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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!!!

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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Grizzlies, 99 v. Knicks, 120

A new franchise record was set last night as the Knicks dropped twenty threes against the Grizzles. Tony Douglas was a one man rock band tying a Knicks record with nine three pointers and now joins Knicks alum Latrell Sprewell and John Starks with the notable distinction. Carmelo Anthony put in 28 points while Amare had 16 points and Tony Douglas added 29 points.

Contrary to what Charles Barkley believes, the Knicks can play defense. It’s important they find a way to keep this momentum going, with only fifteen games left in the season, the Knicks are struggling to hold on to the sixth place spot in the Eastern standings. The Knicks currently lead the Philadelphia Sixes by a game, and the 5-5 record in the month of March did little to improve their hold as the sixth seed.

Last night’s game was a great building block with four weeks left in the season and if the Knicks can commit to defense and great ball movement, they will be in great shape the first round of the playoffs.

The Knicks held the Grizzles under 100 points and their offense was hot and buttery like my momma’s biscuits, mmm.

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We Back!

Posted: November 7, 2010 in iHayez on the Go, Uncategorized

I know what you’re thinking: five games in and this is the first blog? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got a long season ahead.  First things first though: Shout-outs go to UNC! Raymond Felton is killing it! Big ups to Tony Douglas, Wilson Chandler, and Gallinari.  STAT, Turiaf, and Mozgov are all throwing block parties, EVERYONES INVITED! 

Five games into the season and the Knicks look like a cohesive unit with a high scoring offense.  The entire Knicks’ team has bought into D’antoni’s style and they are giving New York Knicks’ fan a reason to cheer.  Many would say that the season is too young to start getting excited and a 3-2 record doesn’t  mean much,  but if you’re seeing what I am seeing you are recognizing a Knick team more committed than they have been in years. 

Who would have ever thunk that the trades and acquisitions that Donnie and Mike conjured up in the off season would translate to a focused team at the beginning of the season.  The intensity is different on both ends of the floor it seems like 8.4 BPG equals fast break points and a high scoring offense.  I am most impressed with the team’s energy and effort, thank you Mr. Walsh for giving me Christmas early this year.   As long as we stay committed to playing defense and have a smooth running offense then we will be a problem for many teams.

With the NBA season starting in about three months, the question on the mind of many Knicks fans is: what’s next?  Overall, Knicks fans are at a point where they are tired of not making the playoffs and not winning championships.  Ever since 1999, the Knicks have not been a respected team.  James Dolan has been responsible for many of the bad decisions that have plagued the Knicks for more than ten years.  (I guess the same can be said about his decision concerning the NY Rangers.)  With the unfortunate luck of having a leader in James Dolan, one thing is clear, he is no George Steinbrenner.  With the continued success the Yankees have had you would think Mr. Dolan would take a page out of Steinbrenner’s book.

I realize that the MLB and NBA salary rules are different, but there is a thing called pride and a winning mentality.  Hmmm, where to start: the Allan Houston,  6 year 100 million dollar contract, trading Patrick Ewing, hiring Isaiah Thomas, and countless other horrible decisions, the last ten years have been grown into a ginormous snowball–going downhill–fast!  The most shocking thing to me is that Isaiah Thomas is still a part of the Knicks organization.  After his last appearance with the Knicks, I would think the waterboy would have more clearance (and respect), but I guess if Don Imus can get a second chance so can Thomas.

In full disclosure, Allan Houston is not high on my list of favorite Knicks.  When we talk about the greatest all time players in Knicks history Houston is a name that does not come to mind.   His last 5 year was filled with injuries; lack of on court play and then retirement and those 5 years was the start of the last ten horrible seasons.  I guess the curse that Patrick Ewing put on the Knicks organization hit harder than we thought.

My greatest hope is that James Dolan is tired of looking like an incompetent leader.  Having hired Donnie Walsh (a great decision in my opinion) as President of Basketball Operation of the Knicks, the Knicks are finally looking like a team to watch and Dolan is looking at least smarter than a fifth grader.  Since acquiring Walsh, the Knicks have had a clear cut plan that has included getting rid of bad salary contracts while putting a competitive Knicks team on the court.  Sounds easy right? This has been much harder to do and watch as a Knicks fan.

Donnie Walsh has a very good basketball management IQ and getting this dysfunctional house in order has not been easy.  From Walsh attending Fordham Preparatory school in the Bronx, to playing college basketball at UNC and turning the Indiana Pacers franchise into a success, it’s clear that he knows what it takes to be a winner. For the last three years, Walsh has positioned the Knicks for the summer of 2010’s free agency class in hopes of landing a big fish.  While Lebron James waited for his spotlight moment to announce his “decision” the Knicks wasted no time to offer a six year deal to Amari Stoudermire and thus the start of the Knicks’ rebuilding phase.

While many would see the Knicks ability to sign only one max player as a failure I believe Walsh did an amazing job with the cards that were dealt.   Overall, I would give Donnie Walsh a “B” for his work so far.   Walsh has been methodical and smart with his decisions and in the long run I am certain it will pay off.  Trading David Lee to the Golden State Warriors for three one year contracts in the form of Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, and Ronny Turiaf is a move that gives us young coachable talent with expiring contracts for the future.  I should also mention that the acquisition of Raymond Felton as the starting point guard was an added toughness that we needed.  Only time will reveal how the the Knicks will shape up in the next six years, but with Walsh at the helm, I feel like the Knicks are in good hands.