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Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Apr 11 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Injuries forcing Knicks to play small (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:03:54 GMT)
    Mike Woodson clearly is going to have to get creative without any true centers or big men available for the Knicks’ game Thursday in Chicago â?? so much so that he might even use Carmelo Anthony in the middle.    

  • [New York Times] Playoff-Bound Warriors Now Hope to Take Next Step (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:30:02 GMT)
    Booed one year and celebrated the next, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob feels “a little bit” vindicated now.    

  • [New York Times] Heat Wrap Up Home-Court Throughout NBA Playoffs (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:29:57 GMT)
    All the Miami Heat did was set a franchise single-season record for wins with four games left to play, clinch the top overall spot in the NBA and secure home-court advantage for the entirety of the playoffs.    

  • [New York Times] Bryant Has 47 in Lakers’ 113-106 Over Blazers (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:50:34 GMT)
    It didn’t matter that it was the Rose Garden. The “M-V-P!” chant for Kobe Bryant was loud and clear.    

  • [New York Times] Denver Beats Spurs 96-86 for 21st Home Win in Row (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:11:43 GMT)
    Wilson Chandler scored 29 points and Corey Brewer had 28 as the Denver Nuggets overcame a slow start Wednesday night to post their franchise-record 21st straight home win, 96-86 over the San Antonio Spurs.    

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Hornets to End 5-Game Home Skid (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:02:36 GMT)
    John Salmons had 22 points, and Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton each added 20 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a four-game losing streak with a 121-110 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 101, Celtics 93: Nets Beat Celtics, All but Locking Up No. 4 Seed in East (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:50:40 GMT)
    Deron Williams scored 29 points and dished out 12 assists in the Nets’ victory, and P. J. Carlesimo tied for the best start by a coach in the franchise’s history.    

  • [New York Times] Suns Push Mavs to Brink of Elimination, 102-91 (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:17:10 GMT)
    P.J. Tucker scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Phoenix Suns pushed the Dallas Mavericks to the brink of playoff elimination for the first time since 2000 with a 102-91 victory Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Heat Clinch Best Record in the N.B.A. (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:05:49 GMT)
    The visiting Miami Heat’s B-squad clinched the best record in the N.B.A. with a 103-98 victory over the Wizards. Miami, missing several stars, has a record of 62-16.    

  • [New York Times] Williams Carries Nets to 101-93 Win Over Celtics (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 02:52:00 GMT)
    Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-93 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Magic Rally Late in 4th, Beat Bucks 113-103 in OT (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 02:18:54 GMT)
    Nik Vucevic had a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied for a 113-103 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: So Far This Season, the Bulls Have the Knicks’ Number (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 02:15:56 GMT)
    The Knicks have won the Atlantic Division title and have built a worthy case as title contenders. But they have failed to accomplish one thing this season: Beat the Chicago Bulls.    

  • [New York Times] Drummond, Monroe Lead Pistons Past Cavs 111-104 (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 02:09:54 GMT)
    Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and the Detroit Pistons won a second straight game for the first time in two months with a 111-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Hawks Rout 76ers 124-101 to End 3-Game Skid (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:36:51 GMT)
    Josh Smith had 28 points and 12 rebounds, John Jenkins added 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks blitzed the Philadelphia 76ers 124-101 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Post] Streaking Knicks, minus K-Mart, Tyson, eye No. 2 seed in East (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:04:15 -0500)
    After clinching their first division title in 19 years, the Knicks already have moved on to their next goals â?? extending their NBA-best 13 game winning streak, and taking aim at the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Standing in their way are the Bulls, who know a little…

  • [New York Post] Rose can’t get over the Shump (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:54:18 -0500)
    CHICAGO â?? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wished he had the same things to say about Derrick Rose’s season as he does about Iman Shumpert’s.
    Shumpert’s comeback is moving along nicely. Rose’s comeback isn’t moving at all.
    The Chicago media is writing Rose off this season. The…

  • [New York Post] Source: Singleton in, Thomas out (Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:13:53 -0500)
    With the Knicks’ big-man situation in dire straights, the Knicks are close to signing veteran journeyman power forward James Singleton, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Knicks would have to release a player to open up a roster spot and it is expected to be Kurt Thomas…

  • 57 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Apr 11 2013)

    1. Hubert Davis

      Well my Hawks for the 7 seed dream died last night.

