2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Celtics

It is early in the season but this is still sort of an important game, as this is a team that the Knicks really can defeat, which would hurt them in the cutthroat game of “trying to get a top three pick.”

Melo returns tonight.

So let’s go…Knicks?

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49 thoughts to “2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Celtics”

  1. How the heck does Shumpert miss that dunk – after a ridiculously good pass from Dalembert. I don’t get Shump. I know he got fouled but they breathed on him basically. Should have just flushed it. And then he misses both free throws.

    So frustrating…

  2. Feel bad for Shump, sounded super painful.

    Well, I feel like we have a win locked up here. Feeling really good about it. Going to pop a Dos Equis and watch the magic unfold. Just feels right.

  3. You see the way Melo drew the triple team and made everyone better? Interaction effects!

    Who gets fouled the most in college? We should draft that guy.

  4. Go Timmy! Drawing the charge….

    I honestly don’t see how we lose this game, that’s how sure I feel about it…

  5. If Shump is out for 6 weeks like is being speculated it would be great if Early can return soon cause this would be a good time for him to get consistent meaningful minutes.

  6. OOOOOH…..

    Once you sit back and accept the Knicks suck, it’s sort of fun to watch Stat on the offensive end. That volleyball tip from Calderon was really nice…

  7. Just turned on as the 3rd quarter started. Are they playing the triangle at all? I see lots of high PNR.

  8. Just turned on as the 3rd quarter started. Are they playing the triangle at all? I see lots of high PNR.

    They seem to be starting out in the triangle set then bringing Amar’e from the post up high to then set the screen.

  9. It sucks when the Knicks winning is actually bad for the Knicks. Hopefully Philly and Detroit somehow pullout wins tonight.

  10. Fucking Jason Smith hurting us every chance he gets. He’s his normal terrible self on blowout losses but when we actually may win (not a good thing) he can’t miss.

  11. You got to throw that down, prig fella!

    I like that line.

    Prigs would probably respond by saying, ” What is this throw down mean?”

    – You know slam it

    Prigs- Oh you mean pass right

    -no Dunk it

    Prigs- Pass?

  12. I know this win will cost us a few ping pong balls, but glad it came against Boston. I have a friend up there who has been giving me unending shit about our awful season, and sent me an email today pointing out that the Celts were giving 7 points to “my sorry team” Well I guess today Boston is even sorrier.

    BTW, do we really want to use a lot of our cap space on a PG who can only score 2 points….against us???

  13. Lord….

    Mark Jackson on Kobe, “I do not believe next year will be Kobe’s final season, he is playing too well….”

    Was Mark Jackson one of the plagues in Exodus?

    And then he defends the Lakers maxing him…..

    Can we just wait until his TS% gets over 50%, or the Lakers record over 500%

  14. Rondo is a really weird player. I also don’t think he’s getting the max from anyone. He doesn’t score enough points, and his offense has gone from average/mediocre to flaming dumpster fire this year. But. . .he’s still an incredibly deft passer and he’s rebounding better than a bunch of our forwards. I would absolutely not trade anyone other than Carmelo for him, but if he comes at a decent FA price and if we could dump Calderon on someone else-maybe?

  15. @31 dont think he was defending the lakers for maxing him, he was defending Kobe for taking it.

    And here he right. The owners have so much power over thr players, why is it that when players get traded to hell like the wolves or pistons its just “hey the nba is a buisness this is part of it” but when a player wants to get paid what he is truly worth then its “woah what a greedy person, doesnt even want to win”

    Dont forget the cap, max salaries etc were all brought in specifically to save money, not to win games. And now it is not enough that players obey this clearly unbalanced rules but now they need to give discounts too?

    And to make it all worse they have turned the public to their way of thinking. Its such a double standard, if players should sacrifice everything to win then so should the owners and pay the players the real value of their craft.

    Imagine how much Melo or Kobe would earn in a truly free market and yet not only is that number capped but when they do get it they get destroyed for not taking a discount. Players and their shitty union have been getting fucked for a long time now by the league and the nab has even managed to make the fans complicit in this way of thinking.

