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Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 03 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Rout leads to a jester act on the court (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 06:27:17 GMT)
    The Knicks fans thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle. And yet, such a one-sided game against the Kings raised thorny matters of etiquette usually faced only by our city’s high school powerhouses.

  • [New York Daily News] Stoudemire provides spark as Knicks crush Kings in 39-point blowout (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 03:24:37 GMT)
    The Knicks walked all over the visiting Kings Saturday night, winning 120-81 in a stunning display of the team’s talent on offense, defense and the boards.

  • [New York Times] Curry Helps Warriors to a 113-93 Win Over Suns (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 06:12:30 GMT)
    Stephen Curry returned after missing two games with an ankle injury and scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, helping the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 113-93 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Get 105-99 Win Over Jazz (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:42:29 GMT)
    Damian Lillard had 23 points and the Portland Trail Blazers got revenge for a loss to Utah the night before with a 105-99 victory Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Kidd-Gilchrist Taken to Hospital After Collision and Fall (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:27:21 GMT)
    Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to hospital for checks to his head and neck after a heavy fall following a collision with team mate Jeff Taylor during the Bobcats’ 109-95 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 120, Kings 81: Knicks Crush Kings After Amar’e Stoudemire Enters Game (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:26:45 GMT)
    After missing 12 of their first 13 shots, the Knicks’ offense kicked into gear behind Amar’e Stoudemire’s 10-of-10 shooting and ended up with a 39-point margin of victory.

  • [New York Times] Harden Gets Triple-Double as Rockets Beat Bobcats (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:10:07 GMT)
    James Harden never had a game like this, and he never saw a player hurt the way Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Win 10th Successive Game With Win Over Wizards (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:06:23 GMT)
    The San Antonio Spurs have continued their supremacy in the NBA, beating Washington 96-86 on Saturday for a 10th successive victory.

  • [New York Times] Stoudemire 10 for 10, Knicks Crush Kings 120-81 (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:33:31 GMT)
    Amare Stoudemire sat through the sluggish start, and had one thought in mind when it was his turn to change it.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavs Stun Thunder as Irving Takes Over (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:30:20 GMT)
    Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2 minutes 52 seconds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-110, at home on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Duncan Leaves Spurs Win With Leg Injuries (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:15:53 GMT)
    Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle in the first half of the San Antonio Spurs’ 96-86 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving’s 35 Pace Cavaliers Over Thunder (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:09:32 GMT)
    Kyrie Irving wasn’t just interested. He was incredible.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Leads Bucks Past Magic 107-98 (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:06:36 GMT)
    Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 as the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Orlando Magic their ninth straight loss, 107-98 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Cunningham Scores 18 as Timberwolves Beat Hornets (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 03:36:47 GMT)
    Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points, Nikola Pekovic added 14 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-86 on Saturday night to stop their six-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Beat Hawks 93-76 With 3 Starters Held Out (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 03:00:59 GMT)
    Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down the Atlanta Hawks in a 93-76 victory on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Tim Duncan Helped Off With Sprained Left Knee (Sun, 03 Feb 2013 02:51:35 GMT)
    San Antonio Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle after getting tangled with an opponent and had to be helped off the court in the first half of Saturday night’s game against the Wizards.

  • 48 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 03 2013)

    1. danvt

      Novak plus 31 in 17 minutes! JR plus 36 in 22! Knicks were clearly pissed about the last second loss earlier in the season and wanted to embarrass this team. So be it. Coach Smart was OK with it. I’d wouldn’t mind if Steve-oh would rethink his “discount double check” in the wake of tragedy but, hey, these guys are just a bunch of knuckle heads anyway and I’m sure he didn’t mean anything by it. Our culture is so steeped in guns it’d be almost impossible to go three minutes without some kind of reference. The world is messed up and the K’s are our consolation prize.

    2. danvt

      What I’d like to see on today’s board is some folks admit they were wrong about Amar’e. THJC, still want Ryan Anderson for STAT strait up?

