The Knicks head to Dallas to hopefully put more of a stamp on their chances of avoiding the play-in games while also helping to make sure that the Dallas Mavericks do have to play in the play-in games (and hopefully lose them both and have their first round pick, which goes to the Knicks, end up in the lottery, where I can only assume it will be picked as the #1 overall pick).
The Knicks head into tonight clinging to the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’re just barely ahead of the Miami Heat for the #7 seed (and the Heat own the tiebreaker with the Knicks). Luckily for the Knicks, the injury-ravaged Hornets are falling down, and while the slightly less-injury ravaged Pacers are doing better, they have some ground to make up, so it really looks like the Knicks’ best chance is being either the #6 or the #7 seed, which would be either an amazing avoidance of the play-in game all together or at least get to have two chances at making the playoffs via the play-in games.
Let’s go win five in a row, Knicks!
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Let’s go Knicks!
Burks is out – COVID protocols 🙁
The Nets are shooting 54% and 48% from 3 and are only up 5 points vs the Hornets.
No Burks. RJ has to have a good one.
Only got the Mavs stream on League Pass 🙁
daniel gafford a couple of huge blocks on zion down the stretch. he’s pretty good.
Interesting piece in 538 on how Zion’s the leader in getting blocked by a mile.
Good lead in game. No clyde tho
KP looks like ass on D these days.
It appears Payton has four assists already…
Julius > KP
it’s cool that rj is comfortable enough going right now that he literally reset his iso so he could right on maxi away from help
While talking assists, we have 8 made shots and 6 assists. So far a nice ratio…
My bad, it’s 9 and 7.
God, do I really have to listen to Richard Jefferson all night?
First team to 200 wins?
Guards gotta help out rebounding with this lineup
Was just about to LOL too.
KP will play like dog shit and then hit a deep spot up 3 and he’s the almighty unicorn again.
RJ finally did what I’ve been telling him to do (thanks for finally listening, kid). He normally bricks his first four shots, all taken out of rhythm early in the game. I’ve wanted him to just take the first few minutes off. This game he did absolutely nothing on offense until just under 6 minutes left, then in a 20 second span he had an assist, a rebound, and a layup.
Early appearance by Obi. I think Thibs is matching Randle’s rest with Doncic, just like he matched rest with Zion against the Pelicans.
In the second half, I suspect the Randle will play virtually the entire time.
I think I saw Derrick Rose guard three different Mavs on one possession. Or was it an opioid hallucination?
I have never watched Porzingis and thought “boy, I really wish we had that guy signed to an enormous contract”
Obi gone already … 2 boards in a flash
So far you’re spot-on…
We kicked their ass that quarter…
Wow that was one impressive first quarter
(Oh and the Mavs defense sucks ass )
To be fair, I haven’t thought “I’m glad Mills and Perry contacted hardly any teams to see what they would offer” either.
That was one of the best end-of-quarter offensive sets all season. Randle passed out of the double and ball went all the way to the weak side corner and back out to the strong side elbow for a wide open IQ 3. Swish.
Fuck the Mavs
I get Thibs telling Obi that he is only going to play when Doncic is resting. Luka would exploit Obi’s ball watching on defense.
Randle on his way to a 60-point game.
Meanwhile, IQ is averaging 108 pts per 36.
I love microscopic sample sizes…
Feels like we should be blowing them out. Hardaway and Richardson not missing.
Whoever IQ is covering is also averaging 108 pts per 36.
Trading KP was the right move, as much as I hated it at the time.
Trading for DSJ with Jordan and Mathews as cap filler was bad from Day 1.
Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to be the worst thing to happen to the Knicks since Isiah.
Leads evaporate so so quickly around here
IQ, man, tonight would be a good night to get back on track.
Doncic needs to shut up.
Reggie’s getting under Luca’s skin.
Doncic is an MVP candidate. His biggest flaw is he is loose with the ball. 4.3 turnovers/game.
One on one on one on one on one
I don’t want to get ahead of myself but I think we should let Payton actually run the offense here … his hesitation is ruining their D it would appear
You can see players really fear driving to the basket with KP out there lol.
Doncic sat and Obi was going to check in, but Doncic returned at the next dead ball so Randle stayed in.
Hahaha. KP sends back only one of Payton’s shots, after giving up several, and the announcer is like, “and THERE is that rim protection that Rick Carlisle values so much.”
Thibs is only playing 9 players. Knox & Frank have not left the bench.
