The Knicks are lucky they played a bad team yesterday. They are also lucky they have a superstar on their roster. After a decent overall first half the Knicks took a 7 point lead into halftime. They didn’t play great, but they looked like they were on their way to another easy victory. Then the 3rd quarter happened. They were out scored by 12 and found themselves down 6 heading into the 4th quarter. Luckily Carmelo Anthony came through in the clutch, putting up 14 4th quarter points. He did get a little help from J.R. Smith, who had 8 points of his own in the 4th. However it was Carmelo putting the Knicks on his back and carrying them through the finish line(I think most guys backs hurt today from shoveling a foot of snow, not giving an NBA roster a piggyback ride). We’ve seen the Knicks win while Carmelo has an off night, and we’ve seen them NEED Melo’s production to even have a chance in some of their games. They will need the entire team firing on all cylinders this Sunday as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Snowed in this weekend?? No problem. Here’s what’s on TV to keep you company:
(MSG)Friday @ 8:00 P.M – Knicks @ Timberwolves
Being a big Knicks fan, I will definitely be watching this game. As I highlighted in my previous post, I believe the Knicks are going to blow out the Timberwolves coming off a bad loss. I’d look for something else to watch by 9:30. This game should help the Knicks get back to their winning ways and carry some momentum into their tough match-up with the Clippers this Sunday.
(ESPN)Friday @ 8:00 P.M. – Clippers @ Heat
Here you have a battle of East vs. West. Two of the premier teams in the NBA meet in a mid-season showdown. Even though the Heat sit atop the East and the Clippers are currently in 3rd in the West, they actually have a better record than the Heat by 2.5 games. This game should come down to the wire, so you might want to switch over from MSG once the Knicks game gets out of hand. I like the Heat in a close game, but they don’t win because Lebron hits a last second shot(as usual). They win because Lebron puts his team in front by about 5 early in the 4th, and they sustain the lead throughout the rest of the game.
(ESPN)Saturday @ 6:00 P.M. – Pittsburgh(23) @ Cincinnati(17)
This is the first of of 3 match-ups between college basketball’s top 25 teams this weekend. A Big East match-up between two solid teams. Pittsburgh is currently tied for 5th in the Big East with a 7-4 record in conference and 19-5 overall. Cincinnati is currently tied for 6th in the Big East with a record of 6-4 in conference and 18-5 overall. Cincinnati won their last meeting(70-61) in Pittsburgh on New Years Eve, so Pittsburgh will be looking for revenge tomorrow night. Shovel Snow or watch college basketball?? Hmmmmmm. Enjoy!
(ESPN)Saturday @ 9:00 P.M. – Louisville(11) @ Notre Dame(25)
Here you have your second of the 3 top 25 match-ups this weekend. Louisville is currently in 2nd place in the Big East with a record of 7-3 in conference and 19-4 overall. Notre Dame is currently tied for 6th in the Big east with a record of 6-4 and 18-5 overall. Big East battles are always tough to predict, but I like Louisville on the road in this one.
(CBS)Sunday @ 1:00 P.M. – Indiana(1) @ Ohio State(10)
Finally, you have the third of 3 top 25 match-ups this weekend. Indiana is currently tied for 1st in the Big Ten with a record of 8-2 in conference and 20-3 overall. Ohio State is currently tied for 2nd in the Big Ten and 17-5 overall. This should be a tough conference battle. You’ll have Indiana looking to bounce back from a buzzer beating loss to Illinois last night. What a tough way to lose! In case you didn’t watch it, Indiana had the ball tied at 72 looking to take the last shot. If they make it they win if not no big deal, they’ll go to overtime. What happens? They turn the ball over with about 4 seconds to go. Illinois drives down for a last second shot that gets blocked out of bounds wit 0.9 seconds on the clock. Then what happens??? Illinois makes a game winning buzzer beating layup to win 74-72. Now that is a heartbreaking loss. Ohio State is also coming off a tough overtime loss to Michigan this past Tuesday. Look for a closely contested ballgame. I do like Indiana in this one in a down to the wire 3 point victory.
Enjoy the snow!! It’s the weekend, and if you have kids take them out in the snow once the storm passes and have fun with them. If you don’t have kids go outside and act like one. Most importantly, everyone stay safe out there!! And for the love of god please stop lining up down the block for gas 2 days before a little snow is coming to town. I get that it’s better to be safe than sorry, but if you happen to get 2 feet of snow this weekend you’re not going anywhere anyway!! Just make sure you have a little bit of food and water in the house. A flashlight or candle wouldn’t be a bad idea either just in case we lose power, since it should be pretty windy. Have a nice weekend everyone!!
Well, the New York Knicks blew a very winnable game last night. They lost to the Washington Wizards by a score of 106-96. As you can see from the title, I thought their performance was pathetic!! This is their worst loss of the season. If you look at their schedule so far, this is only their 2nd BAD loss of the season though, the other being a loss in Sacramento against the horrid Kings. That loss was a one point game on the road, but the way the Knicks pummeled them at the Garden last week, they made that loss look even worse. To the Wizards credit, they are a much better team with a healthy John wall and Nene on the floor. However, it is the way the Knicks played that really has me fired up today. I will elaborate on why they played so poorly but to sum up their problems in one word: DEFENSE(or lack there of). They looked lazy and uninspired on the defensive end. Guys were getting beat off the first step, and there was no help defense occurring in the paint. Side-note: I did like Amare’s block on John Wall in the 2nd half. I need to see a lot more of that when they’re getting broken down by opposing teams point guards. Let me see that or knock a little guy on his ass once and they’ll stop coming down by the trees real fast(trust me, I was that little guy in high school). However, at one point in the game it looked like John Wall was out there by himself doing lay-up lines. One of the Knicks biggest weaknesses is their inability to contain quick point guards. We saw it last night with Wall, we definitely saw it with Jrue Holliday two weeks ago, and even Jameer Nelson picked apart the Knicks last week(even though we won that game). The Knicks have a very good record this year, but it’s the games where they play solid team defense from the opening tip until the final buzzer that they look impressive. It’s in those wins that they look like a team that should compete for a championship. Last night was not one of those nights. They allowed Washington(the worst scoring offense in the NBA) to pretty much score at will. Their 3-point defense was atrocious as well. Now, I know they can’t win every game and it was just one game, but if they’re going to lose close games I’d like it to be against a formidable opponent. We might have lost to the Washington Wizards(just as the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder did), but do you know who I really feel bad for?? The Minnesota Timberwolves. I foresee a massacre in Minnesota, while the Knicks take out their frustration from a terrible loss. Only time will tell. Tune in to New York Knicks basketball as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday night at 8:00 P.M.