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I guess I’ve come to expect poor officiating in the NBA, and I honestly believe games are fixed because of it.
Don’t get me wrong, the Boston Celtics are one hell of a team. But they didn’t deserve tonight’s win over the Knicks. It was taken away from New York with a series of late head-scratching calls and non-calls, one after the other, almost to the point where I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Then again, I remembered, this is the NBA and it’s par for the course.
The Celtics beat the Knicks 87-85 tonight on a Ray Allen three with 11 seconds left. But the game really was lost before that. With the Knicks clinging to a one-point lead, Carmelo Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul on the ever-flopping Paul Pierce with 22 seconds left. Before that, Chauncey Billups was murdered driving to the hoop (he had to leave the game with an injury). Billups was actually fouled by two different Celtics players on that drive, but no call. Before that, the Knicks were whistled for a questionable offensive foul on a play that would have resulted in a Toney Douglas 3-pointer and seven-point Knicks lead.
And those are just three plays off the top of my head. I’m the first to give Boston credit, especially their veteran core and their magnificent head coach Doc Rivers (who drew up some big plays out of timeouts to help the Celtics comeback), but they’re tough enough when you’re playing them on a level playing field. When you have to play them and the refs, you’re in for a tough night. The thing that really steams me is the holier than thou attitude NBA dictator, excuse me, commissioner David Stern takes when talking about his refs. If someone criticizes his beloved refs, it’s fine city, yet anyone can see these guys aren’t getting the job done.
Still, lot of positives for the Knicks tonight. They played tough defense. Amar’e, as I stated earlier, was a beast. They showed they could go toe-to-toe with the Celtics on their home floor. Just hope this loss isn’t too deflating for them going forward.

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Knicks 110, Grizzlies 108

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Knicks

Really nice win for the Knickerbockers tonight, their third straight. The Knicks got off to a fast start, built a 17-point third quarter lead and had to sweat out a furious Memphis fourth-quarter rally before Carmelo Anthony won it with a jumper with less than a second to play.
Melo finished with 31 points, while Toney Douglas contributed 18 points and 10 assists. Amare Stoudemire added 26 points, while Landry Fields had 16 points, 6 boards and six assists. Roger Mason, left for dead for most of the season, has recently seen his minutes increase. He was the other Knick in double figures tonight, contributing 10 points off the bench.
The Knicks are now 34-29, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Sixers for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the season ended today, the Knicks would meet LeBron James and the other crying members of the Miami Heat. Would love to see that matchup.

Knicks 107, Hornets 88

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Knicks

Following last night’s tough loss to the Magic (a game the Knicks led by double digits late in the third quarter), the Knicks bounced back big time tonight by thrashing New Orleans at home.
I was a bit worried when I found out Chauncey Billups would miss this game due to an injury, but Toney Douglas stepped up big time with 24 points and five assists on 10-13 shooting.
Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 7 boards, and Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points in 29 minutes. But the X factor in this game was the fact the Knicks actually got production from other players. In addition to Douglas’ big game, Shawne Williams scored 16 off the bench and Landry Fields added 11. In his first game back in a Knicks uniform, Jared Jeffries contributed six rebounds and solid defense.
The game was such a blowout, Mike D’Antoni used 12 players tonight. Even the wretched Roger Mason scored five points late in this one.
On a side note, former Knick Anthony Randolph, traded as part of the 3-team deal that landed Carmelo and Chauncey, finally got some extended playing time and showed what he could do. Randolph scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards as the Timberwolves topped the Pistons tonight. Always wondered why the kid never got to play for the Knicks. Just Mike D’Antoni being stubborn, I guess.
Also, the Dallas Mavericks signed Corey Brewer to a two-year deal immediately after the Knicks inexplicably waived him. I swear, I don’t understand the decisions this team makes sometimes.
Oh well, the Knicks are back in action Friday night against the Cavs. This should be an easy win at home, but the Cavs have beaten the Knicks twice already this year. Can’t see it happening three times, as the first two games were in Cleveland.

