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Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 22 2013)

  • [New York Times] Bryant, Lakers at a Loss After Goring by Bulls (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:46:29 GMT)
    Off target all night, Kobe Bryant sure was on point when it was over.

  • [New York Times] Slumping Lakers Blown Away by Raging Bulls (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:19:10 GMT)
    Despite missing leading scorer Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls were able to heap more misery on the slumping Los Angeles Lakers with a routine 95-83 home victory on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Hinrich, Belinelli Lead Bulls Past Lakers, 95-83 (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:01:25 GMT)
    Kobe Bryant couldn’t restrain himself after this one.

  • [New York Times] Crawford’s 3 Gives Wizards 98-95 Win Over Blazers (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:49:20 GMT)
    His buzzer-beating 3-pointer was still under review but Jordan Crawford knew it was good. And so did his Washington Wizards teammates, who engulfed him in a dogpile on the floor of the Rose Garden.

  • [New York Times] Nets 88, Knicks 85: Joe Johnson’s Late Basket Helps Nets Edge Knicks (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:25:49 GMT)
    Joe Johnson made his most critical shot on a fadeaway jumper over J. R. Smith with 22.3 seconds left to give the Nets a lead in the final minute, securing the 11th win in their last 13 games.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Anderson Scores 27 Points as Hornets Beat the Kings (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:21:03 GMT)
    Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and the visiting New Orleans Hornets survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a 114-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Duncan’s Double-Double Lifts Spurs Past 76ers (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:08:03 GMT)
    Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight win, 90-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Deron Williams Sees Free Throw Streak End at 52 (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:07:12 GMT)
    Deron Williams had made 52 free throws in a row before missing with 5.7 seconds left in the Nets’ victory against the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Progress in the N.B.A. Is Calls That Aren’t Black or White (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:37:29 GMT)
    The Nets’ decision to change coaches is an example of race being less of an issue in the N.B.A. with personnel decisions being made for pragmatic reasons.

  • [New York Times] Report Questions Actions of N.B.A. Union Chief Billy Hunter (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:31:17 GMT)
    A nine-month inquiry determined that Billy Hunter failed in his fiduciary responsibilities and that the board of the union should consider replacing him.

  • [New York Times] Cavs’ Varejao Done for Season With Blood Clot (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 01:58:20 GMT)
    Anderson Varejao’s season rapidly spiraled from a probable All-Star appearance to over.

  • [New York Times] Nets Beat Knicks to Split Four-Game Series (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:55:34 GMT)
    Joe Johnson and the Nets left Madison Square Garden for the last time this regular season, even with the Knicks in the series and right behind them in the standings.

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 28 in Warriors Win Over Clippers (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:28:27 GMT)
    Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-99 on Monday.

  • [New York Daily News] Brooklyn’s Johnson fills hoop, role of Mr. Big Shot in win over Knicks (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:47:17 GMT)
    Just call him “Off-Broadwayâ? Joe Johnson, ’cause he dresses the part and backs up his boasting. The Brooklyn guard thrust himself into a rivalry against the Knicks during his initial press conference, when he unveiled the first of his many sleek suits and a confidence this Nets squad had lacked since Jason Kidd was on their side.

  • [New York Daily News] Nets outlast Knicks, tighten Atlantic Division race (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:47:04 GMT)
    For now, the two belongs to both teams. The Brooklyn Nets, behind Joe Johnson’s 25 points rallied for an 88-85 win over the Knicks on Monday to even the season series at two wins apiece. The win also improved Brooklyn’s record to 25-16 and they are now one game behind the first place Knicks (25-14).

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: For budding Knicks-Nets rivalry, sensible not in NBA’s plans (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:46:10 GMT)
    It was a huge game, and in a way a huge shame. How can the NBA squirrel away this blossoming rivalry out of sight, bury it for the winter, from now until the playoffs or maybe next fall? How can the Knicks and Nets each have two games remaining in the regular season with Milwaukee, and none against each other?

