It may not be the first time for some of you, but right now, you're getting double teamed!


Crazy⑧s, In Association With iSayUghh, present to you, knicksonline.com, the first playoff game thread on this glorious site in 7 years! How fitting that one Carmelo Anthony is number 7. Is that what you call 'Good Ju Ju'?




But before the madness ensues, each and every one of you MUST view, or review, this epic video created by resident ko.com genius -


AmareForPresident









And now, as our banner arises from the bowels of mediocrity once again, resident cunning linguist iSayUghh will set the wheels in motion with an underdog speech Winston Churchill would be proud of......

Soundtrack to the underdogs battle cry.


Press play NOW





RISE OF THE UNDERDOG


A heavy burden is the weight of doubt. Adversity an obstacle as strenuous on the mind as the body. Is our battle already lost in futility? Must we look up as we're looked down upon? Is our enemy's pedestal as lofty as it seems?

If so then we have already lost.

But that is not so in this hour.



The underdogs throughout the annals of time have questioned their mettle, and risen despite the weight of their opposition and their doubters.



We are a team. Forged by its resilience, strength and energy. A team budding with exuberance and want. A team, despite its detractors, possessed of deft skill, experience, tenacity, all of which are amplified by the underdog's flame.



We must not underrate the gravity of the task which lies before us or the temerity of the ordeal, to which we shall not be found unequal.



Our enemy fears us in its thought. It's assuredness shrouded by our unquenchable desire for supremacy.

Our potency undeniable, it raises the brows of a nation swept by enthusiasm.



The underdogs lurk.



Their senses made keen as they smell the wounds of their oppressors.

They know that the time to tear and take what is theirs is upon them.

As one, the underdogs prowl in search of former glory, forgetting not the savour of its sweetness.



Rise now! Our banner unfurls as we defy all who stand against us!

We are the underdogs! We shall not be turned back!





WE ARE THE NEW YORK KNICKS








YOU STAND IN OUR WAY.







WE WILL CUT YOU DOWN.



AND IF THIS WASN'T A RIVALRY BEFORE, IT ****ING IS NOW

YOUR SUPREMACY DIES TONIGHT AS WE DEAL THE FIRST RESOUNDING BLOW.





















I thought I'd ask KO's creator, moderator and ***** devastator, Rady, to add words of inspiration to the thread that's waited 7 years. In typical Rady fashion, he was brief and to the point:



This always gets me pumped up, and to me, it's better then any inspirational words one could tell!


Do it! Press play!










And now, the moment you've all been frothing at the jowls for, the Knicks starting line 5.





BILLUPS



@ PG, the man who once punched a horse to the ground defending his sandwich, known as Mr Big Shot, Chaunceeeeeeeeeeey Billups!


FIELDS



@ SG the man who once wrestled and devoured a liger to gain its sexual powers, he's half black and half white so we have to wonder what colour his nipples are: Landryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Fieeeeeeeeelllldsss.

MELO



@ SF: Many have attested to his dislike of the homeless. His wife has enormous fun bags. He's allergic to not having eye watering anal sex. Carmelooooooooooo Anthonyyyyyyyyyyy.

STAT



@ PF: The man who circumcised himself at 2 weeks old. He can open a beer bottle with his testes. He once impregnated a virgin in MSG's front row by looking at her. Amar'eeeeeeee Stouuuuuudemiiiiiireeeee.

TURIAF



@ Center his beard contains the soul of Shaka Zulu. He has fried adamantium for breakfast. He has converted millions from lesbianism with his mighty staff. Ronnnyyyyyyyyyyyyy Tuuuuuuuuuuriaaaaaffffffff.









PROBING THE ENEMY








Celdics Regular Season Team #s Per Game

Points Scored 96.7 ------ Points Allowed 90.8

FG% .488 ------ Opponent FG% .433

Free Throw Attempts 23 ------ Opponent FTA 24.1


Now this is interesting. Per 100 possessions, Boston rebound the ball at a lower rate than their opponents on both ends of the floor.

ORPG - 24% ------ Opponent ORPG - 27%
DRPG - 72% ----- Opponent DRPG - 77.8%

Their opponents score most prolifically in the first 15 seconds of the shot clock, accounting for almost 65% of Boston's points allowed. This is not irregular, but Boston are the best defensive team in seconds 20-24 on the clock. Second to the Bulls in 24 second violations.

Boston are in the top 10 for offensive fouls at 6th in the league.

They eclipsed opponents forced turnovers in ball handling and broken/intercepted passes by a total of 132 total TOs in the combined categories.

They are incredibly effective passers through positions 1-4, eclipsing opponent averages by 6 assists/ game, 23.9 for to 18 allowed. As a system, theirs is the antithesis of the Knicks style, with methodically run plays in which the focal is to hit the open man between seconds 10 & 15 on the clock. Rondo is the main facilitator. Stop him, and you stop Pierce and Allen from having opportunities created for in motion sets. This was recently evidenced in Boston's losses to both Chicago and Miami.



Crazy⑧s' Big Fat Facts


As we all know, hitting our shots at a high rate will be the be all and end all of our chance at getting past these leprechaun lesbians.

The Knicks are 8-29 when they shoot less than 45 percent from the field and 13-32 when they make fewer than 10 threes. How will our offence fare against the 2nd best defence in the league?



How To Compensate Against Bad Shooting & Boston's D

We MUST run more designed plays to compensate for any bad shooting spell that may occur during stages of the game(s) and get to the FT line as much as possible. STAT in particular must be given the opportunity to draw fouls on offensive bigs.









Both defensively and offensively, Shawne Williams and TD23's contributions play second fiddle only to our big 3.

Their shot making and defensive assignments are momentous for us. Williams, in particular, must get on the glass, play well in the post and contest shots. He's been called for fouls frequently in the paint over our end season streak, and we can't afford for him to be on the bench in foul trouble.

I consider him the most pivotal role player in a series in which we are under sized, and will rely heavily on his corner 3s which have been there ever since the Melo trade.




ON THE INSIDE




What is there to say to our 5s? If they don't bring their heads, hearts and heroism to this game, or those that follow, we're in trouble. We expect nothing more than defence and effort on the glass at both ends.

Will they answer the call?






★KEY MATCH UP★






Age: 28 > 35
Height: 6'10" < 6'11"
Weight: 240 < 253
Wingspan: 7'1" < 7'4"


25.5 PPG > 14.9
8.5 RPG < 8.9
2.5 APG > 2.4
2.0 BPG > 0.8
.505 FG% < .528


We need to run some plays for Amar'e and get him to the line. He must be included in the offence to keep Boston's incredibly tight motion defence moving. Through motion, we find holes and gaps. Garnett contests jumpers well with that 7'4" wingspan and deft timing. It is beyond crucial that Amar'e gets to the FT line, and has a chance to create for others from the high post as he has all year. Fields, in particular has a chance to reap the benefits of Boston's focus on Amar'e with his size and athletic advantage over Ray Allen.

Amar'e will/should benefit from Boston's low/high block double teaming on Carmelo.

If there were ever a team in which Amar'e's defensive awareness, boxing out and rebounding were of the utmost import, it's against Boston.