Recap: Knicks 99 Sixers 87

Since the Knicks did not play a real NBA team yesterday, I didn’t feel the need for a real recap. Instead I decided to merge two of my interests and assign a Pokemon the Trading Card Game card to each Knick. For the 3 of you with kids that play the game, enjoy! For everyone else, just try to follow along.

Philadelphia 76ers 87 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis, PF 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 3FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +6 +/-

Zoroak BREAK
Being that Breakthrough was just released, right now we’re not sure how good this card is. Although it seems of the new set, it’s the most popular one which is a good sign. It seems to have a handful of uses, as an attacker, as an escape rope, and a mimic. The more I see it, the more I’m impressed.

Carmelo Anthony, SF 26 MIN | 5-16 FG | 0-3 3FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +12 +/-

Shaymin-EX
It’s the most expensive card in the game, and just about every deck needs one. However once it’s talents are used, it sits there. So you wonder why the heck you have it out there. But yet you find you can’t make a deck without him. Classic card that you can’t live without when you have it, but it’s not as great as you’d imagine it would be when you do have it.

Robin Lopez, C 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +14 +/-

Wailord EX
Alone this card is useless. By the time you get enough energy on it to actually fire a shot, you could have powered up like 4 Entei’s. However in the right situation this can be a cog in a championship deck. Also you would never ever attack with this card. That’s just not its role.

Jose Calderon, PG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-3 3FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +11 +/-

Durant
In the early part of this decade this was a useful card. However in its 2015 incarnation, it’s largely useless.

Arron Afflalo, SG 23 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 3FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +13 +/-

Professor Birch
When you first get this card you think it’s a good supporter card. It gets more cards in your hands, which is essential to Pokemon TCG. However that coin flip is the difference between drawing 4 cards and 7. And that inconsistency means you’re better off with Sycamore and/or Shauna. Eventually you stop using Birch for more consistent methods.

Derrick Williams, PF 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-2 3FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5 +/-

Charizard-EX
If this is your first EX (it was ours), you think WOW it’s awesome. It looks great, has a lot of hit points, & can (seemingly) do a good amount of damage. But as you face better players, you notice that it’s damage isn’t that much, it discards an energy every turn which really slows down the rest of your team’s development, and it’s just useless against water decks. So it’s a fun card to see, but not for serious players.

Kyle O’Quinn, PF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5 +/-

Double Colorless Energy
At times this card seems awesome. It can power so many attacks. But under the surface are some weaknesses. It’s easily targeted for destruction. Not every pokemon needs 2 colorless energy in their attacks. It’s almost impossible to pull out of the discard pile (baby Yveltal aside). Yet it’s still extremely useful and you’ll want this card in just about every deck you own. You just can’t rely in it all the time.

Lance Thomas, SF 22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-

Golurk
This is supposedly a pretty good card. 130 hit points. It counts as both Fighting and Psychic. It can dish out 120 damage. Have I ever seen a successful deck with it? No. Am I scared when an opponent plays it? No.

Cleanthony Early, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5 +/-

Loudred
If a Loudred is never played, because no one would ever put him in a deck, does it make a sound?

Kevin Seraphin, C 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8 +/-

Lapras
When you get that first theme deck, Lapras is a monster. He’s a basic pokemon with over 100 hit points. He can take energy from the discard pile & power up other pokemon. He can do large amounts of damage if given enough energy.

But in the end, he doesn’t really fit in well with other decks. That energy acceleration doesn’t work early in the game, and those 110 HPs aren’t strong enough for late in the game. As you make better decks, you struggle to find spots for him that will cover those weaknesses.

Jerian Grant, PG 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -1 +/-

Eevee
This card can evolve into a bunch of average pokemon which can enhance the other cards around it. Any time you’re playing a deck that’s weak against water, fire, or electricity, you don’t want to see this card on your opposing player’s bench. The only thing that stops an eevee, is not having the proper card to evolve into. So for eevee, evolution is the key.

Sasha Vujacic, SG 6 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -7 +/-

Lampent
The only reason to have this card in your deck is to discard it. Literally it’s better to throw him out that play him.

Langston Galloway, SG 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-2 3FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1 +/-

Pyroar
If you’re a new player, eventually you turn to fire to make a deck. It’s just a stage everyone goes through. FlashFire’s Pyroar is a good defensive card against EX and basic attackers. But his offense is sustainable if you’re chucking energy on his attack, you’re not powering up your other cards. Can he be useful in a more powerful deck? That is yet to be determined.

Derek Fisher

Flash Energy
“I got a special energy! I got a special energy! I got a special energy!”

