Odd usage of KP in the second? Hope it's bc DF wants KP fresh for the 4th... 54-52 NYK at the half.
We had 54 at the half and 73 after three... With about 3 minutes remaining in the game... NYK have 25 points in the second half... 6 so far in the 4th...
There really are no words to describe just how poorly Affalo, Calderon, and Grant have played tonight.... Especially when you look at the guards MEM start.
NYK 0-5 without Melo.
This speaks to a thread I started about "How Good Are We?" We missed Melo many games last yr and our record reflected poorly and this yr looks to be no different. If Melo were to miss a bunch of games going forward what would our record look like?
We are now 9-16 against teams with winning records with an overall middle of the pack SOS to this point.
To Mafra and Htr
We should have beat Brooklyn and the Rockets(who haven't been good either). I think we're actually 0-4 without Melo so with roster upgrades we should be .500 without him in small sample sizes. It wasn't to highlight Melo's value to the team, it's to show the miscalculation from last yrs roster to this yrs roster if circumstances were equal.
You add AA, Lopez, O-Quinn, Rook, Rook, Williams compared to Melo along with rest of roster being healthy last yr as they've been this yr...what's the true Win replacement total? Healthier roster last yr without the gimmicks of losing later in the season we were probably a 27 win team and not 17. So if we're pacing to win 38gms this yr all those additions/replacements only equate to 11wins, Phil shelled out $90mil for this kind of low win increase?
Melo didn't go from not making players better for 12-13yrs and then all of a sudden to making teammates better this yr. Several players on this team aren't even having career yrs this yr. They'e been extremely hot an cold in any given game or over stretches of games this yr.
Melo always made teammates better bc he commands so much attention. He's a scoring FWD... Not sure what many expect him to be? He's not LJ or Bird, but it cannot be denied that he helped players bc (when he passed the ball) they had space and were more open than they would normally be if the defense wasn't concentrating and game planning on stopping Carmelo.
I think PJ went with Plan-C and overpaid for somewhat dependable vet types in ROLO and Affalo bc (1) the upcoming salary cap increase made it possible to do so and (2) the hope was that if he built a respectable roster, Even if only incrementally better, to compliment a healthier Melo... Was our best selling point and only hope to attract free agents this Summer. Plus they gave him trade chips...
Who knows. Bc the previous idiots dealt this year's first round pick...
It wasn't feasible and would've been a PR nightmare if we just went in tank mode and passed on signing anything in free agency even remotely respectable.
However.... I am in agreement with you... If we fail to make playoffs this season and then cannot attract the top tier guys in free agency this Summer.... Then I would trade everything this summer... Melo would probably welcome it (I hope)... And would go in tank mode and build around KP, Grant, DW, LT, and LG... Stink and snag another lottery pick is really the only hope at that point... Otherwise, we risk not being Title worthy for the foreseeable future, and could squander the pre-prime years of POrZ