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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 11 2012)

  • [New York Times] Bulls 98, Knicks 86: Anthony’s 29 Not Enough to Lift Knicks Over Bulls (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:48:04 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points but the Knicks could not muster enough defense in a 98-86 loss to a Chicago team minus its star, Derrick Rose.

  • [New York Times] Owner Says the Nets and New Arena Remain Hard-Hat Zones (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:12:52 GMT)
    Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire who owns the Nets, held a wide-ranging news conference Tuesday at Barclays Center, which is under construction in Brooklyn.

  • [New York Times] Surging Boston Turn Up the Heat on Miami (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:42:24 GMT)
    The Boston Celtics stepped up their run to the playoffs on Tuesday by upsetting Miami 115-107 for their second victory over the Heat in 10 days.

  • [New York Times] Hamilton Leads Bulls Over Knicks, 98-86 (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:48:20 GMT)
    The Chicago Bulls thought they were finally getting their whole team back together for the final stretch.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Shoot Past Heat, 115-107 (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:21:46 GMT)
    A week ago, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat with defense. This time, they did it with offense.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Gets Much-Needed Win, 110-100 Over Kings (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:21:18 GMT)
    Dirk Nowitzki and Rodrigue Beaubouis each had 15 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures, and the Mavericks beat the struggling Sacramento Kings 110-100 on Tuesday night before hitting the road.

  • [New York Times] Surging Celtics Upset Heat Again (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:57:29 GMT)
    The Boston Celtics stepped up their run to the playoffs on Tuesday by upsetting Miami 115-107 for their second victory over the Heat in 10 days.

  • [New York Times] Hawes Scores Season-High 19 as 76ers Beats Nets (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:15:22 GMT)
    Center Spencer Hawes came off the bench for the first time and a scored a season-high 19 points to lead the slumping Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Shoot Past Heat, 115-107 (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:21:45 GMT)
    A week ago, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat with defense. This time, they did it with offense.

  • [New York Times] Ankle Sprain Sidelines Bulls’ Rose (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:46:11 GMT)
    Bulls star Derrick Rose is missing Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks because of a sprained right ankle.

  • [New York Times] Hudson Leads Cavaliers Past Bobcats 103-90 (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:09:14 GMT)
    Lester Hudson scored 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-90 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Seraphin’s Double-Double Leads Wizards Past Magic (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:42:21 GMT)
    Kevin Seraphin took advantage of Dwight Howard’s absence from Orlando’s lineup, getting career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 93-85 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Odom Ending in Dallas After Exchange With Cuban (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:21:31 GMT)
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had noticed Lamar Odom’s uninspired play numerous times before, and kept hoping things would change.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks Rookie Iman Shumpert Is Becoming a Defensive Standout (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:42:51 GMT)
    Iman Shumpert has earned a starting job and consistent praise as a top young defender. But in Coach Mike Woodson’s old-school view, he has not earned the honor of being called by his given name.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Hope to Rebound for N.B.A. Stretch Run (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 07:09:09 GMT)
    Philadelphia, which ended a four-game skid by winning on the road against the Nets, will be looking for its all-hands-on-deck philosophy to lead the way to the playoffs.

  • [New York Post] Knicks fall to Bulls in rematch; face big test vs. Bucks (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:12:22 -0500)
    CHICAGO â?? This was not the kind of sluggish performance the Knicks needed on their way to the Brew City showdown.
    As decrepit on the offensive end as they have been all season, the Knicks suffered an ugly 98-86 loss to the Bulls Wednesday night at United Center to fall back…

  • [New York Post] Knicks forward Amar’e â??looking good’ in rehab workout (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:05:44 -0500)
    CHICAGO â?? Lookin’ good.
    Coach Mike Woodson paid Amar’e Stoudemire a compliment yesterday, saying Stoudemire was “looking good” after he ran, jumped and dunked during drills at yesterday’s morning shootaround before the Knicks’ 98-86 loss to the Bulls at United Center.
    The power forward, sidelined with a bulging disk…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks night not Rosey (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:39:01 GMT)
    With Derrick Rose nursing a sprained ankle and sitting out his 23rd game of the season, the Knicks still couldn’t beat the Bulls. To make matters worse, the Sixers beat the Nets and Celtics defeated Miami.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks can’t run with Bulls again in loss (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:37:23 GMT)
    There was no late-game magic from Carmelo Anthony on this night. The hole the Knicks dug for themselves against the Derrick Rose-less Bulls was too deep.

  • [New York Daily News] To Woodson, Amar’e fit for 4 spot (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:46:21 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony has flourished in his new role but apparently he shouldn’t get too comfortable playing power forward. Mike Woodson made it clear that when Amar’e Stoudemire returns from a back injury, he will immediately step into the starting lineup.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks bullied on boards, beaten by Bulls (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:47:26 EDT)
    The Knicks' game against the Bucks Wednesday night already was big, but its magnitude increased after what happened here Tuesday night.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Knicks face must-win in Milwaukee (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:05:49 EDT)

    CHICAGO – ‘Game Seven.’ ‘Must win.’ ‘Huge game.’
    Those were the words flying out of the Knicks’ locker room early Wednesday morning after their loss to the Bulls.
    And they all fit perfectly.
    Because the Knicks will be playing the biggest game of their roller-coaster season in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
    New York’s 98-86 loss to Chicago cut its lead over Milwaukee for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference to just one game.
    So the importance of Wednesday’s game can’t be understated.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Bulls 98, Knicks 86 (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:16:46 EDT)
    WHAT IT MEANS: Mike Woodson told his team that Tuesday’s game in Chicago would be tough with or without Derrick Rose.
    Turns out, he was dead right.
    With Rose out due to a right ankle injury, Chicago was still Chicago — tough on the defensive end and grinding it out on offense.
    They did both to near perfection in a 98-86 win over the Knicks.
    The loss was costly for Woodson’s crew.
    New York (29-28) is now a game back of Philadelphia for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

  • 111 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 11 2012)

    1. JLam

      Just thinking worst case scenario and Knicks don’t make the playoffs Do the Knicks own their lottery pick for 2012?

    2. Caleb

      Doug:
      I think it’s top 5 only.

      Yes, we’d need some ping-pong luck. I’d say if we win the Bucks game, we’re about 90% in the playoffs. If we lose, more like 50-50.

    3. JC Knickfan

      Technically they have win Lottery and be one top 3 to retain the pick. It’s not possible for Knicks to have pick 4 or 5 as those are based on records.

