2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Lakers

Once upon a time, Lakers at Knicks was a marquee matchup. The two largest TV markets in the country squaring off on a Sunday afternoon, taking on the NFL juggernaut, was damn good stuff. Today…not so much. The narratives drifting around this particular game are largely about things that are broken and things that are old. If things were going really well for the two cornerstone franchises, we might be talking about a budding rivalry between Kristaps Porzingis and Julius Randle, or the dynamic guard duos of Jerian Grant/Langston Galloway and D’Angelo Russell/Jordan Clarkson. Maybe we ought to be talking about those things, frankly, but there are other stories that seem to be hanging over this sad little game like the flesh eating mist in Stephen King’s “The Fog.”

For each fan base, there’s the issue of the coach. Byron Scott is a Laker of the Showtime era, brought in to somehow magically restore “The Laker Way” to a bunch of ill-fitting trolls and the zombie known as Black Mamba. There’s no such thing as magic, though. Byron Scott seems like a sacrificial pup, plucked from a pool of seals fleeing from a great white shark. That’s the way the Lakers have handled all their coaching hires in the post-Phil Jackson era and they’ve all ended the same way…badly.

The Knicks, on the other hand, tried their hand at the trendy new coaching search by focusing on guys who’d never done the job before, eventually stabbing Fisher with a fork and dressing him up nice to stand in front of cameras. He plays the part really well for all his poise and professionalism. He projects an aura of class and seriousness that’s not only rare in the NBA, but in life as well. The thing is, he seems a bit like the same old stubborn brand of coach who turns to favorite veterans in the face of overwhelming evidence that they suck. That’s the attitude that marks most coaches as journeymen, spinning through the revolving door of mediocrity that’s characteristic of pro sports. Look the part, talk the talk, trust your vets, lose games, lose your star player, lose the rest of the locker room, get fired, work as an assistant somewhere, get another job, rinse, repeat. Now, I’ve been a Fisher supporter throughout the turbulent and frustrating times he’s been a part of at this point, but the act wears thin when everyone’s saying the same thing about your situation and you seem oblivious to it.

That situation, of course, is the maddening loyalty he’s shown to Calderon and Vujacic, even as they’ve deteriorated before our very eyes. Loyalty is an admirable trait, but professional sports are unforgiving to failure. Loyalty means telling players the truth about their ability to compete as much as it means trying not to embarrass them by benching them. The measure of Derek Fisher’s tenure as Knicks coach has more to do with how quickly and effectively he turns the reins of the team over to Galloway and Grant as anything he did last season in losing with grace. It appears as though we won’t know the answer to that burning question in the context of the Lakers game, so perhaps we’ll put it to the side for now.

We might focus on the two marquee players on the floor, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Both are coming off injury-marred seasons of a year ago, and both are huge figures on their respective teams. Melo is actually the best player on his team, however, and Kobe would play better on AMC later in the evening with the rest of the Walking Dead. Talk about a character in need of being killed off. I could write a thousand pages on the way Kobe’s legacy is crippling the Lakers present, but you people see it as well as I do. As long as he’s on that team, he’s the gravity well of the Lakers black hole. One key to this game is the level of efficiency produced by these alpha figures. It’s doubtful that either of the players will be the main reason their team wins or loses the game, but playing efficiently within the team concept might just be what creates the proper atmosphere for whichever team pulls it out. For the record, Melo’s been better at it than Kobe to this point.

I want to give a little positive publicity to the Porzingis/Randle part of this game. Who knows how much that pair will impact the outcome, but it would be pretty damn sweet if the answer were “a lot.” Both of those bigs are new era types with a lot of versatility and determination. Randle’s bread and butter in that regard is his passing and general feel for the game. He’s not as efficient as he’ll eventually need to be, but he’s shown a few flashes so far. Porzingis has been even better and the way he flies around the court with rabid intensity is exactly what we’ve hoped for in a star player for the last generation or so. He needs to improve his efficiency as well, but it seems as though he makes strides in that area each game. When you think about his size, his age, and his unusual set of skills, not to mention how fast he seems to learn on the job, the future might be now for Krispy K.R.E.A.M.. Dollar dollar bills, y’all.

The Lakers are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league at this point. Julius Randle is leading the team on the boards, with Roy Hibbert following behind at a distance. Hibbert is only playing 24 minutes a game to start the season and he’s the victim of the small ball approach that’s sweeping the nation. The truth is, the Lakers are rebounding on the defensive end at about the same rate as our Knicks, but are among the very worst at getting second chances. Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn are top 10 in the league at offensive rebounding rate, among all qualified players, which bodes well for the Knicks and not so well for the Los Angeles Kobes. Behind Randle and Hibbert, there isn’t really a player to watch in this regard, as there was with Henson in the Milwaukee game. I suppose the guy to keep an eye on is Brandon Bass, but the Lakers are probably in a world of hurt if they have to turn to Bass for significant contributions. Yay us!

