Charlotte Hornets 97 – New York Knicks 109 – Game Recap

Man, does it feel weird.

A seven-game winning streak? Weird.

Being ahead of the Heat and the Celtics? Weird.

Fielding a very likely All-NBA player? Weird.

But most of all: being down six at the half and feeling ultra-confident about getting the win? Super duper weird.

Lo and behold, that’s the world we live in. A team that was penciled to win around 24 games total (and not just by me: by Vegas, who actually had the Knicks o/u at 22.5, never forget) is now strolling down every victory lane like it’s not that big of a thing at all. A guy who I was totally partial to give away for a second rounder and a bag of chips is putting up historical numbers and has a very high chance to run away with the MIP and an All-NBA berth (if I had to bet now, I’d say Julius could even sneak into the second team. Injuries to many other stars play a factor here, but other than Giannis and Kawhi, who else you got at forward that played better than Randle for the whole season, considering the win/loss column and everything? Ok I’m probably drunk on recency bias). A guy who we were all (well, most of all) worried about becoming another bust because he couldn’t shoot is actually capable of hitting six threes in the same game and is shooting 39% from three for the season, all the while getting closer and closer to .100 WS/48 in his age 20, second season. Would be mercs are playing with heart and desire and are executing defensive schemes like they really enjoy playing defense.

(Now seriously. I think parents should call Thibs and ask what’s his secret to getting – almost – every player active and participative on defense with gusto, and then put that to work in order to get their 5-year old brat to eat broccoli. If I had to guess, the secret is just shouting repeatedly in their ear, facemask half-down your nose, BROCCOLI and then send them out of the house for an hour if they so much as look at candy)

Getting back to us again: this is such a weird year that our third string center (?), 437-year old, grizzled minimum vet Taj Gibson has become an integral part of the team so much that we’not feeling at all the loss of defensive beast Mitchell Robinson – of course, that’s also because Nerlens Noel is shining under the spotlight, at least on the defensive end. Fun fact: now I totally savour the vision of guys rolling down the lane to try and dunk on us when Nerlens is in the vicinity of the rim. Those blocked dunks suck the air out of opponent lungs (and, by the way, watching Nerlens play reminds me a lot of the late Dion Mays, the best ever SlamBall defender – only Nerlens does things without trampolines and padded suits). Such a weird year that Derrick Rose looks the part of the evangelical prodigal son and our trade with Detroit has become a home-run, something that would have never been thought possible in regard to the words “Knicks” and “trade”. Such a weird year that we care very little about Obi being a fish out of water and IQ being on a month-long slump (yeah, good game last night, but the guy is yes and is no, is in and is out, is up and is down – I mean, forgive my inner Katy Perry, he’s hot and cold)

What happened in this game, you might ask? Well let’s see.

The Knicks started out super hot from three, going up 17-8 early and making it look like it would have been a quiet, in-control night. But suddenly Charlotte began to catch fire, especially PJ Washington, who by the end of the first quarter would go on to score 17 points coming off the bench and hitting three after three from the top of the key. The second quarter would be just much of the same, a juked up shooting contest between these two teams with a few guys joining the party (IQ and Rozier come to mind). A notoriously stingy Knicks defense ended up conceding 66 points in the half, with Charlotte hitting 12 of 18 from three because of their own marksmanship but also our lackluster effort on defense.

Cue the second half (and a lot ot probable BROCCOLI shouts from Thibs at the intermission) and the music changed. RJ Barrett, who ended the first half with 3 points on a very meager 1-for-8 shooting tally, scored 18 in the third riding a wave of trifectas like he was ready to dust off Novak’s double discount check. Meanwhile, the entire Charlotte team went on to score 16 points in the stanza, and got behind by nine before the start of the fourth. From there it was easy peasy game management for the Knicks, with Rose looking particularly spry and focused not only on getting his but also finding the open man. Defense did its part – maybe the invisible sixth man came back – and kept Charlotte at 15 points for the quarter, cutting the Hornets’ offensive output in half as we were running a special Black Friday offer.

