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Friday, November 28, 2014

Quick Reaction: Suns 91, Knicks 88

Phoenix Suns 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony, SF 38 MIN | 5-22 FG | 1-4 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -2

Whether hobbled by ailing joints, a sub-par Wing Wednesday at B-Dubs, or shell shock after being yelled at by LaLa for not fixing the faucet, Melo was all but out to pasture in this one. He did manage to grab ten boards, dish some nice dimes, and do a serviceable job on the defensive end. As for shooting, well, he once again did this quite poorly. He also missed a bunch of free throws — or, as I now like to call them, “really expensive throws.” Any of y’all have some leftover banana peels I can smoke?

Amare Stoudemire, PF 38 MIN | 7-22 FG | 9-10 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +2

Stat had some nice flashes, but at this point it’s impossible not to notice that the mostly controlled grace that defined Amar’e’s game early last season has gradually and alarmingly morphed into chaotic and ill-timed drives, flagrantly irresponsible ball-handling, and just a general crappy attitude. After watching Melo play arcade basketball for the last three games, you could tell Stat was in full-on “my turn” mode in this one.

Tyson Chandler, C 38 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 17 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -2

I should probably just have a Chandler template for these recaps. That way I’d only have to add exclamation points depending on how badly he beasted the boards. Also, new rule: Any game where Chandler doesn’t have at least five lobs thrown in his general direction, he gets to shave one of Bill Walker’s dreads. !!!!!!!!!!

Landry Fields, G 36 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-9 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -4

If Shumpert had his best outting in weeks, Landry Fields had his best since maybe the Modell’s commercial. Despite a forgettable first half and early start to the second – a spell which included him picking up his 134th charge of the season – Landry came alive late in the third, hitting a variety of shots, moving confidently both with and without the ball, and generally not puking all over the place. The next order of business will now be to ask my dog very politely if I can have my Landry tee-shirt back.

Iman Shumpert, G 40 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -2

This was a big test for Shump — playing not only one of the best court marshals in NBA history, but against a dude who was experiencing his own rookie trevails when our little Iman was still eating Flintstones vitamins. Nash did his Nash thing, but Shump kept time with his strongest performance in many moons, playing tenacious, Miyagi-hands defense (he’ll soon be eligible for inclusion on the league steals leaders list, where he may very well be tops), and hitting four straight bombs – including a pair of threes – down the stretch to keep the Knicks within striking distance. He also cast the wrong spell from the Egyptian Book of the Dead while guarding Shannon Brown on that corner three. Rookie mistake.

Mike Bibby, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Congratulations to J.R. O’Grady (@LoHudKnicks), winner of our Fan Recap Caption contest: “THAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL SINGLE ASSIST EVER MADE!”

Jared Jeffries, PF 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Ladies and gentlemen, your early frontrunner for Best Defense-to-Offense Sequence of the Year Award, courtesy of Jared Gottfried Jeffries (go ahead, Wikipedia that shit — I dare you). After taking a charge on a Marcin Gortat (Russian for “Elephant Tapir Gortat”), Jeffries capped off perhaps the best 30 seconds of his career on the opposite end with a ridiculous, standing up-and-under that banked in with enough english to kill a Catholic. At this point, Jeffries is one of the few players – if not the only player – who doesn’t give me the urge to eat glass at least three times during games. He’s doing his job, and for that he should be commended.

Toney Douglas, PG 17 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +1

When your first two shots careen off the backboard with enough force to alter European storm systems, it’s probably not gonna be your night. And it wasn’t. The times he did play, TD mostly just ran around and occasionally shot off one foot. He did play some descent defense on Nash early in the fourth quarter, however. So there’s that.