      Also, let’s eat some crow on the whole “Amar’e, Tyson, Melo combo will never work”, arguments. Stat has been coming in and we start EFFING KILLING PEOPLE ON THE BOARDS! Amar’e catches in the post and all of a sudden there’s space for everyone. When guarded by one person down there he’s impossible to stop.

      Melo took 12 shots and had 5 assists, with a NYK record on the line. He has largely shed his “me first” image. I’d like to read some commentary from the “leopards don’t change their statistical stripes”
      crowd about how good coaching and putting people in proper roles can give a player new life.

    3. Frank O.

      I’ve said often Amare would come back and return to his north of 60 TS% status.
      But it has been astounding how physically dominant he has become on the block, how decisive he has become within the offense, and how quick he is with his back to the glass. Further, he is now dunking in crowds, something he couldn’t do when he first returned.
      Physically, he reminds me of his last playoff run with the Suns where he really looked like the cliche, a man among boys, except now he has more tools.
      Also, by coming off the bench, he has simply removed any discomfort others might have felt. He plays well with Chandler and Melo.
      Now, Melo seems genuinely to have lost his mojo.
      It started with the fast. I just don’t understand what has happened with his shot.
      But I have to believe seeing his usage decline a bit is good for the team. Now we’ll see if he has changed his mental game. In the past he would show a little insecurity. He’d force shots. I think he played a great game last night, taking what was given and not forcing iso plays. His passing is very good.
      I think all the players realize that sharing the load prolongs good health in this league. And honestly, so long as Amare is getting high percentage buckets, you need to keep going to that well.
      Melo is still the focal pt; he should always be the top usage guy. But Amare’s role will grow. He appears unstoppable. If anything he will draw away defensive focus on Melo, and Melo should flourish.
      Last, Chandler is back, and his boards focus is as much as anything changing the game. I noticed that Amare is doing the tip out like Chandler. But with this new confidence, and a soft schedule for a while, this team is going to win a hell of a lot of games.

    4. danvt

      Frank O.: Also, by coming off the bench, he has simply removed any discomfort others might have felt. He plays well with Chandler and Melo.

      It really has become the age of the faux starter. One might think, “how about getting the better players in sooner and not falling behind by 12?” But, overall, I think it’s good to take a more nuanced approach to rotations. It’s good to always have one of our best players on the court and I really enjoyed Prigioni, Amar’e, Novak combo with Tyson and Melo sitting.

      Frank O.: But with this new confidence, and a soft schedule for a while, this team is going to win a hell of a lot of games.

      Boy Howdy! and it gives us a chance to sharpen our sword for the better teams.

    5. johnno

      Bondy’s big takeaway from last night’s game was that the Knicks aren’t polite? Talk about looking hard to find a negative. Maybe he should take a look at the Caron Butler “fake high 5.” If he’s looking for bush league behavior, that’s a good place to start.
      Re: Amare — the concerns about how much he had left physically were legitimate. However, I think that a lot of people were forgetting just how great an offensive player he is when healthy. Two years ago, when he was the focal point of the offense, he was virtually unstoppable — or are people forgetting that, the season before last, he was second team all-NBA? I like the idea of playing him 25 minutes a night for the foreseable future while he builds his stamina/saves his legs for late in the season. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that his health holds up.

    6. flossy

      flossy:
      I mean I know the Kings are terrible but this is ridiculous:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7UHPnlCqyE

      I particularly love the play at 0:56 where Felton feeds Chandler diving to the basket after slipping the screen on the high PnR, which forces Amar’e’s man to rotate to Chandler, who then feeds Amar’e cutting to the basket on the weak site baseline for the dunk. With Novak and JR on the wings, that pass will be there night after night and is a perfect example of how Chandler and Stat can actually make each other better instead of getting in each other’s way. Just beautiful.

