Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Go New York, Go New York, Go...
As I'm still on the topic of the New York Knicks, I felt like venting a bit about them. Nothing negative, just random thoughts. This year I will keep up with them and root for them no matter what, but that doesn't mean I wont have "Constructive criticism" for them. I just finished watching their pre season game against the Defending champs Boston Celtics, and from the start the Knicks trailed. The Celtics came out firing, running, getting back on defense and moving the ball around the perimeter for open shots. The Knicks on the other hand were lackluster, they didn't move the ball around as much in the first half, part of that was the Celtic's defense which is to blame, but nonetheless, there was a lack of movement in the Knicks Offense.
This Pre Season the Knicks have the highest Points per Game in the league at 109 points per game. Yet, things can't seem to fall into place. Gallinari which is the Foreign prospect that the Knicks Drafted this year, hasn't practiced and is questionable to play due to back problems that bother him. Dude is 19 years old, if you're having back problems at 19 you're doing something wrong. You are in the NBA now, they have the highest quality in treatments and rehab, there has to be something they can do to help the poor kid. Stephon Marbury has been solid. After losing 20 pounds he's now faster and has been making plays for his teammates. Marbury scored a solid 14 points, while Nate Robinson led the way with 25 points.
The Knicks shot horrible from 3 point land, a horrible 13% shooting 4-31. There are many things that they can do to improve, they always seem more into the game and ready to make a run in the second half, that's one of their main woes. Although the Knicks were down by as many as 27, they came back to trim the lead down to 9 with about 3 minutes left in the game. The Celtics were too much and held them off. All in all, the Knicks future looks bright nonetheless. D'antoni is a great coach and a proven winner overseas and a proven winner in Phoenix, so things can only get better. LETS GO KNICKS!