efficiency fell off.

      Actually, there were plenty of people, myself included, who projected the Knicks scoring efficiency to drop, specifically Chandlers usage and scoring efficiency to drop, in combination with non-random drop in 3% percentage while you were touting Prigioni improving the Knicks.

      Once again, Jowles, we were right and you were dead wrong.

      Also, what isn’t an arbitrary end point? Documented injuries aren’t, player absences aren’t, but what, the number that represents age in years does?

      How is that scientific? Confounding variables anyone.

      The problem is actually that you can’t wrap your mind around interaction effects even when they are obvious on the court and in numbers.

    27. JK47

      danvt: I still don’t get it.Really?

      Actually the taunt was that Melo’s wife Lala “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.” So, yeah.

    28. Frank

      I’ve talked about this before, but it is fundamentally amazing that according to NBA.com’s stats tool, the Knicks’ TS with Felton on the floor is 55.6 and 53 when he is off, consdiering that his usage rate is 27.9 and his own TS is 46, which means that everyone else’s TS must be well above 55.6 to get to that overall average.

      Doing the math math math =
      Ray Usage * Ray TS + Rest of team usage * x = Total team TS
      (0.279)*46 + 0.721x = 55.6

      Solve for x = 59.3
      Did I do that math right?

      If I did, then that means if you exclude Felton from the total team numbers, all the non-Felton-Knicks’ TS is 59.3 with Felton on the floor, and 53 with him off. That is striking.

      In other words, STOP SHOOTING SO MUCH RAY.

    29. Robtachi

      Frank:
      I’ve talked about this before, but it is fundamentally amazing that according to NBA.com’s stats tool, the Knicks’ TS with Felton on the floor is 55.6 and 53 when he is off, consdiering that his usage rate is 27.9 and his own TS is 46, which means that everyone else’s TS must be well above 55.6 to get to that overall average.

      Doing the math math math =
      Ray Usage * Ray TS + Rest of team usage * x = Total team TS
      (0.279)*46 + 0.721x = 55.6

      Solve for x = 59.3
      Did I do that math right?

      If I did, then that means if you exclude Felton from the total team numbers, all the non-Felton-Knicks’ TS is 59.3 with Felton on the floor, and 53 with him off.That is striking.

      In other words, STOP SHOOTING SO MUCH RAY.

      Hmm, see that begs the question… is the improved floor spacing and open swing passes Ray so obviously creates while he’s out there a product of defenses not sagging off him because they know he’s not shy about hoisting it up from anywhere? Sure, Ray’s a crappy volume shooter, but I’ll live with it if it means a bunch of open looks everywhere else and 1-on-1s for Melo.

    30. danvt

      Robtachi: Sure, Ray’s a crappy volume shooter, but I’ll live with it if it means a bunch of open looks everywhere else and 1-on-1s for Melo.

      Bingo, It’s obvious Ray’s value to the team. 6-6 over the last twelve. I’m excited to watch the ball movement improve now. I love Kidd as the cerebral 2 he gets to be with Ray on the floor.

    31. BigBlueAL

      According to Berman Kidd will be playing tonight. Gonna be interesting to see the rotation and minutes allocation by Woodson tonight.

    32. BigBlueAL

      Also looks like Felton and Kidd will be starting together along with Shump/Melo/Chandler. Cant wait to see this lineup together, gonna be very interesting to watch.

    33. mokers

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      Huh?

      the original comment was based on the fan feeling. danvt didn’t reference efficiency, offense, defense, shot creation, usage or pace. It was about his feelings as a fan! This blog is blessed with lots of people who can understand stats, but it doesn’t make people who talk about their feelings as a fan any less enjoyable to read. It’s threads like these that people might question you as a troll. It’s really too bad because you can obviously make a lot of good arguments and frame them really well. Your comments about race and the NBA were very insightful and reasoned. Beating the Celtics in Boston for the first time since Eddy Curry was on the team? That’s a great feeling for a fan.

      As for Felton, I am not saying that he shouldn’t stop shooting at good looks, but if our best chance to score on any possession is a good PnR look for Chandler, the second best look is going to be Melo or STAT. Like others said 12FGA/36 is still plenty and if Felton is getting to the rim, by all means he can shoot more, but a pull up 2 with 15 seconds on the clock is not something we should encourage.

    34. ruruland

      BigBlueAL:
      Also looks like Felton and Kidd will be starting together along with Shump/Melo/Chandler.Cant wait to see this lineup together, gonna be very interesting to watch.

      Love that lineup.

