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htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 11:54
Even if we stink, I'm not going to say no to a rare Saturday afternoon game. Melo expected to play today. So, there's that. Suns have lots of interesting young talent and it wouldn't be crazy to think maybe one of these guys could be our focus in the future. Let's go Knicks!

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:02
Suns have lost 6 of their last 7 and they are going to be hungry for a win given that they are a team with playoff aspirations in that brutal Western Conference.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:16
With Melo back, he starts along with Calderon, THJ, Acy, and Aldrich. Interesting to see if Wear, who started last game with Melo out, is one of the first guys off the bench.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:21
Fans start booing with us down 15 - 4 halfway through the 1st quarter. Calderon quiets the boos with an immediate 3-pointer, but for how long?

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:23
Dalembert, Jason Smith, and Prigioni all early subs in the 1st quarter. Calderon and Melo only 2 starters left in the game with over 5 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:25
Calderon carrying us right now. 8 of our first 12 points.

tiger0330
Dec 20, 2014, 12:26
Thanks for keeping the light on in the game thread HTR10. Would anybody sign Dragic for max money or near max money this off-season, I think we should be looking for a big but I like Dragic, just not sure with Calderon having another year or if Dragic is worth max money.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:27
I like this frontcourt of Dalembert, Jason Smith, and Melo. It gives us size, some rebounding, some defense, and a second shooter in the frontline with some offensive range.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:31
Thanks for keeping the light on in the game thread HTR10. Would anybody sign Dragic for max money or near max money this off-season, I think we should be looking for a big but I like Dragic, just not sure with Calderon having another year or if Dragic is worth max money.

I like Dragic a lot, but unless we are moving Calderon's contract, I can't see him being one of our targets. Who knows though, a backcourt of Calderon and Dragic could theoretically work in the triangle.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:33
Wear comes in for Melo and we continue to roll with the big frontcourt. Just like that, we've come all the way back and are only down 2 after being down by as much as 11 in the first quarter.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:41
Larkin makes up a heads up play to get a layup on a loose ball and we have our first lead of the afternoon.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:43
Dalembert pumped after a huge block that Walt described as "nasty and sassy"

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 12:50
Calderon with 8 and Melo and Jason Smith each with 7, accounting for two-thirds our scoring so far. We need a 2 guard who can show up on a regular basis and we'd maybe have something on the offensive end. Our defense, on the other hand, is way more than one piece from being there

tiger0330
Dec 20, 2014, 12:57
You know we are in all these games. I see DFish still thinks the Knicks have a shot at the playoffs and I have visions of Bargs coming back and making the difference in these close games, guys that want the Knicks to tank would really hate Bargnani then dashing the hopes of the Knicks getting a chance at a top 5 pick if they make the playoffs.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 13:09
You know we are in all these games. I see DFish still thinks the Knicks have a shot at the playoffs and I have visions of Bargs coming back and making the difference in these close games, guys that want the Knicks to tank would really hate Bargnani then dashing the hopes of the Knicks getting a chance at a top 5 pick if they make the playoffs.

Yeah, definitely a possibility, but I'm at the point where I'm not even sure Bargnani will even play this season. Already more than 30 games and still doesn't seem like his return is imminent.

We played a bad first 6 minutes and then were the better team for the last quarter and a half of the 1st half. Leading at the half, we definitely need to come out just as tough in the opening minute of the 2nd half or the Suns will blow right back past us.

tiger0330
Dec 20, 2014, 13:11
A lead at the half which would have been bigger if Prigs could have made those 3s he shot at the end.

tiger0330
Dec 20, 2014, 13:14
Yeah, definitely a possibility, but I'm at the point where I'm not even sure Bargnani will even play this season. Already more than 30 games and still doesn't seem like his return is imminent.

We played a bad first 6 minutes and then were the better team for the last quarter and a half of the 1st half. Leading at the half, we definitely need to come out just as tough in the opening minute of the 2nd half or the Suns will blow right back past us.
I think Barg's is close, he practiced for 20 minutes with the team. I think we see him no later than mid-January unless he has another setback which with him is always a possibility.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 13:48
Good game so far. Knicks with the 1 point lead going into the 4th quarter. Man, does Isiah's son seem to be a doofus. Lots of talent on offense, but he just doesn't seem to take the game very seriously. Let's see if we have the legs left to hold onto this lead or if this will be yet another heartbreaker.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 13:55
We come out ice cold and they come out hot to start the 4th quarter. Just like that, we're back in the usual hole in the 4th quarter. Three minutes wiped out a great effort for the last two plus quarters.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 13:57
Wow, this new lineup of Melo, THJ, Calderon, Prigs, and Aldrich instantly get the lead back to 1. Here we go.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 14:02
Melo with a nice defensive strip, but otherwise our defense just looks overmatched against the Suns relentless attack. Not sure our guys have enough in the tank to make one more big surge, but we'll see. This version of the Knicks is the opposite of the Pat Riley Knicks. We always seem to have less energy than our opponents when it matters most.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 14:07
Huge putback dunk by Dalembert to cut the lead to 3 and the crowd is pumped. Still, haven't shown we can stop this guard trio of Dragic, Bledsoe, and Thomas.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 14:11
Calderon with the alley-oop to Dalembert to get the lead back to 3. Calderon is hitting shots and setting up whoever is on the floor with him for easy shots. He has brought to NY what we were promised. Calderon and Melo can be built around in my opinion for the next couple years, just very, very carefully.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 14:15
Thomas goes JR Smith ballhog style and hits a dagger from 3 against us. 9 point lead and we can't get stops. This one looks like yet another replay of most of the last month or so.

htr10
Dec 20, 2014, 14:20
Up until the final few minutes, this was a great effort by our team, but this deadly trio of guards, plus Morris' huge offensive stretch, plus some incredibly tenacious defense against Melo, all equates to loss number 24, which is once again the most in the NBA. Few fans booing in the final few seconds, but what's the point? Our guys don't want this anymore than the non-pro-tanking fans do.

tiger0330
Dec 20, 2014, 15:25
Maybe the best thing would be for the Knicks to declare Melo is out the rest of the season with a knee injury to ensure we get that chance for the top pick. Really impressed with that Okafor kid, very skilled big man, reminds me of Demarcus Cousins minus the attitude.

jimkcchief88
Dec 20, 2014, 18:07
I worked today and didn't know we had a game. Just as well htr10 posts summarized the game nicely. Lost another close one:(


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