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The Final Push

Posted: April 10, 2011 in iHayez on the Go

Knicks, 110 v. Pacers, 109

The Knicks win their seventh game in a row over the Indiana Pacers, and with all the talk about lack of defense the Knicks are FINALLY showing that they are committed to improving on that side of the floor.

Since the seven game winning streak, the Knicks’ defense is finally coming to together getting important stops that change the tempo of the game in the Knicks favor. The chemistry is has improved dramatically even as Amare sits on the bench preparing for the start of the playoffs.

There are those that disagree with me, but Mike D’Antoni is finally doing a terrific job giving his team a chance to win with his offensive system in place and a cast of All-Star players that can execute.

This is a tough Knick team that can block shots, grab rebounds, play defense, and oh yeah let’s not forget score a ton of points. This is a potentate mixture that is creating synergy amongst this Knicks’ team, and during the playoffs that can give their opponent lots of problems in a seven game series. Simply put for all those that ask is the Knicks got the better of the Denver trade I can say now that is a indefinitely yes!

The most impressive part about this new turn of events for me is the play of Chauncey Billups. The finals MVP is showing that he hasn’t lost a step and he ability to control the tempo of the game is something the Knicks have been missing for a while.

With a Celtic loss to the Miami Heat, the Knicks are now matched up with Boston in the first round of the playoffs. Most Knick fans including this one would much rather play the Heat in the first round, and with two games left in the season the match ups are still up for grab.

The last two games of the Knicks season they will play the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and then the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, anything can happen but one thing is certain, the Knicks are back!!!

#Knicks Move to Six Over Sixers

Posted: April 7, 2011 in LOsezso

Knicks, 97 v. Sixers, 92

With a win over the Sixers last night, the Knicks moved into the sixth spot for this year’s playoffs over the rascally 76ers. With that, we wondered, what team do you think the Knicks would have a better chance beating in the first round. So, what say you?

Since it looks like the Knicks may face the Miami Heat in the first round of this season’s playoffs, we thought it be good to take a look back at the rivalry that exists between these two organizations.

I Smell the Playoffs

Posted: April 4, 2011 in iHayez on the Go

With a Knicks’ win over the Cavaliers and a Bobcats loss last night the Knicks finally clinched a playoff berth. A feat the Knicks haven’t accomplished since the 2003-2004 season. There has never been a doubt in my mind that the Knicks would make the playoffs this year especially with the addition of Amare. With the mid season Melo/Denver trade, you would think it would have been automatic. The recent struggles the Knicks have encountered over the last ten games have done little to improve in the chemistry. Despite having won some important games, there are a lot that the Knicks can improve on and they all have to do with the interior play.

The most important part about the remainder of this season is how D’Antoni addresses the matchups, rebounding and defensive issues that have plagued the Knicks all season. As it stands now, the Knicks would play the Miami Heat in the two verses seven matchup. With six games left in the season, the playoff matchups can change daily. It’s no secret that I bursting with excitement to see the Knicks in the playoffs this year. I am more excited to see what off season moves will be made to improve on this already talented team. GO KNICKS!!

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The losing streak ends at six as the Knicks finally get a must win against the fourth seed Orland Magic. While the Knicks currently sit seventh in the eastern conference with eight games left in the regular season, since the trade the Knicks are 8-12 and the panic meter for fans are at an all time high. Although I do admit that going to work after a Knick’s loss and explaining what happened to my team is frustrating, but I tell my co-workers this season is a period of adjustment for this team. So as the Knicks players and coaches make their adjustments I hope to see better effort on defense and offense as we prepare to have at least a seven game series in the first round of the playoffs no matter who the Knicks play.

It will be interesting to see which Knick players step up and make big plays. I’m sure D’Antoni will shorten his rotation during the playoffs to seven maybe eight players giving his starters more playing time. With this in mind, my top Knick players off the bench have been Toney Douglas, Shawn Williams, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams (he could start), and Bill Walker. I do not expect to see all five players in the Knicks normal rotation, but I do feel they provide the best energy off the bench.

With the Knicks’ struggles, it is obvious to see that the up tempo style of basketball that Mike Dantoni likes to play is almost nonexistence which means more half court offense and isolations for Carmelo. While I do like Chauncey Billups, his leadership, and mental toughness, I am not sure if he is the type of point guard the Knicks need for the style of basketball D’Antoni likes to play. I know Billups will step up big time during the playoffs, but as the Knicks move forward next season it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Billups and the Knicks.

Up next for the Knicks is the New Jersey Nets with a 23-50 record and on a 3 game losing streak.

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