    35. massive

      I think the Knicks will go back to feeding on teams with Felton back in the rotation. The P&R will go back to being unstoppable with Kidd, Shumpert, and Melo’s surrounding it with their 3 point shooting prowess. I personally can’t wait to see Shump on Holiday tonight. We haven’t really seen 21 Shump Street all season, and I think tonight will be the first night he shows up. If everything goes according to plan, we should be done with Philly in 36 minutes.

    36. danvt

      mokers: the original comment was based on the fan feeling. danvt didn’t reference efficiency, offense, defense, shot creation, usage or pace.

      Thanks for that.

      I read the 18-5 statistic. I didn’t come up with it myself. I admit my posts aren’t researched that thoroughly. Ergo, I don’t get that many comments on my posts and I’m basically fine with that. I’m pleased if anyone finds anything I write worthy of comment.

      The variables in the recent run of .500 play are obvious, though. Considering those variables, losing sheed 17 games ago, Ray 12 ago, it seems we have weathered the storm pretty well. Just a fan, after a redemptive win, looking on the bright side of a recent run of mediocrity.

    37. Juany8

      Non arbitrary number: Knicks are 18-6 when Felton, Melo, and Chandler are all in the lineup. That’s pretty close to the more arbitrary 18-5 to start to the season.

    38. cgreene

      I dont think Shump will be guarding Holiday. I hope so but assume he guards Turner. I mentioned last week upon Shump’s return that I hoped that he would guard primary ball handlers but he’s guarded a lot of 3′s. I think that’s a big mistake strategically. We need ball disruption.

    39. Frank

      cgreene:
      I dont think Shump will be guarding Holiday.I hope so but assume he guards Turner.I mentioned last week upon Shump’s return that I hoped that he would guard primary ball handlers but he’s guarded a lot of 3?s.I think that’s a big mistake strategically.We need ball disruption.

      Might be that they are still breaking him in from the injury. I feel pretty certain that later in the season (and probably in crunch time even now), Shump will be on the other team’s most dangerous offensive player 1-3.

    40. cgreene

      Frank: Might be that they are still breaking him in from the injury. I feel pretty certain that later in the season (and probably in crunch time even now), Shump will be on the other team’s most dangerous offensive player 1-3.

      I just feel like post defense against a sizeable 3 is a waste of his defensive talent. Could be wrong.

    41. Frank

      cgreene: I just feel like post defense against a sizeable 3 is a waste of his defensive talent.Could be wrong.

      Yeah I wonder whether or not Woody will change lineups based on the other team’s personnel or whether he will try to force other teams to go small to match us. Against Philly, their 3 is Evan Turner who is not a whole lot bigger than Shump. In addition, Turner does a lot of the ballhandling and initiation (secondary to Holiday, but still a lot) — so in this setting Shump probably is ok there, especially since Felton can’t really guard 2′s.

      But against teams with big 3′s — like OKC — I wonder if we’d be better off with a Felton, Kidd/Shump, Melo, Amare/Camby, Tyson lineup.

      Against most teams though, there aren’t any really huge 3s out there anymore. Most teams are going to small lineups. Guys like Rudy Gay, Granger, etc. are big but I feel reasonably good about Shump taking them on.

    42. daJudge

      I am really excited about Felton returning and I know he is highly valuable to this team. I’m sure the relevant stats demonstrate this clearly observable fact. I have however been concerned however that some of the Knicks early bubble was attributable to (1) hot 3 point shooting; and (2) the failure of teams to adjust to the Knicks ability to hit 3′s. I think two things have occurred there—Knicks cooled off and teams have adjusted. Combine that with the serious spate of injuries and there you have it. At least that’s good enough for me AND I am not disappointed one iota with our boys winning half of those games notwithstanding.

    43. Unreason

      I’d like to see Shump on Holiday too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the assignment for most of the game. Royal Ivy will be taking Richardson’s minutes and Ray can handle him.
      Melo’s defensive effort on Thaddeus Young might be as big a key to whether this is close or not. Young has stepped it up this year. I was at the Sixers-Hawks game in December. Young really surprised me. He did pretty much whatever he wanted.

      But obviously they are completely screwed without Bynum and the Knick’s advantages inside on offense should be insurmountable. Lavoy Allen and Hawes won’t even slow down Amare, Chandler or Melo if they are up for the game. Perfect tune up opportunity for Ray and Amare. I’d like to see about 10+ PNRs with Amare as the first option to keep his come back momentum going. If they can get into a rhythm and Philly starts collapsing on everything, the 3pter parade can begin.

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