Sorry for the lack of updates, but Ms. KnickerBlogger & I are enjoying a New Year’s vacation. Last night I called the local bar & asked if they would have the Knicks/Kings game on the television. They said of course. I told them it wasn’t a local game. (I’m not in NY.) They said they’ll be able to find it on their satellite dish. So I headed down to the local bar at 9:30, grabbed some food, and asked Dave our waiter to put the game on. He said “I’m a Sixers and Knicks fan, so I’ll put the Philly game on now, and the Knicks game on at 10.”
10pm arrived and I sought out Dave. He searched through every channel & was unable to find the game. “What channel is the Knicks on?” Dave inquired. When I replied “MSG”, he responded “Nope, I don’t think we get that channel.” Dave continued through each channel, until he hit the dreaded AUX channel, signifying the end of the search.
I’d like to think Dave was so thorough because of his partial devotion to the Knicks (how someone maintains allegiance to both the Sixers & Knicks is beyond me), but it’s more likely that he was amusing an eager and overstimulated customer. So despite my best laid plans, I missed my second Knicks game of the season. Oh well, add this to life’s small disappointments.
As for tonight’s matchup with the Blazers, the two teams are equally matched. From my stat page:
Team WINS LOSS PCT EXP. W% PACE RANK OFF.EFF. RANK DEF.EFF RANK
Blazers 13 19 0.406 0.329 90.6 30 105.76 19 111.28 28
Knicks 13 21 0.382 0.364 86.8 15 106.28 17 110.59 27
The Blazers have similar win/loss percentage and expected win percentage to the Knicks. Both have mediocre offenses (Portland ranks 19th, while New York 17th), & terrible defenses (New York ranks 27th, one spot ahead of Portland). The only major difference from a team perspective is the speed in which both teams play. The Knicks are right in the middle of the league at 90.6 possessions/game, & the Trailblazers are dead last at 86.8. Should be an interesting matchup for East Coast narcoleptics.