The Knicks’ recent stunning string of success really started with their amazing comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies, where the Grizzlies choked like crazy in the fourth quarter and the Knicks capitalized with some amazing clutch shots. That set them on an amazing hot streak that pretty much continues to this day.
Since then, the Grizzlies have sputtered a bit, coming into tonight’s game just a game over .500. Repeating their success against them would be a big boon for the Knick in locking up the #4 seed.
Let’s go, get that #4 seed, Knicks!
183 replies on “2020-21 Game Thread: Knicks @ Grizzlies: The Road Trip Continues!”
This marvel broadcast is incredibly corny
Let’s get this W, Knicks! 🙂
Wish all are remaining games were against the Rockets!
Edit: all our
That’s a hell of suit Clyde. Bravo.
turn back the clock tonight ..taj
Next scrub up!
Let’s Do it!
If Noel can’t do it, Pelle-can!
What’s the word on Noel?
valenchewness may dominate tonight
Jonas looks like Goliath next to Taj
RJ is 0-3 so we’re good
Team looks not very interested
Peyton already garbage. RJ, his box score always has him with 4-5 assists when I look, but damn if he doesn’t drive with his head down into traffic and throw up (as in upchuck) aimless shots more than anyone I’ve seen since… last year’s Randle?
Don’t look now but Iggy B is having a great game for the Magic…
2nd unit thibs…shake things up
LMAO HAHAHAHA ELF what the hell did you think you were doing there challenging Valanciunis on that wack-ass drive!?!?!?!
westbrook 20-20 with only 12 pts
I’m glad the Knicks put that 7-0 run together. Defense wasn’t the reason they were down 6-0 to start.
I’m glad Julius likes to pass but he had the size advantage down in the paint there.
Man the difference maker so far is really Taj
Thibs is a strong coffee
I think Westbrook has more assists tonight than Noel has passes over the course of the season
Taj is holding his own vs. the big Lithuanian…
Westbrook is Wilt Chamberlain at 6’3″
He’s clearly the early-game MVP.
clyde giving elf some props…and now breen is blowing smoke up his butt
Randle and Ja scoreless
Randle forcing a lot but they’re not doubling him so he should be able to score
Not complaining about the score
Randle is rusty after not playing 40 minutes last night…
Randle is off right now.
But if they can keep Ja from going off and continue to mitigate Valanciunas down low, we can win this.
And it looks like he’s mostly being guarded by smaller dudes.
It’s awesome to have Burks back.
Pelle sets a solid screen with a wide base.
DRose is Unreal
Welcome Back Mr Burks!
Welcome back Burks!
burks…shrugs off the ‘rona
Burks! I missed him.
And Pelle with a Norvellous move to the hoop…
Winning the first two games on this brutal road trip is so critical.
Sharpshooter Derrick Rose, that’s a development I didn’t expect.
Pelle is really the replacement to Noel, at least when it comes to having stone hands
I was thinking Norvellian…
Thibs is such an amazing coach he’s turned Rose from a career 30% three point shooter into a 39% three point shooter this season
I’m telling you, Rose is playing 40 minutes come playoff time.
Toppin’s 3 point shot looks a lot more normal now
Defensive specialist Obi Toppin.
Toppin looks like a NBA player!!
I love the Next Level Knicks!
Obi with a good shift here…
Amazing what a good 3pt shooting team the Knicks have become.
Quickley always positions himself unnecessarily far from the 3PT line. It’s a testament to his talent that he tends to go ahead and hit the shot anyway.
iq is money
The Knicks are doing to the opposition what the opposition has done to the Knicks for almost a decade.
I really liked Bane at draft time, but I didn’t realize how put together he was, he has massive biceps…
Obi Toppin’s defensive rebounding is highly improved over the last four weeks. He is grabbing contested rebounds and wrapping them with both arms.
Solid ball movement thus far … enjoying this style of play.
“There’s hope for you yet, Obi Toppin”
(Almost Famous reference)
Read a quote from Thibs the other day saying the Knicks have a 4pt line on their practice court and IQ routinely makes shots from there so he doesn’t mind when IQ takes the longer 3pters.
Really strong and smooth with the ball, he looks like a real talent
When he is aggressive he seems like a really powerful guy. Like he could rip rebounds out of people’s hands … gotta work him out of those timid spells …
IQ is PG with Rose, Burks & Payton on the bench.
edit: Burks is out there, but IQ is running the point.
Valanciunas is the type of player that the Knicks bigs struggle with.
Anyone with some beef
Trivia guess: JR Smith, John Starks, Melo, Novak
Alan Houston should be in that trivia answer so I have too many.