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Back from London, Knicks in New Yok fog (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:45:55 GMT)
    The sooner the Knicks figure out that London isn’t calling anymore, the better off they’ll be. The sooner they realize that they’re not up against the putrid Pistons, and unable to name the score, the better off they’ll be. The sooner they realize that they’re no longer playing in something called the O2 Arena, the better off they’ll be.

  • [New York Daily News] P.J. gives Brooklyn shot in arm, says J.R. (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:11:19 GMT)
    J.R. Smithsays the difference between the Nets under Avery Johnson and the team being run by P.J. Carlesimo is striking. “Honestly, I just think their players want to play for P.J. more,â? Smith said following an 88-85 loss to the Nets Monday. “They seem more enthused.”

  • [New York Daily News] Kris knocks quiet Garden, hears about Kim (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:09:04 GMT)
    Kris Humphries could have used the high-powered microphones Knicks owner James Dolan has hanging around. Humphries did not need them to document the vitriol Knicks fans spewed at him Monday afternoon at the Garden, but maybe he could have picked up a sign of life from the crowd after the Nets pulled out the 88-85 win.

  • [New York Post] Johnson’s jumper sends Nets over Knicks to even season series (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:20:52 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony had a chance to make Martin Luther King Day his own. Instead, he allowed Brooklyn’s other No. 7 steal the afternoon.
    Joe Johnson and the Nets owned the Garden’s annual holiday matinee, and they may soon own the Atlantic Division.
    As J.R. Smith put it…

  • [New York Post] Joe Cool â?? not Melo â?? is calm in crunch time (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:08:16 -0500)
    The narrative can flip â?? and quickly. Just look at Joe Johnson. Look at him demanding the ball in the dire moments of a heart-thumping basketball game at the Garden, his team down a point, 19,033 people screaming themselves hoarse, most of them pleading for a stop.
    Then listen to…

  • [New York Post] Nets’ Lopez, Humphries loom large in win (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 04:47:34 -0500)
    The Knicks have had success playing small this season. The Nets beat them yesterday by playing big.
    The Nets emerged with a hard-fought 88-85 victory over the Knicks in the Martin Luther King Day matinee thanks to the pounding Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and the rest of the Nets’ frontline…

  • [New York Post] Knicks-Nets: A playoff duel worth waiting for (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:20:26 -0500)
    Gerald Wallace wasn’t a happy man after learning Deron Williams had made 52 consecutive free throws before missing the first of two with 5.7 seconds left yesterday at the Garden. The Nets were leading the rival Knicks 88-85 at the time, and two free throws would have ensured…

  • [New York Post] Dolan’s open mic night shut down at Garden (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:55:18 -0500)
    There was no Knicks victory and there was no James Dolan-ordered parabolic microphones on the Garden court for yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day matinee.
    After using gigantic audio mikes to tape-record Carmelo Anthony’s conversations with opponents on the court for the last two home games, Dolan backed off…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Shumpert off target at Garden (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:16:25 -0500)
    Iman Shumpert got a big hand from the Garden crowd during player introductions for the first time this season.
    Yesterday was his first game this season in the United States but it wasn’t a memorable one. After his solid season debut in London last Thursday, Shumpert couldn’t knock…

  • [New York Post] Game-tying shot falls short for Knicks’ J.R. (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 01:03:07 -0500)
    All things considered, J.R. Smith’s chance to forge a tie for the Knicks at the buzzer yesterday landed somewhere in the “highly unlikelyâ? to “virtually impossibleâ? to “you’re kiddingâ? categories.
    His 28-foot, highly contested 3-point heave banked off the glass and teasingly kissed the rim before falling…

  • 35 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 22 2013)

    1. Hubert Davis

      I feel hungover from the euphoria from our hot start. I know I should be patient and not judge these guys until Raymond Felton is back in the lineup, but the fact that we need Ray Felton to return and play the way he did during to start the season is not exactly comforting.

      This stretch of play since we blew out the Lakers at MSG has been sobering. Even worse, it has mostly come at MSG against a run of opponents we should’ve been using to fatten up our record. Home losses to Houston, Portland, Boston without Rondo, and finally that crap Brooklyn team…what kind of contender does that? Sprinkle in road losses to Sacramento and the miserable Lakers and it’s getting harder and harder to believe in the legitimacy of our title aspirations.