      You can make a great case, like Brian did in the previous thread, that the Celtics are easy first round fodder based on their pretty poor regular season. I still don’t buy it. I think they realized a long time ago that if they stayed where they were, they’d get us, and they’re fine with that. And they essentially played possum over the last two months. Not that they were trying to lose, I’m not saying that. But they were more interested in building up Jeff Green’s confidence, giving reps to Avery Bradley, resting KG, trying to find the best lineups for Lee or Terry, than they were in winning regular season games. I still think they’re a tough out and I’m not particularly excited about facing them in round 1.

      On another note, if anyone wants another improbable scenario to root for that will greatly increase our chances to make the ECF now that the Atlanta for the 7 seed is off the table, it’s Brooklyn for the 3 seed. If the Nets win in Indiana tomorrow (they are 2-0 v Pacers already), and they win in Toronto while we beat the Pacers on Sunday, Brooklyn would be 1 game out of the 3rd spot with 2 to play and the tiebreaker in hand.

      Brooklyn’s final 2 games: Washington & Detroit at home
      Indiana’s final 2 games: at Boston & Philadelphia at home

    2. Hubert Davis

      Hubert Davis:

      You can make a great case, like Brian did in the previous thread, that the Celtics are easy first round fodder based on their pretty poor regular season.

      Sorry, it was Big Blue Al, not Brian.

    3. Frank

      Hubert Davis: On another note, if anyone wants another improbable scenario to root for that will greatly increase our chances to make the ECF now that the Atlanta for the 7 seed is off the table, it’s Brooklyn for the 3 seed. If the Nets win in Indiana tomorrow (they are 2-0 v Pacers already), and they win in Toronto while we beat the Pacers on Sunday, Brooklyn would be 1 game out of the 3rd spot with 2 to play and the tiebreaker in hand.

      I would love for that to be a possibility but the division winner wins the tiebreaker between two teams even if Brooklyn has the head-to-head better record. So Brooklyn would have to win out and Indy would need to lose out in order for Indy to drop out the 3 spot.

    4. yellowboy90

      I’d rather the Nets play Miami in the second round. I know they do not have a good record but Williams and Lopez should give them some trouble

    5. chrisk06811

      Clyde said the other night “You need to watch out for Kenyon Martin when you penetrate”

      So…..there goes my sex life.

    6. jon abbey

      ha!

      the Celtics are going to be a tough out, I think people are crazy if they think otherwise. I might even give them a 40 percent or so chance of winning the series, depending a bit of course on which big men are actually participating for us.

    7. Frank

      ya that team is totally different without Garnett AND Rondo. And especially without KG in terms of defense. Will be much tougher sledding with him back.

    8. DS

      yellowboy90:
      I’d rather the Nets play Miami in the second round. I know they do not have a good record butWilliams and Lopez should give them some trouble

      The Nets rather than the Bulls? I like the Bulls’ odds much better. Deng can slow down LeBron better than Gerald Wallace and the Bulls’ bigs match up better with the Heat than the Nets’.

    9. cav0011

      I dont post often but I am kinda confused by this Celtics at 7 seed fear thing. If the knicks were at all concerned about the celtics they could just lose out at this point and play the Hawks in round one (by falling to the 3rd seed) If the knicks drop to 3rd seed that is probably the easiest path to the ECF for them.

