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Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Apr 10 2012)

  • [New York Post] Anthony regains luster as Knicks’ unquestioned star (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:24:10 -0500)
    CHICAGO â?? Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was in a candid mood Thursday. Moments before he revealed Dwight Howard’s request he be fired, Van Gundy delivered strong praise to another superstar, Carmelo Anthony, when asked if the Knicks were feared as a first-round playoff foe.
    “Any team that has Carmelo…

  • [New York Post] Trail of tape in East playoff race (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:54:15 -0500)
    The Knicks, Bucks and 76ers are jockeying for the Eastern Conference’s final two playoff spots, and the Knicks and Sixers are also chasing the first-place Celtics in the Atlantic Division.
    With the season’s final 10 games upon us, here are five key questions about the playoff derby:
    1…

  • [New York Post] Chandler fits city’s skyline (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:24:12 -0500)
    They make it so hard on themselves sometimes, these athletes who arrive in New York and wonder what they did to tick everybody off. Judging from the buzz emanating from Madison Square Garden after Sunday’s 100-99 overtime thriller against the Bulls, it would appear that Carmelo Anthony and Knicks…

  • [New York Post] Howard went over head of Magic GM (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:31:58 -0500)
    So, Otis Smith claims he knows nothing about Dwight Howard’s request to have Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fired.
    First things first; I learned long ago never to believe anything the Magic President of Propaganda purports with an ingenuous face. What distances his dishonesty from the field, with Don…

  • [New York Post] Knicks rookie Shumpert shouts out to Walsh (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:28:01 -0500)
    CHICAGO â?? Iman Shumpert paid homage to former Knicks president Donnie Walsh yesterday, thanking Walsh for drafting him. Shumpert is Walsh’s parting gift to the Knicks.
    Following his shutdown of the Bulls’ Derrick Rose in the Knicks’ 100-99 overtime Garden win on Sunday, Shumpert wrote on Twitter: “Dear Donny (sic…

  • [New York Newsday] Different Anthony, Knicks as they return to Chicago (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:38:02 EDT)
    Carmelo Anthony wasn't the most liked player in his locker room the last time the Knicks were here and returns as one of the most popular ones on his team and in all of New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks have the Magic touch, says Johnson (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:08:37 GMT)
    Magic Johnson knows playoff basketball. He has five championship rings to prove it. As an NBA studio analyst with ESPN, Johnson watched the Knicks battle the Bulls, who have the best record in the NBA.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks in a very Melo place after win over Bulls (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:29:08 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony and his teammates were all but left for dead less than a month ago and for good reason. The playoffs â?? playoffs? â?? seemed like a longshot while the odds of the Knicks imploding were fairly good.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Jeremy Lin's free-agency (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:00:29 EDT)
    Every day throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our “Opening Tip” segment.
    Today’s Burning Question: If you were interim GM Glen Grunwald (or whomever happens to be the Knicks GM this summer), what would you do with Jeremy Lin, who will be a restricted free-agent?
    Jeremy Lin will be able to test the free-agent market this summer. And there will likely be plenty of suitors, even though, according to a great piece by Marc Stein, rival teams believe Lin is a lock to re-sign with New York.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Magic Beat Pistons as Dwight Howard Sits Out (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:50:07 GMT)
    Jason Richardson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points and J. J. Redick had 20 points in Orlando’s 119-89 victory.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Carmelo Anthony, Playing His Style, Delivers as Expected (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:48:07 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony, historically his best as a solo act, is benefiting from a playbook rewritten in his favor.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Back on Top of West After Pummeling Bucks (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:18:24 GMT)
    The Oklahoma City Thunder regained the top spot in the Western Conference in some style on Monday after blasting the Milwaukee Bucks 109-89.

