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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 25 2012)

  • [New York Times] Leaders of N.B.A. Players Union in Power Struggle (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:20:09 GMT)
    A call for audit puts the players association’s president, Derek Fisher, and the union’s longtime executive director Billy Hunter at odds.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Knicks Give Grunwald a Promotion, and Woodson Gets a Boost (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:22:54 GMT)
    After an eventful season that will land the Knicks in the playoffs, the interim general manager, Glen Grunwald, was given the job on a permanent basis.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Metta World Peace Barred 7 Games for Elbow (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:22:40 GMT)
    Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the N.B.A. on Tuesday for elbowing James Harden, meaning he could miss six playoff games.

  • [New York Times] Boston’s Bench Beats Miami’s (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 03:22:51 GMT)
    Sasha Pavlovic scored 12 of his season-high 16 points in the fourth quarter, leading a group of Boston Celtics reserves in a 78-66 win over the visiting Miami Heat as both teams rested their top players.

  • [New York Times] Metta World Peace Suspended 7 Games for Elbow (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:34:20 GMT)
    Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the N.B.A. on Tuesday for elbowing James Harden, meaning he could miss at least six playoff games.

  • [New York Times] Column: Team Geezer a Group Worth Getting Behind (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:29:18 GMT)
    As this lockout-condensed NBA season winds down, with its rat-a-tat schedule and heightened sense of urgency, looks who’s sitting on top in the West.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Drop Suns 100-88, Secure Playoff Spot (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:39:37 GMT)
    Paul Millsap scored 26 points and Al Jefferson went on a personal 8-0 fourth-quarter run as the Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 100-88 Tuesday night to secure a Western Conference playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Beat Warriors 83-81 on Wright’s Goaltend (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:54:37 GMT)
    Golden State’s Chris Wright was called for goaltending on Marco Belinelli’s layup with 1.5 seconds remaining, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Warriors 83-81 Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pavlovic Rallies Celtics to 78-66 Win Over Heat (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:42:52 GMT)
    With much more to lose in potential injuries than gain with another victory, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat let their reserves decide the second-to-last game of the regular season.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Promote Bob Myers to General Manager (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:48:48 GMT)
    Bob Myers showed up for his first game as the new general manager of the Golden State Warriors wearing the same yellow tie with diagonal blue stripes that owner Joe Lacob also had knotted around his neck.

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores 32, Reserves Get Thunder Past Kings (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 03:39:50 GMT)
    Kevin Durant scored 32 points, reserve Daequan Cook had all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 118-110 on Tuesday night to win their first game since top bench player James Harden took an elbow to the head.

  • [New York Times] Johnson Leads Hawks to 109-102 Win Over Clippers (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:27:51 GMT)
    Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a wild 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, moving a step closer to wrapping up home-court in the first round of the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Lakers’ Metta World Peace Banned Seven Games for Elbow (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:33:53 GMT)
    Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended seven games for delivering an elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Tuesday.

  • [New York Post] Knicks name Grunwald permanent GM; coach’s return more likely (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 01:07:28 -0500)
    Glen Grunwald’s promotion to permanent executive VP/general manager has made Mike Woodson a heavy favorite to return as head coach next season â?? barring a major collapse in the playoffs.
    Tuesday, Knicks owner James Dolan removed the interim tag from Grunwald’s title days before the playoffs and just…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ postseason tone set in practice (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:12:46 -0500)
    After the Knicks’ 113-112 victory over the Hawks on Sunday, a tough victory over a playoff team, Iman Shumpert said, “I think this is how [the] playoffs are going to feel.â?
    And Tyson Chandler chipped in, “No, not even close.â?
    With only two games left in the regular season, Chandler…

  • [New York Post] Knicks GM Grunwald gets praise from Chandler, Houston (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:12:29 -0500)
    The Knicks have been anchored all season by the stout defense of center Tyson Chandler. But, if not for some creative maneuvering by Glen Grunwald in December, Chandler never would have been an option for the Knicks.
    Because of that, Chandler was quite happy to hear last night that Grunwald…

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Playoff picture: Chicago wraps up top spot (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:10 EDT)
    The Chicago Bulls clinched to top spot in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night when the Heat lost to the Celtics.
    That means that if the Knicks finish in the seventh, they get Miami in the first round.
    New York and Philadelphia are tied for seventh place in the East, but the Knicks hold the tiebreaker based on head-to-head records. With Philly likely to rest Andre Igoudala and Elton Brand, among others, in their final two games, it seems like the Knicks will have an easy time securing the seventh seed.