Randle playing like 20% of LeAntiVaxxer tonight
Ja has quite the tonsorial construction going
Blazers didn’t help us tonight
Refs doing a great job keeping Memphis in the game.
Could it be: Bane > Morant?
Randle has become a 3pt assassin.
Randle, I don’t even know what to say
Knicks rocking a tidy .734 TS% in this game
That last 3 elevated it to at least 40%
I’m running out of adjectives to describe my shock at how well Derrick Rose is playing
So did we talk about Westbrook’s line. Imagine he is finally realizing that he’s just better doing everything but shooting… I know the Wizards have been rolling but that just tells me they will continue to roll with some relative ease? Interesting development…
Looks like they re-enacted the all-star game in DC tonite…
Westbrook says I’m just gonna rebound and distribute … sorta dangerous
Apparently it’s the first 20/20 game ever that didn’t include 20 points, just insane.
the possibility of being in the playoffs while rooting for steph to win two play-in games including knocking dallas out in the second is tantalizing
We just put up 44 points in a quarter…
that thought gave me the viagra effect…
rj laying an egg
RJ is not helping right now…
hope Thibs gives RJ what-for… That was Elfrid-level play…
RJ definitely leads the league in shots blocked
RJ is driving trying to draw contact but the refs are only sending Memphis to the FT line so the Knicks need to just fire up 3pters cause they ain’t gonna get to the FT line with this crew.
Zion is leading the league in shots blocked with around 170. RJ is second with around 120.
The invisible 6th man even blocks dunks
rj hardly ever looks tired but he might be tired. he played 40 last night.
You know what it is about Payton – it seems to take extraordinary effort for him to make good plays, where the bad ones are like “ugh there he goes again”
Like, say, lay-ups.
Ja not exactly lighting it up tonight
RJ > Ja??
I never screamed louder in my life than when Houston hit that shot.
I jumped in the air and broke a ceiling lamp. My kids were little at the time and freaked out a bit haha
I like EuroBullock
Pelle rings the bell!
Pelle says no!
As a quartet, we have to have the best four centers in the league.
Can’t believe this run, nine of 10, 11 of 12.
Ja needs to pull an RJ this offseason
This team is incredible, up 17 after 3 quarters in Memphis on the 2nd night of a back to back.
Far West aint that wild so far!
We are rooting for a good team, you guys.
I dunno if the Grizz has another flurry left in them but I like the way the Knicks weathered the Dillon Brooks mini-show and extended the lead.
For Whom the Pelle Tolls
Bane has short arms but who cares?
Roaring Thibs is heard to Acropolis!
Right now he’s the Bane of our existence
Memphis is intriguing.
Does KB side project Brandon Clarke just simply not play anymore?
BTW: I’m glad that cybersoze, JK47, geo et al help me hold it down amongst the land of Lakers. JK I’m so glad you pointed out that we have an identical records with the Lake Show: this morning’s text to my coworkers went like this:
ME: “Good morning. Today I have wonderful news”
DEPT SECRETARY: “Gd morning…wassup”
ME: posts screenshot of Knicks/Lakers records FTW!
I’d let Ja prove he can hit 3s the rest of the way and focus perimeter D on Brooks, Bane and SloMo
They’re still competing on defense but it looks like to back-to-back is catching up with them on offense. A lot of sluggishness and bad/lazy decisions.
This has been a god-awful quarter
Team looks tired, this might be a painful, painful loss
sheesh… i was just about to say that I didn’t mind that the Knicks were bogging things down, but the Grizz has found some daylight.
Need to go back to offensive execution.
It wasn’t when we were up 17
Is it time for me to say this would be the most demoralizing loss of the season?
Massive shot by Randle
That was an MVP move by DRose
That 3 by Randle… we go on to win this game, you circle that one.
notttt just yet…
great play by rose
Rose locking down Ja.
Before the season we all might have predicted Randle and Rose would end up chucking at the end of games.. The surprise is that they keep going in.
Wow… talk about timing of getting ejected.
Man, it’s too bad we gave up a crappy 2nd round pick for this Rose guy.
You get thrown out. And you get thrown out.
I plead with all of you please don’t dredge up my posts where I trashed the Derrick Rose trade
What the hell is happening, why is Memphis self destructing? We’ll take it I guess
Nice to see the wheels come off another team.
Teams imploding at the end of games and it’s not the Knicks.
Wow… Grizzlies literally imploding! Wow
I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like that before: Head coach and starting PG both ejected late with the game somewhat still in balance.
