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18 replies on “Post Game: Knicks beat Nets, 115-96”
Can Sheed coach Mitch full time?
Frank on guarding Steph Curry:
Frank Ntilikina had zero turnovers tonight and only had two fouls. He also just strung together two decent offensive nights as the starting point guard, and seems to be the only player on the team not concerned about his next contract (i.e. he passes the ball and runs the offense).
This new super young starting lineup has been exciting to watch. We won’t win many games but playing Frank and Mitchell together for extended minutes, with THJ, Vonleh and Dotson is a good scenario to make sure the guys who are developing see many minutes in tough situations. I like that Fiz is not relying solely on Kanter, who is by far our best player, but really focusing on the youngsters, specially with Lance playing only 9 minutes.
The way Kanter’s mood has switched makes me feel like he’s going to demand a trade in December. He is not happy about going to the bench at all.
That’s an interesting one about Kanter. Both games he has come off the bench he has starters minutes and has performed relatively well (at least no better or worse on the simple box score). So it begs the question: how important is actually starting? Seems very out of character for him to sulk about it.
Mitch is really much farther along than I anticipated- his biggest issue is ball watching on defense so even on shots he doesn’t challenge he’s not getting into good rebounding position. His switches have been fine and he’s not perpetually out of position like early Javale McGee which is what I had expected.
On the down side I kind of hope that if anyone is waived for Trier it’s Hezonja- the Knicks have had some bad defenders over the years but he’s as bad as any of them. Poor effort and poor execution when actually does try. Of course, Mudiay (depending on how he does when he actually gets minutes) and Baker (who’s just nowhere near an NBA player on the offensive end) are more likely candidates but I’ve already seen enough of Mario.
You can’t really blame Kanter for being mad- if it really is a meritocracy like Fiz has said then there’s no way Mitch has earned the starting spot over him. And realistically- it’s a contract year. The guy has millions of dollars at stake. At least he’s busting his ass when he is on the court.
Wait… did Willie Cauley-Stein just have a 26-point game? Z-man’s head is about to explode.
On one possession Mitchell defended Levert on the perimeter and forced him to take a contested fall away. Levert isn’t the fastest guard in the league, but he’s a crafty dribbler and that was really impressive defense
Enes Kanter in the post game comments said he wants to be an all star this year, and that’s probably why he’s so upset about coming off the bench. It’s not like the Knicks were going to send anybody to the all star game, but still. It would have raised his profile around the league and the Bucks could have paid him this summer.
Well, it makes no sense for Kanter to be angry about meritocracy. He still played 26 minutes, which is 4 more than his career average and exactly what he averaged as a full time starter last year. Unless he really cares for whatever reason about seeing his name on the starting lineup, it makes zero sense for him to be angry, he’s being given his minutes (and playing against backups for an extended time which will really help his individual numbers). It would be even worse in a “meritocractic” sense if he played more than that while he can’t defend no one. If he wants to be an all-star then he should try playing like one.
And I mean, if he asks for a trade it’s not like it’s the worst thing in the world.
The 14-24 by Klay is indeed amazing (what a way to bust a slump, eh?), but I can’t wrap my head around Steph hitting for 23 on nine shot attempts. NINE!!!
But if Durant really wants to leave that to come here, then hey…
Curry was also clearly making extra effort to pass the ball to Thompson, Durant and Green too… when a team that’s this fucking good plays like this there’s no possible competition.
On another note, the LeBron Lakers are now 2-5 after getting beaten by the self-destructing Wolves… I thought they wouldn’t be a good team but right now they are actual trash. Of course with LeBron teams they can always make a run later in the season but if they keep playing this terrible, the competition for places in the west will be super tough.
I was just as strong an advocate of WCS, and am glad to see him playing well, but come on – KP was clearly the better pick.
Maybe there is a team with a far lesser player on a one year bloated contract that will pay a 2nd rounder for one season of added production…. a contract like Gortat or Austin Rivers……
I hope WCS goes on to a great career, and that KP is at least slightly better than him and at most an immortal. If you look back at the draft threads, is was far from a no brainer for me. He was the “safe, high-floor, low-ceiling” pick…like this year’s Mikal Bridges.
He seems pretty comfortable coming out to the line to defend. He got beat a couple times off the dribble but that’s so much better than the open three Kanter gives us in those situations. That’s probably why Kanter isn’t starting, that shit is ugly. Our defensive rotations look better with Mitch too for the same reason. He’s not scared to leave the paint.
I like Kanter though. We could probably bring him back at 6 or 8 per which would probably be a value add. Nobody wants to pay for 5’s that can’t defend and shoot threes.