Josh Harrellson, F 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

How Harrellson didn’t get more burn in this one is beyond me. Sure, Phoenix’s lineup is smaller and sprier than most, but Jorts has shown time and again the ability to move his feet and stay in front of his man. He and the D’Antoni brothers must’ve gotten into a really heated barbecue debate.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Mere minutes into the game, I’d seen Stat on Nash (twice), Shumpert on Markief Morris (twice), and Carmelo Anthony on Gortat (twice). Mike Woodson’s supposed imparting of his “switch always, every time – I don’t care if it’s failed the last 20 trips down the court” ethos has been the subject of much doubt and derision lo these last few weeks. And it inched closer to point’s tipping tonight, against a player in Steve Nash who has the ability to turn most NBA big men dumb enough to switch on to him into two-legged, helpless yoyos.
  2. Speaking of which: If, when I’m 37, I’m as good at anything – walking, breathing, yelling at my kids, balding – as Steve Nash is at playing basketball, send me a clever mug or something. This game went a long way in proving why basing your diet on things not found on a dollar menu can pay some very dividends; Nash did not look like he’d played a game half way across the country the night before — a game, by the way, where he was equally as vintage, albeit in a loss. If only…
  3. While not quite as demoralizing in terms of sheer volume, once again the Knicks allowed their foes to light it up from behind the arc (7-12, or 58%) — a few of which had even D’Antoni shooting flames out of his eyeballs on the sideline. And if you think for a second that Shannon Brown’s pixie-dusted heave from the right corner in the game’s waning moments wasn’t indicative of some kind of cosmic retribution for game after game of perimeter indifference, well, you probably haven’t done as many drugs as I have.
  4. SO…MANY….BRICKS…. Seriously, can we get Gene Hackman in the Garden to measure these rims? By the middle of the third quarter, I could literally see blood coming from the heels.
  5. You’ll love this one. The Knicks finished +16 on the boards tonight. And no, I did not accidentally carry the 40. Unfortunately, enormous disparities like this are about as meaningful as boners in the grave when you give up not one, but two offensive rebounds whilst down only three with just under two minutes remaining.

91 comments on “Quick Reaction: Suns 91, Knicks 88

  1. mura2337

    Another nice quick reaction article. Funny too. Needed a laugh after that game. Needed to maintain my good humor throughout the 5 things part. I don’t have insurance. Sometimes it sucks to be a fan who was born 6 years too late to watch us win a chip, then suffer through the Jordan years.

  2. BigBlueAL

    If Knicks lost next 2 games (which is possible if not likely) to go 0-4 on this homestand and 6-10 overall does D’Antoni keep his job?? Rightfully or not??

  3. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    One added mention look at the the bench points and the minutes for the starters. i say fire mda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    I’m disgusted with the coaches. Even regular people like ourselves see what is wrong with the Knicks and the Coach cant see didly. Is he watching the same game as us smh. Ive always been a big Knicks fan but this is disgraceful the knicks in 2008 were better, at least they had heart and where fun to watch. This team is playing tired and all i hear is excuses. I dont hear Amare Saying wake up. I dont Hear melo Saying we need to practice by ourselves That way our shots go down. No i hear we cant hit the ocean. Come on no heart just collecting paychecks smh

  5. nicos

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta):
    Here’s the new KB logo: http://twitpic.com/88zqyr

    That’s great! What was so annoying is that if there are two guys on the Knicks who could actually defend a Nash PnR it’s Shumpert and Chandler, yet time and again, instead of Chandler hedging and letting Shumpert get back to Nash, they just surrendered the switch. Are you telling me you don’t think Chandler is capable of hedging and recovering against Gortat? After watching Shumpert repeatedly strip every big who took him into the paint I’m fine with him switching on anybody, I’m not fine with Chandler standing out on the perimeter trying to guard point guards.

  6. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    im sorry, but to be honest i still dont think its the team. its the team concept. we have the key players, we have key bench players. and that only leaves one solution; we need to fire mda and give the reigns to coach woodson. trust me when i tell you this team will win. two main reasons, the team is better defensively this year because of him, second he knows how to get the most out of all his players. mda doesnt know how to use a bench. he always had a 9 man rotation. they need to rest the starters. mda is not a chess player. he is still playing flying kings, coach woodson at least knows the fundamentals of chess and thats all thats needed to win in a short seaon with this team ask the clippers

  7. Jake S.

    LMNYKFAN4LIFE:
    I’m disgusted with the coaches. Even regular people like ourselves see what is wrong with the Knicks and the Coach cant see didly. Is he watching the same game as us smh. Ive always been a big Knicks fan but this is disgraceful the knicks in 2008 were better, at least they had heart and where fun to watch. This team is playing tired and all i hear is excuses. I dont hear Amare Saying wake up. I dont Hear melo Saying we need to practice by ourselves That way our shots go down. No i hear we cant hit the ocean. Come on no heart just collecting paychecks smh

    I’m sorry, the Knicks in 2008 had heart?