      Thursday’s game at Boston may not be critical in the long run but it’s critical for my psyche (which is largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things but matters to me!). I expect them to fight hard, come close, and ultimately capitulate.

      And by the way, if anyone on this board is going to MSG and chanting M-V-P at Carmelo Anthony: Stop. Just stop. You’re making us look like deluded fools. Great season from Melo, no doubt. He’s not a top 3 candidate for the award and his play over this 8-9 stretch wouldn’t even get him mentioned for the award.

      I’m still waiting to see why Mike Woodson has a reputation as a good defensive coach. We look like a Mike D’antoni team to me, without the player dissent that comes from MDA’s epic stubbornness (which, btw, has reached ludicrous levels in LA with the Pau benching).

      Is everyone else as depressed as me?

    2. Douglas

      Back off the ledge, Hubie. What we’ve all learned by now is that Felton breaking down the defense with his handle and turning the corner on the PNR is an essential element of the offense. It doesn’t matter (most of the time) how well he shoots – no Ray-Ray penetrating means:

      a) Tyson’s threat as a dive man is sharply reduced

      b) it forces Melo to initiate the offense, wearing him out and reducing his efficiency

      c) Restricts ball movement since defenses don’t collapse the paint and instead stay at home on our 3 point shooters.

      The lack of a backup PG with a similar skill set is definitely a flaw in the roster construction, but Felton’s return should set the Knicks straight. I’m not a fan of how they’re in a situation where he’s this indispensable to the team, but here we are.

    3. mr.JayP

      Douglas:
      Back off the ledge, Hubie. What we’ve all learned by now is that Felton breaking down the defense with his handle and turning the corner on the PNR is an essential element of the offense. It doesn’t matter (most of the time) how well he shoots – no Ray-Ray penetrating means:

      a) Tyson’s threat as a dive man is sharply reduced

      b) it forces Melo to initiate the offense, wearing him out and reducing his efficiency

      c) Restricts ball movement since defenses don’t collapse the paint and instead stay at home on our 3 point shooters.

      The lack of a backup PG with a similar skill set is definitely a flaw in the roster construction, but Felton’s return should set the Knicks straight. I’m not a fan of how they’re in a situation where he’s this indispensable to the team, but here we are.

      It’s not their offense that concerns me, even though its showing signs of depending heavily on melo and Iso’s. It’s their defensive scheme’s leaving perimeter players and jump shooters open. I though Woodson was a defensive coach ? This “Defensive Dry-Spell” is getting too long for comfort.

      Oh and i think a suitable back up that isn’t getting enough minutes is Pablo. I would much rather roll the dice and depend on Pablo much more until Raymond Felton gets back then to log heavy minutes on JKidd in the months of Dec n Jan. that to me makes no sense.

    4. d-mar

      Reasons not to worry so much:

      !) We’re getting Felton back just as the schedule gets a lot easier, should pile up a lot of wins

      2) At the same time, the Nets schedule gets much tougher, with games vs. Memphis, Miami, SA, Indy and Denver in the next few weeks

      3) STAT seems to be coming around, and will only get more scoring opportunities with Felton as the PG

      4) We’re still doing a great job not turning the ball over (5 yesterday). For all the talk of the Knicks not being playoff tough, this is as critical a stat as any, especially when we face a certain team from Miami that thrives on TO’s.

    5. Hubert Davis

      I’m not off the ledge yet, Douglas, though I appreciate the effort. The flaw in your argument is the part where it all depends on Ray Felton.

      But ultimately I’m much more concerned with what Mr JayP has highlighted. Our defense sucks and it’s not about personnel it’s about structure and philosophy and our coach has shown zero willingness to adjust that. Yes, Shumpert will help, but what good is having him when it’s so god damn easy to get him off the man he’s guarding because we voluntarily switch at the easiest opportunity?

    6. Hubert Davis

      Again, d-mar, fair points all. But nothing addressing the fundamental defensive problems that are what’s truly ailing us. These team was 3.6 points per 100 better than league average last year and had the 5th best defense. We’re now .5 points per 100 worse than the league average and 15th in defense. I don’t know how to adjust for certain stretches, but if you take out the stellar D we played during our 6-0 start I imagine it’s even uglier than that. And that stretch of D is beginning to appear a bit fluky.