    4. JC Knickfan

      Last 8 minutes never got closer 10pts. If Woodson want have remote chance retain job, making playoff is first priority. Tonight game let Knicks control their destiny. If we lose,we are back into 9th position. With Both team having 8 games to go with each have 5 team over 0.500 to play.

      Personal I thought Big 2 play way too minutes.
      39 Minutes for Melo
      37 Min for TC

    5. Caleb

      After playing each other, Knicks and Bucks each have 8 games left: 4 home, 4 away. Winning percentage of Knicks opponents is .444; Bucks’ opponents are .454.

    6. thenamestsam

      Last night was a definite reminder that as much fun as this team has been recently they are in desperate need of reinforcements. Missing 2 out of the top 3 scorers means we need a lot of things right to get to even 90 points. It puts incredible pressure on the defense every night.

      That said, I thought there were a lot of positives tonight. Very little went right from an offensive perspective with almost no one bringing their A games, and yet we hung in there and battled throughout and we really did have a (albeit small) chance to steal it down the stretch. If we maintain the same intensity and effort once we get Lin back, we’ll be very dangerous. I just hope we’re still playing at that point.

    7. Caleb

      @8 Yeah, I wouldn’t hang our head – the Bulls are winning 65% of their games without Rose, they were at home and we just beat them. No shame. But tonight is a big one. Although, bigger for the Bucks than for us.

      Is it just me, or does anyone else find it encouraging to see those video clips of Stoudemire before the game? He looks good, no? I’m sure he’s got a lot of strengthening to do, and he could obviously have a setback, but looks like he’ll be coming back, doesn’t it?

    8. jon abbey

      Caleb:

      Is it just me, or does anyone else find it encouraging to see those video clips of Stoudemire before the game? He looks good, no? I’m sure he’s got a lot of strengthening to do, and he could obviously have a setback, but looks like he’ll be coming back, doesn’t it?

      yep, I thought the same thing. he looks close, not that I really know.

    9. Frank O.

      This point guard issue has me on edge. Baron appears to be getting worse, not better. He’s never been a big thinker, and right now he needs to use his brain more than just react with his body, since his body is somewhat broken.

      On the other hand, I wonder if the instinct that crept into the knickerbloggeristas’ thinking last night reflected somewhat the players’ thinking, that last night was less important than perhaps today’s game. Maybe guys like Chandler and Melo and Shump and Smith didn’t lay it all out there knowing that tonight is the big one.

      I was mystified to see two mediocre guards kind of make Shump look bad from time to time. His effort should be watched. It’s like the canary in the coal mine. Not sure his effort was as out on the edge as normally it is. Similar could be said about Chandler and Jeffries.
      The Knicks got out efforted. You can’t give up 25 second chance points without offsetting that with defensive effort, like lots of steals, and expect to be in a position to win.

    10. Bruno Almeida

      Frank O.:
      This point guard issue has me on edge. Baron appears to be getting worse, not better. He’s never been a big thinker, and right now he needs to use his brain more than just react with his body, since his body is somewhat broken.

      On the other hand, I wonder if the instinct that crept into the knickerbloggeristas’ thinking last night reflected somewhat the players’ thinking, that last night was less important than perhaps today’s game. Maybe guys like Chandler and Melo and Shump and Smith didn’t lay it all out there knowing that tonight is the big one.

      I was mystified to see two mediocre guards kind of make Shump look bad from time to time. His effort should be watched. It’s like the canary in the coal mine. Not sure his effort was as out on the edge as normally it is. Similar could be said about Chandler and Jeffries.
      The Knicks got out efforted. You can’t give up 25 second chance points without offsetting that with defensive effort,like lots of steals, and expect to be in a position to win.

      I agree 100%, the effort just wasn’t there.

      there were major issues because of the lack of a PG, but there were way too many mental mistakes and silly turnovers that just didn’t happen on the last Chicago game, where the team was completely focused and played with a very high energy level.

    11. jon abbey

      I thought Baron looked the best he had in a while early on in that game, it’s just hard to ask more than 15-20 minutes from him right now.

    12. david

      Without Lin, we really don’t have much talent in the backcourt — an old injured guy, a backup small forward who lost his shot, an errant gunner and a defensive dynamo who gets confused at times and can’t shoot. I think Woodson is doing the best with what he’s got — I don’t think anyone is clamoring for TD to get more time — but I’m not sure what the options are. I guess I’d be curious what would happen if we ran a jumbo lineup for a stretch — Chandler, Jeffries, Novak, Melo, and Smith/Shump, with Jeffries guarding the opposing shooting guard in a cross-match and Melo bringing the ball up the court. But that would be a matchup driven thing not a regular lineup. (ALthough when Amare comes back, a version with him in and Melo out might be a way to avoid our Melo-on-the-bench slumps.)

    13. Caleb

      jon abbey:
      I thought Baron looked the best he had in a while early on in that game, it’s just hard to ask more than 15-20 minutes from him right now.

      Sounds right to me. Woodson is using him right.

      I can’t agree about the effort. Chicago is an awesome rebounding team, and a great defensive team. Knicks couldn’t buy a basket (where are you, old version of J.R. Smith?) but they managed to hang in there. They might have been a notch below the superhuman effort on Sunday but that’s an impossible bar to meet.

    14. villainx

      Without the offensive threat of JR Smith, yikes, there’d be almost no second option.

      Just hoping for the best tonight.

    15. hoolahoop

      Let’s keep last night’s loss in perspective. The knicks split the home-and-home with the Bulls, losing the one in Chicago. Who wouldn’t take that going in.
      I was rockin at the Beacon with Furthur (the reincarnation of the Dead) so only caught the last quarter of last night’s game. Throughout the quarter, the knicks matched the Bulls energy. Michael Jordan’s ghost showed up in, of all guys, Kyle Korver. He stepped up big and made string of crazy shots. Refs piled on. That was the difference. If Korver doesn”t hit those shots, this game goes down to the wire . . . against the best record in the NBA at their home.

      Tonight is a must win.
      Knicks will be much better off being the 8 seed to avoid Miami.

    16. hoolahoop

      Amare looks ready to play. I think he’s holding back to play it safe. Backs injuries are funny. Sometimes they loosen up and are fine – until they go out again; Not like ligament damage that just takes time and patience.

    17. johnlocke

      Think he’ll be back for the Miami showdown

      hoolahoop:
      Amare looks ready to play. I think he’s holding back to play it safe. Backs injuries are funny. Sometimes they loosen up and are fine – until they go out again; Not like ligament damage that just takes time and patience.

    18. Jafa

      As much as I want STAT back, I can’t shake the feeling that it wont make much of a difference without a good PG to get him the ball on the move. The guy is deadly on the move, whether rolling to the basket or shooting a mid range jump shot.