    10. d-mar

      jon abbey:
      ha!

      the Celtics are going to be a tough out, I think people are crazy if they think otherwise. I might even give them a 40 percent or so chance of winning the series, depending a bit of course on which big men are actually participating for us.

      I really want to believe that the team with the much better record will prevail in 5 or 6, like in a typical 2 vs. 7 matchup, but it’s the goddamn Celtics, and I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that they’re gonna win one of the first 2 at MSG, and then doubt will start to creep in for us, and confidence will begin to grow for Boston. And losing that series to them would absolutely wipe out every thing we accomplished this season.

      Would love to be proved wrong on this, and nothing would be more sweet than sending that team to the golf course. But…

    11. JK47

      The Celtics just don’t seem to match up real well with the Knicks. For starters, turnovers are going to be a real problem for them. They’re 25th in the league in turnover rate on offense, while the Knicks are #1 by a comfortable margin. Compounding the problem for them, the Knicks are also highly adept at forcing turnovers.

      Another problem the Celtics will have is rebounding. They’ve been the worst offensive rebounding team in the league for years now, but as the years have passed they’ve also gotten weaker and weaker on the defensive glass. This year they’re 21st in defensive rebounding.

      It’s just hard to see how they’re going to overcome that kind of deficit in possessions. They’re not going to get lots of second chance buckets and they won’t get lots of transition buckets. I think the Knicks are a bad matchup for them honestly.

    12. johnno

      Last April, I took my kids to a Wizards-Nets game (the tickets were $.94 apiece on Stubhub — no, that’s not a misprint, 94 cents apiece) and I remember thinking at the time, “This James Singleton guy is much better than the Singleton that they wasted a first round draft pick on.” Out of curiousity, I just found the boxscore online. He had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. Assuming that he’s in shape, he appears to be a decent pickup. He is at least a semi-competent NBA bench guy, which is probably a whole lot better than any other big guy currently available (Eddy Curry?).

    13. Hubert Davis

      Frank: I would love for that to be a possibility but the division winner wins the tiebreaker between two teams even if Brooklyn has the head-to-head better record.So Brooklyn would have to win out and Indy would need to lose out in order for Indy to drop out the 3 spot.

      Did not know that. Thanks.

      I guess there is nothing left to root for this season except that we don’t suffer any more injuries.

    14. tastycakes

      I don’t get the “hope we don’t get the Celtics” bit AT ALL.

      I don’t think Thunder fans are particularly worried about facing the Lakers either (ooh, scary, they have Dwight Howard and Kobe but still suck)

      If this time is going to the ECF (or beyond) I would much rather see them exorcise past playoff demons and beat a tough, hated rival than steamroll a pathetic Hawks or Bucks squad. The Knicks need playoff seasoning. Beating the Celtics and then the Pacers would be just the trick.

      The way the Knicks and Celtics have been playing, the Celtics have a very, very slim chance of beating the Knicks in a 7-game series.

    15. Hubert Davis

      cav0011:
      I dont post often but I am kinda confused by this Celtics at 7 seed fear thing.If the knicks were at all concerned about the celtics they could just lose out at this point and play the Hawks in round one (by falling to the 3rd seed)If the knicks drop to 3rd seed that is probably the easiest path to the ECF for them.

      That would never happen because the Knicks themselves don’t fear the Celtics, it’s just a few of us fans.

      I’m paranoid and tortured, so I fear the worst. But I think that team is very confident against us, and I think their defense is so much better than anything a top 2 seed should have to deal with in the first round.

      That being said, it will be sweet to defeat them. But I am pretty damn sure it would take 7 grueling games, all while Indiana is home with their feet up after easily dispatching the Hawks.