  8. BigBlueAL

    Heart isnt a problem for this team, unfortunately talent is. It sucks to come to that realization but thats the truth.

  9. Jake S.

    BigBlueAL:
    Heart isnt a problem for this team, unfortunately talent is.It sucks to come to that realization but thats the truth.

    Correctomundo! Anything more about the Knicks possibly signing J.R. Smith and his many arm doodles?

  10. Ben R

    Great write up Jim.

    While that loss was demoralizing. I thought it was some of the best ball movement we’ve had in weeks. Amare was out of control and Melo had a couple of frustration drives but I think this game is somewhat promising. If we had made our free throws or if Melo was on at all we would have won. Overall I think everyone short of Amare played smart. Melo was off but this was probably the least I’ve seen him ball stop this season.

    Fields has been working towards this game for a while, I like that he is getting more aggressive with his drives. There were some growing pains early this season with turnovers but I like that he is attacking the paint more. Once he gets his outside shot back he should be even better than last year. Iman also is playing more in control, he missed a couple passes but overall he played well tonight.

  11. BigBlueAL

    Watching D’Antoni’s post-game press conferences always puts it in perspective. Wish he was a commenter here lol

  12. Jake S.

    Ben R:
    Great write up Jim.

    While that loss was demoralizing. I thought it was some of the best ball movement we’ve had in weeks. Amare was out of control and Melo had a couple of frustration drives but I think this game is somewhat promising. If we had made our free throws or if Melo was on at all we would have won. Overall I think everyone short of Amare played smart. Melo was off but this was probably the least I’ve seen him ball stop this season.

    Fields has been working towards this game for a while, I like that he is getting more aggressive with his drives. There were some growing pains early this season with turnovers but I like that he is attacking the paint more. Once he gets his outside shot back he should be even better than last year. Iman also is playing more in control, he missed a couple passes but overall he played well tonight.

    I believe you’re suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, Ben R.

  13. mura2337

    We are not a good team right now. I think that’s pretty much obvious to everybody, right? Good. I think we’re all waiting till Baron Davis is healthy, not because we should expect great things from him but because he plays the position that’s the most important for our o to work and a bad Davis is better than what we’ve got. Plus it allows Shumpert to move to the 2. As far as calling for Mike D to get canned, fine, but let’s give him a month with Davis at the helm. I’m no fan of Mike D, mocked him on this post and got called out on it, and rightfully deserved that. But being reactionary is one of the reasons we’re in this mess. Besides, do we really want to pay another coach not to do his job? We really need a plan going into the future, because we’re not a championship contender. We’re not under the cap. We’re not loaded with young talent. Hell, we don’t even have a pick in this draft.

  14. ROUGH

    LMNYKFAN4LIFE:
    im sorry, but to be honest i still dont think its the team. its the team concept. we have the key players, we have key bench players. and that only leaves one solution; we need to fire mda and give the reigns to coach woodson. trust me when i tell you this team will win. two main reasons, the team is better defensively this year because of him, second he knows how to get the most out of all his players. mda doesnt know how to use a bench. he always had a 9 man rotation. they need to rest the starters. mda is not a chess player. he is still playing flying kings, coach woodson at least knows the fundamentals of chess and thats all thats needed to win in a short seaon with this team ask the clippers

    Are you kidding? The problem is that there is NO BENCH! The Knicks got three good players, but all three are sooooooo much overpaid that the rest of the roster is filled up with a bunch of squirrels that run up and down the floor without knowing why. THAT is the problem, not that MD does not know how to use the bench. There IS NO BENCH!

    And now the Knicks depend on a guy who has not played for half a year, who is four-five years beyond his prime, and so on. So this team MAY have a chance IF Baron Davis comes back ok, IF he gets it going with primadonna Stat, IF he gets it going with primadonna Melo, if this, if that, and so on. Things don’t look good folks.

  15. Ben R

    Which are the three good players?

