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7 replies on “Post Game: Pacers beat Knicks, 107-101”
Observations from tonight:
This team is fun to watch. Much better and entertaining than recent versions.
Hardaway nice game shooting the ball and carrying the scoring load, not so much on defense
Vonleh looks like a useful player
Lance looks like a useless player
Frank, Dotson and Trier have potential, give them lots of minutes
Kanter did not look good, missed a few layups and was ineffective on defense as usual.
I don’t recall seeing Mitch Rob much in the second half, not sure why.
The coaching looks to be much improved this year even if the defense is not so far.
Good close loss to a better Indiana team.
I just realized who THJ is. He’s Jamal Crawford. Check out their career numbers through age 26.
I really hope Mills and Perry (but mostly Mills because he signed TH2) have the savvy to trade Hardaway when a real star under contract becomes available.
@2 Perfect – ultimately he should be the 6th man then, not starting and trying to carry the team every night.
He plays defense just like Jamal Crawford too.
I don’t buy the comparison of Hardaway and Crawford. Besides the eye test, where they look very different, Tim actually shoots considerably better than Crawford. Per the link, his eFG% is 0.509 vs. Crawford’s 0.465 and his true shooting percentage is 0.545 compared to 0.509. Crawford did get more assists. But Hardaway is piling up the assists this year with 3.6 a game, which is about twice his career average. If he keeps doing that and shots 0.040 to 0.o50 in shooting percentage better than Crawford he is a significantly better player.
I already got my wife pumped about seeing the Knicks a lot this year. I just need a couple more losses so that the fairweather fans drop off a bit more and the ticket prices drop a bit more and I’ll scoop up a bunch. They’re such a fun team to watch.
Despite the 2-6 record I’m starting to get a little worried that this team is too good to effectively tank. We’re currently 19th in SRS, and 8th in the Eastern Conference. That’s nothing to write home about obviously but through the first tenth we certainly don’t look like the true bottom dweller many predicted (myself included). Given the relative depth of the roster and the fact that it’s largely the young guys playing well so far we also don’t have too many obvious ways to get worse (and in fact have the potential improvement from Porzingis’ return looming). There are worse problems to have obviously, but I think people are sort of assuming we’ll keep losing all these close games. That isn’t how it usually goes.