Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavs

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64 thoughts to “Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavs”

  1. Sadly I am listening to Austin Carr opine on how he doesn’t know what the Knicks are doing because they shoot too many 3s and have no post presence and the wont win in playoffs smh

  2. Interested in seeing Solomon Jones play.

    ShumpStuff:
    I miss Kurt Thomas

    He is one of my all-time favorite Knicks. Always was (although, frankly, anybody who played with Ewing I’m fond of). Honestly, if they can’t find a way to keep him in the organization like they did Baron Davis, they need to find a way to properly celebrate his career as a Knick.

    Maybe after the playoffs.

  3. Jones may be a problem with spacing in this game. Should have cleared out for jr on that last play

  4. mr.JayP:
    so….did we still sign Singleton now that we have Solomon Grundy?

    lol.. Solomon Grundy… born on a Monday.

    Singleton deal fell through. Which is fine by me. 6′ 8″ is too short. Hones is 6′ 10″.

  5. Need to win this! Nets dealing to pacers by 19 so their loss and a Knicks win goes a long way to getting number 2 seed

  6. gmoney_nz:
    Need to win this! Nets dealing to pacers by 19 so their loss and a Knicks win goes a long way to getting number 2 seed

    Makes last night’s loss even more frustrating. Win last night and tonight along with an Indy loss and Knicks couldve clinched 2 seed tonight.

    Regardless being up 3 with 3 to play would still be great.

  7. Glass half full though – there is a good chance we get it done while resting every big body we have. If we can beat Indy next would be great then rest starters as much as possible

  8. Jones was destroying the spacing. He needs more practice and work on the offensive patterns.. Ie clear out when jr or melo isolate

  9. If the Knicks played the entire season w/o a center Melo would lead the league in rebounds.

  10. Of course the Pacers after being down 24 in the 3rd are within 1 point with 5 mins to go.

  11. Looking like it is a sure thing that we draw the Celts in the first round. Let the games begin!

  12. Woody put in the scrubs …that would be James white, the new guy and Herb Williams

  13. Bulls lose in Toronto, Atlanta with a big comeback now lead at home vs the Bucks.

  14. BigBlueAL:
    Bulls lose in Toronto, Atlanta with a big comeback now lead at home vs the Bucks.

    Woohoo ATL! Woulda been great if we did our part and beat CHI last night.

  15. Missed the end of the Knicks game but did get to see the Yankees turn a triple play to get out of a jam in the 8th inning so it was worth it lol.

  16. So….how hard are we playing vs Pacers this Sun? I wouldnt call it must win at the cost of anyones health..looking forward–Would be sweet to beat the hell out of Boston in the first round and then having winner of Nets and Hawks (if all holds)..both of who im less worried about than the Celtics..

  17. smokinjoe:
    So….how hard are we playing vs Pacers this Sun? I wouldnt call it must win at the cost of anyones health..looking forward–Would be sweet to beat the hell out of Boston in the first round and then having winner of Nets and Hawks (if all holds)..both of who im less worried about than the Celtics..

    Heat will get winner of Nets and Hawks.

    Knicks only have to win 1 out of the final 3 games to clinch 2 seed or have the Pacers lose 1 of their final 2 games (assuming they win on Sunday).

    If Im the Knicks I play to win on Sunday and if they do then they can rest whoever they want for the final 2 games and basically give guys like Melo a full week off before the playoffs start.

  18. Interesting tweet I just read:

    Carmelo Anthony is the first player to score at least 31 points & grab 8+ boards in 5 straight games since Shaq in 2000.

  19. I just looked back at the Oct-Nov threads…some of you guys have some serious crow to eat! %@ freakin’ wins! #2 seed! Hot Damn!

  20. BigBlueAL:
    If the Knicks played the entire season w/o a center Melo would lead the league in rebounds.

    like I said last night, the last few games are amazing evidence as to how individual rebounds are so context-specific. hilarious that Berri bases so much of his ratings on them, also hilarious that THCJ was complaining about Melo’s low rebounding rate a few days ago.

