Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 04 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks can’t crash Boston Three Party (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:25:16 GMT)

    The shots, in order, went Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields and Steve Novak. Two were open looks, one was contested and they all had something else in common. None of them went in.

  • [New York Times] Celtics 91, Knicks 89: Knicks Come Up Short in Loss to Celtics (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:24:05 GMT)

    Paul Pierce scored 30 points, leading the Celtics back from a 12-point second-half deficit to beat the Knicks, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

  • [New York Times] Rubio Helps Lead Timberwolves’ Transformation (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 10:32:14 GMT)

    Ricky Rubio, drafted in 2009, joined Minnesota for this season after playing professionally in his native Spain.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Strong Finish by Wade and the Heat Derails the 76ers (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:20:09 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade had two dunks during a game-changing run for the Heat that ended the 76ers’ four-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Bynum, Bryant Lead Lakers Past Nuggets 93-89 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:33:33 GMT)

    Andrew Bynum scored 22 points, Kobe Bryant added 20 and the Los Angeles Lakers opened a season-high six-game trip with a 93-89 victory over the weary Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Maul Struggling Wizards (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:37:48 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors bounced back from a pair of blowout losses with a comfortable 106-89 win over the struggling Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Center on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Pierce, Allen Carry Celtics Past Knicks 91-89 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 04:30:31 GMT)

    Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Ray Allen had nine of his 14 in the final quarter to lift the Boston Celtics to a 91-89 win over the struggling New York Knicks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Tops Mavs for 1st Win in Dallas in 8 Years (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 04:39:33 GMT)

    Paul George hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, and the Indiana Pacers won in Dallas for the first time in eight years, beating the Mavericks 98-87 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Cruise Past Struggling Wizards (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:46:37 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors bounced back from a pair of blowout losses with a comfortable 106-89 win over the struggling Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Center on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores 36 as Thunder Beat Grizzlies 101-94 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:54:39 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 36 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-94 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night in a rematch of their epic Western Conference playoff series.

  • [New York Times] Martin, Lowry Lead Rockets Past Suns 99-81 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:45:34 GMT)

    Kevin Martin scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry had eight rebounds and nine assists and the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 99-81 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wolves Overcome Morrow’s 42 to Beat Nets 108-105 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:42:31 GMT)

    Luke Ridnour made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:23 left, Nikola Pekovic scored a career-high 27 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets 108-105 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knight Leads Pistons to 88-80 Win Over Bucks (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:24:36 GMT)

    Rookie Brandon Knight scored a season-high 26 points, holding his own against Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and helping the Detroit Pistons snap a seven-game losing streak with an 88-80 victory over the Bucks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Howard’s Big Night Leads Magic Past Cavs 102-94 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:54:28 GMT)

    Dwight Howard scored 19 points, had 16 rebounds and blocked eight shots as the Orlando Magic outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Barbosa, Johnson Lead Raptors Past Wizards 106-89 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:45:29 GMT)

    Leandro Barbosa shook off flulike symptoms to score 19 points, Amir Johnson had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 106-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Use Late Run to Top 76ers 99-79 (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:42:33 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, and LeBron James had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Miami Heat to a 99-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Stoudemire’s Surge Reminds Knicks of What They Were Missing (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:12:21 GMT)

    Amid all their early season problems, it was easy to overlook the impact of Amar’e Stoudemire’s injuries.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Filling Out the West’s All-Star Roster at Forward (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:10:13 GMT)

    While the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love is a lock to back up Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin at forward in the 2012 N.B.A. All-Star Game, a case can be made for some others.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Barkley Takes Aim at N.B.A., Bad Teams and Nowitzki (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:06:28 GMT)

    N.B.A. analyst Charles Barkley has blasted the quality of play in the N.B.A. this season, particularly that of the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Guard Rajon Rondo Returns Against Knicks (Sat, 04 Feb 2012 01:24:25 GMT)

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup for Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks after missing the previous eight games with a right wrist injury.

