Steve Novak Post- game
Jeremy Lin Post-game
Steve Novak Post- game
Jeremy Lin Post-game
The Knicks renaissance is in full swing with the emergence of Jeremy Lin, but Linsanity hasn't been the only reason for the Knicks' recent improvement.
Center Tyson Chandler has been an ever-present so far this season and has almost single-handedly transformed the defense from a perennial bottom-dweller to a solid outfit.
In a team that boasts three players who, let's be frank here, are terrible on defense as their superstars (Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin, just to be clear), Chandler's task has not been an easy one.
Chandler's stats aren't too impressive through 35 games this season, but it's the team stats that need to be looked at. This year the Knicks are conceding only 94.1 points per game and, compared to last year's average of 105.7, that's an improvement of 11.6 points. To give you an idea of just how big a difference that is, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the only team to have a larger swing in points allowed per game between the last two seasons, with a change of 12.1 on average.
Going back to Chandler's stats, his lack of blocks can simply be attributed to the fact that players aren't willing to inside on the Knicks knowing that Chandler is there to stop them. Chandler's win score, a measure of how valuable each his statistics are, is 12.01, good for a top 5 position in the NBA. Of course, the win score also includes his offensive statistics, but it also factors in his blocks, rebounds and steals.
To delve any further into looking at Chandler's defensive value, you simply need to watch the Knicks play. Stats only show so much, and what they won't necessarily say is that Chandler, along with the help of Mike Woodson, has completely changed the attitude in New York.
Exposing you was my pleasure said Lebron.
*" A JAY GRAVES MUST READ JOINT" Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.
Anyone that has ever grown up in the hood and is now raising kids in the suburbs feels the pain of Jeremy Lin this morning. We all understood what Lin was going to run into last night even before he arrived in Miami. We've all experienced the same thing with our kids when we wanted to see just how good they really were. Remember the day when you said to yourself, “My kid is the best player in the league and looks like a complete stud but I just don't know bruh!” So you had to put him in the ride and take the inevitable drive. You took him straight to the ghetto where all the real ball player's were and he learned that he was good but not as good as advertised.
The rock star known as Linsanity learned a valuable lesson in South Beach on Thursday night. He learned that he still has some work to do before he becomes as good as advertised in the NBA. Don't hate on him though because he's still legit but he's got mad work to do to become one of the elite point guards in the league and New York learned that just by having talent isn't going to get it done.
Winning championships takes more than just talent. It takes team chemistry more than anything else. Not only does Miami have the most athletic and talented team in the league but at this point they've got the best team chemistry as well. It's hard to match up against that bruh! I don't care who you are. Even if you're the legend they call Linsanity.
The Heat were simply too much for the Knicks blasting them 102-88 in route to their eighth straight win all by at least 12 points. Miami now has the best record in the league at 27-7. The Big Three were however, as good as advertised on South Beach by putting up big numbers; Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami.
Simply put bruh, there was nothing Jeremy Lin could do to stop the on slaught. Not only did Miami show up on offense but their defense was ridiculous all night long. Lin has been averaging 6 turnovers a night but against the Heat he turned it over 6 times in the first half. It's not a knock on him he just played against the absolute best team in the league that happens to play defense bruh.
He was 1-11 from the field, eight points, three assists when he's been averaging 23.9 points and 9.2 assists over his first 11 games. Hey, it is what it is! Remember after your kid played his first game in the ghetto and he sat in the back seat crying because he'd never been handled like that before? You felt bad for putting him through that but it was necessary for his growth and development not only as a basketball player but as a person. He learned that the level of competition determines how good you are not the just the numbers you put up.
He had to play against the very best in order to understand what it takes to become one of the best. That's what Jeremy Lin experienced last night. Everyone keeps talking about the 38 points he put up against the Lakers but they were a middle of the road team. Most importantly, he wasn’t matched up against Kobe all night either. I know ya'll saw Mario Chalmers in his ear every time he ripped him. If Mario grew up anywhere near where I grew up he was saying something like, "Bruh, I went to Kansas and you went to Harvard! I was born take the rock from you!" That can be devastating when they were taking it as effortlessly as Chalmers and Co. were.
