It's been longer than most die hard knick fans can remember when we were at the Top of the Power ranking. Can we stay there? I have no doubt and you shouldn't either.
We should not look past the Magic. Play them like it's game 7 for the chip then onto the Spurs and Memphis. One game at a time and don't overlook any team or take off nights and
we will remain at the top all the way to the raising another banner in the garden.
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|1||New York (4-0)
Pace: 93.5 (25), OffRtg: 112.2 (1), DefRtg: 93.2 (2)
The Knicks' perimeter shooting cooled off on Friday, and they still won. So there are no asterisks next to their 4-0 start. But they will have their toughest challenge to date with a back-to-back in San Antonio and Memphis on Thursday and Friday this week. Ronnie Brewer was already a bargain at the minimum, but if he can continue to hit corner threes (he's 6-for-10 so far), that's huge.
|Last week: 2
|2||San Antonio (6-1)
Pace: 95.3 (16), OffRtg: 103.1 (7), DefRtg: 98.9 (16)
When Tony Parker's out with the flu, it's nice to have Gary Neal go off for a career-high 27. But turnovers and (surprise!) defense have been issues for the Spurs over the last few games, including Wednesday's ugly loss to the Clips. Each of the Spurs' next five games is a must-watch. They play the Lakers, Knicks, Nuggets, Clippers (again) and Celtics over the next 10 days.
|Last week: 1
|3||Oklahoma City (5-2)
Pace: 96.7 (10), OffRtg: 104.6 (5), DefRtg: 94.6 (3)
Well, the Kevin Martin thing is working out just fine. The new guy is still shooting better than 50 percent from both the field and 3-point range, the Thunder are a plus-15 in 50 minutes where Martin has been on the floor with neither Kevin Durant nor Russell Westbrook, and he can't be blamed too much for the fact that his team still can't take care of the ball (30th in turnover rate).
|Last week: 5
Pace: 97.3 (5), OffRtg: 103.0 (9), DefRtg: 94.7 (4)
The Grizzlies are now 3-1 against Miami in the LeBron era, so it's no huge surprise that they won on Sunday. But they're supposed to beat the Heat on the glass and in the paint, not with 14 threes (seven from Wayne Ellington). They should have saved a few of them, because they have two more great matchups this week, visiting the Thunder on Wednesday and hosting the Knicks on Friday.
|Last week: 13
Pace: 95.2 (18), OffRtg: 111.3 (2), DefRtg: 102.4 (24)
The Grizzlies were supposed to be a litmus test for the Heat's small lineup, but Miami handled its own on the boards on Sunday. Instead, the Grizz exposed the Heat's 3-point defense, which now ranks 27th. It was similarly bad early last season, but just fine by the time the playoffs came around. Maybe the Clippers (Wednesday) or Nuggets (Thursday) will test Miami on the glass this week.
|Last week: 3
Whassup Playas! Brother Cooley is moving Free and easy these days and just wanted to Shout Out to the crew and begin the chant,'Lets Go Knicks, Lets Go Knicks.... Road games can be difficult, but if these Dawgs are LOCKED IN DEFENSIVELY, they should win by 13.
The real test this week will occur when our #1 Knicks meet he #2 Spurs and the #4 Grizzilies (These are for sure some UGLY Mofos, so the team name is befitting) Whew! Nevertheless, this wl be a real interestng roadtrip and we shall see where we're ranked a week from today.....
Enjoy tonihgt's Game Ladies & Gents....
Keep it POPPIN!
Great post leading Man. Did you see where Ian at BSPN called the Duke of Earl "Mr. Steady"? FYI Steady did not do that. As you Bloggas know, Steady is just Steady. LOL
BTW, Steady will be occupying The PUP ranch for Thanksgiving weekend so please release the keys. With the Prince addicting and Duke of Earl accepting 6th Man love, Steady is taking good neighbor action of reclamation. Meanwhile, for the reparable damages, Peaceman will refrain from leaking his sauce all over the Penthouse floor. A good source must be preserved for the right pasta.
Steady as IT goes to 5 nil.
Re: Ron Brewer. Totally agree. Knicks got free agent bargain of the season at vet's minimum. His knee injury before start of pre-season enabled him to work on his outside shot --and thus enhance his overall value as a potential 3 ball threat. His intense defense and tenacious rebounding at the small forward (3) spot has strengthened the first unit and enabled Melo to move to the power forward (4) spot where he poses match-up problems for opposing 4's
. Brewer's offense, however, has been a really positive surprise and, if sustained, will surely be pleasant problem for Woody once Shumpert and Stat return. Who starts? Who sits? JR has to be factored into the mix. Should Melo and Stat be on the floor at the same time? You gotta love the depth. LGK
From Yahoo, why Jackson didn't get the job!
Jackson wanted to humiliate Lakers vice president Jim Buss far more than he wanted to coach the team. He wanted significant allowances on travel, coaching duties and an ability to veto player personnel moves that didn't fit his vision. With an unprecedented 11 coaching championships, Jackson had every right to make unprecedented demands. He doesn't have the right to be surprised when the Lakers rejected them and hired a pliable, cheaper coach in Mike D'Antoni.
"Phil wanted Jim Buss to walk away with his tail between his legs," one source with knowledge of the discussions told Yahoo! Sports. "He thought he had time to still negotiate with them, and see how much they would give him."
Now, the Lakers are going out of their way to spare Jackson the embarrassment of his overreaching, but this is pointless spin. They're working with him to sell the public that he hadn't asked for too much, that somehow the franchise chose D'Antoni over Jackson on sheer merit.
LUPICA : Praises Damphony but will lynch Isiah in a Heartbeat. Why?
A good guy from basketball, Mike D’Antoni, gets another chance now, with a good team that might even turn out to be great, which means the Lakers, the Lakers of his old friend Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Sometimes when it ends bad, the way it did with D’Antoni in New York, the next job is a bad one.
Please provide that link Steady! I'd love to make a penthouse thread out of it ..however, I found this: espn : Backboards beware, J.R. Smith and the Knicks are on fire -