    16. jon abbey

      cav0011:
      I dont post often but I am kinda confused by this Celtics at 7 seed fear thing.If the knicks were at all concerned about the celtics they could just lose out at this point and play the Hawks in round one (by falling to the 3rd seed)If the knicks drop to 3rd seed that is probably the easiest path to the ECF for them.

      the Knicks rightly aren’t afraid of anyone at this point, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t easily lose to the Celtics.

      interestingly, their expected starting lineup in the playoffs has only played 23 minutes together all year:

      http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/4/11/4211754/boston-celtics-kevin-garnett-nba-playoffs-2013

    17. lavor postell

      JK47:
      The Celtics just don’t seem to match up real well with the Knicks.For starters, turnovers are going to be a real problem for them.They’re 25th in the league in turnover rate on offense, while the Knicks are #1 by a comfortable margin.Compounding the problem for them, the Knicks are also highly adept at forcing turnovers.

      Another problem the Celtics will have is rebounding.They’ve been the worst offensive rebounding team in the league for years now, but as the years have passed they’ve also gotten weaker and weaker on the defensive glass.This year they’re 21st in defensive rebounding.

      It’s just hard to see how they’re going to overcome that kind of deficit in possessions.They’re not going to get lots of second chance buckets and they won’t get lots of transition buckets.I think the Knicks are a bad matchup for them honestly.

      +9000

      I don’t see what advantages the Celtics have. Neither of us had centers and we beat their asses twice in a row. We will both have our starting center in the playoffs except the Knicks will hopefully have Kenyon Martin available to backup Chandler. The Celtics will ave nobody, because Garnett is literally their only viable big man that can compete defensively and on the glass.

      They have no shot creation outside of Paul Pierce. Garnett isn’t much of a threat to do much other than shoot a decent clip from mid-range, but not one that’s going to kill you. Avery Bradley honestly as looked awful every time I’ve seen the Celtics since the “Honey Nut Cheerio Game”. Coincidentally that’s the last time I’ve watched them and felt any fear. Garnett isn’t going up another gear in the playoffs he’s never played at any level other than fucking insane his entire career in any game. Pierce has literally been the offense for the past 3 months. This is their squad and we will shit on it.

    18. flossy

      tastycakes:
      I don’t get the “hope we don’t get the Celtics” bit AT ALL.

      I don’t think Thunder fans are particularly worried about facing the Lakers either (ooh, scary, they have Dwight Howard and Kobe but still suck)

      If this time is going to the ECF (or beyond) I would much rather see them exorcise past playoff demons and beat a tough, hated rival than steamroll a pathetic Hawks or Bucks squad.The Knicks need playoff seasoning.Beating the Celtics and then the Pacers would be just the trick.

      The way the Knicks and Celtics have been playing, the Celtics have a very, very slim chance of beating the Knicks in a 7-game series.

      Couldn’t agree more. We can’t count on only drawing creampuff teams on our way to the EFC. We’re better than the Celtics and we’ll beat them if we’re healthy enough. The nice thing about Boston is that you know there is no love lost on the Knicks’ part and that they will come out focused and with an intensity that will be a bit harder to muster against, say, the Hawks.

    19. Frank

      Looks like Chicago is trying to back into the 6 spot — which would be the worst for us. Really want them to get the 5 spot and then push Miami in the 2nd round. No need for NYK/CHI/BOS/IND to all be in the 2367 bracket.

      Meanwhile the Heat clinched the best record — but great stat from Tommy Beer at Hoopsworld — over the last 9 seasons, of all the teams that have had the best regular season record, only the Celtics have actually made it to the NBA finals.

    20. jon abbey

      lavor postell:

      They have no shot creation outside of Paul Pierce.Garnett isn’t much of a threat to do much other than shoot a decent clip from mid-range, but not one that’s going to kill you.Avery Bradley honestly as looked awful every time I’ve seen the Celtics since the “Honey Nut Cheerio Game”.Coincidentally that’s the last time I’ve watched them and felt any fear.Garnett isn’t going up another gear in the playoffs he’s never played at any level other than fucking insane his entire career in any game.Pierce has literally been the offense for the past 3 months.This is their squad and we will shit on it.

      well, except Jeff Green has frequently looked unstoppable in recent months, including 43 against Miami and 27 in the last game against NY.

