Hey there, fellow Knicks fans! I guess you want to know why we lost last night against a pretty mediocre Nets team, right? Fear not, I’m your man and up to the task!
Here’s the reasons why:
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Seriously, when you consider how the loss (the game, actually) came to be, you can’t help but trace everything to the origin of evil that taints this franchise since 1999. The Knicks played pretty much the same game they play 60% of the time: put up a fake fight at the beginning, let the game slip a bit, try to cover the gap somehow, let the game slip another little bit, mount a fake comeback, play stupid ball in the last three minutes, come away with a loss and nothing new learned.
Against Brooklyn, they followed the script to a T. Here’s the score every 6 minutes: 15-16 (six minutes mark), 22-29 (end of first quarter), 33-34 (six minutes mark), 46-52 (end of first half), 63-66 (six minutes mark), 72-82 (end of third quarter), 82-91 (six minutes mark), 101-103 (end of game).
So, you might say, why all the doom and gloom this particular time?
Oh, that’s why: as I had all too easily predicted, the valiant (?) efforts of the night came from veterans who didn’t play team ball at all – not their fault I guess – while the youngsters were total horseshit. I’m actually happy we lost: to win this game would have added insult to injury.
And that’s where we come back to Dolan.
Our youngsters played very bad because they’re not coached. They’re not being trained to improve. No one’s grooming their tendences. No one’s teaching them anything. We could rave all we want about Frank’s improvement (?!?… but yeah, if Frank ends the season at around .050 WS/48 we should be thinking we had witnessed a borderline miracle) but how much is on Collet’s shoulders and how much on Fizdale’s? Do you remember our optimism about Knox and his improved shot selection? Do you remember when we thought Randle was a good signing?
I mean, everything could still happen. But do you see it happening with this coaching staff? RJ Barrett is out and their answer is putting a frigging power forward – who were clearly headed for the dungeon – at the 2 spot? While burying Trier and not starting Dotson and/or Ellington? WTF is wrong with them?
And if anyone thinks Fizdale is the problem, they’re not paying attention. Fizdale has no reason to feel that he has to held himself accountable for mistakes: the roster made no sense from day one, our GM has some strange talent evaluation bias and our POBO is widely thought to be the worst in the business, but has a very firm grip on his chair.
But this all starts from the top. Dolan’s the obvious culprit. I know, I’m preaching to the choir (especially here at KB), but it’s not like I can get semi drunk every night and fill half of the recap with my weak shenanigans, you know? So let’s state the obvious from time to time. It’s boring, but not hurtful. Who know, maybe one day Jimmy D will read this blog and some of our words will ring a bell in his head; you know, like a Christmas Carol thing where Jowles and JK47 take turns to get the right to play the snarky Ghost of Knicksmas Future, Brian plays the comforting and scolding at the same time Ghost fo Knicksmas Past and a beleaguered ptmilo finds unthinkable ways to express disdain at Guitar Jimmy with some careful worded assorted dissings.
Or maybe Dolan reads something and writes a wrathful letter accusing me to be an alcoholic. It would still be a nice result, since it’d be one of the few times he’d say something resembling the truth.
– Let’s talk about Mitch, shall we? It’s hard not to come away from his last few games very, very disappointed. The blocks are still there, but so are the dumb fouls. Also, wasn’t he supposed to shoot goddamn threes if left open? Defenses routinely sag eight feet off of him and he doesn’t even threaten to shoot the ball. He’s still jumping at everything even remotely blockable and leaves a ton of defensive boards on the table. Now, I mean, I still love Mitch with all of my soul, but those things are the ones that have to be coaxed by competent coaching. Fizdale’s approach to Mitch seems to be “let’s play him and just hope he doesn’t foul too much but anyway there’s still Bobby waiting on the wings hurr durr”. I hate it, and that’s reason number one why we need a change ASAP. His technical after his sixth foul also tells me his head really isn’t the right place. We. Can’t. Squander. His. Talents. Do something about it. Yeah, but there’s still Dolan who probably thinks Dwight Howard is still a better player (actually Dwight’s playing fine this year, but come on). If Mitch peters out like a few dozen
– Same goes for pretty much every other young player. You don’t like Knox’s defensive effort? Sure, neither do I. So why reward him with a start after three very inconcludent games? What’s the message? You suck at defending small forwards, so hey, let’s play defense on quicker and smaller two guards! That way, you’re way more prone at failing, and that opens up one of two equally bad scenarios: either you suck and get benched for it – to no fault of your own, though. It would be hard for Knox to defend two guards even if he were fully commited and focused – or you suck and don’t get benched for it, which in turn upsets the guys who might be trying their darnedest to stay on their defensive assignment. A real lose-lose scenario. Moreover, there’s nothing that Knox gives you at the 2 that Dotson can’t give you. Not even rebounding (just 1.6 REB% more for Knox).
– Lost in all of this is the fact that we keep on losing games where we shoot exceptionally well from three (18/35). When you lose these games, it means that a) your shot selection inside of the arc is terrible (true) and b) your opponent is shooting more/better from the line (also true). If it happens once, no problem. If it’s a trend, the only stat that counts here is the fact that you don’t know what is a good shot and what’s not.
– I kinda like Wayne Ellington. No, better. I don’t despise him. Ok? That said: 28 minutes for him and 17 for Portis. DNPs for Trier (again: Knox played 17 minutes as a shooting guard) and Brazdeikis.
– If you look closely, there are blatant contradictions in Fizdale’s general approach to his job. Playing veterans seem to suggest he’s coaching for wins and for his job. Playing Knox at the 2 looks like he’s trying to get fired in between those awkward Bill Pidto’s Subway commercials. Astounding and confounding.
– Marcus Morris is shooting 42% from the field and 51% from three. He’s shooting 36% from two on almost nine attempts per game. That’s simply atrocious. To put that in context, Frank is shooting 42% from two.
I’m sorry guys, no good or bad section, no fun-size. There’s no fun these days and honestly there’s not even good or decent. Let’s move on. let’s wait another year.