  • [New York Daily News] Time 100: Jeremy Lin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan among honorees (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:08:15 GMT)
    Dolan’s promotion from archbishop to cardinal got him a spot on the 2012 TIME 100, plus a seat at a table with fellow honorees Lin and Hillary Clinton.

  • [New York Daily News] Good news for Woody, Grunwald stays as GMALL  (Wed, 25 Apr 2012 01:50:06 GMT)
    Glen Grunwald got the title he deserves, but whether he now has the power to hire Mike Woodson as the full-time head coach remains to be seen.

  • 65 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 25 2012)

    1. d-mar

      Magic-Bobcats game starts at 7, Knicks-Clips at 8, do you think there’s any chance Woodson has someone monitoring the score and once it gets out of hand, pulls all his starters?

    2. Frank

      As much as I’d like all these guys to get rest (especially Melo/Chandler), I sort of feel like we need as much time on the floor with Melo/Chandler/Amare as possible. We can rest them all for the Bobcats game (assuming ORL beats CHA tonight).

    3. DS

      It’s tough because in order to beat the Clips, who are jockeying for a playoff seed, you prob. need a big game from Chandler. I guess Woodson has shown he cares more about resting starters than staying ahead of Philly.

    4. JC Knickfan

      d-mar:
      Magic-Bobcats game starts at 7, Knicks-Clips at 8, do you think there’s any chance Woodson has someone monitoring the score and once it gets out of hand, pulls all his starters?

      It will be probably middle of 3QT before Woodson can decide that. He better play for win until we get zero chances for 6th seed.

    5. Frank

      The more I think about it, I think it’s insane to give the job to anyone but Woodson unless we have a total flameout in the first round (ie. swept and none of the games are close).

      - He has a .727 winning percentage, which would be a 60 win team in a usual 82 game season.
      - We have a +6.38 margin of victory (4th in the league) in the last 25% of games (16) played, despite playing the 8th hardest schedule during that time.
      - we WON the 6 games prior the last 25%, so the numbers would only be better if we included those.
      - the players obviously love him and respond to his style
      - my feeling is that there is a 50% chance that JR picks up his player option if Woody is back, 0% if Phil comes. Maybe Ruruland can expand on this since I obviously don’t know JR at all, but my guess is that JR wouldn’t do well with Phil’s mind games.
      - the fans love him (I listed this last for a reason)

      I know Phil is the greatest blah blah blah but sometimes a bird in hand…

      I’m glad Grunwald was just promoted, and for once am glad for all the CAA connections. That gives Woodson a better chance.

    6. massive

      The Clippers just lost on the road to the Hawks with their best players all playing. We beat the Hawks without our best player, so I’m confident we could beat the Clippers, especially if CP3 gets parked on 21 Shump Street.

      However, I fear for Tyson Chandler or Amar’e Stoudemire. Whenever Blake Griffin is in the gym, the chances of one of our bigs getting dunked on shoots through the roof. Now that I think about it, I think Jorts is toast tonight.

    7. TelegraphedPass

      I actually thought the D-Will trade was smart for the Nets. They need to bring some real talent in, and Deron Williams is one of the best PGs in the league. They basically threw all their cards on the chance to unite Dwight Howard and Deron Williams, and it was working great until Dwight lost his mind and extended in Orlando.

      If they ended this season with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams, as they should have, none of this talk would be happening.

      I did think the Gerald Wallace trade was egregiously stupid though.

    8. iserp

      DS: I’d just like to point out that the Jazz are in the playoffs, in the West Conf. no less, in the middle of a rebuilding project while DWill is free to walk in a few days.

      They could very well amnesty Devin Harris and then sign back D-Will, just to add insult to the injury.

    9. DS

      My post was obviously driven by the fact that I, like a lot of people here, was furious when the Knicks gave up 4 rotations players in the game, only to watch the Nets land DWill and have the media rub our nose in it.

      The Nets took a risk that could have paid off handsomely but did not. They didn’t leave much of a safety net though.

    10. DS

      iserp: They could very well amnesty Devin Harris and then sign back D-Will, just to add insult to the injury.

      Jeez, they have they’re amnesty too? Not to mention they could package Milsap and Jefferson together and prob. land a superstar or lottery pick or two.