  16. Both those guys are way overpaid. Kobe wasn’t historically, I will give him that.

    If I were a Lakers fan I would be disgusted with the way they are selling Kobe’s pursuit of the scoring record. It’s ridiculous.

  17. They are overpaid relative to the other players that get max contracts, but the fact that Melo had so many teams going hard after him it would certianly indicate that in a free market he would have gotten significantly more than what he got. Elite players with such inflated reputations would get massively paid out.

  18. a few boo-boo moments but glad to see Fish show some emotions.. btw how come the Knicks have played 25 games already compared to the rest

  19. I for one am relieved. Not happy, just relieved that they won. We need to put together a string of wins. Yeah, I know that it won’t help us get ping-pong balls, but without the Knicks being watchable this season, the winter will be intolerable. Sorry if my selfish desire to watch Knick games interferes with the team’s long term objectives, but I come first.

  20. I for one am relieved. Not happy, just relieved that they won. We need to put together a string of wins. Yeah, I know that it won’t help us get ping-pong balls, but without the Knicks being watchable this season, the winter will be intolerable. Sorry if my selfish desire to watch Knick games interferes with the team’s long term objectives, but I come first.

    +1

  21. Yeah, I know that it won’t help us get ping-pong balls, but without the Knicks being watchable this season, the winter will be intolerable.

    This kind of logic I don’t understand. “Sure, we may have just narrowly missed out on this year’s version of Stephen Curry, but hey, we won that game in December against the Celtics so it was all worth it.”

    The team is already unwatchable. I think they’re actually MORE watchable if you root for them to lose, because they rarely disappoint you.

  22. “At this point it’s just a matter of taking it day by day and seeing what happens and seeing how I react after games.”

    Carmelo Anthony on his knee, which has bothered him all season and likely won’t get better without extended rest or surgery — which he says he isn’t discussing yet.

    Now, I’m not a doctor. And I have never examined Carmelo Anthony’s knee.

    However, I have seen this movie before. And whatever it is, he needs to get the freaking surgery.

  23. Now, I’m not a doctor. And I have never examined Carmelo Anthony’s knee.

    However, I have seen this movie before. And whatever it is, he needs to get the freaking surgery.

    Hmm? . . . the knicks win more games if Melo plays?

  24. This kind of logic I don’t understand. “Sure, we may have just narrowly missed out on this year’s version of Stephen Curry, but hey, we won that game in December against the Celtics so it was all worth it.”

    I’d prefer having to improve by ten games to make the playoffs compared to 2o+. We need good coaching, teamwork, and many very good athletes. Let’s put the next Steph Curry out there with Quincy Acy and see what happens. Tanking is ruining the NBA. It’s as lame as rooting for players on other teams to miss time because of injury.

  25. I am rooting for perfect health for every other team in the NBA. Melo need to get that knee surgery tho. We can’t trade a broken Melo.

  26. I am rooting for perfect health for every other team in the NBA. Melo need to get that knee surgery tho. We can’t trade a broken Melo.

    Nice to hear you say that. There’s plenty of time to trade Melo, if that’s the right thing to do (which I probably agree is going to be our way back to contention). But how bad is the knee? He looked OK last night.

  27. Teams have been tanking for decades. It’s not a big deal at all. The only reason people even slightly give a shit about it now is because the Sixers are being extra frank about doing it while teams have, in the past, just tried to wink wink nudge nudge their way through it.

    And with the league making more money than they ever have in the history of the sport, I don’t think the league is hurt by tanking. The Thunder tanked for years. They sure don’t seem to be hurting over it.

    I do agree that it’s better if you can transition through rosters without having to tank, like the Spurs or the Mavericks. But you have to have talented rosters to do that and the Knicks don’t have that.

  28. That post comes out sounding pretty jaded, Brian but I’ll buy it. I just miss the passion that NYK used to bring to the game. It’s been so long since I’ve felt that spark. Now when the circus comes to town I can’t tell the difference. Furthermore, it seems like this furtive cloak and dagger shit is more prevalent than in the past. And I can’t believe some of the sequences I’m watching out there. Just horrible. You have to agree that some new rules are needed to discourage tanking.

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