  • [New York Times] Dragic Leads Rockets to 94-89 Win Over Blazers (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:45:18 GMT)
    Goran Dragic scored 22 points and the Houston Rockets completed a perfect four-game road trip with a 94-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz End Star-Less Spurs’ 11-Game Win Streak (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:57:30 GMT)
    Devin Harris scored 25 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Utah Jazz halted the San Antonio Spurs’ 11-game winning streak and boosted their own playoff hopes with a 91-84 victory Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Blow Away Bucks to Keep Pace in West Race (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:39:49 GMT)
    Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the Milwaukee Bucks 109-89 to keep pace in the tussle for the top spot in the Western Conference on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Blow Away Bucks to Keep Pace in West Race (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:36:46 GMT)
    Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the Milwaukee Bucks 109-89 to keep pace in the tussle for the top spot in the Western Conference on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Suns Beat Wolves 114-90 for 5th Win in 6 Games (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:36:25 GMT)
    Shannon Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds and the Phoenix Suns’ reserves outscored Minnesota’s 66-27 in a 114-90 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Faried Scores 27 Points, Nuggets Rout Warriors (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:39:15 GMT)
    Rookie Kenneth Faried had season highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets never trailed in their most lopsided win of the season, a 123-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Gay Lead Grizzlies Past Clippers (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:18:20 GMT)
    Marc Gasol scored 18 points, Rudy Gay had 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-85 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Leads Lakers Past Hornets, 93-91 (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:00:38 GMT)
    Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Kobe Bryant’s absence to beat the New Orleans Hornets, 93-91 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 26, Thunder Beat Bucks 109-89 (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:06:26 GMT)
    First, Oklahoma City hit shots over the Milwaukee Bucks. Then the Thunder got under their skin.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Hold Off Raptors, 103-98 (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:42:15 GMT)
    Danny Granger and George Hill scored 18 points each as the Indiana Pacers took an early lead and held off the Toronto Raptors 103-98 Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Rout Woeful Bobcats 113-85 (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:48:22 GMT)
    Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Washington got 67 points from their reserves as the Wizards hammered the Charlotte Bobcats 113-85 Monday night in a matchup of the NBA’s two worst teams.

  • [New York Times] Without Howard, Magic Ease Past Pistons 119-89 (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:39:17 GMT)
    Jason Richardson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, J.J. Redick had 20 points and the Orlando Magic eased past the Detroit Pistons 119-89 Monday night.

  • 35 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Apr 10 2012)

    1. daJudge

      In today’s NY Times, Beck writes, “[a]t some point, the Knicks will need Anthony to be more than just a single-minded scorer.” Don’t think that’s a fair assessment at all of what Melo has done recently. His defense has been at least good, rebounding very good and he’s been a willing passer. It’s an interesting/puzzling perspective by Beck. Any updates on Rose?

    2. Frank O.

      You know, that story about Magic saying no be wants to play the Knicks feels like a backhanded compliment.
      Nobody says nobody wants to play the Spurs, or nobody wants to play the Grizz or Okc.
      You say that about teams that are fringe teams.
      I’m not sure you can call the Knicks a fringe team anymore. Since the Mike D. Melt down, the Knicks have one of the best records in the game, and they haven’t played poor teams.
      And they have done this with two starters out, and most of it with their sixth man out too.
      The Knicks have one of the best defenses in the NBA. Teams that play great D go deep into playoffs. This team is a contender.
      And they have yet to put it all together. They have the grit to beat the Bulls, Heat, Okc and the Grizz.

    3. JLam

      Matchups are becoming more important.
      The Heat lost to Bucks twice this season and might “throw” some games and try not finish first, if it appears Bucks might finish 8th just so avoid them in the first round.
      I dont think any team want to meet the Knicks in the first round.

    4. Cousyfan

      I have been reading up on miniscus repair surgery and rehabilitation. It is a fascinating subject. Since Jeremy was advised to wait a few days to see whether it would heal by itself, the tear was in the outer blood supplied ‘red zone’ which is very good. The surgery was probably to sew up the tear. Since he is already walking without a cane (with some swelling), the healing process is proceeding smoothly. Since he is only 23 years old, he should heal rapidly. In all I still expect him back on the MSG floor before the playoffs. As I have said before, “We Chinese heal fast.” :-) :-)
      Cheers

    5. jon abbey

      daJudge:
      In today’s NY Times, Beck writes, “[a]t some point, the Knicks will need Anthony to be more than just a single-minded scorer.”Don’t think that’s a fair assessment at all of what Melo has done recently.His defense has been at least good, rebounding very good and he’s been a willing passer. It’s an interesting/puzzling perspective by Beck.

