2013 Game thread: Knicks @ Heat

Is this a preview of the ECFs?  Some would think it could be.  Let’s hope the Knicks treat it as it is.  New York is 2-1 against the NBA leading, defending champion Heat.  The team can win the season series tonight.  Chandler is back. Martin comes off the bench. James, Wade, and Chalmers sitting (so if they lose, I’d be really concerned but honestly if they win I’d still say it wasn’t against the Heat at their best.) No matter who is playing,  let’s bring this win streak to nine.

Go New York Go New York Go.

2013 Comments Preview and Game Thread: Jazz v. Knicks

Rather than post a content filled preview that nobody reads and does nothing more than give jon abbey a reason to be…well jon abbey, I’m going to skip the preview and get right to the best part of the game thread: in-game comments!  So here is a preview of what I would have said if I wasn’t going to miss the game because I’m taking my parents to dinner.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 7:25 pm
Shump Shump

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 7:33 pm
And the James White experience continues.  I’m starting to miss Qyntel Woods.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 7:55 pm
Offense looks bad tonight, might as well bring in Shumpert.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 8:10 pm
Damn it J.R. enough with the cross court passes.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 8:19 pm
Ruruland,
Do you have any stats to back that up?!

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 8:22 pm
Okay fine. I get it. You can stop now.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 8:40 pm
Damn when Martin fouls you, he fouls you.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 8:41 pm
They called that a flagrant!!  Home cooking is supposed to work for the home team.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 9:13 pm
Can we sew Shumpert to the back of Novak and let Shump be the defensive side and Novak be the offensive side? It would be like a basketball version of a frosted mini-wheat.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 9:23 pm
Little known fact: Ray Felton has a twin brother who is a former StateFarm agent.  It seems neither Felton was born to assist.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 9:40 pm
@ Big Blue AL
LOL!

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 10:14 pm
I know Al Jefferson isn’t that good of a defensive player but Stat is just abusing him tonight.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 10:28 pm
Alright Woodson, stop drawing caricatures of the of the celebs and please give them a last shot play worth a darn.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 10:29 pm
I’m with Brian, against this front court we have to get something going to the basket.  No fade away fall away crap.

Thomas B.
March 9, 2013 10:42 pm
The play that finally broke the server.  Can’t wait for the recap on this one.  Wow.

2013 Preview and Game Thread: Knicks @ Wizards

ESPN TrueHoop blogger Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) of the excellent Wizards Blog TruthAboutit.net was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Wizards (18-38) as they take on the Knicks (34-20) for the third time this season.

The Wizards have as many wins in the first 40 games of the season (9) as they do over the last 16.  Is this just about getting John Wall back?

It’s definitely about John Wall, but to say that it’s ‘all’ about him would detract from the efforts of others. Wall has certainly helped the presence of Bradley Beal, but the rookie showed evidence of getting his NBA legs before Wall came back and continues to come into his own. Beal has recently shown the ability to carry the Wizards, especially with Wall struggling the past five or so games. Otherwise, interior defense and rebounding have really improved as Nene’s plantar fasciitis, which caused him to miss the first three weeks of the season, has continued to get better and his minutes have increased. (Of course, Nene is now dealing with a sore shoulder; he sat out of Wednesday’s game against Detroit.) The defensive front formed by Nene and Emeka Okafor is vastly different than having to pair Trevor Booker or Kevin Seraphin with Okafor.
 
Washington clearly hangs its hat of the defensive end (Def Rtg 102.2 6th in NBA).  Why does this team struggle to score  (Off Rtg 98.5 30th)?
Well, you have a point guard whose jumper still doesn’t get respect from NBA defenses. And it shouldn’t. Wall’s jumper this season ‘looks’ improved, but the fact is that he’s only shooting 0.8% better from midrange (33.3%) this season in comparison to last season. Otherwise, even as Beal comes along, the Wizards still lack enough bonafide scoring threats. And now, with Jordan Crawford in Boston, no one off the bench can create their own shot. The Wizards have found success running offense through Nene in the post, but as the season as progressed, you can tell that opposing defenses have adjusted their scouting reports, and the Wizards, not so much.
 
Who has the advantage and where?

The Knicks have the advantage from beyond the arc, but per a recent article that I wrote, the Wizards are one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooting teams since Wall’s return. Plus, there’s Carmelo — he would be an advantage. The Wizards, conversely, have an advantage in that they they do more sharing of the ball. If Washington can effectively defend Anthony (I’m sure they’ll run different looks at him all night), keep New York from getting second chance points, and run the Knick shooters off the 3-point line, we could have repeat of the 106-96 Wizards win in D.C. at the beginning of February.
 
Prediction:
 
I don’t feel great about John Wall getting out of his funk, so I’m calling a 111-106 New York win.
 
I have to agree with Kyle. The Wizards are much better than they were in the first half of the season, but I just do not see them repeating the same three point dominance they displayed in the last meeting (11 of 20 from deep) with Webster going 5 of 9 and Ariza 5 of 7.   Having said that, it would be nice if the Knicks keep an eye on the corner threes.

2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks @ Sixers

Felton is back! And just when Prigioni was getting to be not so awful. It will be interesting to see whether Felton’s return–even in limited minutes–can help the Knicks find the offensive rhythm they had earlier in the season. I’m also going to pay close attention to how Felton and Shumpert play together since they comprise what really should be the team’s starting backcourt.

The 76ers (17-25) are 2-8 in the last 10 games and are struggling mightily to find consistent scoring. They are 28th in offensive rating at 101.7 points per 100 possessions.

The Hawes v. Chandler match up may be of interest. Hawes has a sold mid range jump shot. I’ve noticed Chandler struggles to defend those types. Lopez took advantage of that in the recent match up with Brooklyn. Hopefully the backcourt defense will improve with both Felton and Shumpert playing. Pressuring Holiday will make it harder for the Sixers to make shots.

2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks @ Magic

The Knicks (22-10) won the last trip to Orlando (12-20) 99-89.  Orlando is mired in a 7 game losing streak.  While the Knicks just ended the Spurs’s 7 game win streak 100-83.

The Knicks have a pretty favorable schedule over the next month. They’ll play 1 set of consecutive road games, and only 2 back-to-backs over the next 14 games.  The Knicks need to grind out as many wins as they can right now because March is looking to be a very tough month.

Your in-game thoughts here.