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    Knicks fall to 1-3 losing to the Bucks 124-113. Too much Middleton, Freak and Bledsoe at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Middleton (7-8) shooting from the 3-ball line killed us tonight plus hitting 2 3's in crunch time sealed the game for the Bucks ....

    Although, i didnt like all of Fizdale lineups tonight .. I have to admit all the Knick lineups tonight played very well together on both sides of the court .. Great Knicks Game !!!
    Fiz is still tinkering and getting a feel for is guys. I'd expect he'll solidify his lineup soon, LT and Knits go to the bench I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Fiz is still tinkering and getting a feel for is guys. I'd expect he'll solidify his lineup soon, LT and Knits go to the bench I think.
    Fiz tinkering during crunch time minutes in the last 3 games showed he had no PLANS on winning any of those games.
    Dotson has been playing well off the bench, but not well enough to be in the lineup with 5 minute remaining in the game.
    Tonight our crunch-time lineup should have been ..
    Kanter/Vonleh/Mario/THJ/Frank -vs- Lopez/Giannis/Middleton/Brogdon/Bledsoe

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    I like how this team competes... and they are young... but the bottom line is this team has no stars and just isnít good enough.

    Thereís really not much to take from these games b/c (1) all professional athletes will give 110% the first part of a given season. (2) teams donít respect our talent so we are getting teams who are taking the night off.

    Letís see if Fiz has them competing when their record is 9-33.

    We just lost 3 straight close games. You would figure by accident the opponent would miss a few shots or we would make enough plays to win. But we didnít...

    This tells me, the other team is running on idle and when game hangs in the balance... they show up. And, we just donít have enough talent.

    So, while itís fun watching this group, and I appreciate the fact they make these games competitive... thereís really not much to make of this team and itís future.

    This is exactly why every fan should be on team tank. Each loss gets this roster closer to escaping this 2 decade hole theyíve been stuck in.

    Free agents arenít coming to the rescue.... reclamation projects arenít morphing into All Stars... we need a top 5 pick, and then KP-Knox-Knits will have some help and then, and only then, will we finally be able to watch a team capable of winning 45 games and reaching the playoffs.

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    Knits played 35 minutes, and I think he took 1 shot after the first quarter. I gotta blame Fiz there. Tell the kid to shoot or bench him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Fiz is still tinkering and getting a feel for is guys. I'd expect he'll solidify his lineup soon, LT and Knits go to the bench I think.
    Fitz is rapidly on the watch with me. The only thing saving him at the moment we play hard and have fluidity to how we play but I do not like AT ALL how he's managing minutes and he clearly favors THJR/Burke/Kanter as I knew he would. We can talk until we're blue in the face how they're the better players but we need to be CONSISTENTLY DEVELOPING talent. We had preseason to sort many things out when it comes to minutes. He's not doing what he said he would do before the season started
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    I didn’t bother to watch when we all already know the outcome like Mafra said why torture yourself. I’m on team tank this season but the flip side to that is a bust like Knits in the lottery. He supposed to be an A-1 defender, but Giannis and Middleton drop 30 apiece. Knits doesn’t even try to score so he’s a liability on both ends of the floor. So you tank an 82 game season, but set your franchise back 5 years when you blow the lottery pick. So you stay in the NBA purgatory forever. Our last 3 lottery picks: injured(KP6),sucks(Frank), and injured again(Knox). And for you “player development” guys, I keep trying to tell you NBA coaches teach concepts, not basics. You are supposed to have a professional type game on arrival. Oh well how many games are left????

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    Nits has no feel for the game. Why is Fiz starting a 2nd banana type? One play last night, Trey and him were on the left side of the floor about 4 ft apart and Trey passes him the ball, presumably to make a play because there was no defensive pressure for Nits to be the outlet. So what does Nits do, hands it back to Trey for him to make a play. Getting tired of seeing him pass the ball off at the top then running into the corner to take a 3 pt shot. He's been doing that his whole Knicks career.

    And his rep or being a defensive stud is overrated, when have you ever seen him steal a pass and then take it all the way to slam it home on the other end? I guess he's a smart defender, not biting on pump fakes and he's diligent about his defensive assignment but he lacks the raw athletic ability to be a great defender imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Nits has no feel for the game. Why is Fiz starting a 2nd banana type? One play last night, Trey and him were on the left side of the floor about 4 ft apart and Trey passes him the ball, presumably to make a play because there was no defensive pressure for Nits to be the outlet. So what does Nits do, hands it back to Trey for him to make a play. Getting tired of seeing him pass the ball off at the top then running into the corner to take a 3 pt shot. He's been doing that his whole Knicks career.

    And his rep or being a defensive stud is overrated, when have you ever seen him steal a pass and then take it all the way to slam it home on the other end? I guess he's a smart defender, not biting on pump fakes and he's diligent about his defensive assignment but he lacks the raw athletic ability to be a great defender imo.

