Not like we were overly optimistic to begin with, but the Knicks will be rolling in the Gitmo orange uni’s tonight:
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Much was made of the Pellies’ off season moves — trading Noel for Jrue, spending big bucks on Tyreke. How’s it working out so far?
It’s a vague answer, but so far it’s going OK. It’s not yet clear one way or the other if Gordon, Holiday and Tyreke can excel while on the floor together, and as of yet Tyreke hasn’t taken the leadership role off the bench that so many Pelicans fans hoped he would. Ask me again in three months and I’ll have a more concrete answer.
Anthony Davis is awesome. I love Anthony Davis. Can your team please leave him here when the game’s over? No? Darn. So what’ve been the key differences between his sophomore campaign and his rookie season?
Sure, you guys can trade for him after this season to join Chris Paul and LeBron. In all seriousness, Davis has improved pretty much across the board on both ends of the floor. Perhaps the biggest difference between this year and last is in his anticipation of opposing players. Last year he looked a bit lost on defense, as if he never quite made the adjustment all the way from playing against high school level athletes to the freaks of nature that comprise the NBA. Now that he has a little more experience in the game and a lot more exposure from watching tape, he’s taken a huge step forward. He’s still nowhere near as good as he will be one day when he’ll be able to turn average defenses into elite units, but he seems far more prepared for NBA level moves and athleticism than in his rookie campaign.
The Knicks have been pretty awful on both ends of the floor. Where do the ‘Cans match up particularly well against them? Are there any weaknesses?
The Pelicans will pretty much try to get Anthony Davis to touch the ball every possession he’s out there, and I’m not sure the Knicks have the manpower inside to stop him from wreaking havoc. If they can contain him, which I don’t see as a likely scenario, they’ll stand a chance. If not, it’s going to be a long night for the porous Knicks D, especially considering that since Ryan Anderson came back the Pelicans are averaging a whopping 109.8 points per game.
Get your crystal ball out of hock from that gypsy lady who runs a pawn shop… who wins tonight and why?
The Pelicans tend to struggle against offenses that can really swing the rock around the perimeter, resulting in open threes or easy buckets inside. As far as I can tell the Knicks are aware of what passing is, but don’t quite understand the purpose of it. Pelicans 107, Knicks 98.
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