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Sunday, November 27, 2022

There is no one taking leadership on defense.



The Knicks were down as much as 12 points today and a Herculean effort by, Jalen Brunson kept them in the game until the final seconds.

Brunson finished the game with 30 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Jalen had an opportunity to land the game winning shots with seconds remaining, but it clanked off the front rim and fell short.

Ja Morant was too much for the Knicks. His triple double was more than the Knicks could handle today.

The Knicks could have easily won today, but they are not a high IQ defensive team.

There is no one taking leadership on defense. Someone needs to yell at guys and communicate when defending the basket.

I suppose it could be the center, but what about Randle or RJ Barrett, the guys they are paying superstar money to.

I think it could be Cam Reddish if some of these overpriced vets were out of the way, and he is given the responsibility. Ja Morant would probably have had 50 tonight had it not been for Reddish.

Cam is healthy now and should be starting, but for whatever reason your genius coach has him riding the bench. 

Grimes still hasn't figured his offensive game fully to take Cam's minutes and should return to the second team.

Thibodeau clearly does not believe in his young players, and that will keep this team hovering .500 for the season.

Knicks lose again Grizzlies 127 - Knicks 124

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Brunson wanted to be here, so don't shed any tears for him



Jalen Brunson came tonight ready to put in work against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished the game with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. 

None of it mattered, of course. The Knicks went on to lose to Portland in overtime.

Brunson wanted to be here, so don't shed any tears for him.

Knicks fans, I have two questions: What exactly makes RJ Barrett a star? And Shouldn't you have given up RJ for Donovan Mitchell?

Barrett got his double double tonight, so just by looking at points you wouldn't see an issue, but something is affecting his game because he could only muster 19 points from 22 shots. Or, maybe this is the best he's ever going to be.

Either way, I think it's time to give up on the idea that Barrett is ever going to be a superstar. Solid role player, indeed, but never a star. 

Barrett has proven to be a piece that can be moved without the fear that he's going to turn into a monster in this league on another team. He's not him.

The Knicks had a chance to win this game, and you'd think that with a coach that has a history of preaching defense, the team would have figured out a way to come up with the necessary stops to win. But they didn't.

The team has never progressed from playing defense with their hands and kept giving Portland free throw after free throw.

The Knicks found away to give the game to Portland.

The cure for Obi Toppin's soft play would be a good talking to from Charles Oakley. But because team owner James Dolan is such an asshole, Obi will never get the encouragement he needs to toughen up his game from a vet he would respect.

The best thing for this team is to package Randle, Fournier, and Barrett in a deal for top young talent and high picks in the next draft.

Then fire Thibodeau. 

Knicks lose again, Portland 132-Knicks 129.


Sunday, November 20, 2022

This could have been a blowout of epic proportions.


It wasn't difficult to predict the outcome of this game after this week's loss to Golden State.

Had it not been for Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes, this would have been a blowout of epic proportions.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were exposed again today. They were of zero help to this team on offense and defense.

Two of the Knicks big three were merely spectators and Gatorade tasters in Phoenix this afternoon.

When I was a kid, I read Butch Beard's book on coaching basketball, and one of his cardinal sins was jumping while passing.  Julius Randle obviously has never read the book because he is still making this ridiculous mistake at his age and stage of his career.

I fault his coach for allowing him to continue playing as if he has antigravity shoes. Leaping with no commitment only forces poor shots or turnovers.

RJ Barrett looks down right sluggish. He moves as if he's playing in mud. Has he either checked out mentally, or is exhausted?

Phoenix made sure everyone touched the ball and had 6 players in double digits for a balanced scoring attack. The Knicks, not so much.

On an afternoon when the Knicks most desperately needed scoring, Evan Fournier didn't get a single minute, which tells me he is not long to be in a New York uniform.

Tomorrow night in Oklahoma, there is a fleeting chance that this road trip can be salvaged, but I wouldn't bet money on it.

Knicks lose again, Sun 116 – Knicks 95

Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Knicks squandered a real chance to win.


It was apparent the Knicks were going to have a long night in the first quarter. 

New York couldn't even muster up 20 points in the first quarter, finishing with just 19.

It was as if they knew they were going to lose, so didn't put up much of an effort to win until the 4th quarter.

Cam Reddish was the x factor in the previous two wins, but he left the 3rd quarter with 2:07 seconds remaining with a groin injury and never came back. 

If Cam is injured and out again against Phoenix, you can add another loss to the column right now.

Brunson looked completely lost on offense and defense and was no competition for the Warriors back court.

RJ Barrett had one of those John Starks' nights when he is shooting the ball horrendously, believing that he should shoot his way out of his slump.

RJ made a few nice passes but kept chucking instead of focusing on being a facilitator, which would have been more helpful to give the Knicks a chance.

On a night when the Warriors didn't shoot particularly well themselves, the Knicks squandered a real chance to win.

Knicks lose again, Golden State 111 - Knicks 101

Sunday, November 13, 2022

This coach is not capable


The Knicks didn't play a single lick of defense yesterday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder thoroughly embarrassed New York in Madison Square Garden.

OKC's defense wasn't much better, but the Knicks are not good enough to outgun anyone in the league.

Just like the Nets game, the Knicks didn't give a damn about defending the 3 point line and teams are just too good from the perimeter in today's NBA.

There wasn't a single tough guy on the Knicks that ran out there and set some hard fouls to gain respect and fire up this team. Coach Thibodeau doesn't believe in that kind of basketball. 

Then again, I don't know what kind of basketball he does believe in.

This team defends each game as if it is facing Shaq and Patrick Ewing in the paint, but that game was 30 years ago.

This coach is not capable, in my humble opinion, to coach today's game.

All the Knicks need to do is look to Brooklyn and see what a difference a coaching change can make on defense.

Knicks lose again, OKC 145 - Knicks 135.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Kevin Durant is still King of New York


Before last night's game, the Knicks fans were so delighted to take on the Brooklyn Nets.

They knew for certain that with all the turmoil in the organization and the bad press surrounding the team, this would be an easy victory.

This feeling also permeated the Knicks line up. So much so that Julius Randle was talking shit to the crowd and the Nets before the ball was tipped.

The Knicks came into the Barclay Center with a record of 4-7 and acting like they were on top of the division. But little did they know that the real King of New York wasn't about to entertain their foolishness.

Kevin Durant was at the top of his game and in full Slim Reaper mode.

The Nets as a team had enough of the smug Knicks and the media and came out determined to whoop ass. And whoop ass they did.

This game wasn't even close after the first five minutes. 

Unlike the Knicks, the Nets played as a team on offense and defense. 

Beautiful ball movement had every Net touching the ball on each possession, causing the Knicks to be off balance and outwitted.

Damn near every Net had wide open shots and hit them with consistency. Jalen Brunson and Evan Fournier have to be the worst defensive back court in the entire NBA. No exaggeration. 

On defense, the Nets collapsed in the paint and dared the Knicks to beat them from the three point line. Of course, they couldn't.

As long as Brunson insists upon pounding the ball, not demanding that all Knicks, including Randle, rotate the ball to the open man, the Knicks won't even make the playoffs.

Edmond Sumner started the game at the point in place of Kyrie Irving, and he ate Jalen Brunson alive. Sumner looked like the second coming of Chris Paul against the Knicks and cemented his place on this season's roster.

KD finished the game with a triple double. 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists along with a steal and two blocked shots. Vintage superstar performance, the Knicks had no answer for him. Kevin Durant is still King of New York.

Knicks lose again, Nets 115 -Knicks 85