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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Mar 30 2013)

  • [New York Post] J.R., Melo scorch Bobcats to extend Knicks’ win streak (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:18:44 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony continues to be a solid secondary scorer to J.R. Smith.
    Yeah, that’s right. That’s how nuts this J.R. Smith surge â?? and Knicks surge â?? is getting.
    Smith wouldn’t let the Knicks lose this one as they reached seventh heaven by jumping on the woeful…

  • [New York Post] Tyson sits again with neck issue (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:16:39 -0500)
    Center Tyson Chandler missed his ninth straight game Friday night amid growing concern he has a pinched nerve in his neck.
    There is no longer a timetable for his return. Twelve days ago, after an MRI exam uncovered a bulging disk in his cervical spine, the Knicks announced he would…

  • [New York Daily News] Swish City: J.R. scores 37 to extend Knicks’ streak to 7 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:04:43 GMT)
    Michael Jordan the player would use Madison Square Garden as his personal playground and torment the Knicks whenever he came to town.

  • [New York Daily News] Ex-Suns GM Kerr saw knife coming for Amar’e (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:00:39 GMT)
    Steve Kerr had left the Phoenix Suns a few weeks before the club elected to let Amar’e Stoudemire walk to New York. But the former Suns general manager agreed with ownership and the club’s medical staff that Stoudemire was a medical risk not worth taking.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: J.R. Smith key to Knicks’ playoff success (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:20:04 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony has played alongside J.R. Smith long enough now to know these hot streaks can arrive in a hurry, and depart just as quickly.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Heat’s LeBron James Dominates in Win Over Hornets (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:51:01 GMT)
    LeBron James scored 36 points and the visiting Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Hornets. The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies also won their games.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets 109, Nets 87: Nets Fade and Fall in Denver (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:02:07 GMT)
    The Nuggets scored the game’s first 21 fast-break points en route to their 18th straight victory at the Pepsi Center, where Denver is 33-3, the best home record in the league.

  • [New York Times] Utah Rallies to Beat Portland 105-95 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:55:20 GMT)
    Mo Williams scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half, and the Utah Jazz rallied with a 19-3 run in the final minutes to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 111, Bobcats 102: Knicks Top Bobcats for Seventh Win in a Row (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:28:20 GMT)
    The Knicks started strong and then coasted to a 111-102 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats, as J.R. Smith scored 37 points.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Beat Nets to Win 18th Straight at Home (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:55:22 GMT)
    Rookie Evan Fournier scored a season-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets extended their home winning streak to 18 games by beating the Brooklyn Nets 109-87 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Duncan’s 34 Leads Spurs Past Clippers, 104-102 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:34:23 GMT)
    Tim Duncan had a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 104-102 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut Up (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:01:17 GMT)
    Miami Heat President Pat Riley has added another chapter to his rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Pistons 99-82 to End 5-Game Skid (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:58:12 GMT)
    DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 36, Heat Roll in New Orleans (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:55:15 GMT)
    LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive 3-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half, and the Miami Heat rebounded from their first loss in nearly two months to beat the New Orleans Hornets 108-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Randolph, Gasol Lead Grizzlies by Rockets, 103-94 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:52:13 GMT)
    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 21 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith Has 37, Knicks Beat Bobcats for 7th Straight (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:49:13 GMT)
    J.R. Smith scored 37 points, his third consecutive 30-point outing, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-102 on Friday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Pekovic Powers Timberwolves Over Thunder 101-93 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:37:49 GMT)
    Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Harris Helps Magic Break Skid, 97-92 Over Wizards (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:19:28 GMT)
    Tobias Harris had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic break an eight-game losing streak with a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Turner Scores 23, 76ers Beats Cavaliers 97-87 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:10:25 GMT)
    Evan Turner scored 23 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Cleveland 97-87 on Friday night, sending the Cavaliers to their season-high seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Pierce’s Triple-Double Lifts Celtics Past Hawks (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:04:59 GMT)
    Paul Pierce had 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Green scored 27 points to carry the Boston Celtics to a 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Smith has 'never' been this good (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:12:44 EDT)
    Carmelo Anthony played five and 1/2 seasons with J.R. Smith in Denver, and he saw the sixth man sometimes put up 30 points off the bench, hit 11 3-pointers one time in 2009 and help lead the team to four straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the conference finals.
    This season, Anthony has seen Smith hit two game-winning shots and score 20 or more points in eight of 10 games from late December to early January.
    But now coming off three straight performances scoring 30 or more points — the latest (37) coming on Friday night in a win over the Bobcats — this is the best the Knicks’ star has ever seen Smith on the court.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Here comes trouble for surging Knicks (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:57:51 EDT)
    This seven-game win streak really couldn’t have come at a better time for the Knicks.
    With Friday’s victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, who, incidentally, barely resembled an NBA team for much of the game, the Knicks moved to 19 games over .500 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
    More importantly, they moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the Atlantic Division.
    And they remained in second place in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers.