Game was over, Bullock got the interview nod, and everyone was happy.

The good:

– Well, I mean, pretty much everyone? If I had to single out just a couple Knicks, it would be Barrett (24 pts, 1 reb, nothing else, +9 +/-) playing the role of the vicious hope killer while doing absolutely zilch in every other statistical area and Derrick Rose (17 pts, 1 reb, 5 ast, +2 +/-) putting the sigil on this flower-flavored beauty of an ugly win, always being where he needed to be in the fourth. But every significant contributor was good last night: good Julius on an off-night (5-for-16 from the field but 10 boards, 7 assists, 2 steals, and a whole lot of good-to-great positional defense – oh by the way: Julius’s posting a positive DBPM for the first time in his career), stout Nerlens hitting double figures in boards again, Reggie shooting only threes but making out with a 5/12 total for 16 points, IQ giving an adrenaline shot right to the second unit heart in the second quarter (5/9 from the field, 4/7 from three, 17 points for the night), Taj being his usual dependable self (6 points, 8 boards – 6 of which on offense! – , a steal and two blocks), Elf not being a wretch. There’s too much good to really pick anyone out.

The really good:

– The feeling we wouldn’t have lost. That’s a budding contender sign. Don’t get me wrong, we won’t be contenders in 2021-22, but if our management doesn’t get crazy (which of course it might, we’re the Knicks) and we stay in the lane there’s a high chance we’re a lock for a top-4 seed in 2022-23 (Brooklyn will have self-destroyed itself by then, Giannis may not be long for Milwaukee if they flame out again in the playoffs like I fear they will, Miami will be goodish but Butler will be worn out. We’ll be young and ready). Nights like these are just a teaser trailer for that.

The bad:

– We have come to expect that by now, but Obi and Knox combined for 2 points and 2 boards in 12 minutes of playing time. Obi’s gameplan is a rare wart on Thibs’ coaching season face: you see it, you don’t know how it came to be that way, and it’s ugly as hell. Knox just mostly sucks, but Obi’s got the motor, there’s got to be something to tap there. Asking him to stay on the perimeter and randomly crash boards is a strange way to use him (not that his 10.6 REB% does him any favor). Given that Randle looks like a minor cornerstone for us, maybe an extended look at the trade market for him could really be the right way to maximize that asset.

Fun-sized bits:

– You know what gives me the biggest joy of this seven-game winning streak? Having Clyde call these games. I kid you not, I was afraid he never got to see again a winning Knicks team from the booth. Well, there you go. The man deserves it. And Breen too. But Clyde mostly.

– What happened to seven seconds of Frank or less? And why was it ever a thing? Anyway, I think we should savor every single Frank second that will come in the next 13 games, because it could be the last in a Knicks jersey. It’s amazing to think that for all the fuss that came with Frank’s playing time and role management it will probably end with a whimper and everyone involved will probably think it just… had to go that way. Frank’s Knicks tenure will then forever be the gold standard for my future failed, but maturely handled, Ted Mosby-like relationships.

– Fizdale : Trump = Miller : Biden = Thibs : ????

– Tonight we shot 45 threes. We started the year shooting consistenly 25-30 threes per game. This won’t be a trend, but it’s a welcomed sight.

– I forgot J.R. Smith was Eastern Conference Player of the Week once.

– I read a nice piece on the Athletic about reassessing Isiah Thomas time at the Knicks helm, and I don’t know if it is recency bias again or just nostalgia, but I encourage you to read it and not coming away with the thought that Phil Jackson was by far worse than him in terms of basketball-related things during his presidency. I felt aghast when this thought dawned on me, but it feels so true now that I had a day to cement that notion.

Until next time!