    Melo, Chandler and Shumpert
    Melo, Chandler and Fields
    Melo, Chandler and Jeffries

    I’m confused

  16. JoMo

    I was at the game, and I can assure you of two things: I was drunk, and there was a collective hatred for D’Antoni and Woodaon in section 114. I’m so sorry that this wasn’t insightful.

  17. ROUGH

    Ben R:
    Which are the three good players?

    Melo, Chandler and Shumpert
    Melo, Chandler and Fields
    Melo, Chandler and Jeffries

    I’m confused

    I’m confused, too. Because IN THEORY, these should be the three that are sooooooo much overpaid.

  18. Jake S.

    JoMo:
    I was at the game, and I can assure you of two things: I was drunk, and there was a collective hatred for D’Antoni and Woodaon in section 114. I’m so sorry that this wasn’t insightful.

    No, I think this sums things up quite nicely actually.

  19. Z

    Hahaha.

    Those really are “really expensive throws”, when your $20 million man goes 1-4 and the team loses by 3.

    And I like how you’ve taken to grading TD on the curve, like he’s the special ed student in the class.

    Thank god the Knicks suck so bad, so that we can have such awesome quick reactions. (mediocrity would only breed more mediocrity, I fear)

  20. BigBlueAL

    My younger bro just mockingly told me the Knicks re-signed Houston and Spree. If only that was true lol

  21. Jim Cavan (@JPCavan) Post author

    JoMo: I was at the game, and I can assure you of two things: I was drunk, and there was a collective hatred for D’Antoni and Woodaon in section 114. I’m so sorry that this wasn’t insightful.

    This has to be the early frontrunner for Comment of the Year.

  22. BigBlueAL

    Jim Cavan (@JPCavan): This has to be the early frontrunner for Comment of the Year.

    This and cgreene taking his pregnant wife to a bar on a Friday night to watch the Knicks are the top 2 candidates lol

  23. hoolahoop

    hoolahoop: Yeah, and it was just my opinion that blowing up the old team and getting Melo was not a good idea.

    That’s the shame of it all. The knicks were not a great team before Melo. They were a good team, sometimes. But they played with a lot of heart and were fun to watch. Most importantly, they played well together and were a missing piece or two from being much better than they are now.
    Where do we go from here?

  24. mura2337

    hoolahoop: That’s the shame of it all. The knicks were not a great team before Melo. They were a good team, sometimes. But they played with a lot of heart and were fun to watch. Most importantly, they played well together and were a missing piece or two from being much better than they are now.
    Where do we go from here?

    Out to the bar? Backwards? Look. I don’t have any answers for you. All I can give you is an educated guess as to where we won’t go from here. That place is called the NBA finals. You can’t blow up the team. Nobody would take Amare because he has bad knees. There wasn’t a feeding frenzy for him last year. More than likely can’t deal Melo due to the new fiscal responsibility of the GM’s….barely type that i was laughing so hard. We have 2, maybe 3 viable trade assets and we’re not gonna trade them. This is what i was saying earlier. What would you do? Realistically?

  25. ruruland

    hoolahoop: That’s the shame of it all. The knicks were not a great team before Melo. They were a good team, sometimes. But they played with a lot of heart and were fun to watch. Most importantly, they played well together and were a missing piece or two from being much better than they are now.
    Where do we go from here?

    It was mostly a honeymoon. Rah rah and heart are fleeting in this league.

  26. ruruland

    mura2337: Out to the bar?Backwards?Look.I don’t have any answers for you.All I can give you is an educated guess as to where we won’t go from here.That place is called the NBA finals.You can’t blow up the team.Nobody would take Amare because he has bad knees.There wasn’t a feeding frenzy for him last year.More than likely can’t deal Melo due to the new fiscal responsibility of the GM’s….barely type that i was laughing so hard.We have 2, maybe 3 viable trade assets and we’re not gonna trade them.This is what i was saying earlier.What would you do?Realistically?

    This is a top 5-10 offense with Baron Davis and Jr Smith.

  27. BigBlueAL

    hoolahoop: That’s the shame of it all. The knicks were not a great team before Melo. They were a good team, sometimes. But they played with a lot of heart and were fun to watch. Most importantly, they played well together and were a missing piece or two from being much better than they are now.
    Where do we go from here?