  • 36 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Mar 30 2013)

    1. Zanzibar

      Does JR still undergo his transmutation if Amare does not go out? If not, Z-man’s offering a few weeks ago that Amare’s absence might be a blessing in disguise may turn out to have been positively prophetic. At this stage, it would be wonderful if Amare could return in the second-round and give us 10-15 mins of decent offense on the second unit. But Amare stated rather emphatically that he won’t return if he is not 100%. Really? Not even if 90%? So our max player will be a bust for the 3rd straight playoff season in a row. What is he saving himself for? This is not a Lin situation. JR may not be back, Camby/Martin are suspect, Kidd will be 41 and may retire, Prigioni (our Barea-in-waiting) may be gone. Maybe he’s worried about jeopardizing his basketball future by returning too soon but it better be a fairly high risk to keep him on the bench in a season where things seem to be falling into place for us at the moment (knock on wood, bangs head on wood).

    2. jon abbey

      I thought I was the one who was arguing that we might easily be better without Amar’e.

      and comparing Prigioni to Barea is laughable, please. Barea was an unstoppable scorer off the bench in those playoffs, all little white guys are not the same.

    3. Zanzibar

      I may be wrong but I remember it was Z-man who triggered a backlash here with his comment. You may have chimed in but maybe it was not so memorable because crabby abbey feels we’d be better without everybody :).

      I resent your little white guy comment – it’s little Latino guys! But seriously, no one expected Barea to play that critical a role in the playoffs. It’s their waterbug-like movement which triggered my statement and the fact that Prig has not yet played to his potential. He needs to stop being so tentative – maybe he should watch that old guy on the Dos Equis commercials on a loop to boost his confidence.

    4. maxwell_3g

      i think it should be pretty clear to everyone (except for ruru maybe) that amare takes as much off of the board as he puts on. its not only his poor defense, but i think that we change the offense a little to get him involve, which effects the natural flow. i agree though, what would amare be saving himself for??? his next big contract??? hes a mini mid from here on out, if that. while i am feeling much better about things than 2 weeks ago, 2 things are still concerning. 1) we need to hold on to these darn leads against bad teams. there is no way that melo should have had to play more than 28 minutes last night. 2) relying this much on JR (whiom I like) still scares me a whole lot come playoff time. maybe that is the best thing about amare possibly returning, another scorer who can put up some points if JR goes in the crapper for a week

    5. Juany8

      maxwell_3g:
      i think it should be pretty clear to everyone (except for ruru maybe) that amare takes as much off of the board as he puts on.its not only his poor defense, but i think that we change the offense a little to get him involve, which effects the natural flow.i agree though, what would amare be saving himself for??? his next big contract???hes a mini mid from here on out, if that.while i am feeling much better about things than 2 weeks ago, 2 things are still concerning.1)we need to hold on to these darn leads against bad teams.there is no way that melo should have had to play more than 28 minutes last night.2)relying this much on JR (whiom I like) still scares me a whole lot come playoff time.maybe that is the best thing about amare possibly returning, another scorer who can put up some points if JR goes in the crapper for a week

      For what it’s worth, Felton has been doing quite well lately. He’s not a reliable second scorer, but I could see him swinging a game with his pick and roll attack. Defense might actually be good too with canny, chandler, and Kenyon Martin all doing good

    6. Jenny

      Amar’e has had a ton of knee surgeries, so if he comes back too soon and hurts himself again, he could be jeopardizing the rest of his career. Max contract or not, you’ve gotta understand if the man doesn’t want to risk never playing basketball again. The situation with his knees is much worse than Lin’s.