    7. Frank

      flossy: I particularly love the play at 0:56 where Felton feeds Chandler diving to the basket after slipping the screen on the high PnR, which forces Amar’e’s man to rotate to Chandler, who then feeds Amar’e cutting to the basket on the weak site baseline for the dunk.With Novak and JR on the wings, that pass will be there night after night and is a perfect example of how Chandler and Stat can actually make each other better instead of getting in each other’s way.Just beautiful.

      Yeah, if Tyson can see that weakside pass with any regularity, this’ll be a very difficult crew to stop — whether it’s Shump/Novak in the corners or Amare cutting to the basket.

      And Amare hitting 18 footers with regularity is what made him so dominant in the beginning of his Knick career. He still has that first step so defenders play off him when he’s out there. Just amazing how high his stock has risen in just ~35 days.

    8. Frank

      flossy:
      I mean I know the Kings are terrible but this is ridiculous:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7UHPnlCqyE

      The one at 1:05 is the most impressive to me- that play used to lead to a midrange J most of the time, but Amare took it to the hole strong and dunked it. That’s the explosion we haven’t seen from him since before his back injury in the 2011 playoffs.

      btw Amare is now up to 1.14 PPP overall and 1.09 PPP in the post. The 1.14 is good for #8 in the league, and the 1.09 is #2 in the league.

    9. Frank

      It’s funny – you know who he looked like on that play at 1:05? He looked like Durant turning that corner and throwing it down. This is relevant because Amare is now scoring more efficiently than Durant (1.14 v 1.13 PPP overall). Pretty sure we never ever ever ever expected to see those words written with any kind of a reasonable sample size (which i think we are now approaching). Crazy.

    10. ephus

      Frank: The one at 1:05 is the most impressive to me- that play used to lead to a midrange J most of the time, but Amare took it to the hole strong and dunked it.That’s the explosion we haven’t seen from him since before his back injury in the 2011 playoffs.

      btw Amare is now up to 1.14 PPP overall and 1.09 PPP in the post. The 1.14 is good for #8 in the league, and the 1.09 is #2 in the league.

      Amen.

    11. d-mar

      On another topic, if you get a chance, watch the highlights from the end of last night’s OKC-Cavs game. Kyrie Irving made the last 5 baskets for Cleveland to grab the victory, and each one was highly contested and ridiculously creative, against one of the best defenses in the NBA.

      That kid may be the next Chris Paul, or even better, which is scary.

    12. Frank

      Frank: This is relevant because Amare is now scoring more efficiently than Durant (1.14 v 1.13 PPP overall).

      btw, by WP48 Amare is still less productive than Ronnie Brewer. Zaza Pachulia, and Austin Daye. And WAAAAY behind Landry Fields. Really.

    13. Douglas

      The fact that Landry Fields is still on any sort of leaderboard at this stage of his career is like a cruel joke on him.

    14. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      I find it funny that a guy has a monster game and it’s used as evidence that an entire statistic is invalid.

      Jesus christ you people are thick.

    15. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/222-amare-stoudemire

      And by the way, his numbers aside from scoring have been absolute shit.

      He’s averaging 6 TRB/48. AS A POWER FORWARD. Do you guys realize that scoring is not everything in basketball? Yes, he’s got a positive WP48 because he’s scoring incredibly efficiently, but he also is putting up 7 fouls/48, not stealing, not blocking, not rebounding, and not assisting. That’s fact.

    16. flossy

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      I find it funny that a guy has a monster game and it’s used as evidence that an entire statistic is invalid.

      Jesus christ you people are thick.

      One monster game? I think we’re talking about Amar’e Stoudemire, the guy who has been probably the best per-minute scorer in the NBA over the past 10 games.

    17. flossy

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/222-amare-stoudemire

      And by the way, his numbers aside from scoring have been absolute shit.

      He’s averaging 6 TRB/48. AS A POWER FORWARD. Do you guys realize that scoring is not everything in basketball? Yes, he’s got a positive WP48 because he’s scoring incredibly efficiently, but he also is putting up 7 fouls/48, not stealing, not blocking, not rebounding, and not assisting. That’s fact.