      Shumpert is going to help this, I know. But Amar’e is going to hurt it, as well. And whatever help Shump provides is going to be balanced off by what he takes away from the offense by replacing Kidd.

      Just stop with the switching and constant doubling. How hard is that? On that wide open Bogans three that should have sealed the game for the Nets we doubled Joe Johnson who was posting up 15 feet from the basket!!!!!!! What kind of madness is that? Our opponents eFG% is 50.5% and it’s not because everyone gets hot against us. The only teams in that neighborhood are Phoenix, Sacramento, and Houston; and the only teams worse than that are Cleveland, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

      Are you ready for the most ironic truth of the year? Mike Woodson needs to hire a defensive coordinator.

    7. JK47

      The Knicks’ defense has actually been looking a little bit better lately, up to #15 in the league after falling as low as #22 I believe. And there is room for improvement– the team’s best perimeter defender Iman Shumpert is now back in the mix and interior presence Marcus Camby is still lurking out there if he can ever get healthy.

      The thing that concerns me about the Knicks is that they don’t seem to come out on top in the real tough, grind-it-out games against teams like Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn. The Knicks look great when their threes are falling and they’re running teams out of the building, but in those hard-fought games they don’t usually seem to come out on top.

    8. Hubert Davis

      JK47:

      The thing that concerns me about the Knicks is that they don’t seem to come out on top in the real tough, grind-it-out games against teams like Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn.The Knicks look great when their threes are falling and they’re running teams out of the building, but in those hard-fought games they don’t usually seem to come out on top.

      I get your point but I think it’s generous of you to put Brooklyn on that list with Chicago and Boston. Those two teams legitimately scare me and pose unique questions I don’t know that we can answer. Chicago defends our three point shooting and the PnR extremely well; Boston exploits our switching better than anyone. Brooklyn just played their best game a couple time we played poorly, in my opinion. There is nothing fundamental about them that would concern me in a 7 game series. I think we’d win in 5 games.

    9. d-mar

      JK47:
      The Knicks’ defense has actually been looking a little bit better lately, up to #15 in the league after falling as low as #22 I believe.And there is room for improvement– the team’s best perimeter defender Iman Shumpert is now back in the mix and interior presence Marcus Camby is still lurking out there if he can ever get healthy.

      The thing that concerns me about the Knicks is that they don’t seem to come out on top in the real tough, grind-it-out games against teams like Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn.The Knicks look great when their threes are falling and they’re running teams out of the building, but in those hard-fought games they don’t usually seem to come out on top.

      OKC and Miami both allow more PPG than the Knicks, I don’t think their defense has been all that bad (except to start games, which should not be happening)

      The Bulls scare me a lot more than Boston and Brooklyn, but hopefully Thibodeau burns them out by the playoffs.

    10. nyk8806

      Problem with the team is everyone keeps talking about our injuries as if they’re just par for the course (or we’re just especially unlucky) and it’s only a matter of time before all the key pieces will be healthy for the balance of the season. Given the heavy minutes that have been placed on some guys while others have been sidelined and the overall age/fragility of the roster, I think that’s a pretty naive assumption. I’m not looking forward to making excuses in May when we start talking about how great we could have been and how deep we could have gone if so and so were healthy.

    11. Douglas

      Really, Felton’s injury is the only one that severely affects the team. Camby, Sheed, and Thomas could all ride the injury carousel for the rest of the season and it’d be business as usual.

    12. yellowboy90

      Would anyone like a Dunleavy for Novak trade? Bring in someone who can actually run off screens. I don’t fault NOvak completely because he needs help.

    13. flossy

      Hubert Davis: I’m not off the ledge yet, Douglas, though I appreciate the effort. The flaw in your argument is the part where it all depends on Ray Felton.

      Can you name another team that could seamlessly weather losing their starting PG mid-season and having to rely exclusively on 35+ year-old back-ups to man the point?

