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1  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: Today at 04:14:49 AM
Knix certainly doing an in-depth coaching search.
Probably just cover to hire Mills bud Blatt ...
Possibly too cynical.

Already met with Stack, Fiz, Jax, Woodson.
Interview with Budenholzer this weekend.
Blatt upcoming in Euroland.
Going to interview Pop assistant Borrego.
Kenny the Jetski on Friday.

That's 8 candidates by my count.
And there could be more.
I'd talk to Vogel and Kidd as well ...

I doubt that Dolan hires Jax who bonds with players and feuds with the organization.  But I don't know what their relationship is.

Management comments make it sound like they want a young coach.
So I'm guessing Fizz.
Borrego would qualify as well, but NY/Dolan usually likes a bigger splash than a no-name assistant.  Stack a dark horse.

Jax, Blatt and KennytheSmith are the splashiest names.
Budenholzer kind of occupies the middle ground (along with Woody).
2  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: Today at 01:14:39 AM
Does anyone know what kind of O & D Stack utilizes?
What his philosophy is?
We could use a Miami-like focus on conditioning (Fizz?)

Hooray for Indy.
Surprise team of the year.
INDy won by a double Bogey (Bog on both off & def; 2 point loss ... eh, I'll need to work on that one ...)
Unfortunately it started 7:Am Saturday so I didn't make it.
Odd box: Bogey 7-9 on 3's; rest of the team 1-17
Both teams with as many turnovers as assists.

Tristan Thompson in the DNP Zone.
Another NBA casualty of the Kardashian Kurse?
He just turned 27.  Seems he's been around forever.

Other games were blowouts when I tuned in midgame.
So didn't watch.
Thon Maker showed up: 14 & 5 blocks in 24 mins.  Team high +27
He was ferocious in Summer League, but struggled much of the season.  Brogdon got the start over Snell.  Bo likes.

Raps bench failed without steady Freddie Van Vleet.  Erratic Delon had a rough outing.
3  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 20, 2018, 05:47:06 AM
Davis, JRue & Mirotic were all playing at a high level to end the season.
Portland had a great run mid-season then slumped to the finish.
Who says the reg season is meaningless?
4  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 20, 2018, 05:43:51 AM

I did see NO stomp PO'land.
Give Gentry credit, Pels were tough on both ends.
JRue & friends made it very tough on Lillard (20 & 8  ... turnovers that is, just 2 assists). Stop Lillard and you stop the Blazers.

I really think Pels should build on this.
Trade Boogie for a wing starter and some role players.
They have a  terrible bench: Darius Miller, Sol Hill, Ian Clark, though I enjoy DeAndre Liggins furious defense.
Hmm, so Boogie is a FA coming off an Achilles injury.
I'd try to re-sign him on a gimp discount of some sort, then trade him.
In any case they need to get better bench pieces to move up.
But who can handle Davis at C?
Boogie and Davis together slow things down and take turns and while a handful, make it easier for defenses.  Brow without Boog was an MVP.
Well, their bench is cheap, except for Sol Hill's $12M
5  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 20, 2018, 05:28:52 AM
If Winslow can hit 3's and get to the FT line (and make them -- career 65% FT), he's a much better player.  But usually he's a limited part of the Heat offense.
Scored 11 points the first 2 games of the series, with 1 made FT and zero 3's.

Didn't see G3, but despite Winslow's nice stat line, he finished with a whopping -27, which I guess means he was out there for the 4Q meltdown (a 32-14 4Q drubbing).  Anyway, Winslow needs to improve his offensive consistency.
6  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 19, 2018, 12:45:28 PM
I do recall kiid touting Snyder some years back.

I never really have a good sense about coaching style and which coach fits which team/situation.
Knix apparently interviewing Kenny The Jet.
And I have no idea what his philosophy is or how he'd coach.  Or whether he's suitable.

That link I provided the other day had a fairly long list of Jax ills with links to more details about his various past transgressions.
I still think he fits NY stage and the stage the Knix are at.
Blatt seems wrong for NY.
Fizz is the most likely choice based on what the execs have said.
7  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 19, 2018, 12:36:34 PM
Just saw the last 3 mins again.
Utah up one.  Twice Don Mitch saw Melo in front of him and attacked.  Got 2 FT's on a minor foul from Melo.  Then missed a layup but Gobert got the rebound (after Mitch drew a crowd) and was fouled.  Then Mitchell drove and spun against Paul George and flipped in a short shot over PG's hands. Very impressive. 

Corey Brew nearly got 3 steals between the 2.5 - 1.5 min mark.
Nice effort.  Rustbrook nearly got 2 Off boards.
Ingles might have had a terrific +/-, but he was bad down the stretch.  Last 2 mins, drove from the corner and fed a pass right to Paul George.  Then clanked a 3.  Both plays gave OKC a chance.  Jingles also intentionally fouled Westbrook on an early offense drive -- which was fine.  And accounted for Westbrook's only two 4Q Points.

Can't say that UTA's D looked that great.  Just solid.  Westbrook and PG just missed 14 foot J's.  Those were makeable.  Melo's first clanked 3 was open, 2nd one was deep. 

