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knicks play bulls for worst record in the east

whats up defenders,

I hope you all had a happy thanksgiving with your family and friends.  I’m still down in sunny Florida (currently about 80 degrees) where I’ve got no internet, hence no updates to the blog in the past couple days.  I did want to give you a new thread for today’s game against the Bulls however.  Let me know how they look–game is in the garden, right?

both these teams are young, and both these teams have expectations much higher than where they currently sit in the standings.

let’s see what happens.

Knicks come home tonight to face Warriors

The New York Knicks (2-7) should be well rested and ready to go when they taken on top-flight point guard Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors (2-6) tonight at 7:30pm. The Knicks look to stop their current losing streak which is now at six games, but the Warriors won’t go without putting up a fight, having just defeated the Raptors in Toronto. Don’t let the Warriors’ record fool you into thinking this will be an easy win, they’re a western conference playoff team who just got Stephen Jackson back and have now won two in a row after starting the season 0-6. Ellis isn’t shooting as well thus far this season. The knicks need to make sure to box out Andris Biedrins who is a walking double-double not unlike D Lee, only taller.

The keys to victory for the Knicks will be the same throughout the season: good ball rotation (don’t over-dribble, don’t over-rely on freelance scoring) get the ball inside, reduce turnovers, make free-throws (assuming you’re getting to the line), guard the perimeter scorers. The knicks simply must do all of these things if they’re going to turn it around this season. Sink or swim.

NBA.com has an interesting preview article here.

I’ll be unable to watch this one as I will be away from the TV. Hold the fort down as always.

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Recent Knicks history by the season

2007-08                             ?

2006-07 NBA 33-49 4th, Atlantic Division  
2005-06 NBA 23-59 5th, Atlantic Division  
2004-05 NBA 33-49 4th, Atlantic Division  
2003-04 NBA 39-43 3rd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf 1st Rd
2002-03 NBA 37-45 5th, Atlantic Division  
2001-02 NBA 30-52 7th, Atlantic Division  
2000-01 NBA 48-34 3rd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf 1st Rd
1999-00 NBA 50-32 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Finals
1998-99 NBA 27-23 4th, Atlantic Division Lost NBA Finals
1997-98 NBA 43-39 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1996-97 NBA 57-25 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1995-96 NBA 47-35 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1994-95 NBA 55-27 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1993-94 NBA 57-25 1st, Atlantic Division Lost NBA Finals
1992-93 NBA 60-22 1st, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Finals
1991-92 NBA 51-31 1st, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1990-91 NBA 39-43 3rd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf 1st Rd
1989-90 NBA 45-37 3rd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1988-89 NBA 52-30 1st, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf Semis
1987-88 NBA 38-44 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost East Conf 1st Rd

Click on the year to see the roster and team information. This comes to you courtesy of the excellent basketballreference.com.

Knicks Visit Kings

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Tipoff time is 10pm Eastern.

There’s all kinds of hearsay about this team right now. Rather then speculate on rumored events, I will try to stick to the real, and right now the real is the knicks have lost four in a row going into Sacramento. To me, it no longer matters who is in the starting five, only that the team puts forth a respectable effort to win throughout the basketball game. In that respect, I don’t care if they start pulling people up from the D league to play on this team, just win some games so the Knicks aren’t the laughing stock of the league, as they have been for some time now.

No ZBo tonight, maybe Mardy Collins and Renaldo will play–maybe not.  Your guess at the starting five is a good as mine.  Last I heard, Curry might not start.  Doesn’t really matter, just win the game.

 

 

Knicks-Clippers Post-Game Quotes

Courtesy of USA Today.

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“I love all my players, just like my mother loved me, but sometimes she snatched me out of the park and had tough words for me and did some tough things to me,” the New York Knicks coach said after Marbury rejoined the team for Wednesday’s night game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Thomas, asked about playing Marbury instead of suspending him, said, “I’ve played with people I don’t like and I’ve won with people I don’t like. We’re a professional basketball team and my job is trying to win a game. Whatever happened in the past is in the past. We move forward.”

Although Cleveland star LeBron James said he doesn’t know Marbury, he was critical of his just taking off from the Knicks.

“I couldn’t have a guy like that on my team,” James said before the Cavaliers’ 117-116 overtime loss to Orlando.

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Updated Atlantic Division Standings

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D League Team in Harlem?

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Wow, finally a good idea for once from Mr. David Stern? That’s something I could get behind. I’ve been saying for years, why does the D League only have teams in podunk towns, why not put a team closer to the tristate area?

I hope they do it. I would go. Assuming they didn’t charge insane Manhattan-inflated prices to go to the games. What is it to sit courtside for a knicks game now, $3,000? For one game? You can’t tell me the people who sit courtside are bigger Knicks fans than those up in the 400’s. They’re just more privileged.