    7. d-mar

      Don’t get too carried away with the “we’re better off without Amare” rhetoric. Sure, JR has been unconscious and the offense and defense are humming, but come playoff time when the game slows down and the defenses tighten, don’t be surprised if we see bad JR make a few appearances. At that point we’re going to be looking for a 2nd scoring option – who will it be? Novak? Felton? Don’t forget Amare wasn’t just beasting inside, he was drawing a lot of fouls, working great on the pick and roll and keeping defenses honest. That will be critical in the playoffs, even if he only plays 15-20 minutes.

      It wasn’t that long ago that many on this board were complaining that Amare needed to be on the court at the end of close games.

    8. lavor postell

      d-mar:
      Don’t get too carried away with the “we’re better off without Amare” rhetoric. Sure, JR has been unconscious and the offense and defense are humming, but come playoff time when the game slows down and the defenses tighten, don’t be surprised if we see bad JR make a few appearances. At that point we’re going to be looking for a 2nd scoring option – who will it be? Novak? Felton? Don’t forget Amare wasn’t just beasting inside, he was drawing a lot of fouls, working great on the pick and roll and keeping defenses honest. That will be critical in the playoffs, even if he only plays 15-20 minutes.

      It wasn’t that long ago that many on this board were complaining that Amare needed to be on the court at the end of close games.

      This.

      I don’t know why all the blame for losing streaks, poor play and defense are automatically shifted onto Melo and then STAT. We became the number one rebounding team in the league with Amar’e and the No. 1 offensive rebounding team in the league. I also remember that being the time period where we actively attempted to give up at least 348 points in the first quarter while DPOY Tyson Chandler allowed layup after layup without contesting a shot.

      It’s not all Chandler’s fault defensively, but he really got his All-Star bid based on the strength of his play (like Melo) in November and December. Like much of the rest of the team Chandler’s effort was intermittent after the New Year, coming and going in spurts.

      Just because we didn’t go on a huge winning streak while Amar’e was back is really not being fair to analyzing the progress he was making. A player with a TS% north of 60 is clearly going to be providing you some real tangible value, regardless of his defensive mistakes. He was actually showing some real progress on the defensive side of the ball, particularly effective at hedging the ball…

    9. Z-man

      Zanzibar: I may be wrong but I remember it was Z-man who triggered a backlash here with his comment. You may have chimed in but maybe it was not so memorable because crabby abbey feels we’d be better without everybody :).

      Thanks for the validation, Zanzi, here’s my quote from 3/10 (the thread posted by jon in @4):

      “Also, the Amare injury might be a blessing in disguise. First, it eliminates the “Should Amare start? and “Can Amare play with Melo and/or Chandler?” talk. Second, it offers an opportunity to define several roles more clearly, e.g. Martin, JR, Copeland, Shump. Third, it brings Camby back into the rotation, who I think is an essential element to playoff success unless Sheed heals quickly.

      In a nutshell, it helps define us, which we need to do quickly as the playoff picture unfolds.”

      In ensuing posts, flossy and THCJ took turns bashing me, and lo and behold, here we are. Ironically, we’ve won 7 in a row w/o not just “he was playing like a max player Amare” but “he’s the most underrated offensive (and best defensive) player in the league Tyson.” Not to mention Melo doing anything special.

      Look, I loved the Amare who played a monster game 1 vs. the Celts before throwing his back out. And it was looking like he was on his way to getting back towards that level. Losing a player of his caliber is not a good thing in and of itself. However, it did offer the opportunity to tinker with lineups to find something more dependable come playoff time, there really is no disputing that now. Shump, JR and K-Mart and Felton have all stepped up since he (and Chandler) went down, to the point where his absence is hardly felt. I would call that a blessing in disguise.

      If Amare comes back for the playoffs, he will be a 10-15mpg x-factor rather than a guy who is cemented into the rotation. After 2 yrs of his self-destructing at the worst possible…

    10. danvt

      The problem is coaching.

      I’m a Yankee fan and I’m actually really excited about not having Arod, Tex, and Granderson out there for a while. Those guys refuse to bunt or to take the ball to the opposite field. Nobody is too good to think about moving runners along first and formost. Amar’e is a great offensive player who has never made this team better than .500.

      During Linsanity, over this seven game streak, during the 18-5 start we played smart basketball. Move the ball, take uncontested shots, box out, take charges. Jared Jeffries had more success at PF than Amar’e did because he simply played a simple game correctly.