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56 thoughts to “Charlotte Hornets 97 – New York Knicks 109 – Game Recap”

  1. If I had to guess, the secret is just shouting repeatedly in their ear, facemask half-down your nose, BROCCOLI and then send them out of the house for an hour if they so much as look at candy)

    Farfa! I’m starting this regime with my kids tonight. Glad to read you.

  2. i had to google ted mosby. farfa let’s try to set a decorum floor here of, say, mythic quest.

    rj going 2-6 on 2pa w 1 reb 0 assist and 2 free throws, but being up for gamemvp would have made about as much sense in january as hearing that an alex caruso “moment” sold for $12,999. drew hanlen should get a playoff share. speaking of dapper they are missing a huge opportunity if they don’t produce a frankcam-eo set of moments that entirely capture his game stint.

    watching edwards recently and starting to think i was pretty stupid to be skeptical. his pretty huge improvements just within this year seem auspicious. the kid just looks different out there. his shitty feel will still probably limit his ceiling, but it’s still a high ceiling. so much riding on the lottery for minnesota. they desperately need to add some defense. towns/dlo/edwards might be the worst defensive core of all time.

    edit: it’s a shame culver has been so awful on offense bc he has the tools on d. maybe he needs to call dr. drew.

  3. edit: it’s a shame culver has been so awful on offense bc he has the tools on d. maybe he needs to call dr. drew.

    Disappointing to me, but I don’t claim a crystal ball when it comes to college players. What I see in college doesn’t always translate to the faster, bigger, stronger competition at the pro level. I thought he was a good pick. He still has some time.

  4. I still have a bad feeling about getting the 6th seed or better. To me, it still feels like Miami, Boston and Atlanta are all a little better than us when healthy and Miami/Boston also more battle tested in these tough games. Our remaining tough schedule is also going to cost us a couple of extra games. I’m hoping for the best, but I won’t be shocked if we drop. I hope no lower than 7th though. Tonight is a YUGE game. It’s going to be tough. At least we are home and there’s a chance Burks will be back.

  5. I still have a bad feeling about getting the 6th seed or better. To me, it still feels like Miami, Boston and Atlanta are all a little better than us when healthy and Miami/Boston also more battle tested in these tough games. Our remaining tough schedule is also going to cost us a couple of extra games. I’m hoping for the best, but I won’t be shocked if we drop. I hope no lower than 7th though. Tonight is a YUGE game. It’s going to be tough. At least we are home and there’s a chance Burks will be back.

    I think we’re on a bit of an artificial high right now because of the streak, which has come against good but not great teams. We’ve taken care of business the way we should, but things will get much tougher the rest of the way. If we somehow hang onto the 4th or 5th seed despite that schedule, then I will be furious if Thibs doesn’t win COTY.

  6. Alan: I will be furious if Thibs doesn’t win COTY.

    This has to be a lock. Who else is even close?

  7. This has to be a lock. Who else is even close?

    Quin Snyder and Monty Williams have been the betting faves for a while.

  8. Forecasting Knicks-related awards:

    MIP:
    Randle 90%
    couple guys 5%

    COTY:
    It highly depends on final standings. If Phoenix gets the #1 seed in the West (unlikely but not impossible) Williams is the man. If things stay like they are, It’s a three-way tie. If we drop to 7th or 8th, Thibs won’t win. So:
    Snyder 45%
    Williams 35%
    Thibs 20%

    ROTY:
    LaMelo 95%
    Quickley NOPE
    Obi WHO

    DPOY:
    Gobert 47%
    Simmons 46%
    some guys here and there 6.9%
    Noel 0.1%

    6MOY:
    Clarkson 40%
    Ingles 35%
    Rose 10%
    Burks 7%
    HERE COMES AUSTIN RIVERS HAHAH

    MVP:
    Jokic 70%
    Embiid 25%
    LeBron 10%
    Giannis 4%
    Randle 0.00001% (but he will get his name on at least three ballots)

  9. If the Knicks finish 4th in the East with zero major roster upgrades year over year, I don’t know how COTY isn’t Thibs. He would literally have taken a bottom ten roster by everyone’s estimations, lost his starting center, and made them into a top 10 team with a top 3 defense. I don’t think anyone has done a more impressive job with their roster than Thibs. Phoenix and Utah have much more talent than we do; if you give these Knicks Quin Snyder or Monty Williams we’re probably not a playoff team. Thibs wins 60+ games with both of those rosters.