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    45 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 04 2012)”

    1. Must…. eliminate… Toney…. Douglas.

      I can’t believe it’s gotten to this point. This is the first time I have palpably wished injury on a Knick/Yankee/Ranger. What have I become ? I DON’T LIKE IT PLEASE BENCH TONEY SO I DON’T HAVE TO FEEL THESE FEELINGS ANYMORE.

    2. Man..wow..I have problee been 1 of the staunchest defenders of _______ (lol..LOVE tha new nickname), but I hafta agree. With this roster we really don’t have anytime to wait. Guys we added a “final piece” in Chander so we can’t afford to wait for anyone to get untracked at this point. Now, I don’t know if _____’s horrid season is a byproduct of the lingering effects of his offseason shoulder cuz he’s not gettin steals, hitting shots, or dribbling well. But he still has to be replaced.His confidence is shattered. U can even see it in the way he walks..he used to walk around back straight, chest out. Not anymore. Problem is..who would want him at this point? I’d hate to say it, but our best hope is to Sign JR Smith and then package Fields and Douglas and maybe Balkman for a PG like Sessions or practically ANY serviceable PG. O..and FREE LIN!!!

    3. were well past the point of ______ needing to be benched, dleagued, or cut.

      we should be able to discuss things like:
      1.when baron comes back, shump should come off the bench as a 6th man, playing the 2-(rest fields first). he seems like he’d be able to bring that energy scoring off the bench, and then play shump at the 1 with fields at the 2 when baron takes a rest. ive been really impressedd with shump- no training camp/practice and showing he’s a player in the league. i think hes a 2 who should play back up 1. I think his steals will go down when he plays more 2 because he’s mostly the on ball defender at the moment. i think his numbers have gone down a little the last few games because the other teams have had a chance to see him on film but i think he’ll be able to adjust and add a consistent outside shot in the off season

      2. why are they running the pnr with chandler instead of amare? Amare should be the one setting the high screens. also- amare should be the first of the front court players out, and then should return with chandler in melo going to the bench. then stat can move to the 5 and the offense should be designed for him

    4. Don’t know what to say. If we were hovering around .500 now, I think people would look at these last couple of games and give the K’s some credit for playing tough against a couple of the best teams in the league. The problem is we have no margin for error.

      Yes, TD (and Bibby) not playing seems to help us. Seems like he played just enough for us to lose. I like Lin, but the play where Landry missed the fast break layup and Lin ran into him and the ball went out of bounds was just so freakin’ typically laughably bad.

      Maybe, it was a mistake to give a roster spot to a player with a herniated disk. I mean, we need players who can, you know, play.

      I figure, we’re on fumes tonight and lose to the Nyets. So, were 8-16. 42 games left and everyone would say we’re at least looking better. Maybe, we can play 8 over after tonight and snag a low seed for the playoffs.

      Don’t wanna see coach D get fired. All the games are starting to pay off in that the team looks like they know what they’re doing on offense sometimes. Kind of like practice except in front of the whole world and really embarrassing.

      I don’t think Shumpert is a two. Two’s need to shoot. Ones do too. The kid is good but in a preposterous situation. JVG said it. No summer league, no training camp, switching to PG during an NBA season. Wow.

    5. Anyhow dont you love how the team is able to play either league pace, i mean they can play fast or they can play slow, things will get better but unfortunately MDA will get canned. All evidence points to the fact this is a playoff team and Im happy with that.

    6. As for Shumpert, he needs to contact whoever worked with D rose in the off season, in the words of JVG he has good athletism, i personally think he should penetrate but maybe not at this point but he can do with all the body contortortioning thingy that rose does, maybe learn it in the off season, he too good enough to be a mini lebron. But we can only hope.