      When a coach gets too worried about players egos and starts bending the game plan away from what works the results are ugly despite someones high true shooting percentage.

      In short Amar’e is fine but needs to work for the team and not the opposite. Lots of people have said it.

    11. jon abbey

      also I can’t help but notice that the “Chandler is by far the best player on the team” brigade has disappeared. if he is playing his hardest/best, he is awesome, but that happened so rarely this year.

    12. max fisher-cohen

      Felton is making his threes (45.5% in win streak). It’s really remarkable how big a difference it makes when guys are making threes.

      Knicks are on a hot shooting streak right now, but IMO they’re also using the right players to maximize their success. Shumpert’s shooting and JR’s driving IMO are the big question marks in terms of whether this team continues to win like this. If felton cools off, they can move him more onto the ball, but you can’t use Iman as a PG, so he has to keep making shots.

      The traps with Martin and Shumpert especially are another important aspect to the success, forcing a lot of turnovers, but it seems like its been more the offense than the defense that has been dominant.

      AFA JR, I’m really curious to see how he responds to the better defenses he’ll face in our games vs. Miami and Atlanta next week.

    13. massive

      Is anybody keeping up with the NCAA tournament? Trey Burke just shot himself into the top 10 picks of the NBA draft last night, and I couldn’t be more disappointed. I was holding onto hope that he would be around when the Knicks were picking. Burke and Shumpert would have been an amazing back-court of the future.

    14. lavor postell

      massive:
      Is anybody keeping up with the NCAA tournament? Trey Burke just shot himself into the top 10 picks of the NBA draft last night, and I couldn’t be more disappointed. I was holding onto hope that he would be around when the Knicks were picking. Burke and Shumpert would have been an amazing back-court of the future.

      I’ve been clinging to the same hope. I have liked what I’ve seen from Carter-Williams on Cuse, but I’ve only seen them play 5-6 times this year. Anybody have any thoughts on his game? A 6-5 point guard with his passing ability really could be perfect for this team if he pans out. He’s only shooting 29% from three, something I’m sure the Knicks will feel they can improve on.

    15. flossy

      Z-man: Thanks for the validation, Zanzi, here’s my quote from 3/10 (the thread posted by jon in @4):

      “Also, the Amare injury might be a blessing in disguise. First, it eliminates the “Should Amare start? and “Can Amare play with Melo and/or Chandler?” talk. Second, it offers an opportunity to define several roles more clearly, e.g. Martin, JR, Copeland, Shump. Third, it brings Camby back into the rotation, who I think is an essential element to playoff success unless Sheed heals quickly.

      In a nutshell, it helps define us, which we need to do quickly as the playoff picture unfolds.”

      In ensuing posts, flossy and THCJ took turns bashing me, and lo and behold, here we are. Ironically, we’ve won 7 in a row w/o not just “he was playing like a max player Amare” but “he’s the most underrated offensive (and best defensive) player in the league Tyson.” Not to mention Melo doing anything special.

      Look, I loved the Amare who played a monster game 1 vs. the Celts before throwing his back out. And it was looking like he was on his way to getting back towards that level. Losing a player of his caliber is not a good thing in and of itself. However, it did offer the opportunity to tinker with lineups to find something more dependable come playoff time, there really is no disputing that now. Shump, JR and K-Mart and Felton have all stepped up since he (and Chandler) went down, to the point where his absence is hardly felt. I would call that a blessing in disguise.

      If Amare comes back for the playoffs, he will be a 10-15mpgx-factor rather than a guy who is cemented into the rotation. After 2 yrs of his self-destructing at the worst possible…

      LOL, this is some grade-A bullshit. Our latest 7-game win streak also coincides exactly with Tyson Chandler’s injury. Is Chandler being injured a blessing in disguise, too?

    16. flossy

      flossy: LOL, this is some grade-A bullshit. Our latest 7-game win streak also coincides exactly with Tyson Chandler’s injury. Is Chandler being injured a blessing in disguise, too?

      Shit, maybe we just shouldn’t play anyone over 6’8″ except Novak. I guess it was Amar’e (and/or Chandler) forcing Raymond Felton, Shumpert, Kidd and JR to spend six weeks shooting HORRIBLY from the field, worse than any other 4-man guard rotation in the league.

      Why would a team want two of the top 5 PnR finishers on the court? Why would we want someone who was scoring with Durant-like efficiency?

