Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by RFX45, Sep 22, 2010.
I was watching the game at a bar with some friends who are knicks fans, and most of them are smart and level headed, but you start asking questions like: is melo a top 5 player in the nba? and a lot of them are delusional and start trying to prove he is a top 5 player.
then the smart/level headed knicks fans start arguing with the carmelo-tards and things get heated and my level headed friends shoot me dagger eyes for instigating the whole situation
the game was good though... the best part is how the knicks offense was at best when they adopted a "don't pass to melo!" approach and melo became a semi-decoy where the offense started flowing. hell even bargnani looked off melo at the top of the key and was like "fuck you standing there itching to isoball with 14seconds on the shot clock " and slashed in himself for a 3pt play.
maybe thats the key, just ignore melo until 5seconds are left on the shot clock then let him iso if a play doesn't develop. melo even started getting into the act and quick passing down low or the the slasher.
recently the knicks have beaten the heat shorthanded, and its pretty much the nba equivalent of them winning the Super Bowl for their fans.
The best part was JR Smith acting like a petulant child 90% of the game before jumping up and down when they had the game in the bag. Oh, and any time LeBrick doesn't get a call his way
And if we're talking "beating the Heat = team's Super Bowl", I don't think anything beats the Celtics' last-second win against them early in the season. So good
been a football fan but i'm trying to get into basketball this season. what's a good outlet to follow to keep up with stuff? the nba seems so much harder to follow than the nfl.
I guess I chose a great time to catch some Knicks games. I watched them beat the Spurs on the road and Heat at home. Watching those games really gives hope that the Knicks can figure out how to play together. They have a huge wealth of talent and role players who just need to learn how to gel and work on both sides of the floor.
I feel like the biggest momentum shift in last nights game was Shump draining those huge threes at the start of the 2nd half. Allowed the Knicks to space the floor since they only made 1 out of 10 attempts in the 1st half. Hardaway's putback over Ray Allen really solidified the mental game for the Knicks:
I swear this is my last Knicks post until the All Star break.
I'm a Knicktard but I do believe the Knicks represent matchup problems for the Heat, its not a fluke that they are 4-1 against the Heat in the last 5 games. The Knicks have a better bench and can score inside against the Heat, which should also lead to the Knicks winning the rebound war in most games against them, not sure if the stats bear this out. Lebron is obviously the best player on the court but he and Melo pretty much negate themselves scoring wise. The Heat's biggest advantage is that they are the most in synch basketball team I have seen in a long time, maybe even moreso than the Jordan Bulls. They take a rebound to the other side of the court faster than any team I've ever seen (and they are not even a running team) and they literally know where everyone else is on the court without even looking at anyone. Just a terrifically coached/practiced team, they could teach a class on running offensive sets. That being said, I like Bargnani against them, I don't think they really have an answer for him (he can take Bosh off the dribble and is too tall for Lewis/Beasly). I like Chandler against Bosh. I like Shumpert defending Wade, he won't stop him, but just give him some harder looks and get the occassional steal and as I said earlier, STAT is not dead, he can give you a double/double playing 20 minutes and his points are coming on some nice inside moves.
The Heat are the best "team" in the league, only SA comes close to playing the game the way the Heat do and the Heat have Lebron so that is two huge advantages that they take into any series. But they do have weaknesses. Big teams that can score inside will give them problems. And if you don't run 2-3 guys at Lebron everytime he drives to the basket, you can contain their 3 point shooting.
have a favorite team(s) and follow them? i recommend following the Golden State Warriors. Its and extremely entertaining brand of basketball, and also they're poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.
hmmm... for easy recaps go with the Starters on TNT/NBA network i think they have a youtube channel, but also podcasts of their daily TV show for free too. I listen to them (and their past incarnations podcasts) in the car.
Then for more in depth analysis follow zach lowe on grantland.com also Regressing (a sub section) of deadspin.
Deadspin will have the lighter/wacky/humor blog side of sports in general.
and the best/worst advice? after taking in this season... sign up for a NBA fantasy league next year.
I am not sure how many providers carry it but NBA TV is all you really need. Every night they have Gametime which recaps everything that happens in the league that night. They also have a televised game almost every day.
Aside from the classic games, NBA TV is kind of boring (and they have no good-looking anchors/broadcasters) but certainly a good resource if you want to follow every possible score on a given night. It's no NFL Network.
Not going to lie, the Knicks were impressive last night, with that said, I felt they lived with the 3s way too much. It definitely opened up the lane but if those do not go down, then I am not sure they could made the adjustment to win that game.
Not going to take credit from them though, great win for them.
I'm still not convinced they can take down those teams if they do not have homecourt in a 7 game series, especially the Pacers, match-up or not. Keeps in mind the Pacers has lost one game at home this year and Miami is third best at home.
Well, it is what it is and if you want to keep track of the league on a nightly basis, it is much better than ESPN especially if you want to focus on the NBA.
They do not have much original programming but the Dream Team, Magic/Bird Rivalry, Dr. J, etc... docs were all great and a must see. Well those were probably ESPN docs but they air it at NBA TV often.
it's one thing for a talented team to play up to its abilities or even beyond for one highlight game, such as the detested heat. It's another thing entirely for them to perform at close to that level for the 60-65 games it takes to do well in the nba. and it's even MORE of another thing when that team has carmelo, amare and jr smith on it!
Shaq thinks Carmelo is top 5.
Carmelo has been a rock this year. Typically avoid the guy in drafts and dislike watching him play but he is playing his best basketball this year. Become a better rebounder, his fg% is up, stayed relatively healthy. 3rd best SF this year, tied with George
Tonight's the nickname jersey for Miami vs Brooklyn game.
Wade pick D. Wade as a nickname? Should have used Flash.
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