2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets

If you’re in on the East Coast right now, hopefully you’re handling the snow well. My wife went out for bagels this morning and here was the front door of our apartment building – I can only imagine what it looks like now.

Anyhow, the Knicks luckily got in last night safe and sound at 2am. And their next game is not until Tuesday, so they won’t have to rush back home. Two games in the NBA have already been postponed tonight (Boston/Philadelphia and Utah/Washington) but since the Hornets play Sacramento Monday, they couldn’t push this one to Sunday.

Anyhow, the Hornets last night came back from 19 points down to win in overtime. They will play the Knicks tonight without “Future Knick Star” Nicolas Batum, Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb. So come on, they played and won an overtime game last night, they’re down four of their rotation players. This simply has got to be a win for the Knicks.

The Knickerbockers are playing without Lance Thomas, as well, as they figured it was better to give him a couple more games to get right.

Oh, and the Knicks play OKC on Tuesday, so, well, come on, dudes, you really need to get to .500 tonight to avoid possibly going three under against OKC (plus, I’ll be at the game on Tuesday, and I would be very happy to see them have a chance of going over .500 against OKC) with a road game against Toronto to follow.

Walker and Lin will likely be driving a lot, but the Hornets’ front line is so thin that Melo, RoLo and Porzingis should do really well.

Let’s go Knicks!

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148 thoughts to “2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets”

  1. plus, I’ll be at the game on Tuesday

    Weren’t you at the Clipper game? Don’t you think you’ve done enough damage?

  2. I like Charlotte when they are healthy. They could make some noise in the playoffs (IF they make the playoffs)

  3. Btw, wtf. Was at the game last night. Any idiot could see that CP3 was carving up Calderon. Concerned about Kemba as well…but with all the Charlotte injuries maybe help can cover up for Caldy.

    We would have won last night if Gallo played whenever CP3 did and Caldy did when he didn’t. Problem is with a speedy guard, rest of the team needs to cover for Caldy and that opens up a shooter somewhere and if those shooters can hit open shots we are toast.

    Did anyone notice how often KP ended up guarding CP3? I think he did a reasonably good job as well…

    Ok, quoting myself here. But, two of first three plays of the game — KP guarding Kemba. Blocked once and Kemba didnt have a prayer on the three over the outstretched Treetops.

  4. CHA has taken 18 FGA, while we’ve taken 8. If that stat stays that lopsided I think this could end up being a long game

  5. RoLo would be a pretty good #3 scoring option on a contender. Melo would be a great #2. We just need Kris to be a #1.

  6. Weren’t you at the Clipper game? Don’t you think you’ve done enough damage?

    Ha! No, I wasn’t at that one.

  7. A loss tonight vs this depleted Hornets team would be pretty freaking pathetic.

    It’s almost predictable, really.

  8. Who said to bench Melo? He’s sucked in quite a few games this season but we still need good Melo to win when he shows up.

  9. How can we even have a chance if the refs are going to call traveling against us every time we do it?

  10. just tuning in

    As another Chinese-American I’m relieved to see Lin with a respectable side-part undercut. Now that’s a haircut you can set your watch to.

    That anime mohawk wasn’t doing him any favors.

  11. After tonight’s game Fisher should pull a Jim Mora “playoffs?? dont talk about playoffs” rant.

  12. Put Grant in there; Calderon has the mobility of a traffic cone

    Or a knight on a chessboard for some reason

  13. Maybe playing 49 and 42 mins in his first 2 games back after missing a week with a sprained ankle is coming back to bite Melo in the ass. He looks sluggish as shit tonight.

  14. Really, no one has played well tonight. It’s been pretty sub-par from top to bottom. And that might be putting it too nicely.

  15. MJ is prolly the only owner who get away with sitting on the team bench and rubbing a player off.

  16. looks like Sasha giving a shit about (even futilely) doing basketball things is having the desired effect so far

  17. If he’s saving his starters then he shouldn’t be playing a clearly winded Zinger for the entire 4th quarter, let alone with 5 fouls.

