Posts Tagged ‘Shawn’

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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The Oklahoma Thunder rained down hard of the L.A Lakers’ parade. The Lakers looked to go up 3-0 in this series but the Thunder had other ideas as they took a game 3 win over the Lakers.  Ron Artest still hasn’t found his offensive game, but his defensive tenacity on Kevin Durant is serious. With that said, Kevin Durant’s defense on Kobe Bryant is s-s-s-s-serious. The 4th quarter one on one defense in game 3 was commendable for both teams. The word on the street is Kobe’s injuries and age is finally catching up with him. I say the Lakers’ bench is a problem with their lack of depth at guard.  Potentially the Achilles heel for the Lakers.  Developing.

Why is it just when you think the Spurs are dead in the water they start kicking again? San Antonio’s game 3 win was a big game that put them up 2-1 in the best of seven series. Caron Butler and Shawn Marion had no real impact in the game largely due to their horrible defense coupled with lack luster offense. At times, even J Kidd was an offensive liability, but as the game developed, he improved. Dallas has to make  adjustments to get a road win to even the series, if not, then this Texas two-step could end quickly.

Down on South Beach, there was a good game in Miami as the Heat tried to get a win at home. Boston won this in a buzzer beater ending shot by Paul Pierce. The Heat hit the Celtics with everything they had including the kitchen sink and came up with a loss.  Boston took a 3-0 lead against the Heat and if they don’t do something about it in the next game Wade, Richardson & Erik Spoelstra will be going fishing with Barkley, Ernie and Kenny. (Written before today’s game)

Chicago’s win at home over Cleveland kept them alive and guaranties themselves a game five. The Bulls are a scrappy team, but it’s pretty apparent they will fall under the dominance of the Cavaliers.  Lebron is great but Cleveland needs to stay away from the Lebron isolation plays.  This takes away from the rest of the team being involved in the offense and the defense has an upper hand. I always questioned Mike Brown’s coaching and still do, but I still feel the Cavs are favored to go to the finals. (Game 3 in process)

The Suns took another convincing win over the Trail Blazers. Although I know Phoenix will win this series I don’t see them making it to a conference final, but they are an interesting high scoring team that’s fun to watch. The Suns are still not playing defense, so you can blame that on Mike D’antoni, or can you? (I’ll wait…)

Get your Afro picks out cause it was a blow out in Utah as the Jazz defeated the Nuggets. There is no surprise that the Jazz take this series 2-1 the lack of defensive intensity from Denver was their downfall. 

See you on the other side of a few more playoff games.

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