I never saw Adams' 6th foul.  Maybe it occurred, but if so was minor.
The 5th foul was after Mitchell drove and Gobert got the board and was fouled.  So those Mitchell drives were pretty key.  Got FT's and tagged Adams with a 5th foul.
8  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 19, 2018, 04:57:24 AM
Westbrook, George and Anthony combined to miss all 14 field goals in the fourth quarter and score just two points.

A game of runs.
OKC dominated the middle of the 3Q when the Jazz went cold.
Thund scored 33 3Q & just 16 4Q.
The only thing they had going late was Rustbrook drop offs to Adams down low.  Then Grizzly Adams fouled out.

Melo clanked 2 treys in the last 1.5 mins that would have cut the lead to one possession.  Just 4 FT's for Rustbrook.  No OKC player scored 20 pts.

Rubio 5-8 on 3's, must have made at least 3 trips in the 4Q.
Was deadly from the corners.  But missed one from straightaway.
You can understand why OKC was willing to leave Rubio open, but he made them pay.

I liked how late, UTA decided just to have Mitchell handle the ball.
A good deal of Rubio-led possession were going nowhere deep into the shot clock as OKC amped up their D.

I hedged on picking UTA for the series, because who picks a team led by a rookie?  But Mitchell really has a crafty arsenal and he's unafraid.
Finished strong despite 43 mins and a bruised foot.

Otherwise, Jerebko brought it.  Finished tricky layups well.  Was a +19 in 13 mins.  Melo iso-ed on him a few times. But Jereb was solid and active.  Ingles had one of those Iggy stat lines.  34 Mins, 3 Pts, 2 ass, 2 boards, 1-6FG = +21.  The perimeter attention he received helped free up Rubio for corner 3's.
9  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 18, 2018, 09:30:13 PM
Didn't take long for Jeff Green & Rod Hood to get moved to the bench.
Classic underperformers.
10  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 18, 2018, 01:11:43 PM
If the Knix go with what they've been saying (want a modern coach who relates well to young players), Fizdale it is.  With Stack as a dark horse.
Jax would be a flashier pick, but I think Mills Perry will play it conservatively and don't want anyone who can threaten their power.

I'm hoping Mills is just doing Blatt a favor by getting his name back in the NBA mix while a lot of head coach openings exist.  They could sell Blatt as forming a tight union with management (read Mills), a guy who can work with young Euros, And he's certainly a splashier name than Fiz.

I'm not sure how Stack suddenly became the budding young star.  But it's good to see that the G-League can be a stepping stone.  
11  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 18, 2018, 12:59:09 PM
Yeah, Zach Collins has completely usurped Myers Leonard's role.
Zach has a pretty nice all around game.
He's young and so a little shaky/jittery at times.
Which should evaporate with experience.
Good to see they trust the rook in the playoffs.

I saw one Blazer game which was Zach's career game to that point.
He can hit a 3, drive past a closeout okay, plays some long-armed interior defense.  He's what Luke Cornet is trying to become.

I assume POR will be trying to move Myers and his $10M.
A good player for some talent-starved team to take a flyer on.
He doesn't have Collin's mobility on PnR D.  But can set solid screens, and is a decent 3-point shooter, which could be expanded upon.
12  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 18, 2018, 02:04:51 AM
I've always liked Alvin Gentry, Nate McMillan, and Jeff Bzdelik (defensive coordinator for HOU).  Good to see all of them doing well this year.
13  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 18, 2018, 01:31:57 AM
NOPe with 2 Road W's.
Strong confident game from JRusskie.
Rondo nearly had a trip-dub, but 6 turns and a lot of Rondo possessions went deep into the shot clock.  But he had a few nice drives to the rack.  And he lets JRue play combo guard and score more. 

I kept wanting Mirotic to get more shots, and he hit a big high-arcing 3 around the 3 min mark to stem a POR run.  Lillard didn't get his offense going.  His only made 3 was part of a 4 point play, that tied the game.  But he also had a late charge.  In the 1st half he was moving the ball nicely, but finished with just 4 assists and 7 turnovers.

JRue played solid D.  He has a rather unusual crafty game on both ends.  Uses his body well to finish inside and get off short paint shots.  E'Twaun was also good on D.
Pels did have some sloppy play at the end, but mostly managed to avoid turnovers by outhustling the Blazers. 
My favorite series (of the ones I've seen).

Now let's see INDy do the Road 2-0 on the Cavs.
I think we need to send Klint to the game with a sign saying:
14  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 17, 2018, 11:04:29 PM
Worthy was a killer driving along the baseline.
And could do quick-hit inside the FT line post-ups.
Had terrific hops.  Great on the break.

Tatum not as explosive, more range, a solid defender, more physical.
Fairly different players, imo.
15  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 17, 2018, 02:38:09 PM
Real +/- for PG's last season:
Fred Van Vleet 9th.
Just slightly behind Kemba and ahead of JRue.
Of the 8 ahead of him, Scurry, Hardne and Kemba all have negative defensive ratings, but are boosted by high level Off ratings.
FVV with a positive rating on both off & def.
He ranks 11th in both OffRPM & DefRPM.
The guy had a real fine season.

As for Def RPM, Muddy was 103 out of 103 PG's.
Trey Burke 100; Tangelo Russell 99.
Frank 30th (if you knock out a handful of guys who played 20 or fewer games).

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