      When he tries to do Melo’s ISO thing, it seems to have mixed results. And that what I think will happen a lot when he gets back, as we don’t have a good PG left. I think STAT and Chandler’s offense is severely being limited by this. I wish someone would cut an above average PG that we could pick up.

    19. massive

      What this team needs is a point guard who can create offense for those who can’t, or that bona fide #2 scorer. We have both of those on the roster, and when they were healthy, we were drop kicking teams in chest. It sucks that injuries are keeping us from contention this season.

    20. Ben R

      hoolahoop: Knicks will be much better off being the 8 seed to avoid Miami.

      I agree, Chicago is a great team and will probably win in 5-6 games against us but I think with a little luck and hot shooting and we could pull out a series.

      I think against Miami we have no chance. When they really want to win they play some of the best defense I’ve ever seen and are so disruptive. With Lin either gone or just back from injury, Baron being old and careless and TD/Shumpert as our third string I think we would have problems even getting the ball up the court much less initiating our offense.

      Miami might not have the best record in the NBA but they take a lot of games off and in the playoffs especially against us they’re going to bring their a-game and crush us probably 4-0 or 4-1 with 3 of the games by 10 or more points.

    21. Jafa

      massive:
      What this team needs is a point guard who can create offense for those who can’t, or that bona fide #2 scorer. We have both of those on the roster, and when they were healthy, we were drop kicking teams in chest. It sucks that injuries are keeping us from contention this season.

      Funny, last season, we lost in the 1st round due to injuries to our starting PG and starting PF. This season, we will be going into the playoffs without our starting PG and starting PF due to injuries.

      Can we hire away the medical staff from Phoenix? How many Dolan dollars will it take?

    22. TelegraphedPass

      I’m concerned about NY’s status in free agency this offseason. I expect our roster to definitely include Lin, Landry, Shump, Melo, STAT, Tyson, Jerome Jordan, and our FSU matriculate but where else can we add players. We have precious few funds to offer. We need a wing who can consistently knock down perimeter shots. I’d love to retain Earl, but that seems unlikely. The cheap replacements are almost universally underwhelming.

      What options do we have to fill out the roster?

    23. JC Knickfan

      Josh Harrellson has team option for 2012/2013 and Knicks pickup the team option on TD plus we have 2nd round pick in the draft.

      That 10 spot right there.
      I would get Raymond Felton as backup PG as think we can get him for league min.
      We should sign JJ to min-MLE.
      I guessing Novak and JR are good as gone.
      That leave 3 FA spots Mr. GM needs to do his best to fill. 3pt shooting probably being the biggest need.

    24. ruruland

      I don’t think Novak or JR are locks to leave. Obviously one will. You’d take either of them over JJ for mini-MLE, given Harrellson being retained.

    25. Frank O.

      jon abbey:
      I thought Baron looked the best he had in a while early on in that game, it’s just hard to ask more than 15-20 minutes from him right now.

      It’s a classic half full-half empty question.
      Some of the mistakes he made were downright TD-like in their stupidity, and grew worse as the game moved on. My perception.
      You want your veteran guard playing smarter in crunch time. He got worse as the night wore on. He had 6 assists and 4 turnovers, and he easily could have had more TOs, but some of his errant passes bounced around and found Knicks, fortunately.
      I hope he gets it right, but his play, as well as TD’s, was so bad that there were good periods of the game where there was no PG out there. And if I’m not mistaken, Bibby got no minutes either.
      So he has no faith in Bibby, little to no faith in TD, and he only used Baron 26 minutes. He relied on Shump and Smith more, but neither guy can play a competent point.

    26. d-mar

      Ben R: I agree, Chicago is a great team and will probably win in 5-6 games against us but I think with a little luck and hot shooting and we could pull out a series.

      I think against Miami we have no chance. When they really want to win they play some of the best defense I’ve ever seen and are so disruptive. With Lin either gone or just back from injury, Baron being old and careless and TD/Shumpert as our third string I think we would have problems even getting the ball up the court much less initiating our offense.

      Miami might not have the best record in the NBA but they take a lot of games off and in the playoffs especially against us they’re going to bring their a-game and crush us probably 4-0 or 4-1 with 3 of the games by 10 or more points.

      I go back and forth on this, obviously with either matchup we’d be big time underdogs. The Bulls offensive rebounding is just a killer, and won’t change if Amare comes back. But I agree about Miami’s D, esp. if our point guard is BD, they can blow a game open in about 2 minutes by forcing turnovers. I guess I’d have to pick the Bulls, because I can’t even visualize a team with LeBron and Wade losing a first round series to anyone.

      (And I keep praying that somehow we move up to #6, as unlikely as that is.)

    27. JLam

      NBA las vegas summer league announced today will be July 20-21,2012
      Anyone been to one in previous years

    28. JC Knickfan

      Actually I think we only have Bi-Annual Exception which 2.5 million versus 3 million for mini-MLE. Can anyone confirm?

    29. ruruland

      d-mar: I go back and forth on this, obviously with either matchup we’d be big time underdogs. The Bulls offensive rebounding is just a killer, and won’t change if Amare comes back. But I agree about Miami’s D, esp. if our point guard is BD, they can blow a game open in about 2 minutes by forcing turnovers. I guess I’d have to pick the Bulls, because I can’t even visualize a team with LeBron and Wade losing a first round series to anyone.

      (And I keep praying that somehow we move up to #6, as unlikely as that is.)

      Bulls for sure. It’s actually a great match-up for us and one can make the argument, IMO, that the Knicks could have the two best players in that series.

      The key will be Fields or the wings ability to take advantage of mismatches.

      We’ve played that team very tough in each of the four games.

    30. nicos

      ruruland:
      http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/16438/opening-tip-melos-effect-at-power-forward

      Well, after last night Melo is averaging 7.1 rpg at the four since Amar’e went out so that definitely needs to improve. Also, while Melo is a solid man defender at the 4 (and has done a really good job rotating out on shooters) he really can’t challenge shots at the rim at all when rotating from the weakside which is something you’d really like your 4 to be able to do. Not saying he’s not effective there but Melo at the 4 does come with some caveats whereas Melo at the 3 does not (at least when he’s getting after it defensively). Ideally, I’d like to see Melo get a good 12-16 minutes at the 4 when Amar’e gets back but I still think he’s better suited to be a 3.

