Knicks V Pacers - Mar 13 + 15: Home And Away Double Thread Special
Crazy8s Thread Soundtrack
Growing up on a small island, 10,600 miles from New York, this epic number from circa '92 is on the first CD I ever bought, and was the same year I first went to The Big Apple to watch The Knicks. The very track I was listening to on the walk to The Garden.
Press play NOW. It's life changing inspirado.
HOME AND AWAY SPECIAL
After an entire era's worth of woeful lowliness for us, we're caught in the throes of an escalating race for preeminence.
From tip-off at The Garden this Sunday, we have 17 games in which to establish as best a position as possible for our long awaited return to the post season. An old and bitter foe challenges us at home and in their own arena, in a pair of crucial consecutive games.
WE ARE THE NEW YORK KNICKS
CERBERUS LEADS OUR CHARGE!
And Now, The Moment You've All Been Waiting For.
THE STARTING ⑤
The whole "some say" thing has been thrown on the back burner.
Once, upon being asked to please a woman, he went for the thrust of lust..........and missed
The focal of probing our opponents in my eyes, is to refer to our weaknesses and strengths to ascertain advantages.
We shall start with rebounding, our main concern, per position.
◉ The Pacers, through positions 3-5, carom 32.3 RPG and 11.9 RPG in the back court for a total of 44.2 RPG combined. 4th best in the Eastern Conference.
They allow opponents glass cleaners, positions 3-5, 31.4 RPG and 11.3 from the back court, for a total of 42.7 RPG
The Knicks, however, positions 3-5, average 27.6 RPG and 13.5 from our back court, for a total of 41.1. Fields, clearly, is the difference maker here.
As we know too well, opponent bigs have career nights on the glass against us. This is an issue that needed rectifying at season's beginning. When will it be addressed?
70% of Indiana's converted offence comes from jump shots. They advocate ball movement in motion offence. Guard play and defending screens will help in thwarting their go to motion plays.
They also convert plays in a similar quick fire manner to the SSOL, with a whopping 42% of their converted makes coming from a quick strike motion set play in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock.
Our transition defence is as temperamental as a pregnant prostitute. We have to stick with our assignments and communicate. Transition screens must be played effectively, and defensive switches are integral to success.
We have an advantage at the point courtesy of strength in numbers. Throwing Billups, Douglas and Anthony Carter at Darren Collison will aid in crippling the transition threat. We can afford a full court one on one check after converted buckets.
Focal Match Up
Danny Granger, Indiana's leading scorer @ 20.7 PPG, is a very smooth scorer and an effective rebounder @ 5.5 RPG. According to hoopshype.com, he is capable of outstanding defence when inspired, and what inspires a player more than going head to head with an opponent better than them?
At 6'8" - 228, he measures up almost exactly with Anthony, who at the same height weighs in @ 230.
Hibbert: 7.7 RPG, 1.8 BPG ★ 7'2" - 278 Lbs
McRoberts: 5.5 RPG, .9 BPG
Foster: 6.7 RPG, .7 BPG
Nostalgia At Its Best
A look back at 2 of the best moments of our heated rivalry with Indiana, and an example of the electricity in MSG when we took on Veggie Griller and the Pacers. I still abhor Reggie Miller to this day. Every time he sais "Are you kidding me?" whilst commentating, I feel like kicking his sister in the balls.
So I guess I didnt miss 2 much trying to find out where ST Johns, Ucla, and Usc where going.
You didn't miss anything but the Granger-less slumping Pacers running layup and alley-oop drills on Antoni's killer defense. You also missed JJ missing like 5 layups, getting blocked twice and then missing his only 2 free throws. You missed Douglas making it rain clanks 0-6 overall, 0-5 from downtown and Antoni calling plays for him to keep on shooting. This is the fans reward for having to pay double the price in tickets. Gotta love our coach.
Meanwhile the big that we outcasted to our bench all season and then traded to Minnesota for free is going off on his new team.
Mar 10 Randolph (illness) scored 14 points with seven rebounds in 19 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Indiana.