  10. Yo the mainstream media’s continued disrespect of the Knicks is sickening! I usually ignore it, but when I saw a few places use Zion’s stat line from the last game as the headline for their Knicks-Pels recap like Julius didn’t have 30 points 10 assists and 5 steals IN A KNICKS WIN- it really got under my skin. And today for instance, I went to ESPN to look at the box score again from last night’s win, and I saw absolutely no headlines about a 7 game win streak. Zero.

    So let me get this straight. A big name franchise that is rising from the ashes of mediocrity- and also has the longest current win streak in the league- gets no headlines for playing really well?

    FOH lol

  11. “If the Knicks finish 4th in the East with zero major roster upgrades year over year, I don’t know how COTY isn’t Thibs.”

    Agreed, but they won’t. They’ll finish 6th at best.

  12. Farfa! Great to hear from you.

    Good win. Apparently all our guys can shoot threes. Which is nice!

    Also, had never heard of Slamball. That was a great clip.

  13. Farfa:
    “If the Knicks finish 4th in the East with zero major roster upgrades year over year, I don’t know how COTY isn’t Thibs.”

    Agreed, but they won’t. They’ll finish 6th at best.

    A quick glance at the schedules says Boston should be favored to hold the 4th seed, Atlanta the 5th seed, and Miami the 6th seed but you really can’t count this team out anymore. I firmly believe everything is on the table for the Knicks and until 4th place is no longer a possibility I won’t say die.

  14. I have my rose-colored glasses on but I am not so sure we can’t get #4 or #5.
    If we just beat the teams we have a better record than and lose to all the teams we have a worse record than, I think we would finish the last 13 games 7-6.
    By that construct:

    Remaining games:
    ATL – loss (we still hold tiebreaker even with loss I think)
    Tor – win
    PHX – loss
    CHI – win
    HOU – win
    MEM – win
    DEN – loss
    PHX – loss
    LAC – loss
    LAL – loss
    SA – win
    CHA – win
    BOS – win (winner gets tiebreaker)

    That would get us to 6 games over .500 (39-33) and most importantly with a tiebreaker over both boston and Atlanta. That last game of the season might be extremely important. When was the last time we could say that?

  15. ***rj going 2-6 on 2pa w 1 reb 0 assist and 2 free throws, but being up for gamemvp would have made about as much sense in january as hearing that an alex caruso “moment” sold for $12,999. drew hanlen should get a playoff share. speaking of dapper they are missing a huge opportunity if they don’t produce a frankcam-eo set of moments that entirely capture his game stint.***

    Back when I used to read the New York Post (a long time ago), some guy named Hondo used to write a daily bettor’s guide on the stats page. I read it every day, even though it never made the slightest amount of sense to me. It felt like it was written in Pig Latin, with words that looked kind of like English but sentences that were so full of jargon, slang, references I didn’t understand, and grammatical mistakes that they were thoroughly incomprehensible to my young and sheltered mind. But, still, I continued to read it, as if one day i would find the Rosetta Stone and it would all suddenly make sense.

    Now, 25 years later, I am reminded of that feeling every time I read a ptmilo post.

  16. Randle 0.00001% (but he will get his name on at least three ballots)

    The more interesting question is whether Randle makes All-NBA — and, if so, whether he can somehow make his way onto the second team. Third seems more likely, and even that may be tough given all the established guys. But narrative helps, as does the fact that he plays in virtually every game, and plays monster minutes each time.

  17. i also think james borrego should be in the running for coty…. and he absolutely is a tremendous coach….