      Felton is not a world-beater, but he’s the only player who can consistently get in the lane, break down the defense and punish teams’ rotations with a good pass. The Felton/Chandler pick and roll was the backbone of our offense when this team was rolling; without Felton it has shriveled up and died. That means that Carmelo and JR Smith’s scoring efficiency is in the toilet as they’re asked to run the offense and distribute the ball, it means that our bigs don’t get nearly as many clean looks near the rim, and shooters who were feasting on open 3s off of perimeter ball rotation are either not getting shots (Novak) or are being forced to shoot off the bounce instead (Melo, JR, Kidd to some extent).

      There have been times this season when I’ve wanted to strangle Ray Felton with my bare hands, but the fact is, the things he does well happen to be crucial parts of our offense that are totally MIA right now, and the effect ripples out and stunts everyone’s play. We need him back.

    14. flossy

      flossy: Can you name another team that could seamlessly weather losing their starting PG mid-season and having to rely exclusively on 35+ year-old back-ups to man the point?

      Felton is not a world-beater, but he’s the only player who can consistently get in the lane, break down the defense and punish teams’ rotations with a good pass.The Felton/Chandler pick and roll was the backbone of our offense when this team was rolling; without Felton it has shriveled up and died.That means that Carmelo and JR Smith’s scoring efficiency is in the toilet as they’re asked to run the offense and distribute the ball, it means that our bigs don’t get nearly as many clean looks near the rim, and shooters who were feasting on open 3s off of perimeter ball rotation are either not getting shots (Novak) or are being forced to shoot off the bounce instead (Melo, JR, Kidd to some extent).

      There have been times this season when I’ve wanted to strangle Ray Felton with my bare hands, but the fact is, the things he does well happen to be crucial parts of our offense that are totally MIA right now, and the effect ripples out and stunts everyone’s play.We need him back.

      With all that being said, if he comes back and immediately starts hoisting up 25 FGA per game again I will go right back to wanting to strangle him. Hopefully with Melo and Amar’e healthy he can reign in the chucking and focus on distributing the ball.

    15. flossy

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      People here really think Felton is good at basketball. I do not understand this.

      Do you not understand that, whether he’s good at basketball or not, Felton does crucially important things on offense that nobody else on the Knicks roster can do?

      Do you think it’s a coincidence that Tyson Chandler’s FG% is a good 8-10 points lower in January without Felton than it was in November and December when he was getting a steady diet of lobs and put-backs?

      I think anyone here would prefer a good 10-20 other NBA PGs in Felton’s place (hell, I’d streak naked from my office to MSG if they could trade him for the likes of Kyle Lowery), but you’d have to be willfully ignorant of his affect on the rest of the team to prefer the Knicks replace Felton with nobody.

    16. flossy

      flossy: Do you not understand that, whether he’s good at basketball or not, Felton does crucially important things on offense that nobody else on the Knicks roster can do?

      Sorry, that should really read “whether he’s good at scoring efficiently or not,” since he’s at least average or better at most other NBA skills.

    17. Frank

      In regards to this whole Felton thing, here’s an interesting things:

      http://www.nba.com/advancedstats/team-vs-player.html#Knicks-vs-Raymond-Felton|1610612752,101109;year=201213;season=r

      If you look at the Knicks’ offensive efficiency +/- Felton, our TS is 55.6 with Felton on the court, and 53.2% with him off the court. But that doesn’t really make sense, right? Felton has a TS of 46 and a usage of 27 — how could our TS be BETTER with such a chucker on the court? Especially considering that the guys taking his place at the PG are Jason Kidd (TS 60) and Prigioni (TS 54)?

      The Knicks’ TS is better with Melo on the court than off, and same thing with Tyson. These things make sense since both Melo and Tyson have TS’s higher than the team’s overall TS. But Felton SHOULD drag down the number because he shoots so much at a low efficiency.

      But he doesn’t.

      Could it possibly be that despite his chuckery, he actually does create better shots for other players?

    18. mr.JayP

      Lol Felton isn’t that cause of our woes. A severely depleted/non-existing front court and bad defense scheme’s are killing us.

      I’m going to chalk up the lack of ball movement to create offense for other people on the fact that our pg play is limited.

