Questions on Knicks vs Cavs
I know this was the Knicks first game of the regular season and alot of members tuned in while watching the game giving some great input each quarter. But after sleeping on what you seen in the Knicks vs Cavs with Lebron James scoring 45 points, and taking charge in the 4th qtr. for the conclusion of a Cavs WIN.
What are all the things you notice in that game the Knicks need to improve in for the WIN?
When PG-Gibson hit his consecutive 3-point shot and the Cavs took a 8 or 9 point lead (and Isiah did not call a time out), did you give the WIN to the Cavs at that moment? or when the Cavs came back down and score again?
Did the Knicks show at anytime during the game that they were the better team in scoring, rebounding, defending, and co-existing together vs the Cavs?
Was Curry & Zach more dominating than Lebron James?
Was Marbury more dominating than Gibson?
Was Crawford & Jones more dominating than Hughes?
I know this was the first game of the Knicks regular season however, did the Knicks show any kind of playbook strategy-plan that says you got this one but the next time things will be alot different.
The Raptors tore a new hole in the Nets last night, and the 76ers put it on the Bulls in every qtr. last night, plus the Atlanta Hawks came down out the air so fast and scooped themselves up an upsetting WIN over the Mavs last night.
We all know that the Nets, Bulls, and Mavs have the capability and strategy plan to pay back these teams the next time they play them, but do the Knicks have the same capability to do the same???
The Knicks lost the game in the second quarter
I know to a lot of people the reason the Knicks lost the Cavs game was poor free throw shooting and poor three-point defense in the fourth quarter.
However, to me the key was Balkman getting three quick fouls.
This forced the Knicks to double on LeBron in the fourth quarter because QRich was understandably worn down by the fourth, leaving Daniel Gibson wide open at the wrong time.
That said, why did Isiah not bring Balkman back in in the fourth? Sitting on the bench is better than fouling out? OK, so maybe putting him on LeBron did not work, but you could have put him or Mardy Collins on Gibson after the second of four straight three-pointers.
And what about Mardy Collins? He is a better lock-down defender in the fourth than any other Knick guard. And where was Eddy Curry in the fourth? It seemed to me that he was playing better defense inside last night than I ever saw last year, and the Knicks were struggling at the offensive end early in the fourth quarter, especially inside.
But the 4th quarter is the most important.
4th quarter is what counts the most. YOu can be up by 20pts, and if you blow it in the 4th, it's a terrible game.
4th quarter is crunch time. It's the time when good teams close out. Bad teams fold. Everything that happend before the 4th doesn't matter. If you can't do it when the pressure is on, then you had a bad game.
So which did the Knicks do? When the other team made their run, did the knicks come back on the other end? Next time down court did they step up their D? No they folded, they looked terrible in the 4th. You won't win many games this year, if they play like that in the 4th, when a team makes a run and not have an answer on either end? just run a couple confused plays on offense, and forget to cover the Hot shooter, I mean the guy was so open, it was ridiculous, the ball was at the rim before a knick defender was even in arms reach of him. They Lost to a cavs team, that didn't even play that well. Except when the knicks folded. The knicks looked bad, when the pressure was on. If you can't play underpressure in the NBA, you aren't going to win and you will look bad.
I'd be singing a different tune, if the Knicks put up a fight, if someone had their hand in gibsons face when he hit his second, third and forth 3pter of the quarter. If he hits them with a hand in his face, there wasn't much a defender can do. I'd take that, and say the knicks looked good. If they hit some free throws the cavs handed to them to get back into the game or if they at least had a decent offensive set during the cavs run, between zach randolph fumbling to score or pass out of the double, a couple times, jamaal crawfords solo effort that resulted in an awkward runner that was terribly off. It was just aweful to watch. There was no flow, a lot of nerves.
The cavs turned it around, they stepped up, then almost faltered, and closed it out.
Free throws Guarding the 3 damn same old story
Curry had a bad showlder he was struggling with his fould shots if you looked at his face after every shot it looked a lit painfull
Zach i dont knwo how a guy with such a sweat jump shot could miss free throws like that its crazy.
Marbury missing he just should be ashamd of himself and the way he let his man open after he just made back to back 3's is rediculous.
Balkman should have came back in to guard lebron so that we didnt have to double him. we should have let lebron score his points those 3's are what killed us lebron wasnt that great yest. If he made more foul shots it would have been just as back