    31. ruruland

      nicos: Well, after last night Melo is averaging 7.1 rpg at the four since Amar’e went out so that definitely needs to improve.Also, while Melo is a solid man defender at the 4 (and has done a really good job rotating out on shooters) he really can’t challenge shots at the rim at all when rotating from the weakside which is something you’d really like your 4 to be able to do.Not saying he’s not effective there but Melo at the 4 does come with some caveats whereas Melo at the 3 does not (at least when he’s getting after it defensively).Ideally, I’d like to see Melo get a good 12-16 minutes at the 4 when Amar’e gets back but I still think he’s better suited to be a 3.

      Yeah, he hasn’t rebounded well in a small sample (last night) was big and it’s true that he is typically going to be out-sized and doesn’t contest like the longer bigs.

      But I’d say he’s better than solid as a man defender in the post. He simply gives 4s like Boozer and West, every match-up we’ve seen so far (and ones I’ve seen in Denver) problems. His strength is extremely underrated and his hands are amazing.

      He’s a big upgrade defensively at the 4 over Amar’e (unless Amar’e actually is steadily improving at the same rate)

      There have been a lot of signs that Amar’e and Melo can function well together offensively (I think Amar’e has gotten more comfortable) Conceptually, considering Amar’e is actually a better mid-range shooter than Landry Fields, it should work better than the small lineup.

      However,I’d like to see Amar’e at the 5 with Melo at the 4, with a strong defensive wing line-up. That would be devastating offensively for 5-10 minute bursts and I think teams would be on their heels offensively because of it.

      I’d like to see Amar’e get all of Chandler’s back-up minutes at the 5, and Melo 20 minutes or so as the 4….

    32. nicos

      Also, tough to get too critical of Baron last night- because Fields couldn’t shoot well enough to get whichever big was guarding him-Boozer or Noah- out of the lane there was no room to run anything going towards the basket. I’m guessing you’ll see Milwaukee use M’bah a Moute on Melo and stick a big on Fields until he proves he can hit a wide open 17 footer. Until then they’ll just sag off into the lane cutting off his ability to drive and clogging the lane for everybody else as well.

    33. ruruland

      nicos: Well, after last night Melo is averaging 7.1 rpg at the four since Amar’e went out so that definitely needs to improve.Also, while Melo is a solid man defender at the 4 (and has done a really good job rotating out on shooters) he really can’t challenge shots at the rim at all when rotating from the weakside which is something you’d really like your 4 to be able to do.Not saying he’s not effective there but Melo at the 4 does come with some caveats whereas Melo at the 3 does not (at least when he’s getting after it defensively).Ideally, I’d like to see Melo get a good 12-16 minutes at the 4 when Amar’e gets back but I still think he’s better suited to be a 3.

      Also, there’s no point in Melo playing the 4 if Fields can take advantage of a cross match.
      One thing I always forget to mention in the WOW arguments is that “star” players like Melo always draw the opponents best defender.

      I would think there’s quite a bit of hidden value there.

    34. ruruland

      nicos:
      Also, tough to get too critical of Baron last night- because Fields couldn’t shoot well enough to get whichever big was guarding him-Boozer or Noah- out of the lane there was no room to run anything going towards the basket.I’m guessing you’ll see Milwaukee use M’bah a Moute on Melo and stick a big on Fields until he proves he can hit a wide open 17 footer.Until then they’ll just sag off into the lane cutting off his ability to drive and clogging the lane for everybody else as well.

      Great minds

    35. Frank O.

      ruruland: Yeah, he hasn’t rebounded well in a small sample (last night) was big and it’s true that he is typically going to be out-sized and doesn’t contest like the longer bigs.

      But I’d say he’s better than solid as a man defender in the post. He simply gives 4s like Boozer and West, every match-up we’ve seen so far (and ones I’ve seen in Denver) problems. His strength is extremely underrated and his hands are amazing.

      He’s a big upgrade defensively at the 4 over Amar’e (unless Amar’e actually is steadily improving at the same rate)

      There have been a lot of signs that Amar’e and Melo can function well together offensively (I think Amar’e has gotten more comfortable) Conceptually, considering Amar’e is actually a better mid-range shooter than Landry Fields, it should work better than the small lineup.

      However,I’d like to see Amar’e at the 5 with Melo at the 4, with a strong defensive wing line-up. That would be devastating offensively for 5-10 minute bursts and I think teams would be on their heels offensively because of it.

      I’d like to see Amar’e get all of Chandler’s back-up minutes at the 5, and Melo 20 minutes or so as the 4….

      I have to agree. With Amare at the 5 and Melo the 4, they are a match up nightmare. They lose a little on the boards, but the O is pretty scary.
      You could bolster that line up with Jeffries at the three and Shump or Fields at the 2. It also would be interesting to see Landry and Shump, with ball handling shared between Shump and Melo.
      Man, I miss Lin

    36. Frank O.

      ruruland: Great minds

      It’s not just Fields.
      No one was hitting from outside. Without that, there is no spacing.
      Can’t just pin that to Fields. Smith and Shump weren’t forcing tight D on the perimeter, either. And Novak has had two bad games straight.

    37. ruruland

      Frank O.: It’s not just Fields.
      No one was hitting from outside. Without that, there is no spacing.
      Can’t just pin that to Fields. Smith and Shump weren’t forcing tight D on the perimeter, either. And Novak has had two bad games straight.

      Right. But teams dare Fields to shoot. JR simply isn’t getting by his defender. Novak, well, he spaces the floor, sure. Shump is similar to Fields but a better shooter (which is pretty damn sad).

      Jump-shooting has absolutely destroyed this team.

    38. Bruno Almeida

      Frank O.: I have to agree. With Amare at the 5 and Melo the 4, they are a match up nightmare. They lose a little on the boards, but the O is pretty scary.
      You could bolster that line up with Jeffries at the three and Shump or Fields at the 2. It also would be interesting to see Landry and Shump, with ball handling shared between Shump and Melo.
      Man, I miss Lin

      I don’t know, we would get absolutely murdered on the boards, and our losses to Chicago this year have shown that this alone swings games.

      Chandler has to play major minutes against Chicago, playing STAT too much on the 5 will give them a huge edge.

    39. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: I don’t know, we would get absolutely murdered on the boards, and our losses to Chicago this year have shown that this alone swings games.

      Chandler has to play major minutes against Chicago, playing STAT too much on the 5 will give them a huge edge.

      You have to read the game at the moment. Chandler isn’t going to play 48 minutes. So the time he isn’t the floor you should maximize Stat and Melo. The other option is Jeffries at the 5.

      It’s small regardless.

    40. JC Knickfan

      If we make playoff, it looks like we play Chicago. I try play best rebounding lineup majority of time. Which I thinks is Shump, Fields, Melo, JJ and TC.