    Same thing we have been doing for the past 11 years, continue to root endlessly for our favorite bad/mediocre team while holding onto the remote possibility that they will be real good someday.

    Also in my case Thank God the Yankees will be playing again soon lol

  28. mura2337

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Let me tell you something, Pendejo. You pull any your crazy shit with us, you switch on the point guard, you brick open threes, I’ll take the ball away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger til it goes “click”.

    lol. 15 yr olds Dude.

  29. mura2337

    ruruland: This is a top 5-10 offense with Baron Davis and Jr Smith.

    Cool! I don’t think that’s unrealistic but…i don’t think we beat Miami ( how I loathe them ), Chicago ( how I loathe them ) or the powerhouses in the west. Its sports and anything can happen. That’s why we watch. Jr is perfect off the pine. I dunno. I want to hope to hope….

  30. Jake S.

    ruruland: It was mostly a honeymoon. Rah rah and heart are fleeting in this league.

    It was a good team with a measurable ceiling, even after they added a decent big man. The Knicks rolled a set of weighted dice and lost. They should try to make the best of it for the next few years and then start over from scratch when they realize they’re first round playoff fodder (or possibly less).

    Hopefully Shumpert develops and they can purloin a few assets for Melo and Chandler’s gigantic contracts when the time comes. STAT, however, will continue calcifying in orange and blue for the foreseeable future.

  31. mura2337

    ruruland: I think you mean 8 yr olds

    I’ve been trying to drink myself to sleep after that exquisite display of basketball prowess we displayed. Cut me some slack!

  32. BigBlueAL

    Jake S.: I blew that! Bad on me.

    LMAO

    I always questioned his choice at the end of the movie of picking Boof to celebrare with and not Pamela Wells.

  33. bobneptune

    JoMo:
    I was at the game, and I can assure you of two things: I was drunk, and there was a collective hatred for D’Antoni and Woodaon in section 114. I’m so sorry that this wasn’t insightful.

    what’s the knicks excuse? :-)

  34. BigBlueAL

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Scott Howard/Teen-wolf’s a Ball-dominant PG. Won’t share the rock. Pass

    Not true, Scott Howard in the championship game got a few assists to fat boy and that lefty kid. Even threw a beautiful behind the back pass on a fastbreak for an assist.

  35. ruruland

    Jake S.: It was a good team with a measurable ceiling, even after they added a decent big man. The Knicks rolled a set of weighted dice and lost. They should try to make the best of it for the next few years and then start over from scratch when they realize they’re first round playoff fodder (or possibly less).

    Hopefully Shumpert develops and they can purloin a few assets for Melo and Chandler’s gigantic contracts when the time comes. STAT, however, will continue calcifying in orange and blue for the foreseeable future.

    Sigh.

  36. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    BigBlueAL: Not true, Scott Howard in the championship game got a few assists to fat boy and that lefty kid.Even threw a beautiful behind the back pass on a fastbreak for an assist.

    Yeah, but you never know which game you’ll get the Wolf and which one you’ll get Howard. Plus, he’s 5’3″.

    What about Jimmy Chitwood at SG? He’s got madd range, yo.

    This is how bad it’s gotten. Debating fictional characters is preferable to discussing our execrable team

  37. Jake S.

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Yeah, but you never know which game you’ll get the Wolf and which one you’ll get Howard. Plus, he’s 5’3?.

    What about Jimmy Chitwood at SG? He’s got madd range, yo.

    This is how bad it’s gotten. Debating fictional characters is preferable to discussing our execrable team

    Maybe the Knicks can buy Woody Harrelson out of his contract with the Stookie brothers.

  38. BigBlueAL

    Jake S.: Maybe the Knicks can buy Woody Harrelson out of his contract with theStookie brothers.

    Billy Hoyle is Steve Nash, Sidney Dean is Melo.

  39. BigBlueAL

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Yeah, but you never know which game you’ll get the Wolf and which one you’ll get Howard. Plus, he’s 5’3?.

    What about Jimmy Chitwood at SG? He’s got madd range, yo.

    This is how bad it’s gotten. Debating fictional characters is preferable to discussing our execrable team

    How about Whoopi Goldberg for head coach??