      Beck generally seems to be about a month or so behind reality, give him a little more time before he notices that Melo has been killing it on D in recent weeks.

      Frank, NY is a fringe team if only because of the seeding that the D’Antoni Disaster locked us into.

    6. Juany8

      Frank O.: Real awesome breakdown of a couple of plays from the Easter Game vs the Bulls.

      The problem is that the Grizzlies and Spurs are high seeds. Last year some people did say that Memphis was a team nobody wanted to play back when they were the 8th seed and it wasn’t obvious all season that they were a good team. If the Knicks were even in the top 4, they might be looked at as a more serious Eastern contender by the general public, but most 7-8th seeds fighting for a playoff spot aren’t considered strong contenders.

    7. Frank O.

      jon abbey: Beck generally seems to be about a month or so behind reality, give him a little more time before he notices that Melo has been killing it on D in recent weeks.

      Frank, NY is a fringe team if only because of the seeding that the D’Antoni Disaster locked us into.

      I think you are probably right in that regard, except I don’t just blame D’Antoni solely. I know you lost faith in him a long time ago.
      But there are a hell of a lot of circumstantial things that undercut the team through the first half of the season. Amare and Melo being out of shape, the cratering at the point, the mystical “gel” issue, and a coach that was getting to the end of his rope and seemed to stop coaching. I confess finding it weird that most of the players didn’t converse much with D’Antoni, by their own admission. I mean, basketball teams are small. Weird. And, in game, he was too passive.
      But where they are, yeah, that is what makes them fringe in fact. Seventh place and fighting to remain in the playoffs hunt.
      But when playoffs begin, everyone is 0-0. New season. :)

    8. Frank

      Al Iannazone from Newsday reporting on Twitter that Amare is on the court with the team for shootaround. Hmm.

    9. Frank O.

      Juany8: The problem is that the Grizzlies and Spurs are high seeds. Last year some people did say that Memphis was a team nobody wanted to play back when they were the 8th seed and it wasn’t obvious all season that they were a good team. If the Knicks were even in the top 4, they might be looked at as a more serious Eastern contender by the general public, but most 7-8th seeds fighting for a playoff spot aren’t considered strong contenders.

      Agreed. my point, I guess poorly made, is that we know better.
      Even in the bad times, this team never gave up. A lot of grit. Better than their record shows.
      I hope I’m right. lol

    10. JK47

      I’m a Mets and Raiders fan in addition to being a Knicks fan. So I have suffered greatly in recent years.

      But I’m really excited about the Mets, and not just because of their 4-0 streak. The Mets are now being run by people who understand and embrace advanced statistics, and they really seem to be getting a lot of things right. It’s really satisfying after watching Omar Minaya flail around for so many years.

    11. Juany8

      I know a lot of people don’t really buy that a team needs time to “gel” and come together, but one look at how the Knicks’ defense changed throughout the year should provide ample proof. This team is no longer switching on every screen or leaving people wide open for 3 constantly. Sure Melo might be playing harder, but the team as a whole has locked in on defense and now nobody is really scoring on the Knicks, and a big part of that is the team simply getting better at playing together.

    12. JLam

      Rose might not play tonight because of ankle injury. Bulls have been winning without Rose for the past month. I like to see how the Knicks matchup against a Roseless Bulls

    13. jon abbey

      Juany8:
      I know a lot of people don’t really buy that a team needs time to “gel” and come together

      those people seem to be very quiet here these days, our fearless leader being one of them. I always thought it was ludicrous to doubt such an obvious truth, but hey.

    14. Ben R

      jon abbey: Frank, NY is a fringe team if only because of the seeding that the D’Antoni Disaster locked us into.

      This kind of view is a little revisionist. D’Antoni wasn’t the reason we struggled just like Woodson isn’t the reason we’re doing better. The team was already improving under D’Antoni when Melo started dogging it. Had Melo been as engaged under D’Antoni as he has been under Woodson we wouldn’t be in this position either. The big improvement since the coaching change has been defensive and since Woodson was running the defense before the change I don’t think you can blame D’Antoni for that either.