      Nah, I’m down to see how long we can play 35 year-old Kenyon Martin at 30 mpg at Center. I’m sure JR Smith will continue to play like a top-5 overall player.

    17. massive

      lavor postell: I’ve been clinging to the same hope.I have liked what I’ve seen from Carter-Williams on Cuse, but I’ve only seen them play 5-6 times this year.Anybody have any thoughts on his game?A 6-5 point guard with his passing ability really could be perfect for this team if he pans out.He’s only shooting 29% from three, something I’m sure the Knicks will feel they can improve on.

      I don’t like Michael Carter-Williams as a prospect at all. That .495 TS% is disgusting, but if that’s just a function of shot selection (like Shumpert’s back at GT), then maybe he can get it together. However, he shoots less than 70% from the charity stripe, so I really don’t know if he will ever be a good NBA basketball player. I’d stay away from him unless he has a great workout for us. I’d rather we go for a front court player over him, though.

    18. jon abbey

      Martin sure does seem to be better at getting out of JR’s way and letting him get to the basket than Chandler and Amar’e were. again, for as many things as Chandler does well when he’s at his best, he has some serious holes in his game, especially offensively.

    19. jon abbey

      it’s going to be an alltime stinker of a draft this year, I wouldn’t count on any help coming from there for NY.

    20. danvt

      flossy: Is Chandler being injured a blessing in disguise, too?

      Yes. The only way the Knicks are going to do anything is if the players beyond our top 5 can produce at close to the same levels. The Knicks spent weeks this season watching Melo and then Amar’e operate in isolation situations. The Knicks spent weeks this season letting guards get by them and making Tyson overextend his help defense. Tyson got caught out on the perimeter because of this and gave up dunks. He also became foul averse because the team needed him so much. Basketball teams have to have balance, so, yes we needed to learn how to play without Tyson to be better eventually with him.

    21. Z-man

      flossy: Shit, maybe we just shouldn’t play anyone over 6’8? except Novak.I guess it was Amar’e (and/or Chandler) forcing Raymond Felton, Shumpert, Kidd and JR to spend six weeks shooting HORRIBLY from the field, worse than any other 4-man guard rotation in the league.

      Why would a team want two of the top 5 PnR finishers on the court?Why would we want someone who was scoring with Durant-like efficiency?

      Nah, I’m down to see how long we can play 35 year-old Kenyon Martin at 30 mpg at Center.I’m sure JR Smith will continue to play like a top-5 overall player.

      Aw, it’s ok, flossy, just admit you were wrong and that I was right on this one. danvt is dead on in @21.

      Chandler’s presence has been pretty much exactly replicated by K-Mart, a 6’9″ PF who sat on his ass for 8 months (except for the first game of the streak, when a 40yo relic with a broken foot filled in.)

      Amare’s “void” had been filled mainly by JR, Shump, and others stepping up and making shots they never would have had a chance to take while he was on the floor. Amare had zero assists in 10 out of his last 15 games, and 18 of all 29 games. He had one assist 9 times and 2 assists twice. He is awful at passing out of double-teams and is the ultimate black hole. Let’s not even discuss his decision-making and reaction time on defense. In short, he doesn’t make his teammates better, and actually may make them worse.

      But you go right on thinking that he was our resurrected savior during his last 10-15 games, and that his loss is a huge blow to our playoff aspirations. Before you do, make sure you look very carefully at those games he played with us (we went 16-13 against a very weak schedule) and tell me which ones we would not have won w/o Amare.

    22. dogrufus

      In light of recent developments I am revising my prediction: we will go 5-6 to finish the year at 50 wins

    23. ptmilo

      As a recovering JR Smith irresponsible optimist, these last 9 games have been bizarre. I remember thinking the Nuggets had pulled off a game-changing coup when the Bulls flipped Chandler for PJ Brown / JR and then repurposed JR to Denver for not much. I thought he he had a good shot to learn to get to the line 6+ times a game and peak as Mitch Richmond with more ups. He has had some really great stretches since then, one notable run when the Nuggets went 15-5 toward the tail end of 08-09. But those have largely come on the heels of unsustainable 3pt shooting – in that run he hit 3.6 per game at 45%. In this 9 game run he’s been completely mediocre from 3 but has average 8.8 FTA per game, something he has never come close to doing in any 9 games in his career. Surely all Knick fans have been carefully schooled by Gerald Wilkins not to extrapolate a good two weeks of offense, but this has been fun.