    21. ruruland

      Just finished near hour with Oliver. 10 minutes off record. I’ll transcribe on record stuff by weekend.

      Some really interesting stuff. Doug, Juany, he said every team does its own propetiary quantative analysis. In fact, he’s made quite a few models he said were much more advanced than what we have access to that hell never be able to release.

      Abbey, Kobe assists are real, he’s measured them! They don’t move a player up “a tier” but they have an effect.

      A lot of Melo questions. Oliver dismissed the idea that Brewer was better. Oliver prefers win shares to wins produced, but says there are much better models made for building and optimizing teams vis-a-vis interaction effects skill synergies.

      Based on his analysis, Oliver says Melo is a top 20 player, but it’s nearly impossible to boil down rankings to simple single number,

      He said low usage low skill players “like Chandler” can hurt teams in wrong situations.

      Much, much, more. Confirmed quite a bit, but surprises, too ;).

      He did praise Berri for his some of his market analysis.

    22. WeirdJohn

      jon abbey: well, except Jeff Green has frequently looked unstoppable in recent months, including 43 against Miami and 27 in the last game against NY.

      A game the Knicks won by 19. Look I think the whole “don’t want to face Boston” thing is because of their playoff folklore. They turn it on in the playoffs. They always beat the Knicks. Yada yada yada. I have seen nothing in their meetings with Boston over the course of the year that make me even remotely scared to face them except that people think they are the boogie men come playoff time. Could Boston win the series? Yeah, but it’s remote. And if you don’t think Melo and crew want to avenge the ’11 sweep you are nuts. They want to face Boston and I predict Melo will absolutely go off on them. I expect a 5 game win. 6 tops.

    23. lavor postell

      jon abbey: well, except Jeff Green has frequently looked unstoppable in recent months, including 43 against Miami and 27 in the last game against NY.

      What’s their record? Is he getting the same looks or the same amount with Garnett and Pierce in the lineup? Can he really create his own shot, specifically when he’s the best perimeter scorer on the floor? I have very little faith in Jeff Green.

      Also their record has been pretty garbage the past month. They are not a good defensive team anymore. Their only plus minutes defensively come with Garnett on the floor and they aren’t even an elite defensive unit in those minutes.

      The Knicks are a better team and the confidence with which we’re playing says alot about this team’s expectations. This is a palpably different team to our last two playoff squads.

    24. AnonymousODG

      tastycakes:
      I don’t get the “hope we don’t get the Celtics” bit AT ALL.

      I don’t think Thunder fans are particularly worried about facing the Lakers either (ooh, scary, they have Dwight Howard and Kobe but still suck)

      If this time is going to the ECF (or beyond) I would much rather see them exorcise past playoff demons and beat a tough, hated rival than steamroll a pathetic Hawks or Bucks squad.The Knicks need playoff seasoning.Beating the Celtics and then the Pacers would be just the trick.

      The way the Knicks and Celtics have been playing, the Celtics have a very, very slim chance of beating the Knicks in a 7-game series.

      Bro. All things considered equal, you would have a point.

      But our lineup is decimated. Nobody is rested. So what we need is an easy first round. Simple as that.

    25. Hubert Davis

      Not to mention we have 4 games in 5 nights coming up during which Woodson is bound to overuse everyone and risk more injuries.

    26. Hubert Davis

      And that’s really the only reason I fear the Celtics. We’re not healthy, and on top of it we have a coach who seems hell bent on getting the best out of his charges for 5 games in the next 7 days heading into the playoffs and has never heard of “strategic rest”. Meanwhile, our opponent has been using the last month as a tuneup and getting everyone fresh & healthy and they are bound to be infinitely more prepared than we are.

      Doc Rivers has a plan for game 1 at MSG already. You know this. Mike Woodson won’t have a counter to that plan til maybe game 4.

