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Pregame Report: Knicks vs Raptors

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Well, here we are…

The Knicks (36-45) will host the Toronto Raptors (48-33) at Madison Square Garden in tonight’s season finale. Gametime is 8 PM.

Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Cole Aldrich will start for the Knicks tonight. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Andrea Bargnani, and Kenyon Martin will not play. 

This season has been disappointing, but the Knicks have won 3 in a row against solid teams and can finish the year on a high note by making it 4 tonight. 

Enjoy this game, because we won’t be seeing our Knicks in regular season games for the next 6 months. Let’s get one last win.

-Tommy Rothman

 

 

Pregame Report: Knicks @ Nets

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The Knicks (35-45) will visit the Nets (44-36) tonight in Brooklyn. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM, but the game is on TNT, so it will probably be later… 

The Knicks have already been eliminated at this point, so one might view this game as meaningless. But with a win, we can clinch the season series over our crosstown rivals, which would be nice. And Brooklyn injured Carmelo Anthony (who will miss tonight’s game) in our last matchup, so maybe the Knicks can get chippy tonight and return the favor (I’m kidding. Kind of.).  

Phil Jackson will certainly be watching this game on TV (or in person), so the Knicks still need to play hard to impress the new boss. Mike Woodson said that he planned on giving Toure Murry and Jeremy Tyler some minutes; let’s see if he sticks to that plan. 

Again, the result doesn’t matter too much either way, but we definitely want to win the season series against the Nets, and a lot of players on this team are trying to show the front office what they can bring to the table in the future. So this isn’t a game that New York should just throw away.

Let’s see what the team can do tonight. And let’s see what plays Mike Woodson actually knows aside from Iso-Melo.

-Tommy Rothman

 

Pregame Report: Knicks vs Bulls

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The Knicks (34-45) will host the Chicago Bulls (47-32) tonight at Madison Square Garden. Gametime is 7:30 PM.

The Knicks were eliminated last night when the Hawks beat the Heat, so in many ways, this game is meaningless.

But Carmelo Anthony is a free agent, and the Bulls are the favorite to sign him if he leaves the Knicks. The Bulls have a great coach, a great team, and players willing to do the things Melo is usually not (pass, play defense, etc). The Bulls play in a big city. The Bulls can clear enough cap room for Melo pretty easily. So the Knicks probably don’t want to get embarrassed by Chicago tonight, 4 days before they begin their desperate quest to keep Melo. But anyway, I’ll save all this Melo talk for another post…

Watch the Bulls tonight. Watch what a well-coached team with unselfish players can do, even when they have lost key players to trade or injury. Let’s hope the Knicks can become that kind of team: a team that does what it takes to win. They did it last year, and their failure to get gritty and do the little things this year caused this season to be a failure. 

It is unclear who will play today. For the Knicks, the usual starting lineup is Raymond Felton, JR Smith, Melo, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler. But with the Knicks out of the playoff race and Melo battling a shoulder injury, Mike Woodson might sit his star instead of continuing his tradition of running Anthony into the ground for 45 minutes. 

Beating the Bulls tonight gives the Bulls a better chance of falling into 4th place and meeting the Nets in the first round. The Nets would much rather play the Raptors. So let’s win tonight, and try to screw over the Nets. We owe them one. 

-Tommy Rothman

Pregame Report: Knicks @ Raptors

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The New York Knicks (33-45) will visit the Toronto Raptors (46-32) tonight. Gametime is 7 PM

Starters for New York: Felton, Smith, Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler

Starters for Toronto: Unconfirmed (Raptors may rest some players)

 

The Raptors are 2-0 against the Knicks this season, but Carmelo Anthony did not play in either of those games. Melo is hurt once again, but will play tonight. If Anthony cannot be productive, yet insists on trying to be productive, the Knicks will lose. If he is off his game, it is up to him to start moving the ball or driving more instead of taking jumpers, and it is up to Coach Woodson to sit him if he doesn’t change his style of play. That won’t happen, so let’s hope he can be his usual self tonight, for everybody’s sake.

You know the drill by now. The Knicks probably need to win all of their final 4 games to make the playoffs, and even that might not be enough. Atlanta and New York each have 4 games left, and any combination of 2 Hawks Wins / Knicks Losses clinches the 8 seed for Atlanta and eliminates the Knicks. So let’s hope we can get a win tonight.

Assuming Toronto doesn’t rest their starters, the keys to the game will be containing DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry on the perimeter, and prevent Jonas Valanciunas from slaughtering us on the inside (using hustle, not an advanced skill set). 