      Woodson’s done a great job, and we are probably a little better because of his adjustments but to blame all our early struggles on D’Antoni is not right at all. Also the fact that Woodson took over for D’Antoni has made Woodson a much better coach because the offensive sets Woodson is using has a lot of D’Antoni’s offense still in it and it is a lot better than Woodson’s iso-joe that he ran in Atlanta.

    15. JK47

      If you look at the Knicks’ defensive numbers since Woodson became coach it is really kind of crazy. Their defensive rating since Woodson took over has been 97.2, which is an elite number. The average offensive rating in the NBA is 104.5. During Woodson’s tenure the Knicks have held 12 of their 14 opponents to a lower-than-average offensive rating. 10 out of 14 managed less than a 100.00 o-rating.

    16. d-mar

      As I recall, CJ Watson seems to have big games against us, can’t let that happen tonight with Rose out.

    17. jon abbey

      Ben R: This kind of view is a little revisionist. D’Antoni wasn’t the reason we struggled just like Woodson isn’t the reason we’re doing better. The team was already improving under D’Antoni when Melo started dogging it. Had Melo been as engaged under D’Antoni as he has been under Woodson we wouldn’t be in this position either. The big improvement since the coaching change has been defensive and since Woodson was running the defense before the change I don’t think you can blame D’Antoni for that either.

      Woodson’s done a great job, and we are probably a little better because of his adjustments but to blame all our early struggles on D’Antoni is not right at all. Also the fact that Woodson took over for D’Antoni has made Woodson a much better coach because the offensive sets Woodson is using has a lot of D’Antoni’s offense still in it and it is a lot better than Woodson’s iso-joe that he ran in Atlanta.

      D’Antoni wasn’t responsible for all of the problems by a long shot, but he also cost us at least a few games with his lackadaisical approach.

    18. Eternal OptiKnist

      Juany8: The problem is that the Grizzlies and Spurs are high seeds. Last year some people did say that Memphis was a team nobody wanted to play back when they were the 8th seed and it wasn’t obvious all season that they were a good team. If the Knicks were even in the top 4, they might be looked at as a more serious Eastern contender by the general public, but most 7-8th seeds fighting for a playoff spot aren’t considered strong contenders.

      Which i think is legitimate because contender means that you will make a deep playoff run, possibly getting to a conference final or finals. Having to play one of the best two teams in the league in the first round makes a deep run unlikely …not impossible, but unlikely. So agree that its hard to be considered a legit contender especially when you also consider that you probably have NO homecourt advantage at ANY round. A scary team that no one wants to play i think is a much more legitimate statement and not a backhanded compliment. But as a fan, i feel ’99 all over again :)

    19. Owen

      “Juany8:
      I know a lot of people don’t really buy that a team needs time to “gel” and come together
      those people seem to be very quiet here these days, our fearless leader being one of them. I always thought it was ludicrous to doubt such an obvious truth, but hey.”

      Still here. The Knicks still are what they are, despite the recent hot streak. Still excited to see some playoff basketball.

      It was clear for a while that our efficiency differential didn’t match our record. (i.e. we were better than we our record indicated.) And Carmelo couldn’t suck incredibly badly forever. Clearly there were some injury/chemistry issues he had to work through.

      But if someone has to be the gritty, annoying realist, i’ll volunteer for the task. We are only finally being to look like the 45-50 win team that was projected out of the gate. And we are still big underdogs in any 7-8 first round playoff matchups.

      And the situation would look a lot different if Deng or Rose hadn’t bricked four consecutive free throws. Those misses are basically the difference between this board being in a good mood and being serially depressed as usual….

    20. Eternal OptiKnist

      JLam: Rose might not play tonight because of ankle injury. Bulls have been winning without Rose for the past month. I like to see how the Knicks matchup against a Roseless Bulls

      Call me a conspiracy theorist and maybe Thibs wouldn’t engage in such things, but i think its fake to throw off Knicks gameplanning and Amare at shootaround is an in-kind response :)

    21. Eternal OptiKnist

      I actually rather Rose play. Re-integrating a major component after a long layoff (especially if his ankle is hurting now) can be a detriment and disrupt what worked so well when he was out. Not that they’re better without him in the long term, but its a big adjustment in the near-term that i think benefits us more than it hurts.