Now that Lin has been baptized by the best team in the league and he's got a few days off to think about it he'll be alright. New York fans don't trip! You've got a got team but chemistry isn't on your side right now. Once that catches up to your talent just like it did for the Heat this year you'll be ready to roll. Just be satisfied with beating the mediocre teams in the league and surprising one or two of the better ones at this point. Just don't expect to show up in the ghetto and win just yet bruh!
Post Game Linterview
Please note the time of this post is one half hour before the Miami game 2-23-12.
Two months from now there will be a lot less talk of Jeremy Lin and Melo. Any true
baller can see JR Smith is going to be a Legend. For far too long this 26 year old
has been very UNSUNG. Watch what he'll bring against the best the NBA has to offer.
Just wanted to be the first here at Knicksfanaticsblog to announce.. WE SAW IT COMMING!
The Jeremy Lin Show
Mike D'Antoni Postgame
NEW YORK—As the Jeremy Lin phenomenon continues to lift hopes and spirits among the Knicks faithful and basketball fans nationwide, team doctors are doing everything they can to maintain the unusually high level of morale by painstakingly and methodically prolonging the groin injury Carmelo Anthony suffered on February 6.
"Carmelo's injury really isn't that unusual or severe, as these things go, so we've had to be persistent in striking him repeatedly and forcefully in the crotch to prevent him from returning to the lineup," Knicks team doctor Craig McConnell said Friday. "We've had our trainers out there working with him every day, stretching his groin to a painful extent before hitting him with everything they can—clipboards, water bottles, basketballs, rolls of tape, fists, feet, you name it."
"Did you see Jeremy Lin scored more points in his first five games than any player in NBA history?" said McConnell, adding that the only thing that makes him feel better than watching Lin’s success is the sight of Carmelo Anthony rolling on the ground cradling his testicles. "It's a great time to be a Knicks fan, that's for certain."
Anthony's injured groin, originally classified as a muscle strain, has been reevaluated numerous times by the Knicks' medical team. Following diligent work with reflex hammers, clamps, retractors, generous applications of hypodermically administered saline solution, and even their bare hands, doctors have confirmed Anthony's status is now day-to-day, as he suffers from contusions, a subdermal hematoma, broken blood vessels, and, of course, the original strain.
"We've been giving Melo's groin everything we've got, and I have to say, it's responding to treatment very well," said trainer Gus Berg, who had to have his own knuckles taped after giving Anthony's crotch a vigorous examination Wednesday. "The whole training staff is pleased with the way this regimen is going."
According to team sources, the entire Knicks organization, having considered how Anthony's playing style will likely clash with Lin's, has pitched in to help with the groin injury.
Guard Baron Davis, suffering from his own physical woes, has reportedly made a point of companionably kicking Anthony in the crotch during their physical therapy appointments. Head coach Mike D'Antoni—whose offensive philosophy relies on intelligent and unselfish guard play—visited Anthony to review several new plays, which he then rolled into a tube and jammed into Anthony's crotch. And team owner James Dolan, who rarely interacts with his players, stopped by the locker room to cheer Anthony up by showing him some of his patented yo-yo-tricks, all of which seemed to involve whipping the yo-yo really hard into Anthony's groin.
Anthony, for his part, has insisted that he just needs rest, that he could easily coexist on the court with Jeremy Lin, and that he likes the attention but wishes people would stop reinjuring his groin.
"I'm not worried about the groin strain, really, so much as I'm worried about all these people who keep reinjuring me," Anthony told reporters. "I'm spending a lot of time curled up on the floor because of that. I really think I would be able to play again almost right away if it wasn't for people hitting me in the balls all the time."
Anthony's interview was then cut short as several members of the press forcefully struck Anthony in the groin with microphones, cameras, and tape recorders, causing him to collapse to the ground in agony.