“Double Colorless? Strong Energy? Dangerous Energy? Double Dragon?”

“No — Flash Energy! The special electric energy.”

“Have you ever seen a deck with it?”

“No.”

“Can you think of any uses for it?”

“No.”

“Does it do anything good?”

“No.”

“Still excited about it?

“No.”

Two Things We Saw

  1. When left alone to drive to the hoop & dunk with two hands, Porzingis looks like a praying mantis.
  2. Is this the poster Clyde said he had on his wall when he was a player?

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30 thoughts to “Recap: Knicks 99 Sixers 87”

  1. Very happy to see the return of the goofy grade-based recaps. Biggest thing I learned is that there are apparently a lot of new pokemon since I was in my heyday.

  2. Glad to see the return of this format also. It’s what brought me to this blog in the first place. Hope you guys continue to dance with the one that brung you. I know nothing about Pokemon and still enjoyed it.

  3. Rookie Leaders, WS48 (minimum 250 minutes)
    1. Kristaps Porzingis .148
    2. Karl Anthony-Towns .146
    3. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson .112
    4. Willie Cauley-Stein .106
    5. Frank Kaminsky .106

  4. Thanks for the wonderful recap Mike. Really appreciate it.

    Pokemon + Knicks = Genius. Seriously, what were you on when you thought this one up?

    And just a question to ask everyone else – does the fact that OK4 is having off-court troubles make you feel even better about KP?

  5. Last night was my first trip to the Garden this year. Pretty exciting. I was in a section with three Latvian women giddily waving Latvian flags. Chants of POR – ZING – IS rain down frequently. Everyone courtside wants to talk to T-Bone. And he handles everything with an ease that belies his age. As ephus would say, it’s a good time to be a Knicks fan.

  6. 1. Kristaps Porzingis .148
    2. Karl Anthony-Towns .146
    3. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson .112
    4. Willie Cauley-Stein .106
    5. Frank Kaminsky .106

    I really liked Rondae Hollis-Jefferson before the draft and wanted us to take him with the pick we used on Grant. Hopefully in the long term Grant develops into the better player, but I’m currently slightly annoyed by this.

  7. Okafor’s troubles are what happens when you give a 19 year old $5 million dollars and have nobody to mentor him. Philly made a big mistake in not having veteran leadership on the roster. Embiid and Okafor are examples of that. One guy won’t eat healthy and the other one gets into trouble.

  8. Okafor’s troubles are what happens when you give a 19 year old $5 million dollars and have nobody to mentor him. Philly made a big mistake in not having veteran leadership on the roster. Embiid and Okafor are examples of that. One guy won’t eat healthy and the other one gets into trouble.

    Funny thing that veteran leadership wasn’t needed for Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis, both who were on largely young teams their first seasons, to stay out of trouble. And veterans didn’t stop Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers from being detrimental to their team.

  9. I was really hoping to see a KP vs Okafor game so the Knicks could prove that they clearly got the better pick… but alas, Okafor is suspended for being a hot-head. Oh well… at least the end result of my hoping was the same.

  10. Nice, Mike. I don’t know jack about pokemon and still got a big kick out of it!

    @4 Okafor could have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and I would still prefer Porzingis. In my opinion, he’s just a better all-around player, and barring injury, always will be. The fact that he’s got the easiest personality to root for ever is a bonus.

    OT, I’m also happy that he doesn’t attribute everything to God’s will a la Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, etc. It’s not an anti-religion thing, more of a keep it to yourself and stop with the self-serving patronizing thing.

  11. Yeah Hollis Jefferson was very slept on coming into the draft because of Arizonas somewhat disappointing performance in the tournament and being overshadowed by Stanley Johnson. I loved him, but was just as fine with taking grant at 19, and we needed a pg pretty badly.

  12. Cleveland and New Orleans both had veterans on their team. Cleveland had Andy V, Antawn Jamison, Luke Walton, and Anthony Parker. New Orleans at least had Roger Mason and Ryan Anderson who both played on contending teams. Philly? Their oldest player is Robert Covington, and he’s a 25 year old player who has spent time in the D League. It’s not easy being alone in college at 19. Imagine being a millionaire and the face of a failing franchise at that age. Jahlil Okafor is a kid. He should be held accountable for his actions, and KP seems to have a better head on his shoulders than Okafor. That still doesn’t change the fact that you need guidance as a 19 year old and that Philly has done a poor job surrounding him with anything but players still looking to solidify themselves as NBA basketball players.