Knicks 91, Heat 86

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Knicks

Wow!
After a dumbfounding loss to the Cavaliers Friday night, the Knicks rebounded in a big way tonight with an impressive victory over the Miami Heat.
And the Knicks won with defense, a rarity in the Mike D’Antoni era. Down the stretch, the Knicks played like they wanted it more, hitting huge shots and coming up with big stops.
Chauncey Billups, who was almost an afterthought in the big Carmelo deal, continues to show what a tremendous floor general can do for a team. He’s a leader, and he nailed a huge three to give the Knicks the lead with a minute left.
Amare Stoudemire cemented the win with a huge rejection of LeBron James in the closing seconds, a great play during crunch time.
The Knicks really showed me something tonight, as it looked like they would get blown out early. The Heat raced to a 15-point lead in the second quarter before Billups nailed a three to start a nice Knicks comeback just before halftime. Bill Walker’s three capped a 16-0 run to give the Knicks a 52-51 lead at the break. From there, the game went back and forth until the exciting final minute. A fun game to watch, a win the Knicks hopefully can build from.

Knicks 114, Bucks 108

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Knicks

The Carmelo Anthony era for the Knicks began on a positive note, as Melo scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help New York top Milwaukee tonight at the Garden.
Melo came out a bit tight (as one would expect) and wasn’t that efficient offensively (10-25 shooting) but when the chips were down, he made the big shots. Melo scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a few key buckets when Milwaukee had trimmed the Knicks’ lead.
Not to be forgotten in this trade was the addition of Chauncey Billups. The veteran standout had a great Knicks debut, scoring 21 points and dishing out eight assists to go along with six boards. He went 12 for 12 from the foul line. The guy is just money when you need a big shot or key free throws. Amar’e fouled out tonight and also drew another technical. One more tech and he misses a game. He scored 19 points, and it’s going to take some time for he and Melo to get on the same page.
Tonight’s X factor was definitely Toney Douglas, who scored a game-high 23 off the bench on 10 of 12 shooting.
Nice win overall by the Knickerbockers, who travel to Cleveland Friday night to take on the hapless Cavs. The Knicks can’t get caught looking ahead to Sunday’s Heat game, as the Knicks lost the last time they played the Cavs.

Knicks acquire Melo in blockbuster trade

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Knicks

It’s finally over with and in the end, the Knicks got their man. While I have a bit of a problem with how much the Knicks gave up when they likely were bidding against themselves, I’m certainly happy with the end result – perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony is a Knick.
The Knicks acquired Anthony tonight along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2012 and 2013.
The Knicks also sent resident fat-ass Eddy Curry and his equally fat contract along with Anthony Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Corey Brewer. The inclusion of Brewer is a bonus I wasn’t expecting, as he’s a solid defender who will help the bench or be moved in another deal before the deadline.
The only uneasiness I get from the deal was the way the Knicks failed to use their leverage in the deal. Sure, the Nuggets and the media were all floating out the New Jersey Nets as a possible destination for Anthony, but it was pretty evident he was never going to sign the contract extension there. So, the Knicks kept adding pieces and picks. I honestly feel this deal could have been done for Felton, Chandler and one of Gallinari or Mosgov, not both. I believe Knicks owner James Dolan took control of these negotiations and with the help of his apparent love interest Isiah Thomas, took this one away from Knicks veteran GM Donnie Walsh. I hope I’m wrong here, but this deal reeks of Isiah.
Oh well, I’m very excited to see how Melo and Amare play together. Going to be a fun ride. Also glad to stop hearing about the trade rumors, they were hurting my productivity at work!

Knicks owner James Dolan is a moron

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Knicks

As talks between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks have heated up regarding Carmelo Anthony, a sad truth has re-emerged for Knicks fans – owner James Dolan is a buffoon who still seems to listen to the idiot to beat all idiots, Isiah Thomas.
Dolan has seemingly assumed control of the negotiations with the Nuggets, undermining GM Donnie Walsh, who isn’t extended beyond this season. Walsh had been skillfully holding his cards, waiting for the perfect deal and biding his time, knowing full well that Carmelo Anthony wants no part of the Nets (who the Nuggets seem to be using to jack up the Knicks’ asking price).
The Knicks’ latest offer of Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and a first-round pick is more than fair, but now the Nuggets seem to want promising young center Timofey Mozgov as well. I would tell the Nuggets to go F themselves, because if there was a deal to be made with the Nets, they already would have done it, since it seemed to be better (including four first-round picks). Dolan undoubtedly will swoop in and add Mozgov to the package.
While I’m a fan of Anthony, I’m also a bit leery of him. Guy doesn’t play much defense and jacks up a ton of shots to put up his points. He is however, a good closer, and would take a lot of pressure off Amar’e Stoudemire. But at what cost? The Knicks can’t gut their roster and get rid of all their promising young players, especially since the Nets are a paper threat and nothing else. I could be wrong on this, but I really believe the Nets and Nuggets would have made this trade already if Anthony had given assurances he’d sign an extension there. He hasn’t, so the Nets aren’t really in the picture. Then again, this situation seems to change daily and Carmelo wants his money.
Either way, I hope it’s over. But if the end result of this is the resignation of Walsh and the return of Isiah Thomas, this deal is a loss, Melo or no Melo.

