New York Knicks-
Up-To-Date Thoughts On Knicks:
The Knicks continue to unravel weak play at the point guard position.The defense has decreased and become unproductive. Andrea Bargnani is the second highest scorer of this team and the Knicks need to commit to him more.
The opposing point guards are destroying the Knicks and they are losing this battle every game. It’s time to put your best defensive guard at point guard. Iman Shumpert might be better off at point guard until the Knicks upgrade the point guard position.
Monday, November 17:
The Knicks are still shopping Iman Shumpert in a trade. This time it’s with the Boston Celtics, trying to upgrade the point guard position. They are working on obtaining Celtics injured point guard Rajon Rondo. Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire was mentioned in the trade talks.
The Celtics are showing interest in Stoudemire, an effort for them to unload Celtics Gerald Wallace. They are trying to get rid of Wallace’s long contract. Knicks’ Stoudemire’s contract expires after next season, however the Celtics have no interest in trading Rondo.
The most talked about 15th man got demoted to the D-league. The Knicks on Monday announced they had assigned Chris Smith to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. The move was an expected one. Smith is still consider a part of 15-man roster and Knicks will pay his full salary of $490,180.
Tuesday November 19:
Piston 92, Knicks 86, Recap:
Knicks PG Raymond Felton did not play due to a hamstring and a hip injury. Knicks start Beno Udrih at starting point guard.
The Knicks struggled to stop Pistons’ Rodney, Stuckey, and company. The Pistons leaders of the night was Greg Monroe with 16 points and Josh Smith with 19 points. Stuckey had a strong performance off the bench with 21 points.
Carmelo Anthony carried the scoring with 25 points. Andrea Bargnani had a strong first half with 11 points but bottomed out in the second half with 2 points. The Knicks seemed to go away from Bargnani after a superb first half. Anthony can’t do the job alone!
JR Smith showed up with his a productive game off the bench. Smith, with 34 minutes on the court, went 7-for-15 with 18 points. This is what Knicks have been missing: points off the bench.
Wednesday November 20:
Pacers 103, Knicks 96, Recap
Knicks PG Beno Udrih gets his second start at point guard this season..The Knicks played their most effective game of the young season. The game came down to a thrilling overtime and, sadly enough, a foul cost the game.
Iman Shumpert whistled for a foul on Pacer Paul George while attempting a 3 point shot with 5.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks up by 3 points. The 3 free throws tied the game. George had a big night with 35 points and is becoming a star who defends the perimeter.
The Knicks offense looked good with ball movement behind PG Udrih.He finished with 19 points, 4 assist,and 8 rebounds.
Bargnani came up short again with 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting. First and foremost, this is not going to get it done with Bargnani starting. Anthony needs a consistent second scorer to take the pressure off him.
JR Smith provided the spark from the bench with 21 points. He was 8-for-19 and gave the Knicks a chance.The problem is that you can’t depend on Smith as second scorer. He’s perfect as spark off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony- there’s a lot of hype over Pacers George saying he out-performed him. George’s team is complete and he only has to do his job. Anthony has to make up for his lack of ‘bigs’. He had 18 rebounds and 3 assists to go along with his 30 points.
Thursday November 21:
In an interview Thursday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show,” Woodson said that other big-name players receive better treatment from officials than Anthony.
“Absolutely. And I’m not going to shy away from that, either. I think Melo gets hit more than ever,” Woodson said in his weekly radio spot.
Woodson also talk about Shumpert foul on Paul George.
Woodson said, “He’s a young player. You like to think he’ll learn from this one,” Woodson said. “If he’s in that situation again, you like to think he’ll do the right thing.”
These comments should be told to Shumpert in private not on the radio. Why would the Coach of a team say his player made a mistake on one play? The game was exciting and the Knicks fought hard for the win. I understand how the media will blame Shumpert on a play or foul.
The coach is supposed to protect his players, not throw them under the bus. All he had to say was that the Knicks could have won the game before that. You cant blame a game on one foul. Instead you elect to blame your young player, which is poor leadership.
Saturday November 23:
Wizard 98 Knicks 89 Recap:
Wizards PG John Wall was too fast for the Knicks and manages to hand the Knicks another loss. The Knicks’ PG simply can’t guard a fast PG. Wall had a monster game, going 10-for-18 with 31 points. He also had 7 assist and got his teammates involved. All but one Wizards starters was in double digits.
Point Guard play is the weak link. PG Udrih had a terrible game, going 1-for-7 with 2 points. Coach Woodson didn’t make the right adjustment when his point guard struggled to guard Wall. This was a good time to put Shumpert on point guard, his best guard defender.
Bargnani had another poor performance. He was 5-for-14 with 11 points. His defense was horrible against a fast team. Anthony really needed help in the game too. The minutes may be taking a toll on Anthony, as he went 9-for-19 with 23 points. He’s still grabbing the boards, 12 in this game.
JR Smith added his 15 points off the bench. Smith had a terrible 4th quarter and one may question his focus. He missed four foul shots and had turnovers. Smith was 6-for-14 but did drive the ball to rack. Once again, his lack of focus showed up because he couldn’t finish at the rim.
The only bight spot was Amare Stoudemire, who went 5-for-5 with 12 points. He looked good, almost like the old Stoudemire fans had grown to love.