The other key area to watch is the ability of these teams to move the ball effectively. Both teams are near the bottom of the NBA in assist ratio, which seems like common sense for LA with Kobe, Lou Williams, and Nick Young on the floor. The Knicks were feelin’ groovier at the start of the season, but have lost three straight, in part, because they fart away the late game minutes with odd isolations, lazy passes, and confused half court sets that result in late shot clock heaving. The Knicks have the personnel to play a funkier game, where the Lakers are never going to have an answer for the type of roster they’ve built. If they’re going to win the game it’s because 1) they change everything about what they’re doing, or 2) somebody goes absolutely berserk and drops a historical game. Cue Kobe’s 101-point swan song at the Garden.

Despite the general gloom I’ve described to this point, I’m feeling optimistic about the game and the team, in general. In a couple of years, this may be one of the games that harkened the beginning of a new era for New York and LA, and we’ll be witness to it as it happens. I’ll leave you with three possible outcomes to the game that we can debate and rehash as the thing unfolds.

1. Kobe Bryant goes nuts and single-handedly carries his team to a victory in his Garden finale. It’s the story that seems most poetic and so lots of people are going to be talking about it. It’s kind of a no-brainer, but I also think it’s wishful thinking on the part of the parties invested in that narrative. Two years ago, that may have been more realistic. It’s hard to see it, honestly. (Hear me basketball gods….that ain’t happenin’.)

2. The Knicks are going to get their act together, play with energy from the start, feed off the home crowd, and put away the Lakers with relative ease. The main problem with this scenario is that the Lakers have a dynamic set of scoring guards, who will devour the lousy, aged duo of Calderon and Vujacic. I think this scenario is most likely if Fisher decided to let Grant and Galloway play big minutes and counter the Lakers strength with the equal and opposite strength we have at our disposal. I also think the Knicks bench will play a role in making this scenario come true, whatever bad things the starting backcourt bring about. The Lakers have no answer for our bench and we ought to be able to “second-chance” them to death with that unit.

3. Last, but not least, the game will end with the score 121-118 on a last second three pointer by someone. Who the hell knows which player is going to be that hero. This scenario is most likely because neither team will be able to put the game away. The Lakers will give the Knicks terrible fits in the backcourt and Clarkson/Russell will look like All-NBA guards. Porzingis, Melo, and Derrick Williams will each score 20 points and O’Quinn will pair with Lopez to double-double on a ton of offensive boards. The game will be exciting in a “what on Earth is happening here” kind of way and the crowd will be left entertained, if not impressed.

I’m counting on scenario #2 here, as I’m sure the rest of you are as well. That said, anything that results in our first home win would be satisfactory. Let’s go Knicks!

Motorcycle Accidents Statistics

Many motorcycle accidents are very serious and may result in such injuries as head trauma, spinal cord injuries and other injuries. Depending on the severity of these injuries, some motorcycle riders may be disabled for life, while others may need to be permanently paralyzed in the legs.

The Occupational Health and Safety survey of 2009-10 reported that at least a million people were seriously injured on their first motorcycle ride, which is a relatively high number for such a relatively new product. One third of those who sustained serious head injuries had to be confined to bed for a short period of time.

The National Transport Safety Bureau estimated that the motorcyclist death rate in Australia will exceed 50,000 by 2025. This number includes around 13,500 deaths attributed to motorcycles, although a significant proportion of these deaths are not caused by the motorcyclist’s riding behavior.

The statistics in this section focus on serious motorcycle crashes resulting in the death of motorcyclists, without consideration of crash-related injuries, including those with apparent injuries and deaths in hospital.

In the past decade, the number of motorcycle deaths and injuries has declined by almost half. . The rate of fatalities and serious injuries declined to a 10-year low in 2007-08, reflecting this improved safety record, as did the injury rates. Since then, both rates have risen. Motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries continue to be the single biggest cause of death and serious injury among all Australian road users. Motorcycle deaths and serious injuries occur in all states and territories of Australia.

Taking Liability and Damages Into Account

To value a motorcycle accident case, you have to consider two things: liability and damages. Liability means who was at fault for the accident. According to law firms like the Uvalle Law Firm, if there is no liability, either because the person who hit you was not negligent, or because you simply can’t prove that the other driver was negligent, your case will not be worth very much.

Damages has to do with the injuries and other losses that you suffered in connection with the accident. The more significant the injury, the higher the amount of compensable injury damages.

 

Google Search Engine Optimization

A search engine is an essential part of your business and the number of keywords the user can search for are crucial.