    7. What I hated the most about last night is how ESPN continues to clown the Knicks, Michael Wilbon better not show his face in any restaurant I have stock in or know the owners. They act as if the Knicks are the Wizards as they go on with their dumb comments and backhanded compliments. They acted as if we got blown out in the Bulls game. Talk is so cheap these days.

    8. “Hahaha So Melo still can’t win”

      This was a nice game for Melo. The rebounding was a little slack but 26 points on a ts% of 59.1 is a nice game, and just two turnovers. Meanwhile, Lebron is averaging 28 points per 36 on a ts% of 62%. Durant is scoring 26 per 36 on a ts% of 61%.

    9. Didn’t mean it that way, but last year in game one he took the game winner and was clowned for the miss, this year he passes it up and still gets clowned. Hey at least he didn’t go to Jared.

      Owen:
      “Hahaha So Melo still can’t win”

      This was a nice game for Melo. The rebounding was a little slack but 26 points on a ts% of 59.1 is a nice game, and just two turnovers. Meanwhile, Lebron is averaging 28 points per 36 on a ts% of 62%. Durant is scoring 26 per 36 on a ts% of 61%.

    10. I would much much rather see Lin in the game than _____ (actually I’d rather play with 4 guys than with _____ at the PG) but man, Lin is so limited offensively. He’s quick, he penetrates, but he can’t finish and doesn’t take shots that are available. Hopefully, that’s just a function of getting more confidence from more playing time, but there’s a reason we were able to pick him up for basically nothing.

    11. Great game. Tough loss. The knicks played well. IF they continue to play on this level they will steamroll through all the non-playoff teams and grab a few w’s against good teams. Big IF.

      Forget BD. He’s not coming back anytime soon.

      Desperate for a PG and a little depth.

    12. The silver lining in these two tough losses is that the knicks played hard, and as a team. It’s much easier to root for a team that plays smart basketball and plays with heart. For me, these games will make it much easier to forget the Gallo and Co. days.

    13. Gideon Zaga:
      What I hated the most about last night is how ESPN continues to clown the Knicks…They act as if the Knicks are the Wizards as they go on with their dumb comments and backhanded compliments. They acted as if we got blown out in the is so cheap these days.

      I listened to the celtics radio broadcast, and they raved about how great the Knicks were playing the entire game. For whatever that is worth.

    14. It will be nice to see the homers give some credit for once, see how Breen always seems happy when the Knicks lose and keeps arguing fouls that are called on Boston. Unbelievable.

    15. Gideon Zaga:
      It will be nice to see the homers give some credit for once, see how Breen always seems happy when the Knicks lose and keeps arguing fouls that are called on Boston. Unbelievable.

      Breen loves the knicks. . . but like some of us here, he hates when they play selfish, hogging, chucking, Melo-bury style.

    16. You know, maybe we’re making too big a deal about how bad our bench scoring has been the last 2 games. Last night the Mavs’ bench outscored the Pacers bench 25-10 and the Pacers won by 11. Of course they were 12-25 from 3 pt. range., whereas the last 2 games we are a combined 7-31. So it really comes down, as usual, to making shots, which we really haven’t done at all this season. A few more makes and we might have won the last 2 games and be feeling really good about our team, instead we are still reeling.

    17. My question about the last couple possessions is, why not go to Bibby on offense?

      Although I liked what Lin brought to the table, and I agree he should have been on the floor for most of ____’s 2nd half minutes, I wouldn’t think of him as a closer just yet.

      On the other hand, having Bibby on the floor instead of Shumpert probably creates more space for Melo or at least allows him to work to the ball.

      Oh, one other annoyance… Would these announcers STOP it with the “Baron Davis as savior” meme? Nobody thinks that. Right now we have lack even a vaguely competent point guard. All he has to be is as good as Raymond Felton last year and the outlook for this team is fundamentally different.

    18. d-mar:
      You know, maybe we’re making too big a deal about how bad our bench scoring has been the last 2 games. […] So it really comes down, as usual, to making shots…

      The problem is that our bench isn’t just failing to make shots. The bench, mostly ___ but also Shump and Jeffries, is turning the ball over like flapjacks. And, at least for ____, the defense hasn’t even been passable.