    It's really been the case since stepping into this organization Day 1. I think he had a good couple weeks his first 2-3weeks of the regular season last yr and then went back to being slightly above mid to average defender the rest of the way. I knew it was blown way out of proportion when Tyus Jones lit his arse up in Minny. His average defense isn't what bothers me, it's the fact he doesn't have a defined position and he hasn't improved as a "point guard". Can he make some plays in the PNR-Yes, Can he playmake for teammates in small spurts during a game-Yes...but that's not saying much for a Top 10 lottery pick

    All those silly videos during the summer of him working on spin moves and turn around jumpers on middle school gym teachers was never my fancy!

    Fizdale better start giving consistent minutes every game to players needing development. Stop playing guys like Hezonja 10min one night and then 30 the next. Dotson no minutes in consecutive games then becoming the top 3/4 in minutes on the team over the next consecutive games. Baker 27min, to 18min, to 12min, to 1min. Stop playing THJR 35min/gm for the love of basketball, please stop!

    Listen he should know how many minutes he wants to play each player every game...now who plays with who may be a little tricky subs and whatnot but it's clear to me he has no idea who to play and he's coaching by feel which I hate with a passion.
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    Yeah, Iím tiring of watching THjr take 25 shots a night to score 26 points. LaVine poured in 35 last night on 15 shots.

    I only hope we are showcasing Timmy in the hopes we strum up trade interest.

    How about the rookie from Villanova just stealing the rebound from Knits. This kid is just super meh. Iím trying to be patient... but in 3 years I think we are getting more of the same. A role player is not what you want with a lottery pick. Itís betyer than a bust unless the role he plays doesnít really help you win games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Nits has no feel for the game. Why is Fiz starting a 2nd banana type? One play last night, Trey and him were on the left side of the floor about 4 ft apart and Trey passes him the ball, presumably to make a play because there was no defensive pressure for Nits to be the outlet. So what does Nits do, hands it back to Trey for him to make a play. Getting tired of seeing him pass the ball off at the top then running into the corner to take a 3 pt shot. He's been doing that his whole Knicks career.

    And his rep or being a defensive stud is overrated, when have you ever seen him steal a pass and then take it all the way to slam it home on the other end? I guess he's a smart defender, not biting on pump fakes and he's diligent about his defensive assignment but he lacks the raw athletic ability to be a great defender imo.
    Last night, Timmy shot 1-4 in the last 5 minute of the game, i also believe Timmy shot the same 1-4 in the 2 previous games in the last 5 minute of the game .. Crunch Time.
    Coach Fizdale has been running a 3 guard lineup the majority of the rotation in all 4 regular season games .. the Knicks guards dont have two bigmen in their lineup they could rely on to do the many things they see their opponents two bigmen do for their guards .. like protect the paint from slashers that beat our guards off the dribble, or box-out so our guards could slash to the basket or grab a rebound, or screen and pick for our guards to get a open shot or clear passing lane, coach Fizdale plan system in the last 4 games has been getting the majoriy of their points n scoring from broken plays .. just like the final play in the Boston game involving Burke's creation play to get 3 points, after the throw in play went bad !!!
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    Ntilikinaís offense is non-existent, but I do think his defense is legit. Hereís the problem though. Ntilikinaís best advanced metric last season was that he was the number one pick and roll defender in the NBA. Now he is playing small forward, so that doesnít seem all that relevant any more.

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    Fizdale has been encouraging Kanter to shoot more 3's, he's drifted out near the arc .. thats where he's getting the ball now, which sidelines Kanter's post game.
    One of the benefits of getting Kanter last season were getting the ball into the paint with Kanter's back to the basket, it help get defenders into foul trouble. In preseason Fizdale pointed out himself, Kanter's post game skills are rare, best to make use of it now.
    Thomas has proven he can knock down the open 3. But we're dead last as a team on assists. Our ball movement has been mediocre.
    Lance wouldn't be starting on a good team .. But we're not a good team!
    Hezonja's defense is a major liability at the 4, especially against starters.

    I hope the next three practices are bout having a certain lineup setting up last minute plays on offense and one on defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Fizdale has been encouraging Kanter to shoot more 3's, he's drifted out near the arc .. thats where he's getting the ball now, which sidelines Kanter's post game.
    One of the benefits of getting Kanter last season were getting the ball into the paint with Kanter's back to the basket, it help get defenders into foul trouble. In preseason Fizdale pointed out himself, Kanter's post game skills are rare, best to make use of it now.
    Thomas has proven he can knock down the open 3. But we're dead last as a team on assists. Our ball movement has been mediocre.
    Lance wouldn't be starting on a good team .. But we're not a good team!
    Hezonja's defense is a major liability at the 4, especially against starters.

    I hope the next three practices are bout having a certain lineup setting up last minute plays on offense and one on defense.
    I guess that is not gonna happen. Focus is probably on defending the 3 ball (and hopefully ball movement). I don't think we're losing on purpose but closing out games might not be a priority.
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