    27. maxwell_3g

      lavor postell: +9000I don’t see what advantages the Celtics have. Neither of us had centers and we beat their asses twice in a row. We will both have our starting center in the playoffs except the Knicks will hopefully have Kenyon Martin available to backup Chandler. The Celtics will ave nobody, because Garnett is literally their only viable big man that can compete defensively and on the glass. They have no shot creation outside of Paul Pierce. Garnett isn’t much of a threat to do much other than shoot a decent clip from mid-range, but not one that’s going to kill you. Avery Bradley honestly as looked awful every time I’ve seen the Celtics since the “Honey Nut Cheerio Game”. Coincidentally that’s the last time I’ve watched them and felt any fear. Garnett isn’t going up another gear in the playoffs he’s never played at any level other than fucking insane his entire career in any game. Pierce has literally been the offense for the past 3 months. This is their squad and we will shit on it.

      doc rivers vs mike woodson. that is the fear. the celts are one of the few teams smart enough and disciplined enough to take advantage of our switching and double teaming

    28. lavor postell

      maxwell_3g: doc rivers vs mike woodson.that is the fear.the celts are one of the few teams smart enough and disciplined enough to take advantage of our switching and double teaming

      Which they’ve done so often this season. I think you’re also selling Woodson a bit short here. Could he improve yeah absolutely, but I’d really like to see any of us to have cobbled together a 50+ win season, a comfortable division title and a very real shot at the 2 seed dealing with everything he’s had too. Time to give Woody a little bit of credit.

    29. Hubert Davis

      The Knicks have shown that there is a specific style of play that we struggle to cope with and gets under our skin. This streak doesn’t change that.

      The Celtics will know this and they will be ready to execute a strategy that we’ve yet to prove we can overcome.

      You can also expect them to foul the shit out of us and take cheap shots so that we lose our cool, and you can probably expect us to take the bait.

    30. lavor postell

      Frank:
      absolutely stunning read about Chris Copeland — really worth the time. Makes me want to root for him even more. And really makes me go WOW again at Grunwald picking him out of the European crowd for this chance.

      http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/4/11/4174374/chris-copeland-new-york-knicks-profile?sct=hp_t2_a13

      Wow what a read. Grunwald really deserves a ton of credit as does Woodson who ultimately had the final say on whether Cope stayed on the team or not. But yeah the guy is a terrible coach who Doc “perpetual lottery coach before I got 3 HOF’s” Rivers is going to expose in the first round. The guy isn’t Auerbach, but he’s certainly not D’Antoni who’s hopelessly bound to one style of play. There’s a lot to be said about a coach who’s willing to tinker and will take chances on guys that not many others would have. I’ll go to war with Woodson and live with the results at least based on what he’s done so far as the head coach of this team.

    31. lavor postell

      Hubert Davis:
      The Knicks have shown that there is a specific style of play that we struggle to cope with and gets under our skin. This streak doesn’t change that.

      The Celtics will know this and they will be ready to execute a strategy that we’ve yet to prove we can overcome.

      You can also expect them to foul the shit out of us and take cheap shots so that we lose our cool, and you can probably expect us to take the bait.

      What’s that piss off Melo and hope he plays hero ball? What bigs do they have that can pound the boards and get physical with Melo and Chandler? The Bulls I actually understand why people don’t want to face them, but with the Celtics I just don’t have the same fear. Look can great players like Pierce and Garnett summon something from nowhere and win games for that team absolutely no doubt. I just don’t think they are capable of sustaining those periods of brilliance long enough to elevate the rest of the flotsam on that team past the Knicks.

    32. Hubert Davis

      Also, you can expect us to appear bewildered & unprepared when the Celtics come in employing the strategy that everyone knows they need to employ.

    33. Hubert Davis

      lavor postell: What’s that piss off Melo and hope he plays hero ball?