  18. Man, that western 4 or 5-game stretch is going to be rough. If we can win one plus the SA game, that would be huge.

    I actually think we can beat ATL tonight. I really wish we had Burks for this one, though, because we’ll need 3pt shooting. Hopefully, we’ll get the hometown calls.

  19. What is hard for me (and the NBA community in general) to wrap my head around is that good teams need to start looking at the Knicks as a hard game on their schedule and not just the other way around. I mean does anyone think we don’t have a chance against the Lakers/Clippers/Nuggets/Suns? I think the most likely mark there is 1-3, but I don’t think those teams are relishing seeing “NYK” on their schedule. I mean, we have the #1 net rating in the league in the last 10 games, the #3 net rating in the last 15 games (behind Utah and the Clippers), and the #8 net rating since the ASB (22 games). This is a legitimately good team that is peaking right now.

  20. Just to expand on that – we are all expecting the Heat to just “turn it on”, but they have a negative net rating since the ASB, over the last 15 games, and just a +0.1 rating over their last 10 games. There is no real sign of them “turning it on”. The Celtics HAVE turned it on, but we have a better net rating than them in all 3 time periods (post-ASB, last 15 games, last 10 games). They should be worried about us, not just the other way around!

  21. What is hard for me (and the NBA community in general) to wrap my head around is that good teams need to start looking at the Knicks as a hard game on their schedule and not just the other way around.

    It’s a good feeling. We are at a talent deficit in most games (and this is where Rose will really earn his money in the summer), but we defend so well, and have enough guys capable of getting hot for at least a night, that we’re a tough out in almost every game. If we wound up in a playoff matchup against a fully healthy Brooklyn or Philly, we might get swept, or lose 4 out of 5, but I can guarantee you those teams would not enjoy playing us.

  22. “We are at a talent deficit in most games […] but we defend so well”

    These are the teams I love to root for, see: 2006 World Cup, Italy

  23. Man – you put Kyle Lowry or CP3 on this team (without needing to trade assets) next season, and, say, Jamychal Green or even Blake Griffin to back up Randle (I am assuming that Obi will not be ready for high-level playoff minutes even next year) – that eliminates the Elfrid minutes, gives Randle more rest, improves offense and defense, and get Mitch back healthy. I think we would be odds-on favorite for the #4 seed with more than a puncher’s chance against the top 3 teams.

  24. not to put too much of a damper on things but we have been pretty fortunate in terms of dodging the good teams’ best player(s)… and even sometimes we’ve managed to lose even with that… you can only play the team put in front of you but we shouldn’t get too carried away in how good we are…

    we’re alot better than anyone thought we were going to be… but we’re very likely not a traditionally 4 seed powered team even though we are within striking distance…. it’s been a weird season and that can lead to weird results…

  25. Great to have you back Farfa. Fully agree that the feeling that we’ll take care of business is very weird and not something I’ve come remotely close to feeling since 2012-2013.

    I made money on betting our spread against the Hornets last night and promptly spent it on tickets for tonight, so I’ll be right back at it.

  26. I am enjoying this team for what it is. You have a couple guys on make-good contracts who are making good. You have Randle shooting incredibly well. You have RJ maturing into a very solid defense player who actually can shoot (although it’s strange how anemic some of his peripherals are lately.) There are things to like of course but our future success will depend I think on continued scrounging through NBA flotsam for useful pieces. The fact they did it so successfully is heartening though, my feelings about the FO are definitely shifting.

    In other news, I had no idea how big the Meltwagon was.

    https://twitter.com/owenlhjphillips/status/1384882328737132544

  27. 1. acknowledge being needlessly abstruse in the best of times but also on day 2 of moderna and feel like i took a charge from zion

    2. i’m not serious about this but there is a case to be made for nate mcmillan as the first ever mid year replacement coty. he should definitely get the saved travis’ job award. season ended today thibs would have my vote.