The more you provide relevant search engines for your business, the better chance your website will be found and ranked for the keywords you select.

Since a search engine is used by all websites, Google is an essential part of the search engine optimization (visit Victorious to get more details).

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More commonly called web traffic, the links are often the first way people look for your business.

Every link you provide will help users search your business and find all the information about your business.

If your business fails to rank well for the words that you have chosen to rank for, then the link to your business could be lost.

It is important to follow specific guidelines for linking to your business.

Set-Up Google Webmaster Tools

It is a great idea to create Google Webmaster Tools to help your business work more effectively on the web.

This tool can be used to research the keywords for your business and the competition. You can also quickly set up a new Google account to find out more about your business.

One of the best parts about this tool is that it will keep track of every link and place it in a Google spreadsheet so that you will always be up to date on the most important information related to your business.

Create a Mobile Website

Creating a website on a mobile device can also provide a big boost for your business. It can be a great way to showcase your content, customize the design of your website, and generate more leads.

Mobile users have huge potential to convert to customers since they are used to be online when their are offline.

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Online shopping is part of E-Commerce and it is the most popular way to sell online. Customers are loving online shopping for so many reasons, one of them is the fact that it is easier to obtain discounts online, simply by visiting websites like https://www.raise.com/coupons/nike.

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It also has the added benefit of allowing you to get an instant feedback from the customers.

However, there are several issues that make the online shopping difficult and time consuming. One of the most significant one is that the purchases are processed by the customers themselves, which can be confusing to a lot of online shoppers.

When it comes to Online Shopping, you can easily get help from a professional for your needs.

For example, if you want to order a new home appliance from a store, then you should go to the store and explain the products you want and the price you are willing to pay. Once you enter the product details, then the person will take care of the ordering. You will get immediate feedback on the products, and the shipping date. It is also easier to deal with customer support for online purchases. You can also share the order details. This has helped me in getting discounts on my goods. Now I am not worried anymore about buying from China. I will get products as advertised. I just have to wait a couple of days. I also get to share my experience with customers, and share the products I got with them. I believe that this way is more convenient. If you do not have the option to place an order, please try to visit the Chinese store. I tried to post the reviews as soon as I can. There are too many. I am not sure why so many reviews are not published. There are some bad customers who are just trying to get money out of others. I am not going to post their names, but please, please, please, do not purchase from them. You do not know what you get until you get it.

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Its easy to get in the habit of using a credit card when you make purchases, specially since it is so easy to get a credit card now a days, you can even get a credit card application online.

Its easy to get in the habit of using a credit card when you make purchases. But why is that? Why does it feel like a better option than cash when you’re getting a big deal?

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Cash is convenient. Credit cards are convenient. But what about if you need a larger amount of money? In that case, you can either go cash-only and make that transaction all in one go, or you can pay off the credit card balance in installments over a long period of time. This is what banks do.

The best and fastest way to pay off a credit card balance, is to pay the balance as soon as possible, using one of the cards that offers installment payments, but here’s the catch: If you do that, you’ll pay interest on that balance. Since you’ve paid interest, the balance you’ve paid on your credit card will rise again. So even though your interest-free interest-carrying days are nearly up, you can’t get rid of it with an installment payment. Instead, you’ll have to either pay your credit card off, or apply for a credit card with a high balance transfer fee, to get out of the interest trap.

According to sesame credit experts, you might be able to avoid paying the card off altogether and avoid the interest trap, by paying your bill every month in full and on time (in addition to keeping a good credit score), by applying for the best possible credit cards for the highest interest rates, or by paying off your balance every month, or all at once.

If you are still struggling with paying off your credit card balance every month and/or with managing your credit card balance, or you find that you do not have any money coming in at the end of each month, it may be time to get help. Here are some ideas for what to do and some suggestions for resources:

1. Talk to your credit card company. It may be that your credit card company will be able to work with you to help you pay off your balance in a reasonable time frame, perhaps by extending your payment period or adding a lower interest rate. If your credit card company refuses to help, find a solution at your credit card company’s website.

2. Try the credit recovery services of a credit counseling agency. They may be able to help you improve your credit rating, improve your credit history and keep you in your car finance agreements. 3. Try negotiating a higher monthly payment. You may have to consider a lower interest rate, which could be much cheaper than paying off your loan. In many cases, that interest rate will be more affordable than the cost of the monthly payment and will be less likely to cause you to default on the loan. If your credit card company will not help you improve your credit rating, seek the services of a credit repair organization, as they can help you get your credit rating back into good standing. If your credit card company does help you improve your credit, it is always in your best interest to take the money they give you and reinvest it into improving your credit score. If you do not, you will be more likely to pay more in interest.