      We need go big, Woodson got to teach more team rebounding . That means we have give some fast break pts and guard need help box out bigs that’s crashing the boards and help scramble for tip balls on rebounds.

      If we can play Bulls to about even on rebound edge, my guess we could win majority of those games.

    41. TelegraphedPass

      Now seems like an ideal time as any to point out that Jerome Jordan has posted a phenomenal 16.7% offensive rebounding rate in limited minutes. His defensive rebounding rate trails only Tyson on this team.

      Is this even moderately sustainable? Should we start the #FreeJeromeJordan movement?

    42. TelegraphedPass

      JC Knickfan: If we make playoff, it looks like we play Chicago. I try play best rebounding lineup majority of time. Which I thinks is Shump, Fields, Melo, JJ and TC. We need go big, Woodson got to teach more team rebounding . That means we have give some fast break pts and guard need help box out bigs that’s crashing the boards and help scramble for tip balls on rebounds. If we can play Bulls to about even on rebound edge, my guess we could win majority of those games.

      Our best rebounding team probably looks more like Shump, JR, Melo, Jorts, Tyson. Junior is the best rebounding guard on the roster.

    43. ruruland

      JC Knickfan:
      If we make playoff, it looks like we play Chicago.I try play best rebounding lineup majority of time. Which I thinks is Shump, Fields, Melo, JJ and TC.

      We need go big, Woodson got to teach more team rebounding . That means we have give some fast break pts and guard need help box out bigs that’s crashing the boards and help scramble for tip balls on rebounds.

      If we can play Bulls to about even on rebound edge, my guess we could win majority of those games.

      Here’s the thing though. In the playoffs you try to avoid trying to match-up with teams when you know you ultimately won’t have an advantage in whatever area you’re trying to address.

      Sure, the Knicks need to focus on rebounding better obviously, but you don’t base your entire lineup on trying to resolve that.

      What you want to do is force the Bulls to adjust to you. How do you do that? You take advantage of their bigger lineups with your quickness.

      If you create more offensive advantages than the Bulls create rebounding advantages, you force them to adjust, negating their strength.

      the playoffs to me are about the first team forced to concede a match-up to the other, forcing them to go away from their strength or identity.

      The Knicks at full strength are quicker and much more explosive offensively. That’s the kind of game you want to draw the Bulls into.

      Amar’e and Melo have the ability to be the two best offensive players on the floor every game.

      The only way you can draw the Bulls into a game of offensive ability is by winning your match-ups with smaller players.

      You aren’t going to field a better team by simply putting your best rebounding team on the floor. The best bulls rebounding team is much better than the best Knicks rebounding team.

      Everything in the playoffs is about match-ups because nothing gets missed.

    44. art vandelay

      JC Knickfan:
      Actually I think we only have Bi-Annual Exception which 2.5 million versus 3 million for mini-MLE. Can anyone confirm?

      Yes, this is correct….mini-MLE is only for teams initially under the salary cap at start of offseason, as we became this past offseason when we amnestied Billups to get under. We would have the bi-annual exception plus MLE, which presumably would be used up by Lin. I guess best-case scenario is Smith opts in for the $2.5 million and we use the bi-annual on Novak to retain him….if not, I would try signing Michael Redd to league minimum, and I like the idea of bringing back Felton, though I think even despite his poor play this year he would command more than vet’s min. on open market.

    45. 2FOR18

      I’m so annoyed that they haven’t cut Bibby for a live body from the D League. How frustrating is it to see Lester Hudson putting up D Wade numbers for the Cavs?
      Or how about Arenas – not as a savior but just someone who can give them 10 competent mins a game? He’s doing decent for Memphis right now, and that team is freakin stacked as it is.

    46. nicos

      Frank O.: It’s not just Fields.
      No one was hitting from outside. Without that, there is no spacing.
      Can’t just pin that to Fields. Smith and Shump weren’t forcing tight D on the perimeter, either. And Novak has had two bad games straight.

      But it was Fields (and JR to a lesser extent) that was being guarded by either Boozer or Noah- hit two or three jumpers, make the big come out and all of a sudden the middle of the floor opens up and the Bulls would have had to either put Boozer back on Melo or gone small, negating their rebounding edge. This is where JR should be making hay- there’s no way you should be able to sag off of him and there’s no way a big should be able to stay in front of him and yet…

    47. 2FOR18

      TelegraphedPass:
      Now seems like an ideal time as any to point out that Jerome Jordan has posted a phenomenal 16.7% offensive rebounding rate in limited minutes. His defensive rebounding rate trails only Tyson on this team.

      Is this even moderately sustainable? Should we start the #FreeJeromeJordan movement?

      He’s in the D league now

    48. Caleb

      I’d be surprised if Michael Redd can outplay Bibby at this point.

      J.R. is probably a deal at $2.5 million but I think he’ll command more. Maybe the combination of his crappy play, and loose cannon rep, will hold down his market.

      Novak, we’ll see. I think he might be gettable for that price, but maybe not. He’s a great shooter but completely one-dimensional players aren’t that hard to find.

      Problem is, the Knicks are dying for shooters. They really need someone – a wing player, or another combo guard – who can spread the floor. Funny how that goes; last year it was a strength but now you’ve got Melo shooting 30 percent on 3s, and Douglas and Fields can’t throw it in the ocean.

    49. TelegraphedPass

      2FOR18: I’m so annoyed that they haven’t cut Bibby for a live body from the D League. How frustrating is it to see Lester Hudson putting up D Wade numbers for the Cavs?Or how about Arenas – not as a savior but just someone who can give them 10 competent mins a game? He’s doing decent for Memphis right now, and that team is freakin stacked as it is.

      I don’t think those players would automatically perform as well in our situation. I think it would be much more realistic and helpful to find a knockdown shooter at point. I don’t want to continue to shake up the roster any, but Bibby can’t contribute anything at all at this point and a competent shooter would be a great find.

      Can we still pick up a D-League player and use him? Justin Dentmon of the Austin Toros looks great.

    50. TelegraphedPass

      2FOR18: He’s in the D league now

      He is still under contract for the Knicks tho. We can call him back whenever we want.

    51. TelegraphedPass

      Scratch that about Dentmon. He looked great in the D-League but the Raps signed him to a ten day contract a few days ago. He has been underwhelming.

    52. 2FOR18

      ruruland: Here’s the thing though. In the playoffs you try to avoid trying to match-up with teams when you know you ultimately won’t have an advantage in whatever area you’re trying to address.

      Sure, the Knicks need to focus on rebounding better obviously, but you don’t base your entire lineup on trying to resolve that.

      What you want to do is force the Bulls to adjust to you. How do you do that? You take advantage oftheir bigger lineups with your quickness.