      Proven to be effective. They will use all their fouls on him.

      lavor postell: What bigs do they have that can pound the boards and get physical with Melo and Chandler?

      Kevin Garnett and that’s enough. You’re also assuming Chandler is healthy. The dude is wearing a neck brace right now.

    34. lavor postell

      Hubert Davis: Proven to be effective.They will use all their fouls on him.

      Kevin Garnett and that’s enough.You’re also assuming Chandler is healthy.The dude is wearing a neck brace right now.

      I guess we’ll find out. I’ll side with the team that’s excelled through injury rather than the one that’s limped through most of the regular season and often played listlessly.

    35. KnickfaninNJ

      Hubert Davis:
      Not to mention we have 4 games in 5 nights coming up during which Woodson is bound to overuse everyone and risk more injuries.

      Hubert,

      I am not sure why you expect to Woodson to overuse players. He’s a lot better than D’Antoni was in playing a deep rotation and using a lot of players. It’s true Martin got injured last game, which was bad, but he was under the 20 planned minutes of playing when he got hurt and the injury didn’t look like one that was caused by tiredness or overuse. It was a typical basketball sprained ankle.

      Of course, if you look at the roster, he’s only got 10 total players who are actually healthy enough to play, not counting Singleton (since Camby, Chandler, Martin, Wallace, and Thomas are hurt). Under these circumstances, White might get some significant minutes, at least until Singleton is on board. If so, I think it will be clear Woodson is trying to take care of his players health. I hope so, I worry just as much about injuries as you do.

    36. lavor postell

      Just wanted to look at the Knicks’ record broken down in thirds.

      1st third: 19-8

      2nd third: 13-14

      3rd third: 19-4! 4 games remaining obviously

      Really nice close to the season after a really poor couple of months.

      Anybody want to go through and injury report for those time periods? I would but to be honest I feel kind of lazy and don’t want too.

    37. Hubert Davis

      KnickfaninNJ:
      I am not sure why you expect to Woodson to overuse players.

      Martin’s injury was a freak accident and I don’t hold Woodson culpable at all.

      And it’s not that I think he’ll overuse them, per se. I think he’ll use them normally, and when you have 5 games in 7 days and you use your guys normally, you’re overusing them. Especially when they’re over 30.

    38. jon abbey

      lavor postell:

      Also their record has been pretty garbage the past month.They are not a good defensive team anymore.Their only plus minutes defensively come with Garnett on the floor and they aren’t even an elite defensive unit in those minutes.

      again, their probable starting lineup in the playoffs has played together a total of 23 minutes all season thus far.

    39. Hubert Davis

      jon abbey: again, their probable starting lineup in the playoffs has played together a total of 23 minutes all season thus far.

      But the stats of the lineups they’re not going to use are terrible.

    40. lavor postell

      jon abbey: again, their probable starting lineup in the playoffs has played together a total of 23 minutes all season thus far.

      So their starting lineup is Bradley, Pierce, Green, Bass, Garnett. Is that supposed to fill me with fear? Their bench is Terry, Lee, Wilcox and future perennial All-Star Shavlik Randolph.

    41. BigBlueAL

      Its pretty simple, people fear the Celtics as if they still have Rondo and Ray Allen. Guess what, Rondo and Allen arent walking through that door.

      The Celtics this season have been pretty much garbage, they have been outscored on the season for Christ’s sake (they have a negative SRS), have one of the worst offenses in the NBA and are 13-25 on the road. Also to reiterate, they will not have their best player available in Rondo.

      If the Celtics were any other team with their statistical profile everyone here would be excited to be playing such a crappy team in the 1st round. But they are the Celtics so people still fear them.

    42. jon abbey

      Pierce/Garnett/Green/Bradley would scare me in a seven game series, no matter the uniform. throw in Doc Rivers and the Boston home crowd and I’ll be a lot happier when this series is over.