HUUUUUUUUGE win! Rose is feeling it.
This win has Rose’s fingertips all over it, amazing performance, even playing defense. Fantastic game for him again.
The Grizzlies imploded but the trigger was tough, gritty basketball by the Knicks
good win on a b2b with two centers out
Thibs is a great coach, period.
Getting a double tech in the last two minutes of a close game when you’re in a tight seeding race is…certainly a decision.
You weren’t even close to the worst offender. People were UP IN ARMS.
Nice meltdown, Grizz.
No one wants to play this team right now
NINE GAMES OVER .500!
First winning season since 1973 or some shit like that
Guaranteed winning record, unbelievable.
And yeah – Derrick freakin’ Rose turning back the clock esp in the 4th quarter. How about that, man…
Maybe we don’t need a PG or another star scorer? lol
Derrick “MVP” Rose
He may not be the athlete he once was but he’s playing as well as he ever has all around. Amazing! What a steal.
I felt like I was on an island praising it. You weren’t alone.
Right? It’s crazy.
I still can’t believe Julius Randle is the best 3 point shooter in the world. But he is.
Insane. And they keep saying it, but it bears repeating. He’s on track to have more made threes this year than in all his previous seasons combined. I mean, What?
Man there are some tough sons of bitches on this team. NYK could have easily wilted in that fourth quarter, momentum was all with the Grizz, but they just wouldn’t let it happen.
The defense has been very good all season, but sometimes you have to make shots and score. They seem have taken the offense to another level, especially with Rose playing like this. This isn’t just a fun good team on the way up. It’s a very good team! This whole season has been miraculous. But what makes it even better is that it’s easy to love all the players. I haven’t liked a team this much since the Gallo, Amare, Chandler, Felton etc.. Knicks.
The thing I didn’t expect from Rose isn’t even the good shooting, it’s more how he’s seemingly learned to change speeds to go into the paint under control. The Rose we watched before with the Knicks would never do that little jump hook floater he did at the end of this game, he would go full speed to the rim with blinders on, ignoring shooters. Now he can still get layups, but he also has the change of pace when he gets there. Really impressive game.
Taj with 5 blocks, Pelle with 3 blocks.
Rose praising Thibs for letting him play his game. Smart coach. Trade for a former MVP and let him do what he did to win that award.
Taj is the unsung hero, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, great job on Valencunis
He gets the Charles Oakley as Emergency Center Award tonight. What a tough, savvy veteran professional basketball player.
If you look at the dictionary under “professional”, there’s a Taj Gibson picture
This team is so well prepared and when somebody needs to step up and fill in because of an injury it seems like whoever is asked to step up always gets the job done.
I had really forgotten what good coaching looks like. The Knicks have not had a coach this good since at least Van Gundy and maybe even Riley.
When Derrick Rose said it all starts with Ju, did he mean Leon or Randle?
The rest of the schedule is fucking brutal so this was a huge W
All kidding aside, Leon Rose doesn’t utter a word, yet he has worked miracles as a first-year POBO. It really does all start with him.
The more I think about it, the more I believe this is the one factor that all the Teams (Optimist, Pessimist, Tank, etc) never truly accounted for because we hadn’t seen the effect of such level of coaching since Riley/Van Gundy.
We are FOURTH in the NBA in three-point %. FOURTH… FUCKING FOURTH!!! Let that sink in for a moment.
and the winner is –
guys on the team call julius: ju…
what an unbelievable player transformation…not only did he make huge leaps with his play, turns out he’a also a very good team leader…a leader for both the young guys and the vets…a leader with a really good work ethic and now an unbelievable 3 point shot…
it’s weird, it’s like we lucked into a number one lotto pick ready to dominate right away…
Started listening to KFTV via youtube for Knicks post-game chat. Folks are calling Norvelle “Pelle Pelle”. I like it!
I looked at some Memphis blogs. Seems like their impression is that we are Grit & Grind now, not them
I think it was also difficult to ascertain how much of the bad play from some of our players had to do with coaching, preparation, on court X and Os etc. We could reasonably expect a guy like Bullock, a career 38% shooter from 3, to get better than the 33% he had last season, we could expect Burks to score well because he did that last season, but Randle and Barrett outright learning how to shoot? Of course there might be some noise to the numbers still, it’s a shortened season with weird schedules, but those would generally be expected to affect performance negatively, not positively like this.
It really does seem to be about Thibs and his coaching staff changing things around, encouraging guys to make extra passes, find open men, etc. It’s still a relatively weak team on talent level but those little things are having a big impact.