    24. Z-man

      ruruland:
      I’m trying to find a case of a guy drastically changing mid-way through career.

      Trevor Ariza, temporarily. Of course, playing with Kobe had nothing to do with it.

    25. ruruland

      Z-man: Trevor Ariza, temporarily. Of course, playing with Kobe had nothing to do with it.

      Yeah. Im going to look into it.

    26. ruruland

      Z-man: Trevor Ariza, temporarily. Of course, playing with Kobe had nothing to do with it.

      Yeah. Im going to look into it. No one off the top of my head comes to mind, in terms of a guy as talented JR.

    27. nicos

      ruruland: Yeah. Im going to look into it. No one off the top of my head comes to mind, in terms of a guy as talented JR.

      Amar’e developing a dominant post game at 29 perhaps?

    28. Frank

      Just got around to watching last night’s game on DVR. JR was absolutely scary in that first half. Scary as in– when JR is aggressive like this, he looks like freaking Dwyane Wade out there. Honestly. He was pulling out the post moves, dunking in traffic, tough finishes around the rim. He’s always had top 20 talent but it is absolutely scary to watch him put it together like this — especially since he’s playing pretty damn well on defense also. He is just locked in.

      ruruland:
      I’m trying to find a case of a guy drastically changing mid-way through career.

      Kirk Goldsberry just wrote a whole huge article about one King James who has completely transformed his offensive game, at least in terms of shot selection. I read somewhere (WSJ Herring maybe?) that Amare has changed his average shot distance more than any player in the last however many years. With the analytics available now, it’s not crazy to think that someone might just listen and see how much easier scoring is when you’re next to the basket.

    29. ruruland

      Frank:
      Just got around to watching last night’s game on DVR.JR was absolutely scary in that first half.Scary as in– when JR is aggressive like this, he looks like freaking Dwyane Wade out there. Honestly. He was pulling out the post moves, dunking in traffic, tough finishes around the rim.He’s always had top 20 talent but it is absolutely scary to watch him put it together like this — especially since he’s playing pretty damn well on defense also.He is just locked in.

      Kirk Goldsberry just wrote a whole huge article about one King James who has completely transformed his offensive game, at least in terms of shot selection.I read somewhere (WSJ Herring maybe?) that Amare has changed his average shot distance more than any player in the last however many years.With the analytics available now, it’s not crazy to think that someone might just listen and see how much easier scoring is when you’re next to the basket.

      yeah, I read the Lebron piece. It’s a great point (though I think Lebron is playing much more in transition because of teammates).

      Can you imagine the kind of offense the Knicks could have if Shump is closer to what he’s been the last month, if JR is more rim-oriented moving forward, Amar’e comes back and returns to what he was, Felton continues to take these optimal looks in this usage range, and then Melo’s usage comes down to the 28-30 range as he’s able to eliminate a lot of these difficult looks?

      That can still happen this year, btw.

    30. danvt

      ruruland: Felton continues to take these optimal looks in this usage range

      Yes, and I think Kidd has taught Raymond a lot about being a minimalist. JKidd has become the master of the mini triple double. Last night 3 points, 3 ast, 7 reb!(2 offensive!!). He just looks at the overall scheme and contributes in multiple ways and doesn’t force things that he can’t do at this stage. Raymond and JR are playing within themselves right now in a similar way. Of course within himself JR is an all star level player.

    31. ruruland

      danvt: Yes, and I think Kidd has taught Raymond a lot about being a minimalist.JKidd has become the master of the mini triple double.Last night 3 points, 3 ast, 7 reb!(2 offensive!!).He just looks at the overall scheme and contributes in multiple ways and doesn’t force things that he can’t do at this stage. Raymond and JR are playing within themselves right now in a similar way.Of course within himself JR is an all star level player.

      Right, but the only way Raymond and Kidd can play within themselves is if other guys take on a big burden.

      I’m glad they’ve figured out that JR and Melo can handle things if the open spt op shot or driving opportunity isn’t there.

      This is how I envisioned Felton playing when he came here, and he has a real chance to have a higher offensive rating than Lin this year, for whatever it’s worth.

      BTW, the Rockets, the team that is 3 points better with Harden on the bench, is blowing out the Clippers with Harden out.

      I wouldn’t mention that if it weren’t for Owen and friends.

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