      If you create more offensive advantages than the Bulls create rebounding advantages, you force them to adjust, negating their strength.

      the playoffs to me are about the first team forced to concede a match-up to the other, forcing them to go away from their strength or identity.

      The Knicks at full strength are quicker and much more explosive offensively. That’s the kind of game you want to draw the Bulls into.

      Amar’e and Melo have the ability to be the two best offensive players on the floor every game.

      The only way you can draw the Bulls into a game of offensive ability is by winning your match-ups with smaller players.

      You aren’t going to field a better team by simply putting your best rebounding team on the floor. The best bulls rebounding team is much better than the best Knicks rebounding team.

      Everything in the playoffs is about match-ups because nothing gets missed.

      I completely agree. You don’t try to match up with your opponent; you play to your strengths and make your opponent match up with you. That goes for anything (sports and life).

    53. 2FOR18

      TelegraphedPass: I don’t think those players would automatically perform as well in our situation. I think it would be much more realistic and helpful to find a knockdown shooter at point. I don’t want to continue to shake up the roster any, but Bibby can’t contribute anything at all at this point and a competent shooter would be a great find.

      Can we still pick up a D-League player and use him? Justin Dentmon of the Austin Toros looks great.

      Arenas has been great from 3 (10-24) which is why I mentioned him. I just don’t get why they won’t cut Bibby. Must be a Dolan thing.

    54. ephus

      2FOR18: I just don’t get why they won’t cut Bibby. Must be a Dolan thing

      Not so sure that it is not a Woodson thing, given the years that they shared together in Atlanta.

      What the Knicks really need is a point guard who can run the pick and roll, hit spot up 3 pointers and help to balance the offensive load in the 4th quarter. It would be great if he were also a strong on-the-ball defender who can slash to the basket. If we really wanted to make this into a wish-list, he should be a fan favorite who can amp up the energy level at the Garden just by touching the ball.

    55. TelegraphedPass

      @ephus that sounds like a competent NBA talent. I’m not sure how many more of those remain in the D-League. REALLY wish we picked up Blake Ahearn before the Jazz did. I first saw him with Gerald Green at the DL All Star Game. He’s a lights out shooter and a competent passer. I would love to give him a try. Unfortunately, that ship has drifted off.

    56. JC Knickfan

      2FOR18: I completely agree.You don’t try to match up with your opponent; you play to your strengths and make your opponent match up with you.That goes for anything (sports and life).

      One thing is I don’t think our small ball lineup with Melo at 4 is a strength. It’s not working well against Bull because guards not creating matchup problems. It’s also BS Melo playing better because he at 4 position. He found shot again and should score 2,3, or 4 position if mid range shot going in.

    57. Bruno Almeida

      ruruland: You have to read the game at the moment. Chandler isn’t going to play 48 minutes. So the time he isn’t the floor you should maximize Stat and Melo. The other option is Jeffries at the 5.

      It’s small regardless.

      sure, you’re right, but I don’t think we can afford playing Stat at the 5 more than 10 minutes or something like that against Chicago

    58. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: sure, you’re right, but I don’t think we can afford playing Stat at the 5 more than 10 minutes or something like that against Chicago

      Chicago can’t afford trying to play big against Melo at 4 and Amar’e at 5. They don’t have a chance of guarding it.

    59. JC Knickfan

      ephus: Not so sure that it is not a Woodson thing, given the years that they shared together in Atlanta.

      What the Knicks really need is a point guard who can run the pick and roll, hit spot up 3 pointers and help to balance the offensive load in the 4th quarter.It would be great if he were also a strong on-the-ball defender who can slash to the basket.If we really wanted to make this into a wish-list, he should be a fan favorite who can amp up the energy level at the Garden just by touching the ball.

      Bibby out rotations and not going get a lick time in playoffs. He get paid anyways if we cut him. Final decision is on GM and I just don’t understand what they are thinking.
      They should have just sign Mike James to finish regular season. Can’t use him for playoff, but he actually would gotten playing time.
      Didn’t stop the Bulls from signing him.

    60. Bruno Almeida

      ruruland: Chicago can’t afford trying to play big against Melo at 4 and Amar’e at 5. They don’t have a chance of guarding it.

      I think you’re underestimating the fact that we simply don’t have a PG right now to get the ball to Amare on good scoring positions… and also, we have no idea how Amare will come back, Baron has shown us that back injuries are really tough to recover 100% from

    61. johnlocke

      According to Hollinger, Chandler is Defensive Player of the Year.

      First team also includes: Avery Bradley, Iggy, Lebron and Garnett.

      Not sure I agree with Bradley…he is good, but don’t think someone who’s averaged 19 minutes a game, can be first team defense

    62. johnlocke

      Ha! Let’s point out that for both the Pacers game and Bulls game we lost, the proper quote that has us winning games was not posted as the first post…

      The proper quote is below.. exclamation after Fire Dolan, SHUMP SHUMP in all CAPS, for first posters for tonight. THANK YOU. MGMT.

      Fire Dolan!
      SHUMP SHUMP

      Frank O.:
      three hours and 20 minutes til game time…yet no game thread???
      lol

    63. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: I think you’re underestimating the fact that we simply don’t have a PG right now to get the ball to Amare on good scoring positions… and also, we have no idea how Amare will come back, Baron has shown us that back injuries are really tough to recover 100% from

      Well if we don’t have explosive Amar’e we’re screwed anyway. This team simply cannot generate enough offense.

    64. Bruno Almeida

      ruruland: Well if we don’t have explosive Amar’e we’re screwed anyway. This team simply cannot generate enough offense.

      that’s my point, I don’t think we’ll ever have explosive Amare back.

      if he does come back strong, then I agree with everything you said.

    65. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: that’s my point, I don’t think we’ll ever have explosive Amare back.

      if he does come back strong, then I agree with everything you said.

      ever or this year?

    66. d-mar

      Frank O.:
      three hours and 20 minutes til game time…yet no game thread???
      lol

      I may have to drink heavily to get through this game, Bradley Center has been a true house of horrors for the Knicks over the past few years

    67. Will the Thrill

      If we don’t win this game, it will be freakin’ panic city on here. And I will probably be part of it..

      I don’t know what can be done about the PG problem we have: Baron obviously sucks, TD is worse, and Shump obviously is not successful in that position. I guess Woody will just see how Baron is playing and go from there.

      I think the best case scenario for next year is that we acquire JR and hope that he finds his offense again. His three point shooting was very good before he came to the Knicks and although it probably won’t be as good as Novak’s, he brings much more to the table on both D and O. I have no idea why he doesn’t actually drive past people and resorts to the step back fadeaway. I have a hard time believing that he always didn’t do this also, because why would he start out of no where?