    3. the meltwagon bref scrape failed to consider the distortion from my personal browser history. it’s sorta like that time strat accumulated 94% of the open short interest in the swiss national bank.

  28. I think we’re on a bit of an artificial high right now because of the streak, which has come against good but not great teams. We’ve taken care of business the way we should, but things will get much tougher the rest of the way. If we somehow hang onto the 4th or 5th seed despite that schedule, then I will be furious if Thibs doesn’t win COTY.

    Just going by SRS Boston is better than the us, but that’s it. Miami certainly look better than us on paper but for whatever reasons they haven’t put it together this season. The top 6 teams in the East break into two tiers BK-MI-PHI and NY-BOS-ATL. We’re the worst in the second tier, but have played significantly better than the rest of the East.

  29. Just going by SRS Boston is better than the us, but that’s it. Miami certainly look better than us on paper but for whatever reasons they haven’t put it together this season. The top 6 teams in the East break into two tiers BK-MI-PHI and NY-BOS-ATL. We’re the worst in the second tier, but have played significantly better than the rest of the East.

    At this point, it’s not about our quality but about the quality of our opponents. That west coast swing is gonna be brutal, assuming everybody plays.

  30. I don’t follow Phoenix closely, but I would be very surprised if Monty Williams deserves as much credit for his team’s ascent as Tom Thibodeu does. Adding Chris Paul makes any coach do better. Thibs had no such help.

  31. More PTSD: check out this starting lineup we ran out only a few short, painful years ago:

    Langston Galloway
    Alexy Shved
    Lance Thomas
    Lou Amundson
    Andrea Bargnani

    This team is at least slightly better than that.

  32. Remaining games:
    ATL – loss (we still hold tiebreaker even with loss I think)
    Tor – win
    PHX – loss
    CHI – win
    HOU – win
    MEM – win
    DEN – loss
    PHX – loss
    LAC – loss
    LAL – loss
    SA – win
    CHA – win
    BOS – win (winner gets tiebreaker)

    this is about what I had two months ago, but I’m feeling more optimistic now. I think this winning streak makes it all the way to Denver.

    The Thibs COTY chatter will grow and reach a loud crescendo. He deserves it. People just haven’t thought about it yet.

  33. Dang! First Durant and now we lose Mike James to the Nets.

    But seriously, we could use an extra pg.

  34. I continue to be impressed by Bullock’s defense, There was a sequence last night where he was right up in the grill of one of the Martin twins, and was so locked in he literally stuffed the ball right back into Martin’s face when he attempted a shot.

    I honestly didn’t know much about Bullock when we acquired him, but figured he was just another of a long line of 3 point specialists who doesn’t do much else. His D has been a really pleasant surprise

  35. Snyder deserves COTY. They went from 2.52 SRS to 9.41 with virtually the same roster. (That said, the Knicks have gone from -6.72 to 1.29.)

  36. The PHX game monday will be interesting – will be SEGABABA for PHX with the previous game being against Brooklyn on national television. Hopefully Durant is back by then and it’s a heavyweight fight between those two that goes to double OT lol.

  37. Farfa: “We are at a talent deficit in most games […] but we defend so well”

    These are the teams I love to root for, see: 2006 World Cup, Italy

    Farfa that squad was sublime! Pirlo, Cannavaro, Totti, Buffon… these are some of the best players I’ve ever seen!! I believe it had a talent deficit in zero matches.

    (They did face an uphill climb against Germany, but mostly bc the match was in Berlin. That German side with Klinsmann overachieved; they weren’t as talented as future editions.)

  38. thenoblefacehumper:
    I made money on betting our spread against the Hornets last night and promptly spent it on tickets for tonight, so I’ll be right back at it.

    z-man and teddy at the garden tonight!? I knew I should have waited for tonight. (I went last night.)

  39. Farfa:
    “If the Knicks finish 4th in the East with zero major roster upgrades year over year, I don’t know how COTY isn’t Thibs.”

    Agreed, but they won’t. They’ll finish 6th at best.

