No Melo? No Problem!
The New York Knicks are currently blowing the Miami HEAT out of the water and will likely win the game. Despite not having their leader and best player Carmelo Anthony, guys like Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler stepped up big time. The bench also went unconscious from the three point line tonight. I know this is only a regular season game but it has to give their bench guys and other starters the confidence to step up and not depend on Melo for points when they need them. Huge confidence boost for the "other guys".
They clearly showed they aren't the Knicks of the past. Leadership, ball movement, what can you say about the Knicks that couldn't be liked?
As for the Heat. Their effort overall this season has been disgusting. As long as you punch them in the mouth they crack and pop faster than milk hitting rice krispies. (lol) Seriously though, they embarrassed themselves tonight.
I haven't watched the Knicks all season because I wanted to see if they were the real deal and whether Amare would work out, but I tuned in at the half because I thought they'd be getting killed, and Miami got blown out of the water from there onwards. It was crazy how well the Knicks moved the ball, rebounded and defended. Miami was pretty awful defensively, and with a fully healthy team, there's no excuses.
Wade was a non-factor as Lebron tried to take over, but it was too little too late, and the Knicks just dominated. Also, Jason Kidd was a HUGE find for the Knicks, he's getting everyone good looks and his unselfish attitude is rubbing off on people.
Outside of the obvious choice (Felton), Jason Kidd was the Knicks biggest acquisition this season. He has help change the winning culture of the team and brings a maturity level they lacked last year. He also does the little things. The hustle on D, the constant ball movement, the passing back-and-forth in the perimeter.
I wonder if Wizkid still thinks the Knicks are still not for real.
When D. Wade and CB go 6-25, this is what happens.
There's no doubt these Knicks are for real though.
Man DWade is declining hard, I'm not seeing the Kobe/Jordan type of change to his game; he's taken too long and waited too long to try and change his game from blowing past his man and finishing above the rim, to a more skilled game like MJ and Kobe. His 30's won't be dominant like the other great shooting guards I mentioned
I brought this up before, I don't think Dwayne Wade is skilled as Kobe/Manu, those guys can impact the game in so many ways that he can't. Dwayne Wade game has always been about him being able to slash and attack the rim without that what can he do. I said last year, he isn't elite anymore because he isn't an elite athlete and does not have the skills to compensate for getting older.
This is crazy, the Knicks looked absolutely amazing today, you really have to give props to Ray Felton, he really got in shape and is playing great.
The ball movement I saw today is probably the best I've seen in years from a team not named the Spurs. They were playing great team ball, and don't get me started on how great Rasheed Wallace was today on D, he was a beast out there, he took command of the paint today. These Knicks showed me a lot about the resiliency about this team.
This Heat team needs to learn that they can't turn it on and off whenever they want. They need to stop coasting and come to play. But in the end, they are made for the playoffs and they will be there in Late May and most likely June when it's all on the line.
reminds me of two years back when the celtics would smash the heat deep into the ground during the regular season...and learning from what happens after in the playoffs...i can only tell you guys not to get too stoked about this win for the knicks...yes they are a very good team at the moment but when the playoffs come, it will be entirely different. that is guaranteed.
I'll never take a game in Dec too seriously, but these Knicks are for real. Then you have to throw in the fact that Amare and Shumpert aren't even back yet. IF Mike Woodson can get those two going, this team is going to be tough.
I think they matchup really nice with the Heat.
Barkeley is right about Wade losing a step and his explosiveness. Wade had trouble guarding Fat Ray Fay.
Big mistake Knicks. You just won without Melo. You are all getting let go at the end of this season.
Even with the Knicks' declining defense (since the season's start) and iffy rebounding outside of Chandler, the two things the Knicks have consistently done is hit three's and not turn the ball over. They are the best team in total turnovers and turnover differential. And when you usually have 5 less turnovers than the other team, those possessions add up to a win more often than not.
They currently are the only undefeated team at home, (Bout time MSG was a home court advantage again), one of 3 teams with 6 or more wins on the road, and are currently second in point differential behind OKC. By every statistical measure, this team is legit. Will they be champions? WAY too early to tell. But the resiliency and leadership shown by all the players in Carmelo's absence, playing the second game of a road back-to-back after a tough game with the Bobcats makes me feel like this team has a character it hasn't had in God only knows how long.