2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Kings

The Knicks begin a five-game, ten-day (thank goodness for no back-to-backs!) road trip tonight in Sacramento.

Sacramento is not particularly good, but the Knicks will be without the services of Derrick Rose tonight. The way that this roster is set up, with Sasha Vujacic as the only other point guard that Jeff Hornacek will give any real minutes to, an injury to either Rose or Brandon Jennings is really devastating, as, again, Sasha Vujacic is the only other point guard that Jeff Hornacek will give any real minutes to. I don’t even mean that in a “Oh man, give Ron Baker some burn!” way, but more just a general, “This team really is not set to lose either of its two point guards.”

So that will make tonight’s game a good deal more difficult, whether you’re a fan of Rose’s play or not.

Still, the Knicks played the Kings very well the last time they played, although the Kings came storming back in that game and if it were not for Boogie Cousins taking a bunch of ridiculous three pointers, the Knicks might have lost that game. So I hope that they’re on their toes tonight for Boogie and the Island of Misfit Toys (and Darren Collison).

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Let’s go, Knicks!

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From the previous thread:

Here’s a question: who has the Knicks best player been at this point of the season?

Reub: All the players, except Noah (and sometimes Melo)

Theo/Captain Luke: None of the players. It’s the kind of question only a deluded fan could ask. You’ve been sold a bill of goods by Phil, and the sooner you recognize just how pathetic this team is, the sooner you’ll be able to see that every player should be traded for second round picks so we can finally start building a team we shouldn’t all be ashamed of.

THCJ: on a per minute basis, Ronnie Brewer. His TS is 124%, and if the Knicks weren’t such a bunch of idiots they’d realize more playing time = more wins. If I have to explain it to you, you’re too stupid to even be worth the bleach it would take to get you to stop asking stupid questions.

Ruru: Melo’s hockey assists are at a career high over the last 12 minutes. Not many people realize he plays hockey, but he’s been suiting up for the Rangers the last couple of years, and though his ratio of goals/shots is lower than the league average, people need to understand that by putting the puck near the net he’s enabling other players to get theirs. The Rangers have had a top 20 offense the last few years, and that’s no coincidence.

Frank: I’m not saying I’m a Rose fan, I’m just saying that maybe he isn’t the total albatross everyone said he was going to be. Just because he’s recovering from his third knee surgery doesn’t mean he is prone to knee injuries. That’s NOT what I’m saying. I still think that if he can play like that stretch of three games where he wasn’t dealing with injury or his court case or a dearth of three-ways, he’d be good for us.

Owen: is it 20 games yet?

Ptmilo: There was a great paper at the recent analytics conference at MIT that did a regression on the variance in aggregate per minute data on spheroid inflection points in parabolic arcs that makes me think Kristraps…

(cont)

Cronin: KP, obviously. He’s clearly due for a Sports Illustrated cover, as I’m sure he’s on his way to becoming the best player in the league. (KP breaks leg.)

Ephus: This is a meh year to be a Knicks fan.

Ted Nelson: words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words Can you prove that in a court of law?

Farfa: O’akley, whose game is a lot like mine, except he’s a foot taller. His FWP is 15.8!

Massive: I think Melo has been more solid this year than people are getting credit for, and it’s hard not to be excited about KP’s future. We’re getting solid contributions up and down the roster – O’Quinn has been a revelation, and Holiday is more than just a spare part in the Rose trade. That said, the Knicks should tank. Buddy Hield is going to be a hell of a player in this league.

Djphan: the thing about this team is so much – depends upon a red wheelbarrow – glazed with rainwater – by the white chickens – the wheelbarrow being melo with some rusty wheels – and the chicken being porzingis – which in the end is why the knicks just aren’t all that good this year and probably next –

Dred: Who cares? I only asked you so you would recognize who the handsomest poster in his mother’s basement is. Dred for GM in 2017!

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At least melo is giving us a reason to stay up. He’s had a great half

Whenever the Knocks decide to play D I wonder why they don’t do it more often.

I don’t even know if I give them credit in this specific game or if the Kings are just that inept.

I was not expecting a lead at the half after the way things looked early. Melo with a huge half, both by efficiency and pointzzz.
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This is why I was not daunted by this trip. The Kings are comically bad. Ben McElmore should barely be in the league still, let alone a rotation player for a team. He’s the epitome of “Well, he was a high lottery pick, so we must just be missing something. Let’s keep playing him big minutes.”

Jennings should be benched for the rest of this game after those 2 turnovers. Unfortunately that would mean Vujacic playing PG for the rest of this game so we are screwed either way lol.

Jennings and the pathetic defense that let’s any Kings player dribble to the basket unimpeded.

KP beginning to get going now, nice to see him cutting and getting easy dunks with his jumpshot off.

Our final two possessions, we get two long contested jumpers. The Kings get a wide open short jumper and an open layup. It’s sheer luck that they missed both.

Our final two possessions, we get two long contested jumpers. The Kings get a wide open short jumper and an open layup. It’s sheer luck that they missed both

We know how to win

Man, this team sure does win some ugly ass games, but any win with this point guard rotation is a good one!

I’m not a Boogie fan, but man, anything good that the Kings do goes through him. They’re a 27-win team that’s one Boogie injury from being a 10-win team.

That’s it, exactly. It really is “Boogie and a bunch of guys,” with Collison being the only other player who sort of kind of stands out in a good way. What galls me the most about them is how little thought this collection of players shows. There’s no plan there.

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