Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:58 am
 

Report Card 2.20.12: Durant goes OFF

Kevin Durant scored 51 in the Thunder's win over Denver Sunday. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Kevin Durant These are numbers, but they are important numbers. 51 points on 28 shots, 19-28 from the field, 5-6 from three, 9-10 from the stripe. Eight rebounds, three assists, 4 steals and a huge win over the Nuggets in overtime. Denver was without two starters but dug deep and forced the Thunder to the edge. But Durant put on a performance for the ages, the shine on his MVP candidacy and lifted OKC to a win. It was the kind of performance you tell your friends about, your kids about, the kind you start the water cooler conversation about. He was unstoppable from the elbow, unstoppable from the perimeter, unstoppable at the rim. It was a transcendent performance, and this is alongside Russell Westbrook with 40 points and nine assists and Serge Ibaka's triple double in points, rebounds, and blocks. This Thunder team may not be good enough defensively to win a title, but they may wind up as one to remember for a long, long time.
LeBron James The surges are becoming more pronounced, the dropoffs less so. James is solving defensive adjustments used against him. He's finding open shooters in the corner who are actually knocking them down this year, he's battling more inside, he's still a freak of nature in transition, and on Sunday, he guarded Dwight Howard on a handful of possessions. James buried the Magic by doing all the things he does, and true to form, did them in less than 40 minutes of time. 25-11-8, a full-court lob to Wade, just one miss from the stripe, just five misses from the field. There are games where James feels like a one-man horde, storming the opponent's gates. Sunday was such a game and the Magic had no defense.
Jeremy Lin Defending champs? No problem. Shawn Marion who helped shut down Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James last year? No problem. Increased expectations, a Sunday afternoon double-header on national television, and the grind of interviews and a compact schedule? No problem. Jeremy Lin did his thing again, the Knicks won again, and Linsanity rages on. Lin managed the offense as well as he has. Were the turnovers great? No, clearly not. But a 2:1 turnover ratio is acceptable given his usage, and turning Steve Novak into a scoring machine deserves a reward all its own.
Denver Nuggets They were short-handed, and still the Nuggets managed to push the Thunder to the brink before a furious comeback landed them in overtime and a few good shots (a good roll for Westbrook on a three) and some Durant brilliance downed them. The Nuggets were without Nene and Danilo Gallinari, but they were stil stranded without a closer. Denver had such a good approach in the first half, attacking a weak Thunder interior (those Ibaka blocks all come on the weakside, not man-up) and killing them on the glass. They abandoned it in the second half and it cost them as the Lakers topped off a 2-0 run.
The Old Guard Boston loses to Detroit for the second time in a month. The Lakers get whacked by the Suns in a game that wasn't competitive after the first quarter. Neither side has any real idea of where they're going or if they can perform as needed to compete for a title. There's constant trade talk surrounding both teams. They look slow, they look old, they struggle to score and they struggle to defend. These teams were the two Finals squads two years ago. Time marches on.
Charlotte Bobcats After three quarters against the Pacers, the Bobcats, a professional basketball team by strict definition (only), were down 88-48. For-ty-poi-nts. That's embarrassing. That's disgusting. That's... not totally surprising. There is no hope in Charlotte right now. Not even with the rookies. It's all bad, all the time. This performance was worthy of inventing a new letter beneath F just to give it to them.


E FOR EFFORT
Jeremy Lin (28 points, 14 assists, general linsanity, magical powers)
Ersan Ilyasova (29 points, 25 rebounds in a win over New Jersey)
Kyle Lowry (32 points, 9 assists in a win over Utah)
LeBron James (25 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists)
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:23 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Video: Lin dunks on Mavs, nails three over Dirk

By Matt Moore 

Consider this your obligatory "Jeremy Lin did amazing things" highlights post. 

First, a half-court steal and finish to cap off a furious run to cut the lead before the fourth after the Mavericks had pushed the lead to double-digits:



 

And from the "monster stones" department, this three over Dirk Nowitzki with the Big German closing out on him: 





Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? 

And from the Department of Awesome (and SBNation), here's Steve Novak celebrating with a Discount Double Check a la Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt move.

 
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:13 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 5:39 pm
 

No question now, Lin is for real

Jeremy Lin did it again Sunday, leading the Knicks to 104-97 win over Dallas. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

It is no longer a surprise. It is no longer unbelievable. It is no longer improbable. And that makes it no less fun to experience. The Jeremy Lin Experience is very, very real. 