    68. 2FOR18

      ruruland: Well if we don’t have explosive Amar’e we’re screwed anyway. This team simply cannot generate enough offense.

      “We”? Really?

    69. 2FOR18

      d-mar: I may have to drink heavily to get through this game, Bradley Center has been a true house of horrors for the Knicks over the past few years

      How about a drink every time Clyde rhymes?

    70. TelegraphedPass

      @74 I know this goes against the grain as far as smart basketball, but for some reason JR shoots better when he puts the ball on the floor rather than spotting up. JR is shooting 36.4% in isolation situations as opposed to 33.3% when spotting up.

      This doesn’t explain why he doesn’t drive to the rack more often, but may explain why he likes the stepback jumper so much. I assume during a regular season (one where he isn’t experiencing career lows in shooting) we’d see a lot more makes on his stepback.

      I’m a bit shocked nobody has tried to start the _R Smith meme now that he’s seemingly gone cold.

    71. Bruno Almeida

      ruruland: ever or this year?

      this year for sure, but I’m really doubtful he’ll ever be explosive again.

      I still think he can be a very good basketball player if he learns to adjust, pick his spots and starts hitting jumpers again… but I really doubt he’ll be able to consistently be the amazing roll man and finisher he once was.

    72. gjknick

      As far as a lineup with Amare at the 5 and Melo at the 4, I would love to see it – next year. Returning from a back injury is not the time to put Amare against bigger bodies. Timing sucks – oh well. Also, agree that Amare’s effectiveness is going to be severely limited by our HORRIBLE point guard play. Kind of a recipe for disaster for Amare’s return this season. His game is about offense. His offense requires a decent point guard. His defense is limited (to be kind). So in short, Amare comes back, plays poor defense and can’t deliver the offense. Hate to rain on the parade, just what I see for this year. Much more hopeful for next season :)

    73. gjknick

      Seems like what we really need is for JR to get hot and be the second option on offense. Unfortunately, if he goes on a hot streak for the next few weeks, he’ll probobly opt out of his contract and get more money elsewhere. If he stays mostly cold, we probobly have a better chance he opts to stay with NY for another season.
      Best case scenario for the offseason – JR opts in, Novak takes the 2.5 million biannual exception, and JJ takes league min to stay where’s he is now appreciated. Odds??

    74. ruruland

      TelegraphedPass:
      @74 I know this goes against the grain as far as smart basketball, but for some reason JR shoots better when he puts the ball on the floor rather than spotting up. JR is shooting 36.4% in isolation situations as opposed to 33.3% when spotting up.

      This doesn’t explain why he doesn’t drive to the rack more often, but may explain why he likes the stepback jumper so much. I assume during a regular season (one where he isn’t experiencing career lows in shooting) we’d see a lot more makes on his stepback.

      I’m a bit shocked nobody has tried to start the _R Smith meme now that he’s seemingly gone cold.

      haha. Nice line. I don’t think those numbers hold up historically.

    75. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: this year for sure, but I’m really doubtful he’ll ever be explosive again.

      I still think he can be a very good basketball player if he learns to adjust, pick his spots and starts hitting jumpers again… but I really doubt he’ll be able to consistently be the amazing roll man and finisher he once was.

      What about the ten games prior to his back going out?

    76. ruruland

      TelegraphedPass:
      @74 I know this goes against the grain as far as smart basketball, but for some reason JR shoots better when he puts the ball on the floor rather than spotting up. JR is shooting 36.4% in isolation situations as opposed to 33.3% when spotting up.

      This doesn’t explain why he doesn’t drive to the rack more often, but may explain why he likes the stepback jumper so much. I assume during a regular season (one where he isn’t experiencing career lows in shooting) we’d see a lot more makes on his stepback.

      I’m a bit shocked nobody has tried to start the _R Smith meme now that he’s seemingly gone cold.

      JR typically is more drive oriented and less step-back two-oriented resulting in more layups, more free throws and more assists.

      he’s significantly down in 2pt fg percentage, foul percentage and assists.

      Also, he’s historically been devastating as a spot up shooter. A guy who’s efficiency goes down because he takes too many off-dribble tough 3s.

      None of it makes much sense.

    77. ruruland

      2FOR18: Come onnnnnnnnnn, mannnn

      For some of us it’s literal. Nah, haha, there’s always someone who complains about first-person plural with sports teams. I really don’t get it. You’re part of the experience. It’s a symbiotic relationship and in essence fans are shareholders.

    78. 2FOR18

      gjknick:
      Seems like what we really need is for JR to get hot and be the second option on offense. Unfortunately, if he goes on a hot streak for the next few weeks, he’ll probobly opt out of his contract and get more money elsewhere. If he stays mostly cold, we probobly have a better chance he opts to stay with NY for another season.
      Best case scenario for the offseason – JR opts in, Novak takes the 2.5 million biannual exception, and JJ takes league min to stay where’s he is now appreciated. Odds??

      I’m torn on JR. He oozes talent and he plays hard, but he’s a knucklehead, and I think his knuckleheadedness outweighs his occasional effectiveness.

    79. ruruland

      2FOR18: I’m torn on JR.He oozes talent and he plays hard, but he’s a knucklehead, and I think his knuckleheadedness outweighs his occasional effectiveness.

      Combine his effort now with his normal efficiency and he’s a really good player. SSS

    80. 2FOR18

      ruruland: For some of us it’s literal. Nah, haha, there’s always someone who complains about first-person plural with sports teams. I really don’t get it. You’re part of the experience. It’s a symbiotic relationship and in essence fans are shareholders.

      No it’s not that. I do it too because it’s easier to type “we” than “the Knicks”.
      But “we” should be reserved for true fans of the team. I don’t see how you can be a Knicks fan after a couple of months of following them, after being a lifelong Denver fan. I find it offensive that after suffering for decades with this team, some guy 2000 miles away can just decide he’s now a Knicks fan cause things are looking up.

    81. daJudge

      If JR continues to hustle, hound and rebound, he’s OK by me. I think his shot, which is obviously streaky, is bound to come around. I actually really dig his skills and believe that his mental maturity may be sightly behind the curve (25 years old’s are supposed to have developed maturity) and will grow. I would love to see him with this team for awhile. I also think that he and Shump scare the crap out of some players, which I love.

    82. Brian Cronin

      No it’s not that. I do it too because it’s easier to type “we” than “the Knicks”.
      But “we” should be reserved for true fans of the team. I don’t see how you can be a Knicks fan after a couple of months of following them, after being a lifelong Denver fan. I find it offensive that after suffering for decades with this team, some guy 2000 miles away can just decide he’s now a Knicks fan cause things are looking up.