Yea it’s asinine… wait until he hits another 3….
If they did an anonymous poll of NBA players of which opposing player they hate the most, there’s no doubt Luka would be number 1.
In your face, Luka.
Randle better stick with the braids for the rest of the season…and playoffs!
Yeah I wonder if the Mavs keep similar stats to track Spray Tan KP v. no Spray Tan
Great paint defense there
Nice to go into the locker room with a lead.
Games against Dallas have a lot of meaning. The pick, Luca, KP, and all the other former Knicks.
i have no idea how randle got that pass to rj to end the half
I’d bet that 7’3″ Rolfe Gruber wouldn’t be that far behind…
I thought KP was having an efficient half, and lo and behold, checking the box score I see he has more shots than points. And that’s being 2/4 from 3pt.
Julius is the man. Payton looks decent tonight. Really hope they don’t blow this one.
That was pretty smooth from Luka.
I got to say, while I have never liked R-Jeff for some reason I don’t think his analysis is that bad, judging by the prevailing standard anyway.
Well below Clyde obviously. WELL below.
RJ, I’m sorry, you misinterpreted me. I didn’t mean take the whole game off, just the first few minutes. Time to wake up…
Kind of surprised Randle didn’t get a foul in addition to getting on a poster with KP
Bullock has such a flat shot
Mavs are the whiniest team in the NBA and it’s not even close
Julius has 23 points so far. The other four starters have 26, combined.
Meanwhile, the bench has kicked in 14…
Payton needs to sit.
KP doesn’t work hard on defense.
Dude is straight up overrated.
It’s not quite a poster, but RJ ripping the ball from Porzingis and calmly scoring on his stiff ass was satisfying as hell.
Pretty easy to see why Mavs fans are turning on this dude.
I am expecting the Knicks to throw the zone trap at Dallas to start the 4Q.
Gotta love RJ’s defense tonight
Randle is our entire offense.
Randle too. He wants this game.
Randle has 35 points in 33 minutes through 3Q.
I f****** love the season Randle is having
Yeah you can see it. He gets pissed at every Mavs basket
Yeah, doubling Luka is the way to go in the 4th quarter.
Obi has to make the most of his 2 minutes
I’m watching the game.
My volume is on zero.
A nice way to watch.
Last year he does not get that bucket
Luka sits, so Randle gets a rest.
like how rj abused reddick
Frankie Smokes time.
Refs are doing the Mavs some favors here.
RJ taking us home…
Not going to run the zone trap with Obi on the court. Obi has two tough defensive rebounds this quarter.
obi…a few nice boards…showing some energy
Randle on the bench. JV out there with RJ, and he is starting to “percolate”
RJ the closer!
RJ reminds me of Spree in that it seems like he can play 48 mins and not slow down a bit.
Man you can really dream on RJ sometimes
I’m kind of surprised RJ never put a hit out on Keith Smart
Obi’s got 4 rebounds in his 5 minutes so far. And no missed moon shots (no shots at all, so that helps…).
some dude who looks like frank just hit a 3
Props to old man Reddick…. But maybe let’s glue someone to him
How is that not a shooting foul?
Tnfh needs to issue a retraction
Frank with a pump and shoot 3, followed by a pump and go drive.
The key to this game was sitting Payton down.
thibs not giving obi some extra time…he deserved it…
Doncic checked back in, so did Randle. Mark Jones missed Randle checking in for the last segment.
A “classy” move by Rose? Who are these announcers?
KP not exactly a rim protecting powerhouse
Pretty sure this is the longest stretch Randle has sat this whole season and I’m not joking
Mavs bitch about every call and Rose gets a T? Wtf?
The Mavs’ bitching is pretty grating, especially considering it feels like RJ alone should have 6 or so more free throws
Frank got the 2nd half call on Hardaway instead of IQ. Better result (so far).
need to tweak this unit…rose is gassed
Missing Burks a lot.
Luka complains literally every time he goes to the basket.
Don’t led it slip away, laddies.
No quickley all second half
Don’t let this game come down to Luka in the final possession.
Luka complains on every call against the Mavs. Every one.
WHAT A BLOCK!!!
Jesus that block.
Nerlens holy crap!!!
Oh, Noel…unreal block, then can’t hold the ball on the rebound
Did he just say Noel “put him in the friend zone?”
Is disrobing KP a hostile act now?
