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Well the Knicks fucking suck. Actually it’s not even that they suck, it’s that they just clearly don’t give a fuck if they win or lose. The Knicks were sitting at 3-9 and should be coming out with a passion, and desire, to right the ship and beat the Blazers on their home court; but no, what do they do? they come out flat. How the fuck do you come out flat and show NO desire to play, let alone win, for the first quarter and a half. It’s like they have to go down twenty to realize that “oh shit, we better start playing now”. Really?
It’s not like this Knicks team lacks talent, it’s actually the opposite; they have a copious amount of talent on their roster but their desire (right now) just isn’t there. There’s nothing more Melo can do to help this team win, other than settling for contested jumpers too often. He scores, rebounds, dishes and actually puts effort in on defense, yet half the other guys decide no defense and contested shots on offense are the way to go. Now that Amar’e is being given time he’s helping on the offensive side, but he’s defense still is less than ideal. Yes, there are spurts where he seems competent, but those are few and far between. It’s not so much that he’s a bad on ball defender, because he really isn’t, it’s that his concept of help and team defense is comical. Same goes for Bargnani, he’s efficient on offense and surprisingly solid on his own man, but help defense, to this team, just doesn’t exist. Rarely is a shot contested in the paint if the ball handler is driving.
What baffles me the most is how Mike Woodson is supposed to be this defensive genius/guru, yet he constantly sticks his worst defender on the other teams star PG. It’s like he doesn’t gamplan based on match-ups, but tells his players to go out and guard their position. In no way should Beno Udrih EVER be guarding John Wall or Damian Lillard, yet that’s what Mike Woodson decides is best for this team. This whole season start PG/wings have been fucking the Knicks. It has to stop. Although clearly the trade rumors are affecting Shumperts psyche, he needs to be on the best backcourt/wing on the opposing team. If you put him in a position to succeed, and use his talents to the fullest, it’ll bring out the player that we all know he can be. His defense will translate to offense and it will make this team better. Woodson needs to adjust his match-ups and rotations accordingly.
I guess I really just ranted and didn’t actually recap the game. Well, as I previously remarked, the Knicks came out flat and showed no desire to win from the get go. The defense was horrendous for the most part and there were so many shots that had you just scratching your head, or more likely actually screaming at the tv thinking “what the fuck are you doing”. Towards the end of the second quarter they finally showed some desire and outplayed the Blazers for the most part, but already being down twenty at half did them in. They can’t play consistent for 48 minutes, and until they find a way to do that, they’ll keep losing.
Other things that I noticed or annoyed me beyond belief:
- Artest, please stop driving and putting up horrendous shots. Play defense and hit open threes like you’re paid to do.
- JR Smith clearly doesn’t have his athleticism back, at this point.
- Beno Undrih is one of the worst defenders I’ve ever seen.
- Shumpert’s energy is at an all time low, and we need him.
- Stoudemire should continue to play and stay aggressive.
- Kenyon Martin had a great game. Brings a lot of tenacity, but what happened to the being a leader like last year?
- Melo needs to drive more, cut down on the contested shots.
- Lillard shoots 39% from the field and Melo 43%, yet you only hear Melo as being the inefficient one.
- How many times can the Knicks leave a man wide open beyond the arc?
- Hardaway needs to play.
- Tour’e Murray needs to play, can’ be any worse than what they’re currently getting.
- Defensive big please.