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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:11 AM
It started with the classification of high school basketball, then Peyton and the Colts, The Brawl effectively murdered basketball in Indiana. It's the reason people still aren't showing up for an immensely likeable 22-12 squad with the third best record in the conference. It's sad. I'll always be convinced it cost us a championship either that year or the next.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:45 PM
They have a ton of expiring contracts. I wish they'd just tank the rest of the season, pray on the lottery and start over.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:55 AM
I can totally accept losses to Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas, and Boston, but what's with their "withering" against the Bucks and 76ers? A team with as much talent as the Knicks, if it has any heart at all, would have taken their frustration out on those two teams and just throttled them.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:39 AM
Tuesday, you go on ESPN and blame Mike D'Antoni for the Knicks recent woes.
Wednesday, you point the finger at Jeremy Lin and cite his recent D-league stint for the Knicks woes.
IT IS NOT CARMELO ANTHONYS FAULT
D'Antoni + Lin - Anthony = 7 game win streak in February
D'Antoni + Lin + Anthony = 6 game losing streak in March
Looks like only one thing changed from one timeframe to the next. It wasn't Lin. It wasn't D'Antoni. It was the player who ranks 3rd in lowest FG% among team scoring leaders in the league @ .400 barely, trailing only Kemba Walker and Danny Granger apparently.
But don't worry, the Wall Street Journal has the answer...
...the Knicks appear to be doing a very poor job of getting him the best looks. According to NBA-affiliated statistical outlet Synergy Sports, Anthony is second most efficient in the league when shooting as the ball-handler on the pick and roll and 15th best when posting up. But those plays account for just 13.4% and 11.8% of his shots, respectively.
...and that answer is "lets make sure Anthony has the ball in his hands more often!"
Knicks answer: Lets get Mike D'Antoni to be the fall guy and get him out the door. This will fix EVERYTHING. Maybe now Melo will play point forward and dribble the clock down some more before clanking some more fadeaway 3's off the back iron.
Looking forward to seeing how the dealine plays out today.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:29 PM
I like Nate, but he didn't seem to be able to work with players (especially point guards) who didn't fit his mold, and it was painfully apparent he was no longer being listened to by most of his team. I hope he stays in coaching -- I do think he can learn from this -- and I wish him well, but it was time to go.
Now, hopefully the Blazers lose every single game for the rest of the season, while my fingers are crossed that New Jersey gets the 4th pick!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:38 PM
For instance when Phil Jackson went to LA everyone was like "how is this gonna work? you cant feature Shaq in the low post in the triangle". Well they tweaked it to feature Shaq and he got his 25 a game out of it.
Thats what had to happen here. In Danotis system the three for the most part sits outside the arc and takes open three pointers. Using Melo that way is a complete and utter waste of his talent. Its on Dantoni to figure out a way to highlight Melo.
Thats not to say Melo is not at fault, he is. But this is a players league. No player of Melo's stature is going to be ok just being a cog in the offense. Any player of that caliber is going to want to be featured at least part of the time.
Today after practice Amare said that they were practicing plays that featured him and Melo in situations where they liked to have the ball. What a novel concept, feature your best players and give them the ball where they want it.
And lastly on Lin, people are off that bandwagon way too fast. In March he is averaged 14.7 PPG, 7.1 APG, 2.4 SPG and his turnovers are down to 4.1. The only issue is his shooting is down. But every player has shooting slumps. Id be willing to bet he will start shooting better. Plus last night was a blowout where he only got 6 and 6. Hes been at about 16 PPG and 8 APG even post "Linsanity". He was never going to keep averaging 24 and 10, everyone knew that. But a player who is essentially a rookie and playing more minutes than ever to still average 15 and 7 and have it be called a slump is pretty good. I stil think he will settle into 16-18 PPG and 8-9 APG. Which is a borderline All Star.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:16 PM
Lastly for Woodson, Id cut teh rotation down a guy. Take Fields out of the rotation. I like the kid, he tries hard but he just doesnt bring enough to the table. Both Shumpert and Smith bring more to the table and by going with 9 men rather than 10 you can get the bench guys who do play a few more minutes each which could help them.
And double lastly about Lin again. Here is what Kyle Lowry has done in March:
16.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 3.5 TO, 36% FG,
Here is Lin in March:
14.7 PPG, 7.1 APG, 2.7 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 4.1 TO, 40% FG
Pretty darn even. Yet everyone is still talking about how good Lowry is and how Lin has been "exposed". The undrafted kid from Harvard is being held to a higher standard than the #1 overall pick from Duke. Now I understand Lowry is several years younger and I do expect in the end for Lowry to be a better player than Lin. I just find it funny how Lin is being criticized so badly.
Edited by The Choc, 15 March 2012 - 09:23 PM.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:28 PM
Way too soon to think this is a permanent change but hey 3 wins is 3 wins.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:00 PM
Pacers need to take advantage of the relatively soft closing schedule and come up with home court in the first round. They aren't going to get to the Finals or anything crazy, but if they don't win a first round series it will be disappointing.