Lin lead the the Knicks  to a 104-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday as Madison Square Garden was once again taken over by Linsanity. Lin finished with 28 points, 14 assists, 7 turnovers, and 5 steals against the 4th best defensive efficiency squad in the league, as he returned to his double-team-splitting, drive-and-dish-kicking, absolute takeover mode we saw through his first seven games and recovered from the Knicks' loss to the Hornets. He still turned the ball over at a high rate, but after 46 minutes and with that much usage, you have to expect some mistakes, and Lin more than made up for it with his efficiency (28 points on 20 shots), and five steals to convert opportunities for the Knicks. 

The Mavericks tried Shawn Marion on Lin, the same Matrix who shut down LeBron James in the Finals. They tried Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, hedging, trapping, rolling. Some of the traps worked. Dominique Jones put in good minutes on him. But Lin adjusted. That was the question with Lin, whether he could change his game to match how teams would attack him. He did, and made the Mavericks pay.

There isn't much you can say at this point that hasn't been said. But this was a statement game for Lin and the Knicks' belief in him as a legitimate starting point guard. Beating the Lakers with 38 points was his real arrival on the scene. Downing the Mavericks on national television after the Mavs are considered to be one of the best scouting teams in the league? That's putting his stamp on the league. Even if he did need to go right every time to do it (via GameTracker): 




Lin definitely got help from his teammates. J.R. Smith made his Knicks debut, and finished with 15 points. He slumped after a hot start, but also cherry picked a clinching bucket late to help bury the Mavs' last chance. More astonishing that Lin in this game may have been Steve Novak, another fringe player at the start of the season, absolutely lit up the Mavericks, working from the corner and hitting 4-5 threes. It was a pretty absurd shooting display on his way to 14 points off the bench. The Knicks' bench outscored Dallas' deep supporting unit by 10, 33-23.

Lin is a legitimate starter in the NBA. Right now, he's a legitimate star. It's possible he could fade, that he just caught the Mavericks (and Lakers and Raptors and Nets...) on a bad day. But the odds of that are now the same as any other great young player in this league. He's done it against the best competition, and he continues to improve as his team does. Mike D'Antoni has his point guard. The Knicks have a leader. And New York has a bonafide sensation worth getting behind.

The Jeremy Lin Experience is real.
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:19 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Video: Saturday Night Live gets Linsane

Posted by Royce Young



It was only appropriate that Saturday Night Live took on Linsanity. Especially considered the New York based show already got in on Tebow Mania. And honestly, it was actually a pretty quality media critique of how some have handled the rise of Jeremy Lin and the conversation surrounding his Asian-American heritage.

Sometimes, the best way to communicate how absurd some of those racially charged jokes are is to throw them out there, just like this. The double-standard some are employing with Lin is beyond ridiculous. And the sketch does a pretty great job illustrating that. Jokes about Lin being "sweet and sour" and being "good fortune" were all good, but as soon as one of the pretend analysts made a fried chicken reference when talking about Kobe, it was over the line with Bil Hader's character saying, "Hey, let's leave race out of this."

It was done in good humor of course here, but there's a message here as well. And one we should all pay attention to.
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Jeremy Lin showing out vs. Mavericks

At the half of Knicks-Mavericks, Jeremy Lin has 12 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and just one turnover as the Knicks lead 48-45.. Attempts to trap with Shawn Marion proved futile for Dallas, as Lin split the double-team and scored with floaters. He also dished to J.R. Smith making his Knicks debut. Smith started hot before cooling off in the second quarter, finishing with 9 points on 8 shots and 2 rebounds. Lin has made better decisions and managed to control the offense much better than in the Knicks' loss to the Hornets Friday night. The rest seems to have helped Lin, who has talked about the schedule wearing him down. 

The Mavericks made a furious run to get back in the game after going down double-digits, led by Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki. I know, you're stunned. Nowitzki has 14 to lead Dallas.

Follow Ken Berger on Twitter for live updates from Madison Square Garden.  
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Melo out vs. Mavericks, Smith, Baron active

By Matt Moore 

The Knicks announced Sunday morning that Carmelo Anthony will not play vs. the Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Baron Davis and J.R. Smith will both be active for the first time but are not expected to log heavy minutes, as Davis continues to work into game shape and recover from a back injury and Smith tries to learn the playbook having only gotten back to the United States from China within the past five days. 