      How much better have the Knicks been rebounding as a team when he is on the floor? Any idea why that might be?

    18. JK47

      Oh yeah, Amar’e is really killing the Knicks with his poor rebounding. Why, they’ve barely even shot up to #1 in the NBA in DRB% since he started playing. When he’s on the floor they grab a paltry 77.5% of all defensive rebounds and a terrible 29.9% of all offensive rebounds.

      Yep, rebounding. That bad rebounding surely outweighs his .652 TS%, which he apparently racked up in “one monster game.”

      You’re right. Landry’s better. Who’s thick again?

    19. Juany8

      Guys why is anyone still arguing against THCJ? He backs a statistic that says Ronnie Brewer has contributed more wins for the Knicks than Carmelo Anthony this year, and he throws around childish insults when anyone in the world brings any kind of evidence against him. There’s no ignore function on this site, but he deserves about as much attention as the trolls who come in every game thread talking about how the Knicks are terrible and how Jeremy Lin is better than Carmelo Anthony. It’s just not worth the arguing, it’s much more interesting to discuss ways to make advanced statistical analysis better, not poke holes in one of the biggest troll attempts currently on the internet

    20. JK47

      Maybe there is some New Math kind of thing I’m unaware of, but Amar’e is averaging 4.6 TRB per game, in 22.3 minutes per game. Extrapolated to 48 minutes, that’s more than 6 TRB. It would actually be 9.9.

    21. Juany8

      JK47:
      Maybe there is some New Math kind of thing I’m unaware of, but Amar’e is averaging 4.6 TRB per game, in 22.3 minutes per game.Extrapolated to 48 minutes, that’s more than 6 TRB.It would actually be 9.9.

      If you click his link that’s what the site actually says. But again, why are we pretending THCJ is objective in any way?

    22. Frank

      JK47:
      Maybe there is some New Math kind of thing I’m unaware of, but Amar’e is averaging 4.6 TRB per game, in 22.3 minutes per game.Extrapolated to 48 minutes, that’s more than 6 TRB.It would actually be 9.9.

      Narrative- that’s the new math. Amare is a high volume scorer which is a bad thing to WoW people. So despite his improving rebounding (which is Pau Gasol equivalent for the last 4 weeks) you have to continue bashing it. Or else you’d have to try and explain why a high volume scorer with a 65+ TS is less valuable than a low volume shooting guard who can’t shoot and has a TS less than 47.

    23. flossy

      JK47:
      Maybe there is some New Math kind of thing I’m unaware of, but Amar’e is averaging 4.6 TRB per game, in 22.3 minutes per game.Extrapolated to 48 minutes, that’s more than 6 TRB.It would actually be 9.9.

      His numerals, like his understanding of basketball, are totally upside-down.

    24. lavor postell

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/222-amare-stoudemire

      And by the way, his numbers aside from scoring have been absolute shit.

      He’s averaging 6 TRB/48. AS A POWER FORWARD. Do you guys realize that scoring is not everything in basketball? Yes, he’s got a positive WP48 because he’s scoring incredibly efficiently, but he also is putting up 7 fouls/48, not stealing, not blocking, not rebounding, and not assisting. That’s fact.

      You are so dense. Does the fact that your argument is a complete fucking joke even matter to you. I can at least understand some of your arguments but this really is the height of stupidity. The Knicks have been a monster rebounding UNIT with STAT regardless of his personal numbers. Then again that really doesn’t matter right, because all that matter is fucking WP/48. Let’s bench Melo and start Brewer. We’ll be so much better because shot creation isn’t a skill…

    25. Douglas

      Juany8:
      Guys why is anyone still arguing against THCJ? He backs a statistic that says Ronnie Brewer has contributed more wins for the Knicks than Carmelo Anthony this year, and he throws around childish insults when anyone in the world brings any kind of evidence against him. There’s no ignore function on this site, but he deserves about as much attention as the trolls who come in every game thread talking about how the Knicks are terrible and how Jeremy Lin is better than Carmelo Anthony. It’s just not worth the arguing, it’s much more interesting to discuss ways to make advanced statistical analysis better, not poke holes in one of the biggest troll attempts currently on the internet

      At this point I’d take Italian Stallion’s bizarre penchant for horse racing analogies over Professor Jowles. Maybe even CLYDE POLICE.