    19. Gideon Zaga:
      It will be nice to see the homers give some credit for once, see how Breen always seems happy when the Knicks lose and keeps arguing fouls that are called on Boston. Unbelievable.

      Breen spent about 5 minutes in the first quarter defending the Knicks defense to Van Gundy…

    20. I will say this, the last 3 games have at least been fun to watch in terms of the quality of basketball the Knicks are playing. Losing nail-biters to the Bulls at home and Celtics in Boston could happen to any playoff team. It’s a shame we are in the position in the standings that we are after the very kind schedule that is now behind us. It’s become a season of “if’s”…if we sign JR Smith if Baron can play at all, if we can go on a run of some kind…

      Somehow I think this adversity is good for them. Whatevery you want to say about Melo, Amare and Chandler, they are three very proud guys who are used to being in the playoffs. All of them have come to play in the last 3 games. Now they just need to bring it every night like they did the last 3 games and we should start improving our record. Even without BD and JRS we have played well enough to beat a lot of the teams we lost to earlier.

      Alas, what else is there for the optimists to hope for?

    21. I tried to come up with a trade scenario, but the Trade Machine doesn’t seem to list a player named __________.

    22. Boston played really well down the stretch. Their intensity was unrelenting. They hit big shots. They chased down loose balls and rebounds. They refused to lose to the knicks.
      For the most part, the knicks kept up with them, but relented for several crucial minutes, which was enough for Boston to cement their lead.
      Does that intensity come from the coach or player pride? Probably both.

    23. It’s frustrating to watch Fields generate his “own” baskets (like the steal against Pierce, and several other plays over the last few games where he’s made excellent cuts off screens to hit jumpers, etc.) and then throw up an absolute brick at the end of the game.

      I just hate giving jon abbey ammo when Fields has been one of the best second rounders I’ve ever seen.

      Also, his WS48 is up to .119 despite a huge drop-off in TS%, eFG%, and TRB%. What gives? Is usage that important? Or assist rate? I don’t understand how that could be. His TRB% is half of what it was last year, yet he’s up 20% in WS48.

      Also, Mike D’Antoni doesn’t deserve a job if he continues to play Toney Douglas. Lin, who was awful last year, would be better, and that’s saying something.

    24. The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      It’s frustrating to watch Fields generate his “own” baskets (like the steal against Pierce, and several other plays over the last few games where he’s made excellent cuts off screens to hit jumpers, etc.) and then throw up an absolute brick at the end of the game.

      I just hate giving jon abbey ammo when Fields has been one of the best second rounders I’ve ever seen.

      Also, his WS48 is up to .119 despite a huge drop-off in TS%, eFG%, and TRB%. What gives? Is usage that important? Or assist rate? I don’t understand how that could be. His TRB% is half of what it was last year, yet he’s up 20% in WS48.

      Also, Mike D’Antoni doesn’t deserve a job if he continues to play Toney Douglas. Lin, who was awful last year, would be better, and that’s saying something.

      WS has always been a little wonky, sometimes, in distribution of credit for stuff. (It does, I’m pretty sure, overrate Gallo’s offense by a tick, given that he’s seemed to get more credit for similar inputs as others.) Fields is getting credit for being part of a better team defense, for one, whether or not he’s playing any better on that end. Also, remember that offense is way down league-wide, so he’s not doing much worse compared to the average player.

    25. As much as it feels like we should panic with the Melo/Stat conundrum, clearly our weakness is the back court and the bench and the negative impact that our “stars” have is primarily their effect at limiting our options at the other positions. While Tyson’s salary chunk is more than worth it, with the Center position outplaying its competition by 5.5 PER/ game, our forward positions have only been outplaying the competition at a combined rate of 1.9 PER/game. If that’s our strength, we’re a below average team no matter how you paint it.