Not feeling this officiating crew
phuck… elf is back in
Nice power move by Randle
I didn’t realize I hate the Mavs, but I do
The way they’re calling the game, that would be a flagrant if it was against the Knicks
How do you not T up a guy who complains the entire game?
That clear out for Randle reminded me of another Knick who wore 30.
Luka’s demeanor is so annoying. Plus KP. And Hardaway.
Agreed. I know this board loves Luka’s play, but I hate that guy.
bunch of whiny ass biatches
Ball don’t lie Luka!
just like their owner
Time to ice this one.
Did Mark Cuban create this culture of harassing the refs?
This is a VERY satisfying win.
This is one helluva win.
damn. we good.
What a win. Wow.
Nice to see the Dallas Divas lose.
Oh, by the way, that cross court pass by Bullock was absolutely terrible.
cuban… choking on his n95 mask
call me crazy, but… I want the Bucks. Thibs could figure out how to make that a series that Giannis would need to play superhuman basketball to win.
Can’t believe the Knicks might actually have a shot at the 4th seed.
This has been a total Batman and Robin game. But the others pitched in for the most part. Obi with his 4 rebounds (pow!). Frank with a cameo (bam!). Noel 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4-4 from the line (swat!). Even Elf with 7 rebounds and 6 assists (pass!).
Missing Clyde on that one 😉
Still possible that the Dallas pick is in the Lottery.
Boy we have a lot to learn about how to close
Very satisfying road win. Maybe the most satisfying because it was Dallas!
Can’t believe how relatively easy this win was and Burks didn’t even play.
Boy, I think the Knicks finished just fine.
Who do you prefer in the first round, Hawks or Celtics?
The shocking part of this team isn’t just that they’re playoffs-bound. It’s that I’m going to be entertained by them being there.
We did. Mavs fans have. His next team’s fans will. Not sure of many other active players with this kind of career. Gordon? Oladipo? Who else peddles a whole lot of “this year is the year” false hope and gets the benefit of the doubt each and every time?
Yeah, this was definitely one of the most satisfying wins of the year. We looked like the better coached team and looked like we simply played harder.
Randle + RJ= 68 points
It’s shocking how everything is going their way, with every team they wanted to lose losing tonight. It’s a fun feeling! Heck, they almost have as good of a record as the Mavs, which is also amazing.
Now go sign Moe Wagner, Aller!
So is my 39 win prediction from a few weeks ago THAT absurd now?
Next four games are all very winnable with Atlanta being the toughest. Next really really tough one is Phoenix. If we win these next four we can get to 39 or even…40?
Euphoria is starting to set in. How much fun has this season been?
The team looked like it was breaking down, Julius was playing badly, injuries, everything seemed to point to a let down, but man, those last few games have been so enjoyable. It’s really a great feeling to finally have a Knicks team that never gives up and continues to grind, guys are stepping up, RJ and Randle look like a real damn good duo and the defense remains right where we want it. I’m so impressed, really, there’s a real chance we could evade the Nets and Sixers in the first round, which would be amazing. I just don’t see the Pacers, Hornets or Raptors overtaking us, then it’s just a matter of keeping pace with the Celtics, Heat and Hawks.
1/2 game out of 4th place.
If the Knicks could get up to the 5 seed, I like our chances against any possible four seed (except Miami) to win a playoff series. Imagine a year ago thinking that Julius Randle and RJ Barrett would be leading the Knicks to a tie for the NBA’s 10th best net rating.
My comments are being marked as spam? That’s tough.
These are essentially the ’90s Knicks
I remember being somewhat startled by this same thought…
My comments are being marked as spam? That’s tough.
ouch, that sounds like a harsh social commentary…
Not really. They had trouble getting the ball inbounds, and they were rescued by at least one not great call when Randle was swarmed – otherwise it would have been a backcourt violation. And Noel sagged off Luka, allowing that 3, when…why? There were a bunch of miscues that could have hurt us. I wouldn’t call it luck, since we were the better team tonight, more prepared, more intense, so we deserved the win…but the execution still isn’t strong down the stretch.
I’m reading some Mavs fan commentary and a common theme is that the Mavs are just kind of soft. That physical teams push them around pretty easily.
That matches up with what I saw out there. The Knicks aren’t the most skilled team in the league but they’re definitely physical, there is really nobody in the rotation who plays soft.
Weird. I un-spammed it.
New York basketball is back! This is a Knicks team we can be proud of thanks to Thibs. Coach of the year in my book.