    Chicken Parmigiano isn’t an Italian food either.

  40. i like how thibs has been trying to explain in his recent postgames the method to his madness regarding our slooooooooow progress on the offensive end this year…

    man, we are chucking up some threes now…

    also like how julius has begun addressing his teammates out on the floor more…he seems to really get where everyone should be at and where they should be moving to on the offensive end in order to get the best shot…

    i checked yesterday – our foul rate hasn’t gone down all that much, but, it really seems like we get away with more physical play now…

  41. Z-Man, I’ll be in 225. If we have a chance would love to put a face to a username. I promise I won’t bring a printout of Killian Hayes’ recent very promising game log.

  42. thenoblefacehumper:
    Z-Man, I’ll be in 225. If we have a chance would love to put a face to a username. I promise I won’t bring a printout of Killian Hayes’ recent very promising game log.

    LOL I was just thinking of that…I’m in 110 and will be sober for a change so it’ll all be good!

  43. Well that’s a shame – sounds like Anthony Davis is coming back from injury just in time to play against the Mavs.

  44. after that crazy quik falling basket and one, looked like julius came up to quik, not to congratulate, but to remind him he has a trailer (taj at that moment) following him to the basket…

    maybe not, but, that’s kind of what it looked like…

  45. it’s something what some winning will do to perceptions – reggie looks like a very acceptable starting 2 guard, rose looks like one of the best backup point guards in the league, and nerlens looks perfectly fine as a staring center, butter hands and all…

    gotta imagine other players around the league are noticing what’s going on with our team…leon brought sexy back to the garden in his first year…sure, most of the roster is the same as last year, but since he come aboard he’s added the right pieces to make things work…

    I now have reggie ahead of burks for guys I want back next year…it’s exciting to think how well the team may play together giving them a few years together..

  46. Can we just say the Knicks are AFC Richmond this year, and Thibs is Coach Lasso?

  47. No, because Thibs is a good coach. Ted Lasso is a saint, but a good coach, he does not seem to be.

  48. Alan:
    No, because Thibs is a good coach. Ted Lasso is a saint, but a good coach, he does not seem to be.

    haha. you don’t think he’s bringing Dolan biscuits every morning?

  49. Deeefense: Tonight is a YUGE game.

    That says it all.

    Other than: Great recap, as always, Farfa!

  50. Hey folks. I’m finally getting to fly home to NY for 10-11 days! I’ll be in in/near the city for like 5-6 days then upstate for 5-6 more. First time going back home in over 2 years.

    Quick story (Last Chance U reference): I’m in the office today with the bball coach and the AD (my supervisor AKA head #lolKnicks troll who I’ve told yall about). He’s clowning me b/c we were on the phone yesterday w/a member of the 76ers who reached out to us for some gear; naturally, I had to ask if he had any buddies that works w/the Knicks. The bball coaches then claims that Julius Randle is basically pulling a Jeremy Lin (I told yall that Laker fans thumb their nose at him), and of course my AD is co-signing.

    I reminded both of them that the Knicks are on a 7-game win streak, and this year has far exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations. Then they shut up :-)

    So remember as you guys watch LCU: the bball coach is great – and he’s also a Knick hater… lol.

  51. Frank:
    What is hard for me (and the NBA community in general) to wrap my head around is that good teams need to start looking at the Knicks as a hard game on their schedule and not just the other way around.I mean does anyone think we don’t have a chance against the Lakers/Clippers/Nuggets/Suns?I think the most likely mark there is 1-3, butI don’t think those teams are relishing seeing “NYK” on their schedule. I mean, we have the #1 net rating in the league in the last 10 games, the #3 net rating in the last 15 games (behind Utah and the Clippers), and the #8 net rating since the ASB (22 games).This is a legitimately good team that is peaking right now.

    Maybe we are actually getting better through season, and it’s not just a hot streak. That’s a question I asked a few threads ago.

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