    26. massive

      I used to think WoW was a good statistic, and I still think it’s useful to a certain extent, but I really don’t like how their writers hide behind their number when writing their pieces. To me, their style of analysis is extremely lazy. They mock people who say “this player is better than that player because he scores more points” and then say “this player is better than that player because he has a better WP/48.” Wins Produced is a far better measuring stick than ppg, but their style of writing is pointless since all they do is report numbers. I feel like they are very lazy writers. Even if Hollinger was using PER in his articles, he would also do scouting and take into account things that weren’t obvious in the box score. They almost never provide any sort of insight, which makes their articles worthless to me. I can just check their database and save myself the time.

      My point in saying this is that while WP is a good statistic, it is extremely questionable and their writers answer none of the questions. Because Ronnie Brewer gets 3 rebounds in 18 minutes and the average SG gets that in 36, he produces more wins than Carmelo Anthony? That is ridiculous.

    27. flossy

      To be fair, Ronnie “One Minute Wonder” Brewer’s playing time goes by so quickly it can be hard to appreciate how unfathomably productive he is during his six-second increments of floor time. Why, I can recall several recent games where the opposition didn’t score *at all* while Brewer was in the game. Can Carmelo Anthony or Amar’e Stoudemire say that? Didn’t think so. QED, fools.

    28. jon abbey

      WP is not a good stat. alphabetical order would be roughly as accurate. it measures maybe 1/3 of the game (no defense, no interaction effects on offense) and it does even that quite poorly (wildly overvaluing rebounds, penalizing action and rewarding interaction). it’s fun to laugh at, but a total waste of time to take seriously even for a second.

    29. jon abbey

      Chris Paul continues to make a strong case for MVP via the Clippers being crushed again with him out, down by 19 to Boston at halftime.

    30. massive

      Toronto is up 8 with a little under 3 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. Anybody think the Heat will throw this game just so the Big 3 can get some insight on Mike Woodson’s coaching firsthand? I may be paranoid, but the Raptors should be getting stomped by the Heat.

    31. mokers

      Was the Kurt 3 a broken play or did Woodson really draw a play up for him?

      Sacramento is a terrible team, but that was a fun win. Took some of the bad taste out of a really terrible loss. the knicks have no back to backs for the rest of the month. Great chance to get healthy and clean up a few things for a brutal schedule in march. Hopefully we get Camby and/or sheed back by then. I think the offense is going to work out, but we still have too many stretches where the defense is just not getting it done. Lots of room for optimism though.

    32. citizen

      Did Steve Nash seriously just miss 2 free throws w/ 2.7 seconds remaining and the Lakers up one?????

    33. jon abbey

      massive:
      Toronto is up 8 with a little under 3 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. Anybody think the Heat will throw this game just so the Big 3 can get some insight on Mike Woodson’s coaching firsthand? I may be paranoid, but the Raptors should be getting stomped by the Heat.

      the Heat haven’t been a good road team, and Rudy Gay is playing inspired.

    34. nicos

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/222-amare-stoudemire

      And by the way, his numbers aside from scoring have been absolute shit.

      He’s averaging 6 TRB/48. AS A POWER FORWARD. Do you guys realize that scoring is not everything in basketball? Yes, he’s got a positive WP48 because he’s scoring incredibly efficiently, but he also is putting up 7 fouls/48, not stealing, not blocking, not rebounding, and not assisting. That’s fact.