  21. BigBlueAL: Heat will get winner of Nets and Hawks.

    Knicks only have to win 1 out of the final 3 games to clinch 2 seed or have the Pacers lose 1 of their final 2 games (assuming they win on Sunday).

    If Im the Knicks I play to win on Sunday and if they do then they can rest whoever they want for the final 2 games and basically give guys like Melo a full week off before the playoffs start.

    Ah..so we get winner of Pacers/Bulls..I know people say they dont have any worries about meeting the Bulls..but that is a tough road to the ECF..Celtics..then Bulls or Pacers..gotta get everyone healthy

  22. smokinjoe: Ah..so we get winner of Pacers/Bulls..I know people say they dont have any worries about meeting the Bulls..but that is a tough road to the ECF..Celtics..then Bulls or Pacers..gotta get everyone healthy

    Which is why Id prefer a Hawks-Pacers matchup and hope for a Hawks upset and completely avoid the Bulls in the first 2 rounds. At this point I think I fear the Bulls more than the Pacers even w/o Rose. Also hope the Bulls can beat the Nets and give the Heat a tougher path to the East Finals. Heat vs the Bucks then the Nets/Hawks would be a cakewalk for them.

  23. I think we all know (but maybe don’t want to acknowledge) that our ability to make a deep run in the playoffs will depend on….no, not Carmelo Anthony, but the one and only JR Smith. Melo will get his, he’ll get to the line, maybe average 30+, but it will all come down to whether we see good JR or bad JR. He is truly our X factor, and I actually feel a lot more confident that we’ll see mostly good JR after what I’ve seen the last month.

    But love him or hate him, we will live or die with JR in the postseason.

  24. d-mar:
    I think we all know (but maybe don’t want to acknowledge) that our ability to make a deep run in the playoffs will depend on….no, not Carmelo Anthony, but the one and only JR Smith. Melo will get his, he’ll get to the line, maybe average 30+, but it will all come down to whether we see good JR or bad JR. He is truly our X factor, and I actually feel a lot more confident that we’ll see mostly good JR after what I’ve seen the last month.

    But love him or hate him, we will live or die with JR in the postseason.

    While I essentially agree, somehow the ball often winds up in JKidd’s hands at the end of big games. I hope he comes through.

  25. Who owns the tie breaker between chi n ATL ?

    If stupid chi would have won against Tor. They could drop that game against Mia. Now it looks like they need to win all 3 games in order to get a shot at the 5th

  26. Just watched Indy Nets—that was a physical game. Pacers play very similar to the Bulls on D, but with better offense. They’re gonna be a tough out

  27. Chicago does…what’s crazy is that that seed may come down to NY v Atlanta, where we will most likely be resting everybody

    mr.JayP:
    Who owns the tie breaker between chi n ATL ?

    If stupid chi would have won against Tor. They could drop that game against Mia. Now it looks like they need to win all 3 games in order to get a shot at the 5th

  28. Playoffs. Tie game, five seconds left to play in the fourth.

    On the sidelines, Coach Woodson attempts to draw up the final play. But Melo and JR both want to be the one to attempt the last shot.

    “Give me the damn ball,” insists JR.

    “That ball is mine,” argues Melo.

    Woodson, unsure what to do, turns to Solomon Jones. Solomon reaches for his long dadao blade, purchased in China, that he continues to carry with him at all times. He proposes that he use it to split the basketball in two, with each man receiving half. That way both men could take the final shot.

    JR and Melo both look at one another and say, in unison, “Cool, let’s do it!”

    An exasperated Woodson tells both men to sit their asses down and proceeds with his original plan: run the play through the team’s most potent offensive weapon, Tyson Chandler.

    Solomon Jones is unceremoniously released the following day.