    22. gjknick

      Just rewatched the game – thanks Ruru for the link to the you tube post. I wonder if they should start counting Rose’s missed layups as assists! Invariably he gets to the rim, pulling TC away from his man to contest the shot. Rose misses and then one of the Bulls bigs just lays it back in. He can shoot 8 for 26 or whatever and that tells nothing about the impact he’s having.

      Also, the four missed free throws by the Bulls is freaky and we can’t count on that happening again. But Novak burying that 3 and missing it at the same time is pretty freaky as well. That tech on Shump was BS. Throughout every game there are unusual events. That’s sports. It was a tough close game that could of went either way. But there’s only one winner. We’ll see who comes out on top today.

    23. hoolahoop

      gjknick:
      Just rewatched the game – thanks Ruru for the link to the you tube post. I wonder if they should start counting Rose’s missed layups as assists! Invariably he gets to the rim, pulling TC away from his man to contest the shot. Rose misses and then one of the Bulls bigs just lays it back in. He can shoot 8 for 26 or whatever and that tells nothing about the impact he’s having.

      Also, the four missed free throws by the Bulls is freaky and we can’t count on that happening again. But Novak burying that 3 and missing it at the same time is pretty freaky as well. That tech on Shump was BS. Throughout every game there are unusual events. That’s sports. It was a tough close game that could of went either way. But there’s only one winner. We’ll see who comes out on top today.

      Is there a link that replays all knicks games?

    24. Frank O.

      jon abbey: those people seem to be very quiet here these days, our fearless leader being one of them. I always thought it was ludicrous to doubt such an obvious truth, but hey.

      And yet, I know there are people who make what appear to be devil’s advocate positions in an effort to test more vigorously conventional wisdom. Not saying that was Mike’s intent, but I know I like to challenge some arguments just to test them.
      I enjoy this site because of the vigor.

    25. Frank O.

      Owen:
      “Juany8:
      I know a lot of people don’t really buy that a team needs time to “gel” and come together
      those people seem to be very quiet here these days, our fearless leader being one of them. I always thought it was ludicrous to doubt such an obvious truth, but hey.”

      Still here. The Knicks still are what they are, despite the recent hot streak. Still excited to see some playoff basketball.

      It was clear for a while that our efficiency differential didn’t match our record. (i.e. we were better than we our record indicated.) And Carmelo couldn’t suck incredibly badly forever. Clearly there were some injury/chemistry issues he had to work through.

      But if someone has to be the gritty, annoying realist, i’ll volunteer for the task. We are only finally being to look like the 45-50 win team that was projected out of the gate. And we are still big underdogs in any 7-8 first round playoff matchups.

      And the situation would look a lot different if Deng or Rose hadn’t bricked four consecutive free throws. Those misses are basically the difference between this board being in a good mood and being serially depressed as usual….

      Well, Owen, the Knicks, you recall bricked FTs as a slightly weaker rate than the Bulls. I think the bulls were 71% from the line and the Knicks 70%…If the Knicks make theirs the game doesn’t go to OT. They simply win.
      Just to be a gritty realist. :)

    26. jon abbey

      Owen:

      But if someone has to be the gritty, annoying realist, i’ll volunteer for the task. We are only finally being to look like the 45-50 win team that was projected out of the gate. And we are still big underdogs in any 7-8 first round playoff matchups.

      And the situation would look a lot different if Deng or Rose hadn’t bricked four consecutive free throws. Those misses are basically the difference between this board being in a good mood and being serially depressed as usual….

      we’re still playing without a PG, when and if we get an adequate one, that will be a big boost.

      and you’re not wrong on the FTs, but Melo missed one late in regulation too, FWIW.