    11. ruruland

      Frank:

      - my feeling is that there is a 50% chance that JR picks up his player option if Woody is back, 0% if Phil comes. Maybe Ruruland can expand on this since I obviously don’t know JR at all, but my guess is that JR wouldn’t do well with Phil’s mind games.
      - the fans love him (I listed this last for a reason)

      I know Phil is the greatest blah blah blah but sometimes a bird in hand…

      I’m glad Grunwald was just promoted, and for once am glad for all the CAA connections.That gives Woodson a better chance.

      CAA was big in this, but I would be shocked if Woodson is not retained. You noticed how Melo and Amar’e changed from “no statement” to full support in the last week. I don’t think that just happens.

      I would be blown away if he isn’t hired.

      As for JR, who knows. He’s unpredictable and it’s not like he’s made a habit of doing the best thing for his career. That said, I know he loves everything about being here. And it’s not as though money has always been the deciding factor in his life. A lot of factors there, but who knows.

    12. massive

      Apparently all three of Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Dwight Howard won’t be playing tonight. Hopefully, there’s still some pride down in North Carolina and they don’t end their season without getting a win.

    13. Garson

      massive:
      Apparently all three of Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Dwight Howard won’t be playing tonight. Hopefully, there’s still some pride down in North Carolina and they don’t end their season without getting a win.

      I read that Nelson is playing and Turk is a GTD…. Not looking good for us!

    14. ruruland

      massive:
      Apparently all three of Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Dwight Howard won’t be playing tonight. Hopefully, there’s still some pride down in North Carolina and they don’t end their season without getting a win.

      Charlotte beat them by 16 with all of those guys in the lineup.

      Charlotte has the worst record locked up obviously, they really should be playing to avoid the worst winning percentage in NBA history.

      PEr AP: “If Charlotte (7-57) loses its final two games, they will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. They play at Orlando on Wednesday before closing the regular season at home Thursday night against New York.

      “We don’t want to be the worst team in NBA history. We know that in the back of our minds going into these next two games,” Augustin said.

      In the first part of the season, the Bobcats had a better record than Washington. On Jan. 14, the Bobcats were 3-10 while the Wizards were 1-11.

      In the last week, Washington has improved markedly beating Chicago, Milwaukee and Miami before they completed the sweep against Charlotte.

      The Bobcats haven’t won since March 17.

      “It’s been very, very hard for me because I’ve never been through this before,” Charlotte coach Paul Silas said before the game.

      “The losing part kind of eats you up. I can’t sleep at night, wondering what we can do to change this thing around. I have to understand who we have, a lot of young people,” he said.

    15. Cousyfan

      Latest news on Jeremy Lin.
      He is doing light practice, catching balls, and making shots!!!!
      Cheers

    16. johnlocke

      While I hope JR comes back…I think there’s a miniscule % chance he comes back…some team will offer him much more than we can afford. I just hope we can get Novak back. Would really hurt to lose two of our best / (only?) reliable 3 pt shooters

      Frank:

      My feeling is that there is a 50% chance that JR picks up his player option if Woody is back, 0% if Phil comes.

    17. New Guy

      Am I the only one who sees the Bobcats winning tonight to give us a chance….and then beating us tomorrow to ensure we blow it?

      I’m just curious to see how many people are as beat down as me from the last 30 years.

    18. Z

      I can’t keep all this straight, my head is starting to hurt… Don’t we want the Memphis game v Orlando to count, but doesn’t that require we lose to LAC tonight, but doesn’t that make the Memphis v Orlando game not count for us anymore?? To confusing… Let’s just play the Heat and get it over with.

    19. TelegraphedPass

      New Guy: Am I the only one who sees the Bobcats winning tonight to give us a chance….and then beating us tomorrow to ensure we blow it? I’m just curious to see how many people are as beat down as me from the last 30 years.

      Thank God they let the Amar’e-killer run away to San Antonio. We stand a chance.

    20. JC Knickfan

      It’s not rocket science. Orlando needs to lose both it’s game (Bobcats and Memphis) and Knicks need to win both it’s games (LAC, Bobcats) for us to get 6th seed.
      If you go by there record, there’s about 10% change Bobcats win tonight.

    21. d-mar

      I’m sorry, as much as I want it to happen, there’s no way the Cats are winning tonight. If they had shown a shred of competitiveness the last few weeks, I’d be more optimistic, but to be blown out at home by the Kings in front of both of their fans just shows they’ve completely checked out.

