Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Knicks @ Mavs Game Thread

27 comments:

  1. looking forward to the game. be aggressive lin. take it to the rack and draw some fouls. take that open shot. make melo pass it to you. :)

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  2. Knicks are so sloppy tonight... Chandler is definitely having trouble catching the ball and finishing with that mma glove on his hand

    Lin looks good so far, he's got that "spring" in his step tonight. Too bad he couldn't finish that drive.

    One thing I want to see Lin improve is his help defense; there are times in which he "over-helps." But I am just knit picking again.

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  3. He is playing like I would expect him to play the rest of the year. clearly above average but not at the elite level. He needs a summer to digest what happened and refine his weaknesses.

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  4. nothing to be ashamed about, by the way! :)

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  5. Can Doc Scheckler make Lin into a serviceable FT shooter?

    The Knicks starting unit is getting embarrassed by the bench. The Carmelo experiment has been a disaster. D'Antoni's system doesn't work without a spread 4-man.

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    1. I didn't see him miss any free throws today

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    2. Agree that they don't know what to do with Carmelo. I would like to hope that they squeeze out an 8 seed and let it hang out against miami

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    3. Melo is not earning his $18,520,000 this year. So annoying.

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    4. For 18 million Carmelo should be taking over at the end. The Knicks totally had them for the kill with three minutes left. What an egg melo laid tonight. At times I feel Lin would be better in the ginobilli role of the leader of the second team alongside shump and novak

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  6. the offense is so stagnant and passive. too many jumpshots, and isolation plays. guys are not catching ball cleanly and finishing at the rack. give the mavs credit. they made things tough defensively for lin. the second unit again provided the spark. i would make changes to the starting lineup. sure the current lineup is the best on paper but sometimes it takes chemistry and i don't think lin and melo can play together.

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  7. Lin's 3-point shot looked terrible tonight, only 1 for 5 when he was wide open behind the arc. He was shooting much better in the 1st matchup vs. Dallas.

    It looks like he was trying to heave a 20 pound rock at the rim. Somebody needs to fire the Knick's shooting coach. Besides Novak, the whole team is bricking shots.

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  8. Lin got knocked hard in the head by Kidd and missed 2 FT immediately. Lin is tough though. He just pop right up and kept playing.

    The Knicks' bigs are just not catching the pass.

    Lin's defense is not as aggressive as before. Any thoughts?

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  9. D. William has 16 points 4 AST 3 TO against Heat. Heat has tough defense regardless of who they play. Is the D. William "exposed" like what they say about Jeremy?

    Jeremy will learn from experience and get better and better. His TO are down. I heard several NBA game commentators talked about how difficult to play the game with the new Star players and building chemistry, and they have good things to say about Lin and how fast he is learning.

    Godspeed Jeremy!

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  10. It seems like the Knicks are not running the offence through Lin as much as before. They are letting the ball go through amare and melo. The problem with that is they are so predicatble. They go iso, letting the defence settle and prepare. If the offence goes through Lin, he may shoot it himself or quickly move it around. The team then makes the defence work that much harder anticipating different possibilities.

    It seems like the Knicks have taken away from Jeremy the leadership role which helped the team thrive. I would rather have the ball go through Jeremy more and probably take the more turnovers than having the ball out of his hands. Winning or losing, it is sure more fun to watch!

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  11. I haven't missed a single game since Lin's Laker's Game. But I'm starting to lose interest in basketball again. He's playing horrible because the starting line-up with the exception of Tyson Chandler sucks. Amare and Anthony do not play with any heart. And Landry plays way too damn soft. I wish Jared Jefferies would start over Melo and Shumpert over Fields. Amare and Lin should be leading scorers and that will open the court for tyson, shumpert and maybe even jefferies. I really don't give a rat's ass about who wins. Just wan to see Jeremy do well, and I think much of America wants to see Jeremy play. He makes the game exciting, much like Jordan did. I can't believe the Knicks aren't punishing teams for double teaming Jeremy every time. I know Phil Jackson would tear into such defenses.
    They just look so stagnant. Lost that magic...

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    1. I also watch because of the Lin's version of the Knicks. This recent version of the Knicks is just uninteresting to watch as you said! The only reason why I don't just watch highlights is because I also want to see how Jeremy defends, and most highlights do not show that. I hope that the franchise will figure this out soon that Jeremy is the 'magic' to the interesting Knicks which got everyone excited about the team.

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  12. Now the media critics are all saying the Knicks losses should be blamed on teams learning how to defend Lin. And that he's not a good NBA player.

    Honestly, how does that explain whenever the bench comes in, the Knicks go on a run, put the starters into the game, and they kill the momentum.