Let’s see if we can get the win tonight, and let’s hope the Nets— who will be resting some starters— can help us out and beat the Hawks. If the Knicks lose and the Hawks win, it’s over. If the Knicks win and the Hawks lose, things could get interesting…

-Tommy Rothman

Pregame Report: New York Knicks @ Miami Heat

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The New York Knicks (33-44) will visit the Miami Heat (52-23) this afternoon. Gametime is 1 PM.

Projected lineups:

 

New York: Felton, Smith, Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler

Miami: Chalmers, Douglas, James, Haslem, Bosh 

OUT: Martin, Bargnani (New York)… Wade, Oden, Andersen (Miami)

 

The Knicks play the Heat and the Hawks play the Pacers. The Knicks are in the unfortunate position of needing a win in a seemingly unwinnable game. However, with Miami banged up and New York’s ability to beat any team when they are on their game, this matchup could get interesting. 

Carmelo Anthony is the player to watch today. He was horrible on Friday, and we need to hope he is healthy enough to make a positive contribution. If he can’t help the team, he should sit.

LeBron James cannot be stopped. The Knicks will have to attempt to contain him to a reasonable extent, and then key in on Bosh and Miami’s shooters (including ex-Knick Toney Douglas). 

Let’s hope the Knicks can pull out a win today, and let’s hope that Indy helps us out a bit by beating the Hawks.

-Tommy Rothman

Pregame Report: Washington Wizards @ New York Knicks

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 The Knicks (33-43) will host the Wizards (39-36) on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Gametime is 7:30 PM.

The Knicks know this is a huge game for them and must do whatever it takes to get a win. As always, keys to the game include ball movement, knocking down open shots, and effort (especially from Tyson Chandler).

The Wizards have the quickest point guard in the league; John Wall is a matchup nightmare for the Knicks. Raymond Felton can’t guard him. So Raymond Felton shouldn’t guard him. It’s up to Mike Woodson to make the obvious and correct decision to have Iman Shumpert— who did a fantastic job on Deron Williams Wednesday night— guarding Wall whenever they are both on the court. It will be Shumpert’s responsibility to avoid committing foolish fouls that keep him off the court.

The Knicks were unstoppable on Wednesday when they were moving the ball, but allowed the Nets to make a bit of a run in the 3rd quarter when Carmelo Anthony and his teammates started looking to play 1-on-1 ball. This can’t happen tonight. The Knicks need to be unselfish throughout the game.

Chandler did a solid job Wednesday, but his effort level has been inconsistent this year, so it’s anybody’s guess whether he will show up tonight. The Knicks need their starting center to provide energy and leadership tonight.

Washington has some pretty good shooters, including Bradley Beal. Beal and Martell Webster torched the Knicks when the Wizards came to the Garden in December, and that can’t happen again tonight.

The Knicks enter tonight tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If the two teams finished tied at the end of the season, Atlanta would win the tiebreaker. New York, at 33-43 has 6 games left, while the Hawks, at 32-42, have 8 games remaining. Atlanta plays the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. If the Knicks can play a good game, they can put a lot of pressure on the Hawks. Let’s see if we can get a win tonight.

-Tommy Rothman

Wizards’ unconfirmed Starting Lineup: Wall, Beal, Booker, Ariza, Gortat

Knicks’ unconfirmed Starting Lineup: Felton, Smith, Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler

Tickets for the game: Here

Pregame: Brooklyn Nets @ New York Knicks

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The Knicks (32-43) will host the Brooklyn Nets (40-33) at 7 PM. 

 

Starters for New York:

 

PG- Ray Felton

SG- J.R. Smith

SF- Carmelo Anthony

PF- Amar’e Stoudemire

C- Tyson Chandler

 

Starters for Brooklyn (unconfirmed)

 

PG- Deron Williams

SG- Shaun Livingston

SF- Joe Johnson

PF- Paul Pierce

C- Mason Plumlee

 

Tim Hardaway Jr (ankle) and Toure Murry (stomach bug / coach’s doghouse) were both questionable, but will apparently be in uniform tonight. Hardaway is expected to play, and Murry is expected to be available to play.

 

The Knicks really need this game. The Nets have been on fire these past few months, and are the favorite heading into this contest at the Garden. For the Knicks to win, they need to move the ball, stay focused, stay smart, knock down their shots, and play hard. Tyson Chandler needs to step up… his effort level has been wildly inconsistent and the Knicks need their $14 million dollar man to earn his paycheck tonight. 

 

Note: I will be doing Pre-Game and Post-Game articles for every remaining game this season. 

-Tommy Rothman