      But if these issues don’t get addressed by the tail end of the season. Knicks will be lucky to get out of the 1st rd. ESPECIALLY if they face a team that goes into the playoff hot.

    19. flossy

      Frank:
      In regards to this whole Felton thing, here’s an interesting things:

      http://www.nba.com/advancedstats/team-vs-player.html#Knicks-vs-Raymond-Felton|1610612752,101109;year=201213;season=r

      If you look at the Knicks’ offensive efficiency +/- Felton, our TS is 55.6 with Felton on the court, and 53.2% with him off the court.But that doesn’t really make sense, right? Felton has a TS of 46 and a usage of 27 — how could our TS be BETTER with such a chucker on the court? Especially considering that the guys taking his place at the PG are Jason Kidd (TS 60) and Prigioni (TS 54)?

      The Knicks’ TS is better with Melo on the court than off, and same thing with Tyson. These things make sense since both Melo and Tyson have TS’s higher than the team’s overall TS.But Felton SHOULD drag down the number because he shoots so much at a low efficiency.

      But he doesn’t.

      Could it possibly be that despite his chuckery, he actually does create better shots for other players?

      Does that advanced stats thingy show the TS% differential for Melo, JR Smith and Chandler playing with/without Felton? I have to imagine that Felton’s propensity to chuck (which, to be fair, was nurtured by a stretch of games without Melo and Amar’e) is more than made up for by the degree to which he makes scoring the ball easier for Chandler, Melo, JR (and hopefully Amar’e in the weeks to come).

      Anyone who has watched the team play since Christmas and doubts that Felton is a net positive for the offense is crazy. That’s not to say he couldn’t improve his shot selection…

    20. Hubert Davis

      flossy: Can you name another team that could seamlessly weather losing their starting PG mid-season and having to rely exclusively on 35+ year-old back-ups to man the point?

      Yes, our two biggest competitors in the East: Miami & Chicago.

      But I think your question poses a bigger question about the makeup of our roster. We have no backup PG and are more dependent on Ray Felton than I’m comfortable with.

    21. Frank

      flossy: Does that advanced stats thingy show the TS% differential for Melo, JR Smith and Chandler playing with/without Felton? I have to imagine that Felton’s propensity to chuck (which, to be fair, was nurtured by a stretch of games without Melo and Amar’e) is more than made up for by the degree to which he makes scoring the ball easier for Chandler, Melo, JR (and hopefully Amar’e in the weeks to come).

      Interestingly, JR is much more efficient without Felton on the court. Melo is much more efficient with Felton ON the court – FG% 48% vs 43%, 3P% 46 v 37. As you might expect, Melo passes more when Felton is off the court (3.6 assists/36) than when he’s on the court (1.8 assists/36).

      Chandler is sort of a wash – FG% 68 with Felton, 66% without Felton. FGA down about 0.7 per game. Very much seems like Chandler is more of a WoW type player (ie. responsible for his own production), whereas other guys are less so.

    22. Hubert Davis

      Can we trade Novak & Prigioni for Ramon Sessions or is that crazy? Equal money. Novak has more years than Charlotte would want, so it would really be about what kind of draft pick he could be spun for. If you can find an early 2nd for him, I think MJ would consider a 2nd & Pablo (and the $4.5 million it saves him on his backup PG) for Ramon. Or am I crazy?

      Give me Sessions and Ray and I’d feel a little bit better.

    23. flossy

      Hubert Davis: Yes, our two biggest competitors in the East: Miami & Chicago.

      But I think your question poses a bigger question about the makeup of our roster.We have no backup PG and are more dependent on Ray Felton than I’m comfortable with.

      Oh yeah, Chicago lost its starting PG mid-season. Oh wait, no they didn’t. They had a full off-season and training camp to prepare to play without Rose. They also have two other PGs on the roster under 35, which we don’t.

      You may have also heard of Miami’s PG, LeBron James, who leads the team in minutes played by a lot.

      But you are right that Felton is a big cog in the offense (like it or not) and that we rely on him; you’re also right that our back-up PG depth is not as great as we’d all probably like.

