The 2017-18 NY Knicks: 20 Games In

Back in August, Vegas released the over/under for the Knicks total wins, setting the mark at 30.5. I am a betting man, but decided to stay away from this one; there was simply no winning side to pick. On one side of my heart, I never thought this team would eclipse 30 wins. On the other side, when you love a team and root for them night in and night out, you think they will be victorious every game.

20 games in and the Knicks are a .500 team. Porzingis is a budding star, seemingly destined to be an all NBA performer for many years to come, but slumping as of recent. The rest of the team is filled with contracts that will be gone in 1 to 2 years, or potential pieces to hopefully surround another top tier player joining us in free agency.

A title was not expected this season, but after everything Knick fans have been through, this group (KP, Kanter & sometimes Frank/Timmy) feels like a breath of fresh air. The stench of Phil and Carmelo is long gone, taking with them their ball stopping offense and prepubescent verbal spats. The Garden is alive again and not just in the “we sell out every game regardless of who is wearing a jersey,” type of way. You give this fanbase a young star and some semblance of hope past this year that smart front office decisions will be made and they will respond.

I will not get ahead of myself because history has taught me better, but I feel hopeful in a realistic way for the firs time…ever. Here is to more then 10 wins in our next 20 games and getting KP back on track. Playoffs anyone?

 

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Knicks & Gers on a Friday Night

Two road games tonight for NYC’s real winter professional sports teams, (we do not acknowledge the existence of the Nets or Islanders) as the Knicks are in Toronto to take on the Raptors and the Gers in beautiful Columbus, Ohio for a tilt with the Jackets.

The Knicks are coming off what feels like their 100th come back win after defeating an undermanned Jazz team the other night at the Garden. ‘Timmy’s Shimmy’ was on full display, as the guard went off for a team high 26 points and a couple clutch shots down the stretch. I came into the season thinking like everyone else, “why the hell did we just pay this guy 70+ million when we had him on his rookie contract just a year ago…” While I still think he jacks up too many awful shots, he is a very productive 2 when he plays within himself and acts as a second fiddle scorer. Go Timmy Go.

The Raptors have turned into the team that you know will be a top 4 seed in the east year in and year out and also know that they will never win anything. Good enough to be good in the east, but never good enough to win it, or come close to competing with the west. With that being said, they did have a suprising win in Houston and return home for two games before coming to the Garden for a rematch next week. The Knicks are covering spreads like its their job this year, give me those points.

Bonus: Got to love Kanter continuing to put Erdogan on blast whenever he can. Dude is an enemy to his native country and gives no fucks. The legend continues to grow.

Turning to the ice, here is a brief blurb from our dudes over at Boyz N Gers. These guys never fail to deliver.

Seems like just yesterday when we were scoring PP goals at will against Torts boys in the 3rd period. That was some wild stuff, some questionable calls by the refs for sure but that has been the norm all season as you could probably now get a penalty for messing up a guy’s tape job.

Blue Jackets were without Scam Atkinson last time they played and he for sure is a difference maker. Was kind of hoping he became a free agent at the end of the year and the Gers got him but the Blue Jackets took that away when they locked him up for 7 more years last night.

A quick scroll down to the Quick Hitters will show you that the Blue Jackets rank dead last on the Power Play this season. No surprise there from a Torts coached team. Those guys get yelled at so much to block shots that you got Foligno and Hartnell blocking shots from Jones and Werenski at the point. Yeah I know that Hartnell is on Smashville now but he is still so rattled that he’s flying in just to eat a few clappers so he doesn’t get bag skated in practice.

Oh yeah and Smitty is free! LFG he is going to play like an absolute goddamn savage tonight. Hacks and crosschecks all night. Don’t be surprised if he rips a G. We did it Tommy G Jr!!! #FreeSmitty

NYC Monday Morning Hangover: Knicks host the Cavs; Giants embarrassment continues, the Rangers are back

Mondays suck. 44 degree cloudy Mondays are even worse. The Giants suck. Cold, cloudy Monday’s + The Giants = Fire McAdoo. Just do it. Those are all the words that need to be spent today on the Giants.