    43. BigBlueAL

      Why would Green and Bradley scare you?? What have they done in their NBA careers to warrant being scared of them in the playoffs?? I fear Josh Smith, Al Horford and Kyle Korver alot more than those 2 and I understand Green has had some huge games this season. Bradley this season has been awful.

      Replace Bradley and Green with Rondo and Allen and your fears would be warranted.

    44. BigBlueAL

      Im probably going to regret being so confident against the Celtics once the playoffs start lol.

    45. KnickfaninNJ

      Hubert Davis: Martin’s injury was a freak accident and I don’t hold Woodson culpable at all.

      And it’s not that I think he’ll overuse them, per se.I think he’ll use them normally, and when you have 5 games in 7 days and you use your guys normally, you’re overusing them.Especially when they’re over 30.

      That’s definitely true. And I think the NBA should find a way not to schedule stuff quite so close together. The NBA schedule doesn’t even make sure that all teams have similar numbers of back to backs, which I find manifestly unfair.

    46. Frank

      I don’t fear the Celtics nearly as much as I fear our 3 point shooting taking a dive just when it matters most. When we are hitting our open 3’s, this offense can put up an ORtg of 110-115 on any defense. But the variance with such a heavy 3 point strategy is what scares me — you go through a 3-4 game stretch of missing good open shots, and then suddenly you’ve lost homecourt advantage and are looking at a game 6 in Boston down 2-3 to the Celtics. Our defense is not good enough to shepherd us through prolonged shooting slumps, unlike Indy’s and Chicago’s defenses. Especially with our defensive anchors hurt, we may really need some hot shooting in the first round until Tyson and K-Mart (and maybe Rasheed?) are 100%.

    47. ephus

      I’m going to be on the Kudlow Report tonight @ 7 pm discussing the arrest of KPMG audit partner Scott London for insider trading. Kind of blows the pseudonym, but I am trusting this community to continue to allow me to use my nom de Knickerblogger.

    48. danvt

      BigBlueAL: Why would Green and Bradley scare you?? What have they done in their NBA careers to warrant being scared of them in the playoffs?? I fear Josh Smith, Al Horford and Kyle Korver alot more than those 2

      Yeah, very little respect for ATL. Haven’t seen much of them. What gives?

      Can BOS beat us? Sure. Can we beat MIA? Sure. I like our chances against BOS much better, but if we believe we can beat MIA they probably believe they can beat us.

      I bet lots of teams wanted Singleton. Nice job Grunwald, we’ll see soon enough if this is the stuff of legend or just another guy at the end of the bench.

    49. Frank

      ephus:
      I’m going to be on the Kudlow Report tonight @ 7 pm discussing the arrest of KPMG audit partner Scott London for insider trading.Kind of blows the pseudonym, but I am trusting this community to continue to allow me to use my nom de Knickerblogger.

      wait so you’re name isn’t ephus?
      =)
      congrats, will try to tune in.

    50. Brian Cronin

      I’m going to be on the Kudlow Report tonight @ 7 pm discussing the arrest of KPMG audit partner Scott London for insider trading. Kind of blows the pseudonym, but I am trusting this community to continue to allow me to use my nom de Knickerblogger.

      Awesome. I’ll add it to the DVR!

    51. Brian Cronin

      Yeah, very little respect for ATL. Haven’t seen much of them. What gives?

      They’re basically the epitome of “just good”. Good enough to make the playoffs but they don’t scare you during the playoffs. If they had Louis Williams, it’d be a different story, but they don’t. They just don’t have much upside.

    52. mokers

      ephus:
      I’m going to be on the Kudlow Report tonight @ 7 pm discussing the arrest of KPMG audit partner Scott London for insider trading.Kind of blows the pseudonym, but I am trusting this community to continue to allow me to use my nom de Knickerblogger.

      Excellent ephus. I’ll DVR this and casusally say “I know this guy” if anybody asks.

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