      Our backcourt, according to the same metric is being outplayed at an average of 12.0 PER/game (http://www.82games.com/1112/1112NYK5.HTM). That’s just so comically weak there doesn’t seem to be any quick fix for our 2.5 mill exception. Just please, please can we never consider signing J.R. Smith

    26. Also, remember that offense is way down league-wide, so he’s not doing much worse compared to the average player.

      Yeah, I think that’s the key why offensive ratings aren’t corresponding to WS like they normally do, because since everyone’s offense is down (well, everyone but Lebron that is), lower offensive ratings are still resulting in high wins because other players have even lower offensive ratings.

    27. Our backcourt, according to the same metric is being outplayed at an average of 12.0 PER/game (http://www.82games.com/1112/1112NYK5.HTM). That’s just so comically weak there doesn’t seem to be any quick fix for our 2.5 mill exception. Just please, please can we never consider signing J.R. Smith

      The backcourt is a weakness and you don’t want to sign the best backcourt player available? How does that follow?

    28. Pros of signing J.R.: swag points, loose affiliation with Lil’ Wayne, a team fandom wide chance to watch this: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag8tQTJrTtg&feature=related). On the court, J.R. Smith’s only above average skills are his 3 point shooting (absolutely an upgrade), spectacular dunking (he might help buoy our 2nd ranked ally-oop numbers, between Lob City and Miami) and ability in transition.

      Cons: Terrible defender, dangerous locker room player, never had an A/T rate above 1.76 (last year) which is espiecally important in D’Antoni’s offense, coming off playing in China and is probably out of shape/ not prepared for NBA speed, a downgrade in blocks/ steals/ charges/ deflections compared to Landry or Shump Shump, and most importantly, just reeks of desperation. He’s Al Harrington except he plays the 2! Its the same kind of move that has doomed us over the years.

      Worst of all, I think Stephen A. Smith would think it was a good move for the Knicks.

    29. Smith is not a strong defender, true, but his assist rates have been fine for a small forward (which is what he has played for most of his career). Meanwhile, his shooting is just excellent. The guy has range like no other Knick on the team. He can consistently nail the three pointer, something the Knicks are having trouble with. Can he play out of control? Sure, but I think that has been mostly overblown (especially since his coach is George Karl, one of the main hard ass coaches in the league – granted, D’Antoni is another one). He was a valuable part of the Nuggets offense for years. I mean, come on, if Smith took that Shump three, you gotta figure Smith makes it, right? Smith, especially an under control Smith, is extremely valuable to any team, but especially a team with a shortage of scoring.

      Also, on a one-year deal, I’d totally take Al Harrington on this team, too. These are not bad players. They are not players you want to commit long term big money to (Harrington more so than Smith), but they’re both very useful players.

    30. Owen:
      “Hahaha So Melo still can’t win”

      This was a nice game for Melo. The rebounding was a little slack but 26 points on a ts% of 59.1 is a nice game, and just two turnovers. Meanwhile, Lebron is averaging 28 points per 36 on a ts% of 62%. Durant is scoring 26 per 36 on a ts% of 61%.

      Melo has a TS% of .600 excluding games he was injured. I calculated all the games played between the start of the season and the Memphis game, and all of the games since his return.

      yep, 60% TS

      He’d still be in the 25-27 PER range if it weren’t for the injuries.

      I know when Melo gets going and Melo hasn’t gotten it going yet. I think now that he has an understanding of what is needed from him in the offense, what his reads need to be, I think you’re go to continue to see that TS% soar, so long as he stays healthy.

      His 3pter isn’t even dropping yet. (and for those who want to look at his career 3pt numbers understand Melo focused on 3pt accuracy going back to ’07 offseason)

      Durant is always going to have good looking TS% because obviously his length but he shows contact so well (until the playoffs).

      Duran’ts turnovers have gone up to 14.7 % while his A per 36 is still a measly 3.0.