    They were playing much better defense before. It's obvious, the real firepower on this team is on the bench, not the big overpaid super stars, Carmelo and Amare.

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  13. Amare did well today though. I think mavs did a great job drawing fouls, 15-23 vs 26-30 FTM-A, 9 of which were in 4q to break out of the 15-0 Knicks run, great job imo.

    There's no way either Amare or Melo will play off the bench given their pricetag. I hate to say this but I think it'll be better for Lin to play off the bench, maybe along with Chandler, and let BD start...IMO Lin will do much better with the bench team.

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  14. the knicks are reverting back to when they were 8-15. back when they had melo and stat in the starting lineup before all the linsanity. it's up to the head coach now to fix all this. lin can only do so much when you have your overpaid stars performing poorly.

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    1. Yes, YEs, YES! That's my feeling, what an awful mess.

      I really miss that spacing and driving with Jeremy and Tyson going at it in the paint while everyone else was on the perimeter spreading the floor and ready to either catch and shoot, slash, or crash the boards. It's simple and beautiful basketball. Right now the team offense is taking bad shots, rushing on plays, and the defense is somewhat inconsistent.

      What I miss the most? Lin with fire in his eyes. If you look at him now, he looks tired, mentally AND physically. The intensity is gone, the burning desire to stay on the court is gone. Just look into his eyes, you could tell. Is this his destined rookie wall?

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  15. "Can Doc Scheckler make Lin into a serviceable FT shooter?"

    What are you talking about? What is your definition of "serviceable"?

    Lin's shooting 76%, which is plenty serviceable. You make it sound like he's a Rondo at the line or something. FYI, Wade is a career 77% FT shooter, is Wade serviceable?

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  16. The Knicks need a real shooting guard who can hit from outside. I suggest they pursue signing Jamal Crawford or Stephen Jackson (Great defender too.)
    If Chandler is hurting with his wrist injury, bench him for Josh Harrelson, he's a shooting big man who can also help spread the floor.

    D'Antoni's offense only works when there are good shooters around to open up the paint.

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  17. It's time for Lin to MEAN UP.

    Enough of the cheap shots, the crooked refs, the taunting in the press from other players. Lin has to MEAN UP and start fighting back.

    I want Lin to start getting flagrant fouls, amassing technicals, retaliating against cheap shots, and start bouncing people around. I'd be pleased to see Lin jawing away with somebody and getting thrown out of a game.

    As an Asian American man who has been in A LOT of racial fights, I have found out that the only way to keep guys off my back is to thrash them in a very public and humiliating way. I don't let any cheap shot go unpunished, and I also enjoy pummelling attackers who initially think I'm a defenseless Asian male. The glee I exhibit in crushing my enemies scares people into respecting me.

    Until Lin means up and puts some poor unsuspecting racist cheap shot artist on his bitt, the illegal play will only worsen and the Knicks will keep losing. Only physical retaliation can save the Knicks season.

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    1. By the way, there is a LEGITIMATE reason for the Knicks lack of meanness.
      Does anybody here remember the Nuggets vs Knicks tag team brawl in 2006? I do.

      I remember a big photo of Jared Jeffries choking Carmelo Anthony. JR Smith was in that fight too. Now they are all on the same team playing nice. TOO NICE.

      Those three guys are brawlers. Baron Davis is also a tough guy who stood up for Blake Griffin when he was being targeted. Let's see some enforcer action for Lin too.

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    2. Jared Jeffries is the guy for that but he doesn't play much and isn't on the floor at the same time Lin is anymore.

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    3. KHuang what are you talking about?......you arent making much sense right now. Only physical retaliation can save the knicks season? What does you getting beat up have anything to do with Lin getting fouled?

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    4. In basketball, people take cheap shots and talk trash and play the refs amd push the rules to gain competitive advantage on the court.

      Lin gets fouled very hard and also doesn't get calls. Opponents recognize this and are beating him up accordingly. Frustrating and wearing down an opponent with illegal hits is practiced in any sport.

      This tactic especially works against Asian American men who are expected to be be meek conformers who do not retaliate against hits. Thus a lot of non Asian Americans thus expect Asian American men to be punching bags who can be easily intimidated out of desirable goals (i.e. women, jobs sports, etc.)

      Lin is wearing down from the hits. His body language indicates that he is spending too much energy mentally and physically fighting the hits instead of retaliating and thus releasing the frustration. All Lin has to do is get in somebody's face and the Knicks will rally around him on and off the court.

      My experience from a lifetime of race battles is that you never let anybody punk you for racial reasons. Every time I have stood up to groups of people as a MAN, enemies have backed off and I've gained allies.

      Lin needs to MAN UP and defend his turf. Nobody wants to be led by a weak man who is unable or unwilling to defend himself and his turf against all threats.

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