    22. ruruland

      Z:
      I can’t keep all this straight, my head is starting to hurt… Don’t we want the Memphis game v Orlando to count, but doesn’t that require we lose to LAC tonight, but doesn’t that make the Memphis v Orlando game not count for us anymore?? To confusing… Let’s just play the Heat and get it over with.

      You have it backwards. Memphis game will only be meaningful if we beat LAC.

    23. TelegraphedPass

      JC Knickfan: It’s not rocket science. Orlando needs to lose both it’s game (Bobcats and Memphis) and Knicks need to win both it’s games (LAC, Bobcats) for us to get 6th seed.If you go by there record, there’s about 10% change Bobcats win tonight.

      You don’t go by their record. That makes absolutely no sense. It’s not like NY has above a 50% chance to win against the Heat in the playoffs.

    24. JC Knickfan

      http://www.hoopsrumors.com/
      “Gery Woelfel is hearing that the Knicks will make a “major push” to hire Phil Jackson as their new coach if the team doesn’t make it through the first round of the playoffs. However, a New York Post report suggests that interim coach Mike Woodson has become the odds-on favorite to earn the permanent position after the Knicks named Glen Grunwald their permanent GM.”

      Based on personal seem we should stick Woodson even if we get sweep in playoffs. I think Woodson want to stick with some MDA PNR offensive while working in a heavy dose of Melo iso. TC/Amare and Lin are already very good at PNR so why go away from strength. If Woodson can work on Amare’s defensive flaws we should Top 3 east team for next 3 years. You can only be happy with what he done with the team so far.

      We don’t have good passing big men for Triangle offense. If Phil comes and I think only to steal Dolan money unless goes in different direction on offense.

    25. soultrane

      DS:
      THEIR amnesty pick… hey, so, anyone: am I correct that if the Nets win tonight and the Warriors lose they will be tied for 7th/8th place and will have a coin toss to determine who is in place for the 8th pick?

      If it’s the Warriors – the Jazz keep the pick adding EVEN MORE salt to the wound.If it’s #7 the Nets keep the pick.
      http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/future_drafts/detailed

      You’re reading that wrong. The pick you’re talking about is from Golden State via New Jersey. We (I’m a Nets fan) received Golden State’s first round pick this year in a trade a few years back for Marcus Williams (can you believe the warriors gave us a 1st rounder for him???). Anyways, that pick is top 7 protected, so if its in the top 7 then GS keeps it, not Brooklyn. The Nets original first round pick this year was traded to Portland for Gerald Wallace, and that pick is top 3 protected.

    26. PC

      Just posting it so everyone knows what is being tossed around.

      If Woodson can get superstars to play D – he’s my kinda coach. I like him.

    27. Frank O.

      PC:
      CBS report on P-jax

      http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/18827065/knicks-to-throw-big-offer-at-phil-jackson

      There is no way in hell someone from the Knicks org would leak such a thing with Woodson trying to get them through the season and deep into the playoffs. You don’t want him to feel screwed right now.
      I could see Phil Jackson leaking something like this to mess with Woodson.
      This smells.
      Of course, in some sick way this could be a way for the Knicks to put even more pressure on Woodson to do well, as if there isn’t already enough.
      Either way, it stinks.

    28. Frank O.

      Still think the chances are remote that the Knicks win both and Orlando drops both, but still hopeful.

    29. d-mar

      I don’t know why I let this get to me, but I was just in the car listening to blowhards LaGreca and Kay on 1050, and had to shut the radio off. One fan called up and said bring on the Heat, and they subsequently turned it into a rant of “I don’t get why Knicks fans would rather play Miami than Indiana. I think they’re scared that if they play Indiana and lose, it would be too much to bear” Yes, most Knicks fans would much rather play the Heat for that exact reason, they really nailed it.

      What a couple of douches.

    30. JC Knickfan

      In 7 hours we know if Orlando lost or not. 8 hours if Knicks beat LAC. Tonight the big games for both team determine seeding.

    31. johnlocke

      Yes, chances are doubtful the Bobcats win anything but the 1st pick in the lottery

      Frank O.:
      Still think the chances are remote that the Knicks win both and Orlando drops both, but still hopeful.

    32. Z

      Frank O.: There is no way in hell someone from the Knicks org would leak such a thing with Woodson trying to get them through the season and deep into the playoffs. You don’t want him to feel screwed right now.
      I could see Phil Jackson leaking something like this to mess with Woodson.
      This smells.
      Of course, in some sick way this could be a way for the Knicks to put even more pressure on Woodson to do well, as if there isn’t already enough.
      Either way, it stinks.

