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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday Notes and Errata: The Sky is Not Falling?

Oh no! We'll never win again!

I was out last night, doing responsible adult things, and missed the first half of the game. But I did check the box score at the half! Bargnani: 15pts 6reb 2blks.

Wait, what?

I couldn’t wait to get home to watch the second half, to see what the hell was happening. So I turn the game on, and Patrick Ewing is coaching the Bobcats?

Where the hell am I?

Early in the third quarter Carmelo picks up his 5th assist. Ok, now it’s getting ridiculous. I don’t really know what happened in this game, but here are some notes I managed to take while still in a daze.

1. I would love to believe that Carmelo can average 28-8-6 with 0.580 TS%, and Bargs can regularly grab eight rebounds and tally five blocks, but it’s not going to happen. What can happen, though, is the great rebounding by committee approach taken by this Tyson-less team. While the Knicks may now be missing even average rebounding in the front court, the Knicks have very solid rebounding guards in Shumpert and the soon-to-be-reinstated JR Smith. A fun little fact: JR Smith’s TRB% (percent of available rebounds grabbed by the player while they are on the floor) last season was almost identical to our starting center’s career average (9.3% for JR to 9.4% for Bargs). His return to the team should be a big boost in more than just scoring, especially if he takes all of Hardaway Jr.’s inefficient, nonrebounding minutes.

2. I’m ready to start beating the Cole Aldrich drum with Mike. We have what may be a competent big on the bench, perfectly able to give 10-15 mins of rebounding, flailing limbs and body checks. Yes, Bargnani had a pretty good game, but he still took 25 shots to score 25 points, and finished with 8 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. This isn’t an all-star level of play. There’s no reason to play the guy 35 minutes a game, especially when you’re up double digits most of the second half. Give Cole some burn! See what I did there?

3. I know this game wasn’t at the Garden, but I haven’t had the chance to add my 2 cents on a very important issue. What the hell, Dolan? Bring back the Knick City Dancers! They just want to dance and entertain! Let them dance! Banning dancing never turns out well!

4. The Charlotte Bobcats may not be particularly good this year, but they aren’t as awful as they have been. This win by the Knicks obviously wasn’t a given, especially after getting beat up at home on Tuesday. I actually kind of like this Charlotte team, they are young and play with good intensity, they just can’t score. Maybe Al Jefferson will help, but he’s not exactly the most efficient scorer out there. Still, people of Charlotte should get out to the games! Seeing a half empty lower deck all night was pitiful. I guess that happens when you’re team wins less than 30 games in two seasons combined, and have a stupid team name. This doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of your opponents.

10 comments on “Sunday Notes and Errata: The Sky is Not Falling?

  1. danvt

    Nice piece Kevin. On Bargnani’s 25 on 25 shots. Doesn’t the lack of TO’s mitigate the % a bit. Also, it was a streaky performance. He started 2-7 and then carried the team reliably for stretches. On this night he balanced the offense. Chandler never shoots and now we have a 5 who teams have to scheme for on the offensive end. He was good in the P&R and mostly did not force shots. Once JR is reintegrated, hopefully the number of shots goes down a bit but just having the threat is important. I’m gonna hope this isn’t a mirage. I can’t believe in something after just one game but if Bargs is a real player we have maybe the best offense in the NBA.

  2. d-mar

    Nothing like the NY Post to inject a little hyperbole into the situation – today’s George Willis column has the headline: “Knicks hope JR Smith will save their season”

    Well, I guess he’s right in a way, as of today the Knicks would be out of the playoffs, so we are teetering on the brink. By the end of November, it could be all over.

  3. ruruland

    Melo can’t be relied upon to produce at the aforementioned level for any length of time?

    He’s done it every year when healthy.
    Two stretches last year.
    36 games where he went 30/6/3 580 TS

    The 15 games after the Denver injury game: 33/9/2 580 TS

    The Woodson takeover — 29/7/3.5 584 TS

    Every year he’s had a long stretch like that (typically broken up by some injury).

    He’s averaged 4.5 – 5 assists for months as well. He’s being used differently in the offense this year and is surrounded by more aggressive teammates. His assist numbers are going to be pretty high (for him) this year, especially with Chandler out. That won’t mean he’s a better passer than he was last season, however.

  4. Kevin Udwary Post author

    His assist numbers are going to be pretty high (for him) this year, especially with Chandler out. That won’t mean he’s a better passer than he was last season, however.

    He could be the best passer in the world, but if he doesn’t pass the ball, it doesn’t mean shit. I really don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

  5. iserp

    Regarding your last comment, ruru, i think it would be interesting if the NBA kept the number of “antiassists”: that is, passes that lead to missed shots. That would a way to differentiate someone who is trying to keep his team involved from someone who is just holding the ball too much.

    (The ratio Assist/Antiassist should be better for pass-first guards like Rubio and worse for shoot-first guards like Derrick Rose, for example)

  6. AvonBarksdale

    Ironically our season may have been lost if Chandler didn’t go down and force woodson to revert to two point guards. I hate this keeps happening with our coach but at least the team had a meeting and did whatever they could to make things better. that’s awesome, cause it was looking awful. a little pride is good sometimes.

  7. Robert Silverman

    Regarding your last comment, ruru, i think it would be interesting if the NBA kept the number of “antiassists”: that is, passes that lead to missed shots. That would a way to differentiate someone who is trying to keep his team involved from someone who is just holding the ball too much.

    (The ratio Assist/Antiassist should be better for pass-first guards like Rubio and worse for shoot-first guards like Derrick Rose, for example)

    SportVu tracking will provide this info

  8. Brian Cronin

    Depressing tweet from Hahn:

    Woodson has pointed to bad offense lending to bad defense. In other words, self-pity. Says a lot about a team’s mental toughness.

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