Man, this is a really long homestand. I like homestands, but when they’re this long this early, it just makes you think, “Crap, they’re going to have some crazy stretches later in the year, aren’t they?” Anyhow, the Knicks host the Charlotte Hornets in a big matchup in terms of figuring out how good this particular Knicks team is, or perhaps, most importantly, just how good is Frank Ntilikina on defense? We know he’s good and even if he does poorly tonight, he’ll likely continue to be good, but if he dominates Kemba Walker tonight? Then holy crap, that would …continue reading
This year the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis has been greeted by his adoring fans with chants of “MVP!” It’s not entirely without merit as Porzingis is second in the league’s most important MVP category — points per game. Realistically there’s little chance he’ll be among the top 5 this year, as LeBron James, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Russell Westbrook will likely surpass the Latvian in votes. With 5 wins and 4 losses, the Knicks are out-performing all but the most optimistic expectations thus far. The common reason to explain the team’s improvement is the Unicorn’s scoring increase. Porzingis …continue reading
[SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Monday, November 06, 2017 3:46:15 PM) The 22-year-old scored a career-high 40 points while swatting six shots in the Knicks’ comeback win over the Pacers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina shows glimpse to future in clutch performance against Pacers (Monday, November 06, 2017 10:30:50 AM) Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina saw his first clutch performance with the team, and he delivered in the 108-101 win over the Pacers. [SNY Knicks] Porzingis comfortable being ‘that guy’ in career night against Pacers (Monday, November 06, 2017 9:50:35 …continue reading
[NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony ejected from Thunder’s loss to Trail Blazers (Monday, November 06, 2017 1:53:37 AM) System.Xml.XmlElement [NY Newsday] What will the Knicks do when Joakim Noah comes off suspended list? (Monday, November 06, 2017 12:29:20 AM) The way the Knicks have played recently, it’s hard to question Jeff Hornacek’s rotations, although fans probably wish he would play second-year center Willy Hernangomez more. [NY Newsday] Frank Ntilikina’s late three-pointers thrill Madison Square Garden (Monday, November 06, 2017 12:25:22 AM) Frank Ntilikina didn’t hesitate even though he missed his previous shot. [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis’ 40 points spark Knicks’ comeback …continue reading
Porzingis with 40 points and 6 blocks. Frank Ntilikina playing the fourth quarter, hitting two treys, and poking the ball away from the Pacers at will. WOW! If this is a glimpse at the future, I need a DeLorean. On second thought, I’m fine with the journey at normal speed.
Tonight is a very nice test for the Knicks. The Suns were a surprising 4-4 when the Knicks beat them, but they were getting it done with smoke and mirrors, as they had the third-worst SRS in the NBA. The Knicks are currently about middle of the road in SRS (they still have a negative SRS, but they’ve obviously been improving as of late). The Pacers, though, have a positive SRS, so this will be a real test to measure the Knicks’ improvement. The two players that the Pacers got for Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, have been …continue reading
[NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I believe’ I can be the NBA’s best (Saturday, November 04, 2017 12:07:12 PM) Less than a week after Enes Kanter lobbied for Kristaps Porzingis to be in the MVP conversation, ex-Knicks center Tyson Chandler said Friday he believes the 7-foot-3 Latvian has a chance to be the game’s best player. The compliments are pouring in for Porzingis after he’s weaved the best scoring start to a season in… [NYPost] Enes Kanter on Porzingis, problems in Turkey and dinner with Trump (Saturday, November 04, 2017 11:19:41 AM) Knicks center Enes Kanter, acquired from the Thunder in the …continue reading