    27. johnlocke

      I still think Baron can be serviceable…he just needs to stop doing things that hurt the team and do some small things to help us. We do not need him shooting contested 2s, we don’t need him (or Smith for that matter) dribbling behind the line and launching bad threes to end quarters, and we don’t need the horrible turnovers from trying the homerun pass. The small things he should and can do, are play competent defense (too much to ask against Derrick Rose perhaps, but not against most other pt guards), use the pick and roll more to drive into the defense and get fouled and finally, shoot when he’s open, especially when in close, instead of over passing. I’m sure (I hope) Woodson is telling him those things and if he does that, I think we’ll be OK at that position. Toney was OK in the Bulls game until he forced that three early in the shot clock which rightly got him yanked for the rest of the game.

      jon abbey: we’re still playing without a PG, when and if we get an adequate one, that will be a big boost.

      and you’re not wrong on the FTs, but Melo missed one late in regulation too, FWIW.

      jon abbey: we’re still playing without a PG, when and if we get an adequate one, that will be a big boost.

      and you’re not wrong on the FTs, but Melo missed one late in regulation too, FWIW.

    28. er

      Hey great to meet another raider fan we are a suffering nfl bunch for sure hahaha

      JK47:
      I’m a Mets and Raiders fan in addition to being a Knicks fan.So I have suffered greatly in recent years.

      But I’m really excited about the Mets, and not just because of their 4-0 streak.The Mets are now being run by people who understand and embrace advanced statistics, and they really seem to be getting a lot of things right.It’s really satisfying after watching Omar Minaya flail around for so many years.

    29. ruruland

      Owen: “Juany8:I know a lot of people don’t really buy that a team needs time to “gel” and come togetherthose people seem to be very quiet here these days, our fearless leader being one of them. I always thought it was ludicrous to doubt such an obvious truth, but hey.”Still here. The Knicks still are what they are, despite the recent hot streak. Still excited to see some playoff basketball. It was clear for a while that our efficiency differential didn’t match our record. (i.e. we were better than we our record indicated.) And Carmelo couldn’t suck incredibly badly forever. Clearly there were some injury/chemistry issues he had to work through. But if someone has to be the gritty, annoying realist, i’ll volunteer for the task. We are only finally being to look like the 45-50 win team that was projected out of the gate. And we are still big underdogs in any 7-8 first round playoff matchups.And the situation would look a lot different if Deng or Rose hadn’t bricked four consecutive free throws. Those misses are basically the difference between this board being in a good mood and being serially depressed as usual….

      Having paid very close to attention to 8 45-50 (actually 50- 54) win teams the last 8 years, this team looks significantly better than those teams did.

      That doesn’t mean that they’ll beat Miami or Chicago in the first round if they can’t get a better seed, they just don’t have enough offensive versatility right now, but this team is demonstrating that if healthy it should easily surpass 50 wins next year and will be able to battle any team in the league in a series.

      I don’t see why any of the projections matter at this point anyway, considering the injuries, the roster changes, the dramatic under-performance and the out-of-nowhere contributions.

    30. gjknick

      So frustrating and tantalizing. After a whole season (almost) we’ve still not played what will be our starting lineup next season (and hopefully our playoff line up this year …. fingers crossed) for any significant minutes together – Lin, Shump, Melo, Amare, TC. As others have pointed out, this season the team has actually gone thru 4 seasons (Melo point foward, Linsanity, post linsanity, Woodson). After years of waiting for a consistent roster we can rally around, we still have ???? The way we’re playing now I can dream on a first round upset, but damn I’m almost more excited for next year – no major injuries with a solid focus all year – no Insanity of any kind! – we could …. I’m sorry I forgot we’re talking about the Knicks. I’ll try to take it a day at a time knowing there is no exit off this rollercoaster of a team.

    31. tad

      I know i’m suppose to be getting a little excited by Melo in the clutch. but why was i more excited by Lin? why am i secretly more excited by watching the team play and rotations of the Celtics? Because now it’s about one boy-man’s ego, and winning the crowd’s approval – about his having to “prove something.” but instead i just want the grace and equanimity of passing and good pics, amazing looks, and assists; i want to see the beauty of a team working together. am i old fashioned?

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