J.R. Smith makes his return to the Knicks this afternnon in a face-off with the 5-1 Spurs: Coach Woodson has indicated that Smith, who says he still lacks explosiveness, will come off the bench and be limited to 30 minutes of action for now.
Woodson liked the winning starting lineup of Carmelo Anthony, Pablo Prigiani, Raymond Felton, Andrea Bargnani and Imam Shumpert, so he will go with them against the Spurs.
Although the Spurs are 5-1, Manu Ginobli has been struggling. He is shooting 8-13 in the previous three games and averaging 7.0 points during that span. Duncan only scored 8 points in his lat games, but the Spurs won and that is all that counts in the standings.
Quite frankly, I think the Knicks can put in a better defensive performance with a couple of changes. First, take Bargnani out of the starting lineup and replace him with anybody who can get a rebound and move with some lateral quickness consistently on "D." Second, get Felton off the floor. He is terrible. He is far worse at going through screens than Nate Robinson, and all defensive breakdowns start with Felton getting picked off. At that point the mismatches occur, everyone is out of position and the perimeter opens up.
I never understood why folks liked Felton. He is terrible and as long as he is on the floor the Knicks will be too. Personally, I would play Toure Murray and let him learn the job. And get me a rebounder.
Want to read how we got into this mess?Good summary of Dolanesque fycking up and how we've come to be in this Tysonesque (Not his fault) mess.Interesting that DWalsh who advised against many of the moves in the article is now sitting pretty with a championshipesque team in Indy.Woody would be a perfect coach for Indy.Unfortunately he's here holding Dolanite's quasi-colosdummy bag.
Knicks seem to be lacking some defensive principles here. I think Wood said no switching but no one is helping in the paint.
Agree. We lack a true PG who is a elite floor general. Felton is getting exposed by the lack of Jason Kidd. Trading Shumpert and Felton of a Ramon Sessions type may be our only option. Shump is more attractive to other teams than Hardawayjr or JR Smith.
@Knicks Fanatic I thought I was a tuff critic, but you are straight-up guillotine.D'Barge was a huge mistake.It's not his fault that he can't do what he can't do.He cost the Toronto GM his job (along with other mistakes) and he would sink the SS (SoStupid) Dolan if he didn't own the boat.Coleangelo the Younger saw another Nowitski, but all he got was a 7ft j-shooter w/o the desire or athleticism to rebound, block shots or defend.Well, one out of four IS bad!Stupid trade.Unfortunately Woody, an old school coach who deserves better, will probably pay the price eventually for others mistakes.Sad, sad and bad.It is most likely a generational thing, remember the "stars" in Atlanta disregarded Woody until the playoffs every year of his last contract.It is a testament to Woody his record improved each year despite the knuckleheads he had to deal with.Josh S will probably cost Dumars his job.Same scenario here. Woody coaches, he can't play the games too.If he had more mature athletes or more motivated ones (owners stop rewarding mediocrity and irresponsible behavior with million dollar contracts) he could be as successful as Pop.Melo too needs to step it up if he wants to carry any kind of crown.It's that or leave town and join Kobe or Lebron.Yeah, hop on a frontrunner's back if that's the way you want to win your chip.Whatever floats your boat, but don't talk that MVP shyte.NYC is a tough place for wannabees.Lead, follow or get the Fycke out of the way.
@Tman Great article
@Peaceman @Knicks Fanatic Shump is worth far more than Sessions.Our needs up front are far greater than at pg.We're not great there but between Prig and Beno we can get by.The guy we need is the one we'll be facing vs. ATL. Paul Milsap.The Hawks stole him for 19 mi for 2 years.He would have been perfect at PF next to Tyson.He is a heavy lifter and would have freed Melo to go to the 3.Unfortunately we were broke (and you know why-see article referred to in this thread).He would have taken the pressure off Stat et al and might have given us enough muscle to fight off Indy and Chi.He could have been the return of the Oak-man for a lousy 9.5 mil.We could have had a champ caliber piece for chump change.Instead we have just chumps who refuse to change.These guys are making being a Knick fan a hard lift.
I'm not sure it's a panic mode decision. We have JR and THjr at SG. Faried is an animal on the glass and does "Paul Silas" type dirty work that results in wins but usually doesn't make highlight reels. Yes I would compare Faried's game to Paul Silas.
Looks like Shumpert is History in a trade for Faried
It seems the rest of the NBA value Shump more than the Knicks http://www.hoopsworld.com/knicks-may-look-to-trade-iman-shumpert