      Harden is such a superior playmaker to Durant. He’s quite fortunate to have him and Westbrook.

    31. Hudson River:
      Pros of signing J.R.: swag points, loose affiliation with Lil’ Wayne, a team fandom wide chance to watch this: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag8tQTJrTtg&feature=related). On the court, J.R. Smith’s only above average skills are his 3 point shooting (absolutely an upgrade), spectacular dunking (he might help buoy our 2nd ranked ally-oop numbers, between Lob City and Miami) and ability in transition.

      Cons: Terrible defender, dangerous locker room player, never had an A/T rate above 1.76 (last year) which is espiecally important in D’Antoni’s offense, coming off playing in China and is probably out of shape/ not prepared for NBA speed, a downgrade in blocks/ steals/ charges/ deflections compared to Landry or Shump Shump, and most importantly, just reeks of desperation. He’s Al Harrington except he plays the 2! Its the same kind of move that has doomed us over the years.

      Worst of all, I think Stephen A. Smith would think it was a good move for the Knicks.

      WOW. First of all, Al Harrington might be the second most important Nugget behind Andre Miller. He’s the team’s go-to-guy down the stretch, and has made most of its big shots this year. People will lament his TS% in comparison to say Gallo, but Harrington has the guts to create when the offense gets bogged down. Gallo is going to sit around at the 3pt line, shoot the open 3 or wait for the defense to come charging for him and flail his arms. He’s maybe the third or fourth most important piece on offense in terms of creation, but no one takes more advantage of the pieces around him and opportunities. Gallo is maybe the game’s best cherry-picker, too, taking Linas Klieza’s role.

    32. “I know when Melo gets going and Melo hasn’t gotten it going yet.”

      That’s good to know. Because I was definitely getting worried during that 40-126 shooting stretch.

      “Durant is always going to have good looking TS% because obviously his length but he shows contact so well (until the playoffs).”

      Let me rewrite that sentence for you.

      “Durant is always going to have good looking TS% because he is a million times better than Carmelo Anthony and the kind of scorer you can actually build a team around and give a max contract to without regret.”

    33. Cons: Terrible defender, dangerous locker room player, never had an A/T rate above 1.76 (last year) which is espiecally important in D’Antoni’s offense, coming off playing in China and is probably out of shape/ not prepared for NBA speed, a downgrade in blocks/ steals/ charges/ deflections compared to Landry or Shump Shump, and most importantly, just reeks of desperation. He’s Al Harrington except he plays the 2! Its the same kind of move that has doomed us over the years.

      Worst of all, I think Stephen A. Smith would think it was a good move for the Knicks.

      1) Every year in Denver JR Smith was in the top 3 in +/- for guys with 35% of minutes played. He led the team in +/- in 2008

      2)Among all NBA SG, JR Smith was 12th in TS% (.585) in ’07, 8th in ’08 (.603) ,12th in ’09 (.576) and (.550) last year.

      3)In recent years he’s had higher assist rates than Jason Terry and Kobe Bryant, guys he compares to in terms of voluminous shooting.

      4) JR has the best range in basketball, bar none and without question. He is a streaky shooter, sure, but his good streaks are unparralleled and virtually ensure that you win the game when he has it going.

      For example, in just 5 years, playing less than 30 mpg and missing a ton of games, JR Smith had 33 games in which he hit 5 3’s or more.