Lebron James and his opinions on everything that have nothing to do with him return to the Garden tonight to face our Latvian prince. The Knicks destroyed the Cavs in Cleveland just over two weeks ago and will look to follow up that win with a statement game tonight. The Cavs have looked less interested in playing regular season games this year then Roy Moore is in women over 18, while the Knicks have shown a new found grit and determination to prove that this team is the starting pieces of a new beginning. B2B will be in the house for this one and expect the Knicks to play with a little extra fire after James’ comments about Frank.

We will have a new installment from our good friends over at the BOYZ N GERS on Wednesday, but in the mean time, could not leave out that the blue shirts are winners of six in a row and Jimmy Vesey is the newest member of the #hockeyguy club. What started out as a disaster of a year has quickly taken a turn in the right direction and put all immediate questions aside regarding this teams ability to stay near the top of the East.

Clear a Roster Spot! Joakim Returns Monday

Joakim Noah and his decrepit knees will make their return to the Knicks on Monday following his 20 game suspension for smoking trees. This leaves the roster with one too many mediocre players at the end of their bench, the worst of them all, Noah, unfortunately making the most cash. Rumors have circulated as to which player will be on their way out of town, Kuz, with his expiring contract and ability to be a solid role player has been the most talked about name. In a perfect world, the amnesty clause was still around and we could send Joakim out to pasture. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option until the new CBA is completed. Here are other possible scenarios if Kuz isn’t the pick to create room for Noah.

Kyle O’Quinn                                                                                                                                         

Even though he looks like he is 43, O’Quinn is just 27 and playing the best ball of his career (7ppg, 6rpb & 1.2 bpg). He has been a reliable big off the bench and proved over the course of 11 games why Hornacek has placed him in front of Willy on the depth chart. Slated to make 4 million this year, with a player option for 18′-19′, O’Quinn could be a valuable asset for a contender looking to shore up its front-court. That is, if they are willing to part with a pick…

Ramon Sessions                                                                                                                            

After starting the first three games of the season at PG, all three losses, Sessions has only seen the floor during garbage time minutes vs. the Rockets since. In his 11 seasons, Sessions has always been a part of the rotation and could serve as a solid backup guard elsewhere. The Knicks feel comfortable with Jack running the show and need to continue to give Frank every other pg minute avail. Sessions is on a veterans minimum contract this year and would be a small risk for a team seeking guard help (the Thunder come to mind…).

Ron Baker                                                                    

Just cut the guy, he is not an NBA player. Oh wait, you gave him a guaranteed 4 million contract for this year with a player option for the next. Nice.           

Willy Hernangomez        

I was sold on Willy after his performance last season. He was a great compliment to KP and with some seasoning, looked like he could be a formidable center for many years to come. We now find ourselves three weeks into the season and he has only played in 6 games, while Kanter has shown he is a force down low and is a lot better of a KP front court mate then we originally thought. If someone is dangling a pick or a solid young guard for Willy, I am taking it.

 

 

The Dawn of Broadway2Boylston

Today, we embark on a new chapter in contributing to the entirely oversaturated markets of New York and Boston sports journalism.

You see, we feel that this once-bitter rivalry between New York and Boston has fizzled from it’s Glory Days of old.

The teams don’t hate each other like they once did, the fights are absent from the games (and stands) and the playoff matchups are nowhere to be found. With that being said, two decent writers and better friends, one from the island of Manhattan, the other from “just outside of Boston,” have been tasked with reigniting this great sports rivalry through the art form any millennial can pick up on a Wednesday afternoon – blogging/podcasting/tweeting/subtweeting/shade-throwing and more! We hope you enjoy!

#renewtherivalry
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