  40. mura2337

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Yeah, but you never know which game you’ll get the Wolf and which one you’ll get Howard. Plus, he’s 5’3?.

    What about Jimmy Chitwood at SG? He’s got madd range, yo.

    This is how bad it’s gotten. Debating fictional characters is preferable to discussing our execrable team

    I’ve been putting fictional characters on the knicks for 30 + years. Plenty of time to dream when you’re getting booted by the rockets, the chi team, the spurs, or a miserable regular season. I’d take the @#$%ing space jam monsters if they’d deliver a title.

  41. Tony Pena

    Welllll… all’s not lost. Chandler, Shumpert and Jorts have been pretty good moves by the front office, I think most would agree. Even Fields and Jordan to an extent. Baron Davis kind of chose us so that doesn’t really count, and plus we haven’t seen his real, on-the-court impact- but maybe we’ll keep attracting good players to play for cheap like the Heat. Point is, we finally got a good front office it looks like, so maybe they’ll find those complimentary players we need, because as mentioned above the ‘Broadway Bigs’ aren’t going anywhere. You figure that if three of the starting five are hard-nose, high IQ, efficient players, they can make up for the deficiencies of our level 2 superstars (I’ll keep Amare there for now). So yeah, Grunwald will get it done I believe… Just not this year. Congrats to the pessimists or I guess realists that predicted .500 ball before the season started.

    But as far as the pre-Melo team, well if the nuggets get to the conference finals the people who are still in love with that team (strange cause I also still have a bit of a man-crush on Gallo) will have legitimate beef. You need dollars to win in this league I remember someone said.

  42. ROUGH

    BigBlueAL:
    Billups answers with a 3pter of his own with 1 sec left!!!

    If I wanted to bring Chandler in order to shore up defense, I’d have traded away Stat for less, and kept Billups. Lost 10 million on Billups anyway. We’d have been a more balanced team right now.

  43. Tony Pena

    … and somehow that made sense. Anyway, this switching crap was here pre-Woodson, last year. If Mussolini was opposed to it he would put an end to it, no? He’s just a one dimensional, stubborn basketball man. Better fitted as an assistant. Imho being a coach is more about being a man and kinda simplifying things, you got a whole organization that hopefully is going to do a lot of work for you. Did you hear him on the mic today? Who would want to play for a hardass like that? Correction, semi-hardass cause he will not put the superstars in check, only rooks and role players. Ironically, I would love to have some wine with him in Italy while he shows me the town. But not as my team’s basketball coach.

  44. Thomas B.

    Jim,

    There are a number of sports bloggers who sprinkle jokes into their sports analysis. It is refreshing to read your work because you do the opposite. I’m surprised you didn’t go with “Melo and Fields having a “Freaky Friday” thing going on.”

    I think Renaldo Balkman can only escape the bench by tricking Mike D’Antoni into saying his name backwards.

  45. Jake S.

    Thomas B.:
    Jim,

    There are a number of sports bloggers who sprinkle jokes into their sports analysis. It is refreshing to read your work because you do the opposite.I’m surprised you didn’t go with “Melo and Fields having a “Freaky Friday” thing going on.”

    I think Renaldo Balkman can only escape the bench by tricking Mike D’Antoni into saying his name backwards.

    Renaldo Balkman is actually an anagram for Renaldo Balkman.

  46. mase

    ‘the fan in me would do, nearly anything.
    Ask for offensive efficiency, is the little he could ask.
    It takes a pass-first pg, to get thru to the fan in me.

    But oh, what a wonderful fee-ling…’

  47. Hunter

    At the game last night.
    Big boos for Melo when he got caught looking/flat footed and gave up an offensive rebound. He looked a bit dazed walking into the timeout huddle after a very clear message from the Garden crowd.
    Effort is everything to the NY fan.

  48. chrisk06811

    I vote that for the Bucks game thread tomorrow, we replace the SHUMP SHUMP with GOTTFRIED!!!!!! reading that was the best thing that has happened to me today, and I’ve been up for 2 1/2 hours. well done.

  49. chrisk06811

    LMNYKFAN4LIFE: I’m disgusted with the coaches. Even regular people like ourselves see what is wrong with the Knicks and the Coach cant see didly.