      That doesn’t negate the fact that losing Felton is not some minor thing that can be overlooked. It by far the biggest reason for the team’s recent struggles. I’d love to add Ramon Sessions but don’t think it’s at all realistic unless the Bobcats are in full-on tank mode, and even then they could do better than what you’re offering.

    24. flossy

      Frank: Interestingly, JR is much more efficient without Felton on the court.Melo is much more efficient with Felton ON the court – FG% 48% vs 43%, 3P% 46 v 37. As you might expect, Melo passes more when Felton is off the court (3.6 assists/36) than when he’s on the court (1.8 assists/36).

      Chandler is sort of a wash – FG% 68 with Felton, 66% without Felton. FGA down about 0.7 per game.Very much seems like Chandler is more of a WoW type player (ie. responsible for his own production), whereas other guys are less so.

      That’s interesting about Chandler. His month-by-month FG% splits suggest he misses Felton:

      Nov – .710
      Dec – .678 (Felton’s last game 12/25)
      Jan – .610

      The Melo/Felton numbers make perfect sense to me. JR Smith, as usual, is a total enigma.

    25. johnlocke

      “I think everyone will see a difference in how we play,” Chandler added. “I’m not going to lie: It’s been very, very difficult for me to find a flow … like I had when he was in the lineup. Raymond is a setup artist. He knows what he’s doing as a floor leader. We need him. We miss him. And if there’s anything we’ve gotten out of his absence, it’s that his importance to this team is even more obvious. That may be a good thing for us. It should really be a good thing for Raymond.”

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8869845/stephen-smith-new-york-knicks-need-raymond-felton-come-back-quickly

    26. Douglas

      flossy: I’d love to add Ramon Sessions but don’t think it’s at all realistic unless the Bobcats are in full-on tank mode, and even then they could do better than what you’re offering.

      I don’t think even the Bobcats think they have a shot at the 8th seed. I agree with you that we have little to offer them, however.

    27. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Drummond with another monster game. 11 pts on 7 FGA, 11 REB (3 ORB), 2 STL, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 4 PF in 24 minutes. Dude might be the next big-time center. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a max player in three years.

    28. ruruland

      flossy: Does that advanced stats thingy show the TS% differential for Melo, JR Smith and Chandler playing with/without Felton?I have to imagine that Felton’s propensity to chuck (which, to be fair, was nurtured by a stretch of games without Melo and Amar’e) is more than made up for by the degree to which he makes scoring the ball easier for Chandler, Melo, JR (and hopefully Amar’e in the weeks to come).

      Anyone who has watched the team play since Christmas and doubts that Felton is a net positive for the offense is crazy.That’s not to say he couldn’t improve his shot selection…

      Look at his usage in Denver with balanced scoring. It should start to come down.

    29. ruruland

      Frank: Interestingly, JR is much more efficient without Felton on the court.Melo is much more efficient with Felton ON the court – FG% 48% vs 43%, 3P% 46 v 37. As you might expect, Melo passes more when Felton is off the court (3.6 assists/36) than when he’s on the court (1.8 assists/36).

      Chandler is sort of a wash – FG% 68 with Felton, 66% without Felton. FGA down about 0.7 per game.Very much seems like Chandler is more of a WoW type player (ie. responsible for his own production), whereas other guys are less so.

      1 fga per 36 is important though, what about free throw attempts?

    30. BigBlueAL

      Celtics lost again tonight, this time in freaking Cleveland. They are now 20-21. Guaranteed they win by 20 on Thursday lol.

    31. Brian Cronin

      Yes, reverse jinx time! I’m great at these. Melo’s 20 point streak is clearly coming to an end on Thursday. KG is all in his head. The Knicks are screwed!

    32. Brian Cronin

      By the way, while obviously 20 point streaks are, at their heart, pretty meaningless (as the choice of 20 points as a standard is obviously an arbitrary one), they are also extremely rare, so it is still pretty damn cool that Melo will almost certainly have the Knick record for consecutive 20 point games pretty soon. I don’t think he’s ever had a streak in his career as long as his current streak. So that, in and of itself, tells you how rare this is. So good luck to Melo!

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