Knicks 102, Hawks 90

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Knicks

For the first time in 10 years, the Knicks head into the All-Star break with a winning record.
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 23 points to help the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks for the first time in three tries this season, a convincing 102-90 win at Madison Square Garden.
Danilo Gallinari, who may have played in his final game as a Knick, contributed 17 points and nine rebounds. Raymond Felton added 13 points and 11 assists for New York.
Gallinari and possibly Felton could be involved in a blockbuster trade for Denver superstar Carmelo Anthony and veteran point guard Chauncey Billups.
At 28-26, the Knicks are just one win away from matching last year’s season total. The team has clearly improved, but likely needs another superstar like Anthony to team up with Amar’e Stoudemire and lead the Knicks to greatness down the road. I’ve grown attached to Gallinari, but would certainly part with him in a trade for Melo. Would prefer the Knicks hold on to guys like Landry Fields and Timofey Mozgov. If Denver takes a trade of Felton, Gallo, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a first round pick/or Anthony Randolph, that would be great. Can’t completely wipe away the team’s depth though. Will be an interesting week, that’s for sure.

Clippers 116, Knicks 108

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Knicks

As been the case for much of the new year, the Knicks put up a disappointing performance. This time, they laid an egg against an inferior opponent at home, falling 116-108 to the L.A. Clippers tonight. Although super rookie Blake Griffin had a nice game, the Knicks were burned late in this one by first-round bust Randy Foye, who hit three after three in the fourth quarter to cut off a nice Knicks run.
After a solid start (Knicks led by 1 after 1), the Knicks fell into a lull for much of the second and third quarters, eventually falling behind by 17 late in the third. This is becoming an alarming trend with this team, and although they usually come back to make a game of things in the fourth, ultimately they don’t play enough defense to make the comeback complete.
Tonight, I place a good deal of the blame on coach Mike D’Antoni. Young 7-footer Timofey Mozgov had 18 points and six boards through three quarters, yet didn’t even sniff the floor in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Knicks had to double-team Griffin because Wilson Chandler couldn’t guard him, leaving Foye wide open time and again. A bigger lineup would have allowed the Knicks to play Griffin man-up, but D’Antoni just doesn’t seem to get it. He loves to play small ball, and so the Knicks get killed on the offensive glass and leave guys on the perimeter open because they’re forced to double-team people.
It’s getting old, and now they face the Lakers Friday night. That’s a sure loss, which will drop the Knicks to 26-26, which is about right. They need to make that trade for Carmelo Anthony soon. This team is playing like a Dead Team Walking since all the trade rumors started, it would be nice to have the move done and proceed with the rest of the season. Although knowing the Knicks, they’ll probably whiff on Melo like they did with LeCon, further exasperating a fan base already weary from a decade of losing. Get this trade done, Donnie Walsh!

Mavericks 114, Knicks 97

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Knicks

So, tonight’s Knicks game pretty much sucked. When this team isn’t hitting 3-pointers, they’re as bad as any squad in the league, save maybe the Cavaliers. The Knicks sprinted out to a 34-27 lead after a quarter, then pretty much crapped the bed the rest of the way, especially in the third quarter.
Down 56-52 at half, the Mavs started the third quarter with a 28-6 run to take the Knicks out of the game. Amar’e Stoudemire disappeared after a strong start, and the Knicks clanked three after three off the rim, and that was basically it. It was so bad, guys like Andy Rautins and Anthony Randolph actually got off the bench late in the game.
Don’t look now, but the Sixers are just three games back of the Knicks for the No. 6 spot in the East. The Knicks have two games this week against Philly, so we’ll see how they respond.
Bottom line, this team doesn’t have the depth to do much in the playoffs. They also don’t have any margin for error. Most of the games they win are close and when they don’t have it, they get blown out. That’s what happens when you rely on the three and don’t play much defense. Mike D’Antoni ball at its finest.