    We are not regular people. we spend hours each day on the message board ofa sub-500 NBA team. Although, I think that just adds to your point!!

  50. Z

    mase:
    ‘the fan in me would do, nearly anything.
    Ask for offensive efficiency, is the little he could ask.
    It takes a pass-first pg, to get thru to the fan in me.

    But oh, what a wonderful fee-ling…’

    Bob Dylan was a mean PG before he turned to song writing.

  51. Bruno Almeida

    and, as if we didn’t have enough problems, does D’Antoni realize that both Chandler and Amare, with extensive injury histories, have been playing 38-40 minutes on bad losses?

    or that our best player is playing 38 minutes with 3 different injuries?

    that is a recipe for disaster come playoff time.

  52. Nick C.

    @ 83 plenty of people have noticed D’Antoni’s propensity to play his “key” starts what appear to be excessive minutes. Last year was Fleton and Stat, the year before Duhon who at the time many here felt he had burned out.

  53. Jim Cavan (@JPCavan) Post author

    chrisk06811:
    I vote that for the Bucks game thread tomorrow, we replace the SHUMP SHUMP with GOTTFRIED!!!!!!reading that was the best thing that has happened to me today, and I’ve been up for 2 1/2 hours.well done.

    Thanks man. Glad you guys like the recaps. Anything I can do to keep everyone — and myself — from hurling off the ledge.

  54. Mike Kurylo

    Thomas B.:
    Jim,

    There are a number of sports bloggers who sprinkle jokes into their sports analysis. It is refreshing to read your work because you do the opposite.I’m surprised you didn’t go with “Melo and Fields having a “Freaky Friday” thing going on.”

    I think Renaldo Balkman can only escape the bench by tricking Mike D’Antoni into saying his name backwards.

    RB: “Hey coach why don’t we try the inotnad defense?”

    MDA: “What kind of defense is that?”

    RB: “You’ve never heard of the famous inotnad defense?”

    MDA: “No who ran it.”

    RB: “errr awww forget it, I’ll sit on the bench some more.”

  55. Bruno Almeida

    @84

    yeah, D’Antoni seems to be the only one who can’t relate Amare averaging 37 mpg last season and him breaking down on the playoffs…

  56. Thomas B.

    Mike Kurylo:

    RB: “Hey coach why don’t we try the inotnad defense?”

    MDA: “What kind of defense is that?”

    RB: “You’ve never heard of the famous inotnad defense?”

    MDA: “No who ran it.”

    RB: “errr awww forget it, I’ll sit on the bench some more.”

    Exactly! Except MDA would not show interest in defense. It would need to be the “Inotnad offense.”

  57. Z

    Just clicked on the Steve Nash diet link Jim provided in the write up. It’s a great read. Just like it blows THCJ’s mind that front offices can’t get with the program on advanced stats, it blows my mind that players are so far behind the science when it comes to diet. Steve Nash obviously gets it, and the results are palpable. Blake Griffin gets it. But it seems that just about everybody else doesn’t. In a league as competitive as it is to earn the top dollar, taking steps toward longevity should be such a no-brainer. But guys like Lamar Odom brag in interviews that they eat a bag of candy before a game every game… it’s no wonder guys like Lamar Odom are inconsistent on the court and thus career underachievers.

    Thanks, Jim, for the link.

  58. Jim Cavan (@JPCavan) Post author

    Z:
    Just clicked on the Steve Nash diet link Jim provided in the write up. It’s a great read. Just like it blows THCJ’s mind that front offices can’t get with the program on advanced stats, it blows my mind that players are so far behind the science when it comes to diet. Steve Nash obviously gets it, and the results are palpable. Blake Griffin gets it. But it seems that just about everybody else doesn’t. In a league as competitive as it is to earn the top dollar, taking steps toward longevity should be such a no-brainer. But guys like Lamar Odom brag in interviews that they eat a bag of candy before a game every game… it’s no wonder guys like Lamar Odom are inconsistent on the court and thus career underachievers.

    Thanks, Jim, for the link.

    Definitely a good read. It actually seems like Amar’e has taken some of this to heart. Every now and again he’ll post pictures on Twitter of meals his private chef prepares, and most I’ve seen have been pretty healthy. Definitely think he and Nash’s approach is rare, though.

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