  13. @13

    I have a hard time thinking Mason and Anderson were the only things keeping Anthony Davis from running amok. And I wonder what magic they were able to do that Marion & J’O couldn’t do with Chalmers/Beasley.

    Sometimes it’s just the individual.

  14. what’s amazing is six months ago, if anyone on this board even hinted a comparison between Lance Thomas and Golurk, we would have all said they were fucking crazy.

  15. I get that Gasol has been productive despite his age, but with his pushing 35, it becomes more and more risky to pay him based on past performance–once you hit that part of the age curve, all bets are off with regard to a player’s health and productivity.

    If you plan on swinging for the playoffs over the next few years in order to fit into Melo’s window and you don’t intend for KP to play center you might as well just sign Hassan Whiteside, who’s max is somewhere in the ballpark of 20 million and trade Lopez for a guard. That’s likely a better value and a better player locked into our team for a good 3-4 years.

  16. Apparently THJr has been designated to the D-League.

    Thanks for KP and Grant, Junior. You shall never be forgotten.

  17. Thank you for doing these recaps with player summaries, i greatly appreciate it even if they don’t get a letter grade i just like the individual player breakdowns and stats!!!!

    BOOYAHKASHA

  18. Thanks for KP and Grant, Junior. You shall never be forgotten.

    In hindsight, the anger at Hardaway in those two game threads is really funny. It may turn out to be the best thing that’s happened to this team in a long time. (Though, again, I wouldn’t mind KAT in the slightest, I can’t imagine us flipping Tim for a first rounder if he hadn’t made such an impression on Bud. And KP + Grant > KAT.)

  19. Sorry Owen, don’t think Treetops will catch on.

    How about Advanced ‘Staps?

    Wins Porzingised?

    Kristaps PERzingis?

  20. Sorry Owen, don’t think Treetops will catch on.

    How about Advanced ‘Staps?

    Wins Porzingised?

    Kristaps PERzingis?

    Still like Dr. Doom, whoever suggested that awhile ago.

  21. Treetops. It sounds good. Sort of resembles his real name. And it’s an accurate description of the physical space he inhabits.

    Eternal glory to whoever coins his nickname. That’s all that is on the line…

    Mike – I didn’t understand anything you wrote in this post but it was really excellent.

  22. I’m gonna have to take your word on some of the pokemon comparisons but good write up anyway.

    It wasn’t the greatest spectacle, but as always you tend to find you play your worst against the average teams. As much as it would have been good to have an interesting contest, I think the team really now needs to work on getting that killer instinct and putting some of these bad teams away rather than letting them hang around.

    Looking forward to the Brooklyn match up on Saturday afternoon (Friday night for most of you guys I think). Is it too much to ask that we get a KP v Bargs match up at some point?

  23. Eternal glory to whoever coins his nickname

    Mike politely asked us not to give him race-based labels, so we’re kind of limited to arborous and altitudinous monikers…

    (Not sure what Joel “Vanilla Gorilla” Przybilla would have done if Blazerblogger had levied a similar moratorium… He’d probably just be called “Aspen” Joel)

  24. Staps was looking like a seven three Chris Mullin out there. Just those little quick athletic plays. Finishes, blocks, a couple of beautiful passes out of the post. Such a feel for the game. And the stroke, oh my. So happy.

    Not particularly enamored of the last couple of recaps, sorry. Sort of forced and mailed in. Not to take free candy for granted. Thanks, but could we talk basketball? Again, a sort of boffo mid season, I’m burnt, kind of recap. Silverman would build to this level of abstraction and would offer much more depth (or verbiage depending on your perspective.)

    Some out of step posting on Alfalo in the last thread. I mean he’s coming off injury and has only played a few games. Of course we want him to be better than he’s been. Of course it needs to happen for us to exceed expectations. Of course he’ll play to his bubble gum card most likely. But him, Thomas, Williams, Seraphin, etc., all just punching bags on this blog, are not lost causes and have given the team a real spark at times. Fisher gets pilloried reflexively but has us one game away from .500 with what has been a very difficult schedule. Sometimes I think people should rely MORE on the eye test.

    All respect really. Just tired of the pervasive negativity.

    “Since the Knicks did not play a real NBA team yesterday, I didn’t feel the need for a real recap.”
    Really? I think that kinda sums it up.

  25. Knicks have a stretch of winnable games

    BK
    @Mil
    Dal
    @Ut (no Gobert)
    @sac
    @Por
    Min
    @philly

    This stretch will tell us a lot about this team and playoff prospects.

  26. @23

    I like Dr. Doom as well and by all means continue to use it but technically Dr. Doom was from Latveria, a fictional location not Latvia…

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