  18. We’re well into garbage time by nao, why the fuck is Zinger still on the floor? Why not give Grant sum playing time?

  19. Wow he finally takes out Zinger and puts in Grant with a whole minute and a half remaining. Geez…

  20. Not for nothing, but this game thread was almost as bad as that game.

    That pot roast got me in a coma

  21. So, wait, the Knicks made Melo play all of those minutes when his leg wasn’t even fully fine? Fuck the heck?

  22. Melo went up for what normally would be a dunk in the 3rd (?) last night, played it in instead, and was obviously in pain when he landed. I think I remarked on it in the thread.

  23. Where is this coming from, out of curiosity? That is some kind of awful if true.

    So, wait, the Knicks made Melo play all of those minutes when his leg wasn’t even fully fine? Fuck the heck?

  24. Trade Melo if we can.
    Trade Seraphin, Calderon, Afflalo too.
    Let’s get on with the building process.

    This is what a couple of bad losses does to me.

  25. Glad that knife in the back of Blatt worked out so well for the Cavs tonight.

    And gj Lue shittalking Blatt on the way out, tonight rly proved how much better a coach you are didnt it?

  26. Where is this coming from, out of curiosity? That is some kind of awful if true.

    Melo told them his knee was sore before the game and he played through it. Lance freakin’ Thomas, they’re being super careful with but Melo they’re like, “Eh, try it out. It’s not like you had knee surgery last year and an ankle injury last week!” I don’t get it.

  27. Losses by Atlanta and Detroit makes tonight a sliiiiight bit more palatable. The Detroit/Denver game was a lot of fun.

  28. indy with an L too. The knicks need to be closing ground instead of being thankful other teams loss too.

    They really need Lance out their to stop players from getting the Rodney Hood award(formerly Jimmer freddette Award).

  29. Washington is still the team that scares me. They’re now ahead of the Knicks (just barely, but still) and they came into the season with nearly the same team that was the #5 seed last year! So if Miami falls out of the race due to their injuries, it might be Washington who steps in instead.

  30. They should be a little more careful with Melo’s injury than Lance Thomas I would think. Why posters on this blog can figure that out but not the NYK medical staff is very Dissapointing

    A bad loss tonight for sure, but they have been playing pretty well lately.

  31. To be fair, players might very well complain about sore knees before every game for all we know.

  32. They should be a little more careful with Melo’s injury than Lance Thomas I would think. Why posters on this blog can figure that out but not the NYK medical staff is very Dissapointing

    To be more precise, Melo doesn’t have an “injury” he has a chronic condition stemming from playing 12 seasons of heavy minutes in the NBA. He said himself last night it wasn’t related to his patellar tendon debridement surgery last season, just overuse ‘soreness’ Thomas has a ligament ‘sprain’ which is an acute condition that heals perfectly with proper management.

    Yes….. the KNICKS should manage Melo’s minutes better than the past 3 games, but that is the problem when your roster is 8/9 deep and one of them is injured. 2 consecutive off days will help a lot, but Zinger’s and Melo’s minutes have to be managed assiduously. It is just easier to do when you have San Antonio’s roster depth…..

  33. If Melo’s knee is bothering him and KP is hitting the “wall” then what chance do we have?

    Well, there’s always Cespedes and the Mets! They really look awesome on paper!

  34. After all the energy they expended clashing with the Clippers, it’s no surprise that the Knicks had no energy for the Hornets. Flush with indignation, Anthony was up to his old posting self. Sad that Lin is just the kind of paint-driving guard the Knicks need, but that ingrate had nerve to demand $25M from Dolan when he’s just a middle of the pack PG.

  35. Jeremy Lin is an average player by any metric you choose.

    He will give you some offense and you will lose some defense.

    I guess he can solve our “penetrating guard” problem but not the “swiss cheese” backcourt defense.

    He can be acquired for a very low price but it doesn’t really matter since JD will never hire him again.

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