With their 8th straight losing season on the books for the New York Knicks, many of their fans are looking towards 2010 when a host of free agents could break that streak. While it’s possible that the Knicks could reach 41 wins next year, the quickest route to become a serious playoff contender will be finding a top notch free agent next summer. Of course at the head of the class is LeBron James who on his own would make New York an instant playoff team. Although James has shown an affinity for the Big Apple, I wonder how a …continue reading
New York’s Wednesday’s loss against the Nets was especially tough. The team had gone on a mini-3 game win streak before dropping one to powerhouse Cleveland, and beating the Nets at home would have helped them get back on the playoff track. Instead they suffered a disheartening 115-89 defeat. At halftime the Knicks were only down by 11, but New Jersey expanded the lead slowly over the third quarter and the game slipped away from the Knicks. With under 4 minutes remaining and the win out of his grasp, Coach D’Antoni conceded the victory and brought in reserves Samb, Wilcox, …continue reading
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The Bucks seem to have had our number of late, but I have a good feeling about this one, despite the fact that both Redd and Bogut seemed to have revived somewhat of late. Here are Thomas B’s thoughts from his Week in Advance…. n the two losses to the Bucks, the Knicks had eFG% of 44.4 and 38.3. That is well below the Knicks’ average eFG% of 50.4. The Knicks need to move the ball and get good shots against a team that is not especially strong on defense (106.3, 13th, 49.6 eFG%, 16th). What to watch for: Get …continue reading
Our heroes are 2-1 on the current five game road trip, none too shabby so far. Things get tougher as the road trip wraps up with the Phoenix Suns and L.A. Lakers. The rest of the week brings the Knicks home for their third game with Milwaukee (0-2), then another trip to Boston (0-1). Monday, December 15 @ Phoenix [First meeting of the teams this year.] TEAM POSS EFF eFG TO OREB% FT/FG New York Knicks-Offense 98.4 106.2 50.4 15.7 23.6 19.6 Rank 1 19 12 17 27 29 Phoenix Suns-Defense 92.4 110 49.5 13.8 28.2 22.5 Rank 12 26 …continue reading
Imagine this scenario: Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni inherit the Knicks and look over the roster. Walsh decides to rebuild around the core of youngster the Knicks have and use New York’s marquee status to aim for a big free agent in 2010. At point guard Walsh has the incumbent Stephon Marbury. The key acquisition of the Isiah Thomas era, Stephon is scheduled to earn $21M in the last year of his deal. Marbury, an older overpaid guard, doesn’t fit in with the Knicks long term plans of youth & fiscal responsibility. In fact the team is looking to dump …continue reading
As per Thomas B.’s Week in advance: What to watch for: Second chance shots. The Bucks are the best in the league right now at offensive rebounding, and they’re second in the league on the defensive glass. The Knicks are not a strong offensive rebounding team (27th) and they are in the bottom half of the league in defensive rebounding (20th). New York nees to focus on ball movement and getting a good shot as second chances may not be there. What to watch for 2: Interior defense of the Knicks. Bogut, Jefferson, and Sessions are each adept at getting …continue reading