      BY the way, I think Amar’e’s answering the question some have asked around here of what his shooting numbers might look like if he only took shots around the basket like Chandler- the last game where he took a lot of jumpers was the Indiana game and since then his TS% is 732 on 24.8 usage. Probably not sustainable because teams are bound to start doubling him in the post but so far you’re also seeing the answer to another question- what kind of numbers would an elite scorer put up if they weren’t double teamed all the time.

    35. joengai

      LOL

      flossy:
      To be fair, Ronnie “One Minute Wonder” Brewer’s playing time goes by so quickly it can be hard to appreciate how unfathomably productive he is during his six-second increments of floor time.Why, I can recall several recent games where the opposition didn’t score *at all* while Brewer was in the game. Can Carmelo Anthony or Amar’e Stoudemire say that?Didn’t think so.QED, fools.

    36. ruruland

      nicos: BY the way, I think Amar’e’s answering the question some have asked around here of what his shooting numbers might look like if he only took shots around the basket like Chandler- the last game where he took a lot of jumpers was the Indiana game and since then his TS% is 732 on 24.8 usage.Probably not sustainable because teams are bound to start doubling him in the post but so far you’re also seeing the answer to another question- what kind of numbers would an elite scorer put up if they weren’t double teamed all the time.

      Yes.

      The post-scoring isn’t necessarily sustainable (in terms of volume) because Amar’e will surely start getting Melo-level double teams at some point.

      But just look at the variety of ways he scored last night:
      1)transition
      2)high pnr with Smith
      3)isolation blow by
      4)seals defender as he crosses lane in continuity offense
      5)flash to elbow jumper
      6)roller in double pnr with Chandler
      7)weakside flash from middle pnr with Chandler
      8)weakside curl to elbow on Chandler pnr
      9) offensive rebound dunk
      10) isolation jumper

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7UHPnlCqyE

    37. nicos

      ruruland: Yes.

      The post-scoring isn’t necessarily sustainable (in terms of volume) because Amar’e will surely start getting Melo-level double teams at some point.

      But just look at the variety of ways he scored last night:
      1)transition
      2)high pnr with Smith
      3)isolation blow by
      4)seals defender as he crosses lane in continuity offense
      5)flash to elbow jumper
      6)roller in double pnr with Chandler
      7)weakside flash from middle pnr with Chandler
      8)weakside curl to elbow on Chandler pnr
      9) offensive rebound dunk
      10) isolation jumper

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7UHPnlCqyE

      And what’s great is that while the 10-10 may be an anomaly that kind of diversity isn’t- that’s what he did on a regular basis in Phoenix. And if he keeps this up you’re going to start to see him having the same kind of gravitational impact as Melo- pulling potential helpers a step or two towards them even before the catch so you’re going to see wide open spot-ups plus great cutting lanes for guys like JR and Shump and a ton of put back opportunities for Chandler.

    38. ruruland

      nicos: And what’s great is that while the 10-10 may be an anomaly that kind of diversity isn’t- that’s what he did on a regular basis in Phoenix.And if he keeps this up you’re going to start to see him having the same kind of gravitational impact as Melo- pulling potential helpers a step or two towards them even before the catch so you’re going to see wide open spot-ups plus great cutting lanes for guys like JR and Shump and a ton of put back opportunities for Chandler.

      Yeah, that’s why I think it fundamentally changes the playoff calculus.

      Miami cannot match up with him.

      We’re finally witnessing what a few drowned out voices envisioned and talked about post trade.

      In part because of Amare’s post game, in part because of Melos added range, and with the basic pieces to leverage their diverse skills, the Knicks have two dominant, defense altering offensive players.

      This is when things can get really fun. With JR possibly on the verge of one of his patented 3-point tears, and Shump taking little steps every few games, you’re going to see some absurd box scores.

      Also, note Felton’s reduced usage. The Prigs, Felton, Kidd trio has been pitch perfect of late.

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