      Oh come on, how does it matter at all? If a guy flipped on a game tonight and says, “Wow, those are cool jerseys, I like this team,” he can call himself a fan. How does that affect us? If you say you like a team, I think we should give anyone the benefit of the doubt.

    83. ruruland

      2FOR18: No it’s not that.I do it too because it’s easier to type “we” than “the Knicks”.
      But “we” should be reserved for true fans of the team.I don’t see how you can be a Knicks fan after a couple of months of following them, after being a lifelong Denver fan.I find it offensive that after suffering for decades with this team, some guy 2000 miles away can just decide he’s now a Knicks fan cause things are looking up.

      I hear you and feel that. I wouldn’t define it that way though. I don’t know what you want me to do. I’m being real. Always. That’s how I feel. I used to think that way in terms of loyalty. Then I found out I wasn’ a laundry-worshipper. I appreciate people — be it athletes, fellow fans(as collective groups), whomever. In the end, that’s what we are all rooting for. You root for a team you’re rooting for fellow fans in a way — people with whom you share some sort of identity or bond with. A city, sometimes, sometimes an even smaller more distinct group. Sometimes just an individual that you identify with.

      I don’t feel I have more street cred as a fan of the Knicks than anyone on this board, but that won’t stop me from voicing my opinion on what it means to be a fan of the Knicks or what it should mean. Maybe that’s ignorance on my part. I have no problem with you disagreeing, I just hope you take it on merit.

      I’d love nothing more than to see Knicks fans embrace Melo. I think it would be amazing because I know he’s all about it. he’s trying to earn that respect and trust. he knows it will take awhile. But to me, he CAN embody a lot of what I think is great about the franchise and city.

      I understand you getting defensive. I get very defensive about the history of fanhood for teams and players I;ve followed and been a fan of for years and years.

    84. ruruland

      daJudge:
      If JR continues to hustle, hound and rebound, he’s OK by me.I think his shot, which is obviously streaky, is bound to come around.I actually really dig his skills and believe that his mental maturity may be sightly behind the curve (25 years old’s are supposed to have developed maturity) and will grow.I would love to see him with this team for awhile.I also think that he and Shump scare the crap out of some players, which I love.

      Shump and JR the next few years will be a sight. JR is mentally scarred by George Karl.

    85. Bruno Almeida

      ruruland: What about the ten games prior to his back going out?

      he was better, but he wasn’t as explosive as he was in Phoenix.

      he can adapt his game, I’m sure, but this back injury is a really problematic one.

    86. ruruland

      Bruno Almeida: he was better, but he wasn’t as explosive as he was in Phoenix.

      he can adapt his game, I’m sure, but this back injury is a really problematic one.

      Oh right he’ll never be that freak o’ nature. Sure, but still very very explosive for a power forward. Just because a guy doesn’t have a 40 inch vertical anymore doesn’t mean he’s not explosive. Amar’e's straight-line quickness, quick leaping, body control, balance, the power he exrts on his strides and his upper body strength make him very explosive. He’s still got more quick-twitch muscle fiber than the vast majority of the league.

      There aren’t more than 2-3 power forwards in this league who can pull of the move where he glides on the baseline from one end of the rim, jumps, floats to the other end, and then contorts his body so that’s he’s square with the basket. That’s an Allen Iverson move.

      He’s very crafty around the basket and still a better finisher than most.

    87. jon abbey

      I hate the whole “real fan” thing, root for who you want, how you want.

      and “we’ is just shorthand as ruru said, it’s dumb for anyone to use it who’s not being paid by the Root of All Evil (JD), but plenty of us still do it anyway.

    88. theone811

      i just want to say ive been reading you guys for a few years now and some of the things you guys write have me pissing in my pants ! WE NEED A WIN TONIGHT !!!!!!!!!!! GO KNICKS

    89. yellowboy90

      About Amar’e at the 5 and Melo at the 4. We already saw it this year against the Pacers or Sixers when Woody left Chandler on the bench and had the other two close the 4th for about 6-7 minutes. With this offense having another post and mid range guy at the five would be crucial the way teams guard Melo with a 3. The double high post at the elbow is made for STAT against a 5 because there is no one to give help for the 5 if the 4 is guarding NY’s 3 on the wing. Chandler can beat a 5 sometimes but most 5s just sag and play him for the drive. With Amar’e shooting you can not do that. They have to play honest or go small and even without STAT you saw Chi go small and even zone but with Melo you have a perfect zone buster because he can dribble, drive, and shoot from 15.

      I still think that Chandler, Melo, and STAT can work great in this offense as long as Melo cuts more on the baseline which we seen before STAT got hurt but he just missed lay ups. Knicks will also need for both to be knocking down there open shots which was not happening early in the year. Regardless the line up of Melo and STAT at the 4 or 5 needs to be used. I just can see the 4 and 5 high post hand off screen between the two and the high PnRs with the big on STAT confused because he has to respect STATs shooting. Plus you have STAT with the ability to slip the screen for the open J.

      Sorry for the long post

    90. theone811

      I have a question what good is Novak doing us out on floor when h e is not hitting three ball ? He cant get his own shot or rebound and not a very good defender

    91. Brian Cronin

      I have a question what good is Novak doing us out on floor when h e is not hitting three ball ? He cant get his own shot or rebound and not a very good defender

      He gets a whole defender devoted to him every time he is on the court. That is valuable even if he isn’t shooting.

    92. Doug

      2FOR18: No it’s not that.I do it too because it’s easier to type “we” than “the Knicks”.
      But “we” should be reserved for true fans of the team.I don’t see how you can be a Knicks fan after a couple of months of following them, after being a lifelong Denver fan.I find it offensive that after suffering for decades with this team, some guy 2000 miles away can just decide he’s now a Knicks fan cause things are looking up.

      Your opinion is bad, and you should feel bad.

    93. theone811

      Brian Cronin: He gets a whole defender devoted to him every time he is on the court. That is valuable even if he isn’t shooting.

      I understand the spacing of the floor but i dont think its enough.If the guy has to be out there can we use him like bulls use Korver or can we run some plays for him to get him open since he cant do it on his own please !

    94. ephus

      TelegraphedPass: TelegraphedPass
      April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm
      @ephus that sounds like a competent NBA talent. I’m not sure how many more of those remain in the D-League

      OK, I was too subtle before. If you look on the Knicks’ bench, you will find exactly the PG that they are missing. Unfortunately, he is wearing a suit and recovering from knee surgery.

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