      Haven’t we been through this before??

      http://articles.nydailynews.com/1999-05-28/sports/18101877_1_van-gundy-and-grunfeld-dave-checketts-cablevision

      For so much that has changed in the past 13 years, I guess nothing really changes.

    33. Caleb

      Not sure if this is a lose-lose situation or a win-win…

      We’ve talked about what it would take to reach #6 (2 wins and 2 Orlando losses)… but if the Knicks lose to the Clips, we’re a step closer to the #8 seed, and playing the Bulls rather than the Heat. A better matchup, I think.

      But the 8-seed is unlikely, because we own the tiebreaker with Philly, right? We would have to lose both while they win at least one, or else go 1-1 while they sweep their last two, right?

      My head hurts, too.

    34. JC Knickfan

      Winning is best thing for the psyche of player. LAC need win this game so I think we should treat this like a playoff game. Knicks should protect their home court.
      Rest people in tomorrow game if 6th seed is out reach. Plus we didn’t play Monday or Tuesday.

    35. BigBlueAL

      Caleb:
      Not sure if this is a lose-lose situation or a win-win…

      We’ve talked about what it would take to reach #6 (2 wins and 2 Orlando losses)… but if the Knicks lose to the Clips, we’re a step closer to the #8 seed, and playing the Bulls rather than the Heat. A better matchup, I think.

      But the 8-seed is unlikely, because we own the tiebreaker with Philly, right? We would have to lose both while they win at least one, or else go 1-1 while they sweep their last two, right?

      My head hurts, too.

      Yeah Philly has to win 1 game if Knicks lose both and judging by the fact they have already said they are resting a few players for both games its safe to say they probably arent winning either game.

    36. johnlocke

      I think they’ll lose to the Bucks but beat Detroit. If we lose to the Clippers, our problem may be finding a way to actually lose to the Bobcats. Like seriously, we’d have to start Jerome Jordan at point.

      BigBlueAL: Yeah Philly has to win 1 game if Knicks lose both and judging by the fact they have already said they are resting a few players for both games its safe to say they probably arent winning either game.

    37. New Guy

      Caleb:
      Not sure if this is a lose-lose situation or a win-win…

      We’ve talked about what it would take to reach #6 (2 wins and 2 Orlando losses)… but if the Knicks lose to the Clips, we’re a step closer to the #8 seed, and playing the Bulls rather than the Heat. A better matchup, I think.

      But the 8-seed is unlikely, because we own the tiebreaker with Philly, right? We would have to lose both while they win at least one, or else go 1-1 while they sweep their last two, right?

      My head hurts, too.

      Yeah, I don’t even know if I should want us to win or lose. So I’m just going to watch a couple of hockey game 7′s tonight and tomorrow and see how this whole thing shakes out.

      Aside: Assuming the Rangers don’t blow it, we could have our first simultaneous Knicks/Rangers playoff week at the Garden since 1997, back when it was a rite of Spring. I caught “Spring of 94″ on MSG last night and couldn’t help bathing in the nostalgia. It was fun telling my girlfriend (who lived in Texas at the time) that in the 90′s, NYC was all Knicks, all the time. The Rangers ran a close second. The Giants labored, the Jets embarrassed. And the Yankees played in front of 23,000 people because no one wanted to go to the Bronx.

      Someone play me some Souls of Mischief.

    38. johnlocke

      ESPN insider article has Novak as a potential surprise hero if we play Miami in Round 1 —> Excerpt:

      “The sample is very small — just 10 minutes — but the configuration of Anthony, Novak, Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler gave the Knicks a pair of floor spacers to get the Miami defense scrambling. It also presumably gave Anthony space to work, and the Knicks posted a .597 true shooting percentage with that lineup”

      1. Would Woodson have the cojones to not finish the game with Amare in the line up?
      2. Thoughts on whether this lineup could be effective over long stretches? I mean Novak would have to guard either Bosh (disaster) or the center/Haslem (possible?)

    39. BigBlueAL

      Chris Paul might not play tonight, apparently strained his groin or hamstring last night.

    40. max fisher-cohen

      @johnlocke Yeah, the one benefit of playing Miami is that they’re small, so I see our best chance of winning as playing small lineups with Amar’e at center a lot and Carmelo mostly at power forward. THe big question is does Woodson have the chutzpah to limit Amar’e's time at power forward. Say you want to minimize the time with Amare, Chandler and Melo on the floor together. Here’s maybe how minutes could be distributed v. Miami.