      The Nuggets record in those games?
      28-5 (http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pgl_finder.cgi?request=1&player=&match=game&year_min=2007&year_max=2011&age_min=20&age_max=24&team_id=DEN&opp_id=&is_playoffs=N&game_num_min=0&game_num_max=99&game_month=&game_location=&game_result=&is_starter=&is_active=&is_hof=&pos_is_g=Y&c1stat=fg3&c1comp=gt&c1val=5&c2stat=&c2comp=gt&c2val=&c3stat=&c3comp=gt&c3val=&c4stat=&c4comp=gt&c4val=&order_by=pts)

      If you think JR SMith is simply a 3pt shooter and dunker, you’re simply ignorant. He has a mid range game, a post game, and is a very good pick and roll player and solid…

    34. Owen:
      “I know when Melo gets going and Melo hasn’t gotten it going yet.

      “Durant is always going to have good looking TS% because he is a million times better than Carmelo Anthony…”

      Wow, that’s just hate. You don’t think Melo was injured during that stretch? DO you deny that he had a .575 TS% last year in NEw York and a 600 TS% this year when playing with two working wrists?

    35. Hudson River:
      Pros of signing J.R.: swag points, loose affiliation with Lil’ Wayne, a team fandom wide chance to watch this: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag8tQTJrTtg&feature=related). On the court, J.R. Smith’s only above average skills are his 3 point shooting (absolutely an upgrade), spectacular dunking (he might help buoy our 2nd ranked ally-oop numbers, between Lob City and Miami) and ability in transition.

      Cons: Terrible defender, dangerous locker room player, never had an A/T rate above 1.76 (last year) which is espiecally important in D’Antoni’s offense, coming off playing in China and is probably out of shape/ not prepared for NBA speed, a downgrade in blocks/ steals/ charges/ deflections compared to Landry or Shump Shump, and most importantly, just reeks of desperation. He’s Al Harrington except he plays the 2! Its the same kind of move that has doomed us over the years.

      Worst of all, I think Stephen A. Smith would think it was a good move for the Knicks.

      JR Smith is a not a terrible defender. He gets lost at times, but makes up for it with great energy.

      He will get over-aggressive and foul. But, he brings effort, and teams have typically improved defensively with JR on the floor.

      Here’s a montage of him defending Kobe before the Nuggets signed Aflallo:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArjoIMDuNcE

    36. Brian Cronin: I mean, come on, if Smith took that Shump three, you gotta figure Smith makes it, right? Smith, especially an under control Smith, is extremely valuable to any team, but especially a team with a shortage of scoring.

      He would be more likely to make it, sure, but there’s too many “ifs” for me to be comfortable with this guy. His career assists/game is 2.2, which is really low for a 2 (the position he would play here) in an offense centered around ball movement. There are a lot of problems with our offense, but following Mike Kurlo’s piece in the Times, I don’t think shot creators are what we lack and I don’t think J.R. Smith would be the spot up shooter I’d love him to be. Anthony Morrow on the other hand…

    37. Oh sure, I’d love Anthony Morrow, too, but guys like that are not easy to get. Smith is readily available and apparently willing to come play here. You gotta snap him up.

    38. Hudson River: He would be more likely to make it, sure, but there’s too many “ifs” for me to be comfortable with this guy. His career assists/game is 2.2, which is really low for a 2 (the position he would play here) in an offense centered around ball movement. There are a lot of problems with our offense, but following Mike Kurlo’s piece in the Times, I don’t think shot creators are what we lack and I don’t think J.R. Smith would be the spot up shooter I’d love him to be. Anthony Morrow on the other hand…

      What are you talking about, man?
      Not a spot-up shooter?

    39. Hudson River: He would be more likely to make it, sure, but there’s too many “ifs” for me to be comfortable with this guy. His career assists/game is 2.2, which is really low for a 2 (the position he would play here) in an offense centered around ball movement. There are a lot of problems with our offense, but following Mike Kurlo’s piece in the Times, I don’t think shot creators are what we lack and I don’t think J.R. Smith would be the spot up shooter I’d love him to be. Anthony Morrow on the other hand…

      His assist rate and a per 36 or pertty good considering the role he’s most often been in.

      Smith is not an isolation player, per se, but he can create his own shot. His great TS% years have been when he’s played off the ball as, you guessed it (or perhaps not), a spot shooter.

      He’s a better player than Anthony Morrow, clearly

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