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Knicks Dominate Jazz 131-109

For the first time in the Melo era the Knicks have recorded back-to-back wins. Yesterday it was a decisive win against the 5th seed Atlanta Hawks, tonight it was against the new-look Jazz. While the Jazz no longer have the look of a playoff team after the retirement of Jerry Sloan and the trade of Deron Williams, they are still a capable team.

For starters it is looking like Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are figuring out how to play together. Both players scored 30+ points on very efficient shooting. Anthony was 12-16 for 34 points, while Stoudemire added 31 on 12-15 shooting. If these guys can continue to dictate things on the offensive end, while shooting efficiently, the Knicks should be able to play with anyone.

Even more impressive for the two superstars was their play on the defensive end. Both players have been known to put up lackluster efforts on that side of the court throughout their careers, but the past couple of nights they have had some great efforts. Perhaps playing in NY was the boost they needed, because their play has me looking forward to a possible upset come playoff time.

Moving past the stars, Toney Douglas had a great night as  he continues to fill in for Chauncey Billups. Since taking over the starting spot, Douglas has had some great scoring performances and has done a good job dominating his opponent on defense. He shut down Chris Paul in New Orleans, and tonight put a number on Devin Harris leaving him 0-7 from the field. More importantly he dished out six assists while only recording one turnover.

With the win in hand early in the game many players on the Knicks bench got some burn. The bench has been playing well for the Knicks, pretty impressive considering they have been without Bill Walker and Ronny Turiaf. Their play should give us some confidence about our depth heading into the postseason.

It was tough to give up so many players in the trade, but right now it is looking like the Knicks made the right move. It is only seven games in, but Carmelo has the team playing on a different level, and with so many players stepping up on the bench the loss of role players doesn’t hurt as much.

Knicks Playoffs

I know there is a long way to go and there is no guarantee the Knicks make the playoffs, but let’s have a little fun. If the season ended today the Knicks would be awarded the sixth seed with Miami taking the third seed. That means the Knicks would have a match-up with the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

What do people think about this? Who would be the ideal match-up for the Knicks? Chicago? Orlando? Boston?

Personally I think a series with Miami would be fun. Based on their season record maybe they match-up well with Chicago, but I don’t know if I’d want to face Derrick Rose in the playoffs this year.

In Miami you have a team that does not have a dominate big man, or a top clutch player. Lebron is not a player that improves his game come playoff time and neither is Bosh. Not only do I think the Knicks have a chance to win this game, but I think it would be a fun series to watch. Knicks fans hate Miami and Lebron. Amare and Carmelo joined forces to combat Miami, and wouldn’t it be fun to knock the big three out in the first round?

Like I said, no guarantees the Knicks win this series, but it would be tons of fun to watch and great for the NBA.

What are your thoughts?

Knicks and Nets Rivalry

Via The Canadian Press:

It’s still more than a year before the NBA’s Nets forsake New Jersey for their new US$1-billion home in Brooklyn. But sports fans are already noticing signs of a crosstown rivalry with the New York Knicks that they hope could echo the days when the Brooklyn Dodgers perennially battled the New York Giants for baseball’s National League pennant.

The Nets and the Knicks will be hard-pressed to match the intensity of that rivalry, though there are glimpses of what’s to come. The Knicks won last month’s bidding war for Brooklyn-born superstar Carmelo Anthony — but not before Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov drove up the price during negotiations.

Fans of the two teams taunted one another last year with in-your-face billboards near each other’s arenas. And on Thursday, Knicks star Amare Stoudemire helped New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicate a basketball court just blocks from the Nets’ future Brooklyn home.

So what do you think? Will the Knicks-Nets rivalry ever be big?

Personally when I first read about this I had the same reaction as most Knicks fans: really? You think the Nets will steal fans from the Knicks? They are moving to Brookyln, Carmelo Anthony’s hometown, and he wanted no part of that team. Once I get over that cockiness, though, I realize this could be a great thing.

With the Knicks returning to relevance again many people have been trying to build up rivalries for the Knicks: The Heat, The Celtics, hell after their recent play maybe even the Cavs. Well why not the Nets? If they can continue their plans and improve their talent level like the Knicks have this rivalry could be a lot of fun.

Everyone tries to make a rivalry out of the Yankees-Mets, or the Giants-Jets, but why? Those teams rarely play each other. If there is a Nets-Knicks rivalry we can have games that not only battle for dominance of the city, but for dominance of the NBA. I am excited just thinking about it.

What makes sports great is rivalries. There is nothing better than when the Giants beat the Eagles, or the Mets take it to the Braves. It is about time the Knicks developed some fun rivalries this decade, and if the Nets want one, then let’s give it to them.

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Knicks Early Season Performance

The Knicks came into this season without real hope of making much noise in the postseason. Instead their focus was on the offseason where they have a chance to sign at least one superstar, maybe even two. This would be a move that would take New York from a laughingstock to a possible dynasty. The problem is, while they have the cap space to do this, players aren’t likely to join a team that does not have a good supporting cast. Well what better way to do this than to make some noise this season, maybe snag the eighth seed in the conference, proving they are a All-Star away from a championship. So far this has not been the case as the Knicks have started the season 1-5 giving up an average of 111 points per game, nine more points than they score.

The Knicks season has been highlighted by porous defense and slow starts. They have started way behind in more than half of their games only to make it interesting in the fourth. The problem is these comebacks have not been enough to take the win and they find themselves near the bottom of the conference. The team is taking too many three point shots and failing to convert. They have failed to secure the offensive rebound giving their opponents good position to take the ball down the court and score.

It is not just the stats and their approach that has been a problem, but it has been their attitude. All of this talk about next offseason seems to have gotten into the heads of the players and they appear agitated. In game they don’t seem entirely focused and only start playing when the game is out of reach. Al Harrington and Danilo Gallinari have been playing well so that helps the Knicks a bit going into the offseason but not much, especially for winning now.

Forgetting about the offseason the Knicks this year just have not been a good team. They do have talent, not a ton but they are not as bad as they have shown. They need to focus and play the entire game, not just the last quarter of it. It is not too late to turn the season around but they have to make a move soon.