  29. johnlocke:
    Chicago does…what’s crazy is that that seed may come down to NY v Atlanta, where we will most likely be resting everybody

    I don’t think we’ll be resting JR. We can do it! Lol

  30. d-mar:
    I think we all know (but maybe don’t want to acknowledge) that our ability to make a deep run in the playoffs will depend on….no, not Carmelo Anthony, but the one and only JR Smith. Melo will get his, he’ll get to the line, maybe average 30+, but it will all come down to whether we see good JR or bad JR. He is truly our X factor, and I actually feel a lot more confident that we’ll see mostly good JR after what I’ve seen the last month.

    But love him or hate him, we will live or die with JR in the postseason.

    I’ve been saying this since the summer, although I certainly didn’t expect him to be playing the best ball of his life going into the playoffs. he had some great stretches in Denver, but not like this.

  31. “They are a very good team,” Harden said. “We can’t look to score 130 points a game. We’ve got to find ways to score when we don’t score 100 or 110 points.”

  32. jon abbey:
    Durant with just 16, looking good for Melo’s scoring title.

    I know scoring is overrated blah blah blah but screw that I hope Melo wins the scoring title and Ill be thrilled to have witnessed him doing so. Especially since he essentially won it during an amazing stretch to close the season for not only him but for his team.

  33. D’Antoni just ran Kobe into the ground. What an idiot. Reports are Kobe has torn Achilles…

  34. johnlocke:
    D’Antoni just ran Kobe into the ground. What an idiot. Reports are Kobe has torn Achilles…

    Jesus. The Buss’ going to have to eat that contract. MDA will be lucky to get another job.

    Is there another coach in NBA history who bumbled as badly with that kind of talent?

    Nash, Bryant, Howard, Gasol, Artest … Jamison, Clark, Blake, Meeks off the bench is not absolutely horrible. All of those guys have been at least closer to average. It still shouldn’t matter.

    I get that some of it is due to injury problems, but how is it possible to have Howard, Gasol, Artest and Kobe and be 19th in defensive efficiency?

  35. johnlocke:
    D’Antoni just ran Kobe into the ground. What an idiot. Reports are Kobe has torn Achilles…

    Jesus. The Buss’ going to have to eat that contract. MDA will be lucky to get another job.

    Is there another coach in NBA history who bungled as badly with that kind of talent?

    Nash, Bryant, Howard, Gasol, Artest … Jamison, Clark, Blake, Meeks off the bench is not absolutely horrible. All of those guys have been at least closer to average. It still shouldn’t matter.

    I get that some of it is due to injury problems, but how is it possible to have Howard, Gasol, Artest and Kobe and be 19th in defensive efficiency?

  36. Any time I read about a torn achilles I immediately think back to Ewing tearing his during the 1999 playoffs.

    He was able to make it back by that December and when he returned he played in all 62 remaining games so hopefully Kobe can get back and play a decent amount of next season.

  37. And you have to imagine that Kobe Bryant has all the best “legal” drugs and medical treatments available these days that Ewing never had, so yeah, I imagine he’ll make it back by December. I wonder if the injury makes Howard more or less likely to re-sign with the Lakers.

  38. Brian Cronin:
    And you have to imagine that Kobe Bryant has all the best “legal” drugs and medical treatments available these days that Ewing never had, so yeah, I imagine he’ll make it back by December. I wonder if the injury makes Howard more or less likely to re-sign with the Lakers.

    Probably more likely cause it would mean playing less games with Kobe which he would probably prefer lol.

  39. It’ll make Nash better, for sure, now that he doesn’t have to be a mediocre 2-guard anymore and can finally be the primary ball handler with elite bigs to roll with.

    …are we sure D’antoni didn’t hit Kobe in the heel with a blowdart?

  40. And I thought Tiger’s approach on 15 was a bad break, sorry Kobe. If only it could have been Kevin Garnett…

  41. Watching the game, you could tell he was one false step away from a major injury. Playing on fatigued legs, he had already tweaked his knee a couple of times, and anyone who’s ever played sports with a little barking injury like that can tell you that you start compensating for any loss of strength and/or stability by putting added pressure on some other region. His achilles just gave out under that one moment of explosive stress.

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