Anthony will miss his seventh game with injury. Questions have been raised as to how he and Jeremy Lin will work together in the offense, due to Melo's tendencies towards isolation, versus the success the Knicks have had with Lin in the pick and roll set. Against the Mavericks, Lin will need the same kind of performance he had against the Lakers earlier this month. Lin's coming off of his first loss since gaining heavy minutes in the Knicks rotation. The Mavericks have a world of experience in defending the pick and roll well so it'll be interesting to see what approach they take with Lin and if Lin can recover from a series of poor games in terms of turnovers. If not, the Knicks could be on a losing streak and Linsanity could be fading from the popular consciousness.  

Seeing Smith operate in the offense without any real knowledge of the playbook should be an adventure as well.  
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Billy Hunter sounds ready to add Jeremy Lin to an NBPA position. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver   

Let's just cut to the chase and make him President of the United States.

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese-American global sensation, has attracted attention from all corners: endorsers, marketers, promoters, media members, you name it.

Add National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter to that mix.

Bloomberg.com reports that Hunter is planning to meet with Lin during the 2012 All-Star Weekend to discuss a potential role for Lin, who holds an economics degree from Harvard, with the NBPA.

“At the least he’d be the player representative for the Knicks,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “If not something higher.”

“First of all, it’s not every day that you get a kid from Harvard,” Hunter said. “He’s very bright.”

The NBPA's current president, Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, looks to be headed for retirement any year now, so a change at the very top will have to come sometime soon.

Fisher and Lin actually share a number of characteristics. Neither is a me-first guy, on or off the court. Both are effective, direct communicators who seem to favor consensus-building. Both are natural born leaders, comfortable with their teams under their control and confident with the game on the line. Both are polished, too.

The NBPA's executive board really is a thankless task that requires an inordinate amount of sacrifice. There's little glamour, but tons of responsibility. If things go well, there's no credit given because things were supposed to go well. If things go poorly, it's the board's fault. As we saw throughout 2011, coordinating a negotiating stance in this era of constant communication and social networks is a near impossible challenge. But we've learned over the last few weeks that Lin happens to excel at near impossible challenges.

A cynic might say that Hunter, who took months of flak for his handling of the last round of labor negotiations, is simply being opportunistic here and trying to get in on the Lin lovefest. That may be true. But a realist would counter that Hunter would be a fool not to reach out to Lin -- given his educational pedigree, leadership skills and personality -- immediately. It makes too much sense.
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:28 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:59 pm
 

Report: Jeremy Lin helps Knicks reach TV deal

Knicks fans with Time Warner Cable can now watch Jeremy Lin. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Game-winning shots? He's on it. Turning around a franchise? All in a day's work. Bringing an end to a stalled television rights negotiation impasse? Yeah, New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin probably just did that too.

Nobody really cares about television politics, but this was the situation facing Knicks fans living in New York: MSG Network broadcasts Knicks games and Time Warner Cable, a major provider in the Big Apple, stopped carrying Knicks games on Jan. 1 because of a disagreement over price. That amounted to a blackout for a whole lot of Knicks fans. Not cool ever, but definitely unacceptable during the Jeremy Line Era.

The New York Times reports on Friday that a deal has finally been struck.
The 48-day standoff between the MSG Network and Time Warner Cable ended Friday, according to two people aware of the resolution who were not authorized to speak publicly.

The blackout deprived many Knicks fans around the state of seeing much of the rapid rise to stardom of point guard Jeremy Lin — as well as the continued success of the New York Rangers. Friday night’s Knicks game will be available to all Time Warner customers.
It doesn't take a Harvard graduate or a rocket scientist to realize that Lin's incredible popularity was a factor in the resolution.

The Associated Press reports that Knicks television ratings have been skyrocketing.
A wave of "Linsanity" surrounding the undrafted point guard from Harvard has helped lift the stock of The Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Knicks and the MSG network that carries their games. On Friday, shares were up 98 cents, or 3.1 percent, at $32.85. 

MSG network, the television home of the Knicks in New York, has seen ratings more than triple since his breakout Feb. 4 game, according to Nielsen, even though the dispute with Time Warner Cable blacked out the games to about a fifth of its more than 10 million subscribers.
With unprecedented surges in television viewership and internet activity around Lin, getting left in the dark when it came to broadcasting his play was going to be incredibly detrimental to business. You can only hear the, "They can watch Lin's game in 234,235,832 countries around the world but I can't watch them 10 miles from the Garden?" refrain so many times before holding a hard line becomes untenable.

Welcome to "Linsanity," Time Warner Cable. Better late than never.
 
 
 
 
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