      C: Chandler 35 mins, Amar’e 13 mins

      PF: Amar’e 17 mins, Melo 31 mins

      SF: Melo 8 mins, Novak 20 mins, Fields: 20 mins

      SG: Shumpert 10 mins, Smith 33 mins, Fields: 5 mins

      PG: Davis: 22 mins, Shumpert 26 mins

    41. johnlocke

      I like the line up minute allocation. I think we have to minimize both Davis and Melo being out of the game at the same time. That’s when our offense usually craters…where Smith (if he’s not hot) is chucking up ill advised shots. Therefore what will be really key are the rotations. It will be interesting to see what kinds of rotations Woodson settles on. Perhaps we can see if Smith can prove effective in PnR play with Amare tonight, they had a couple nice plays against ATL.

      max fisher-cohen:
      @johnlocke Yeah, the one benefit of playing Miami is that they’re small, so I see our best chance of winning as playing small lineups with Amar’e at center a lot and Carmelo mostly at power forward. THe big question is does Woodson have the chutzpah to limit Amar’e’s time at power forward. Say you want to minimize the time with Amare, Chandler and Melo on the floor together. Here’s maybe how minutes could be distributed v. Miami.

      C: Chandler 35 mins, Amar’e 13 mins

      PF: Amar’e 17 mins, Melo 31 mins

      SF: Melo 8 mins, Novak 20 mins, Fields: 20 mins

      SG: Shumpert 10 mins, Smith 33 mins, Fields: 5 mins

      PG: Davis: 22 mins, Shumpert 26 mins

    42. New Guy

      nicos:
      Shumpert’s #4 in Pruiti’s final rookie rankings: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7854279/ricky-rubio-kyrie-irving-final-nba-rookie-rankings-2012-season

      From the article:

      “According to Synergy Sports, opposing players have tried to isolate against him 111 times and they have scored just 77 points. Even more impressive is the fact that Shumpert forces turnovers 24.3 percent of the time when he defends isolation possessions.”

      This is just my eyes, but I’d wager a fair amount of those 111 isolation attempts are against the likes of Pierce, Wade, Rose, and other players of that ilk, making it more impressive.

    43. New Guy

      Also from same article:

      “For some reason, however, the Knicks love using Shumpert as a ball handler in pick-and-roll situations. So far this season, he’s played that role 156 times, which makes up 23.1 percent of his total possessions. Of those 156 pick-and-roll plays, Shumpert has scored just 85 points, and his PPP of 0.545 places him in the bottom 12 percent of all NBA players.”

      Can anyone isolate these possessions? I would hope they trailed off as the season wore on. My impression is that maybe half of these would have been in the season’s first two months and that they were called less under Woodson.

    44. formido

      “The Knicks are at their best on offense in the fourth quarter, scoring 105.2 points per 100 possessions; the fourth best mark in the NBA and a mark which would be fifth best in the NBA over the course of the season. With Jeremy Lin on the court in fourth quarters, they scored 115.6 points per 100, but without him they’ve scored just 99.6. Still, the Knicks have outscored opponents by 8.0 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter this season.”

      http://www.hardwoodparoxysm.com/2012/04/23/how-eastern-conference-playoff-teams-perform-across-quarters/

    45. johnlocke

      That chart with the third quarter drop off is really stunning. We’re significantly worse on both offense and defense in that quarter. What could logically explain this? It’s not being tired…b/c that would be relevant in the 4th quarter right? Are the 3rd quarter rotations any different? The inconsistency in that quarter is really strange and tough to explain

      formido:
      “The Knicks are at their best on offense in the fourth quarter, scoring 105.2 points per 100 possessions; the fourth best mark in the NBA and a mark which would be fifth best in the NBA over the course of the season. With Jeremy Lin on the court in fourth quarters, they scored 115.6 points per 100, but without him they’ve scored just 99.6. Still, the Knicks have outscored opponents by 8.0 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter this season.”

      http://www.hardwoodparoxysm.com/2012/04/23/how-eastern-conference-playoff-teams-perform-across-quarters/

    46. johnlocke

      Btw over 3 games, we’ve won 2 quarters against the Heat and in one of those the margin was only 1 point

    47. d-mar

      Z-man:
      Unbelievable, how can anyone not be able to beat the freakin’ Tragic?

      Hey they’re only down 12 in the first quarter, watch out when they bring in their bench players

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