Game 15: Knicks @ Nuggets (Friday, November 29th, 2013)

Tip-off: 9:o0 p.m

Where: Pepsi Center

Starting Lineups

Nuggets

New York Knicks (3-11)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Denver Nuggets (8-6)

PG: Ty Lawson

SG: Randy Foye

SF: Wilson Chandler

PF: Kenneth Faried

C:  J.J. Hickson

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Danilo Gallinari and Javal McGee are out of action for Denver.

Watch the game on MSG, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

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Game 14: Knicks @ Clippers (Wednesday, November 27th, 2013)

Tip-off: 10:30 p.m

Where: The Staples Center

Starting Lineups

Clippers

New York Knicks (3-10)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Los Angeles Clippers (10-5)

PG: Chris Paul

SG: J.J Redick

SF: Jared Dudley

PF: Blake Griffin

C:  DeAndre Jordan

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Matt Barnes will miss the game for the Clippers with a retinal tear.

Watch the game on NBATV and MSG, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

Game 12: Knicks @ Wizards (Saturday, November 23rd, 2013)

Tip-off: 7:o0 p.m

Where: Verizon Center

Starting Lineups

Wizards

New York Knicks (3-8)

PG: Beno Udrih

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Washington Wizards (4-8)

PG: John Wall

SG: Bradley Beal

SF: Martell Webster

PF: Nene Hilario

C:  Marcin Gortat

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Raymond Felton will not dress due to a sore hip/back. For Washington, Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington will miss the game with nagging injuries.

Watch the game on MSG, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

Game 13: Knicks @ Trail Blazers (Monday, November 25th, 2013)

Tip-off: 10:o0 p.m

Where: The Rose Garden

Starting Lineups

Trail Blazers

New York Knicks (3-8)

PG: Beno Udrih

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Portland Trail Blazers (12-2)

PG: Damian Lillard

SG: Wesley Matthews

SF: Nicolas Batum

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge

C:  Robin Lopez

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Raymond Felton will not dress due to a sore hip/back.

Watch the game on MSG, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

Game 11: Pacers @ Knicks (November 20th,2013)

Tip-off: 7:o0 p.m

Where: The Mecca

Starting Lineups

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New York Knicks (3-7)

PG: Beno Udrih

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Indiana Pacers (9-1)

PG: George Hill

SG: Lance Stephenson

SF: Paul George

PF: David West

C:  Roy Hibbert

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Raymond Felton will not dress due to a sore hip/back. For Indiana, Danny Granger is out with a knee injury.

Notes: 

  • This will be the first of three meetings against the Indiana Pacers and the first of two games at Madison Square Garden. New York welcomes Indiana back to the “Big Apple” on Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014. The Knicks travel to Indiana on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
  • New York has not lost a season series versus Indiana since the 2007-08 season (0-4).
  • The Knicks are looking to extend their three-game home winning streak versus the Pacers.
  • New York was paced by Carmelo Anthony’s 22.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three battles with Indiana. J.R. Smith posted 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four games. Tyson Chandler added 12.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three matchups against Indiana. Indiana was led by Paul George’s 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.50 steals in four meetings against New York. David West contributed 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in four matchups.

Analysis: Obviously this match-up favors the Pacers. The Knicks have looked awful the entire year and without Chandler, Indiana will dominate the boards and interior. The Pacers are coming off a 110-94 loss to the Bulls after rolling off nine straight consecutive wins to start the season.

With that being said, the Knicks win tonight. I know it makes little sense, but I’m going with the law of averages here. The Knicks have struggled at home. Tonight the shots fall and they get a big win on national tv. It’s completely illogical, but I’m going with my gut. The slow crawl back to .500 begins tonight.

Watch the game on ESPN, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

Game 10: Knicks @ Pistons (November 19th, 2013)

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills

Starting Lineups

Pistons

New York Knicks (3-6)

PG: Beno Udrih

SG: Iman Shumpert

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Andrea Bargnani

C: Kenyon Martin

Detroit Pistons (3-6)

PG: Brandon Jennings

SG: Kentavious-Caldwell Pope

SF: Josh Smith

PF: Greg Monroe

C: Andre Drummond

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula. Metta World Peace will also miss tonight’s game with a sore knee. Raymond Felton will not dress due to a sore hip/back.

Notes: 

  • This will be the first of three meetings against the Detroit Pistons and the first of two games at The Palace of Auburn Hills. New York travels back to Detroit on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014. The Pistons will only visit the “Big Apple” once this season on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
  • New York is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak versus the Pistons- its longest such streak versus any team- including three straight on the road.
  • New York has swept the season series against the Detroit Pistons for two consecutive seasons. Before the 2011-12 season, New York hadn’t swept a season series against Detroit since the 1995-96 season. New York has not lost a season series to Detroit since the 2006-07 season.
  • New York was paced by Carmelo Anthony’s 27.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in three battles with Detroit. Amar’e Stoudemire posted 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games against Detroit. Tyson Chandler added 10.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three matchups. J.R. Smith added 15.7 points in three games. Detroit was led by Jose Calderon 15 points in one game versus the Knicks. Kyle Singler added 12.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in three meetings against New York. Greg Monroe added 12.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in three contests.

Watch the game on MSG, check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

Game 09: Hawks @ Knicks (November 16th, 2013)

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m

Where: The Mecca

Starting Lineups

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New York Knicks (3-5)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: J.R. Smith

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Andrea Bargnani

Atlanta Hawks (4-4)

PG: Jeff Teague

SG: Kyle Korver

SF: DeMarre Carroll

PF: Paul Millsap

C: Al Horford

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss the game for New York with a broken fibula.

Notes: 

  • New York swept the season series last season 3-0. This is the first time New York swept the season series from Atlanta since 2003-04 season.
  • The Knicks will return to Atlanta on Feb. 22, 2014. The Hawks travel to the “Empire State” for a date with the Knicks on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 41.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over two games against Atlanta. J.R. Smith posted 18.5 points in two battles with the Hawks. Amar’e Stoudemire added 18 points and eight rebounds in one contest. The Atlanta Hawks were paced by Mike Scott’s 23 points and 14 rebounds in one game versus the Knicks. Jeff Teague tallied 21.0 points and 5.0 assists over two games.

Analysis: Tonight’s goal is simple. The Knicks have lost 4 straight games at the Garden, they need to protect home court. This is more of a must win game to me than Dolan’s proclamation game against Atlanta on Wednesday.

Go out there and get a win boys.

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Game 08: Rockets @ Knicks (November 14th, 2013)

Tip-off: 8:00 p.m

Where: The Mecca

Starting Lineups

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New York Knicks (3-4)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: J.R. Smith

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Andrea Bargnani

Houston Rockets (5-4)

PG: Patrick Beverley

SG: James Harden

SF: Chandler Parsons

PF: Terrence Jones

C: Dwight Howard

Injury Report: Tyson Chandler will miss tonight’s game (broken right fibula). James Harden is expected to play but he may be a game time decision (bruised right foot).

Notes: 

  • New York was swept 2-0 in the season series last year with Houston. The Knicks are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak versus the Rockets, including a three-game home losing streak. The last time that the Knicks defeated the Rockets was on Jan. 26, 2009 at MSG.
  • The Knicks will travel to Houston on Jan. 3, 2014 for a matchup against the Rockets at the Toyota Center.
  • This will be the backend of the second of 18 back-to-backs (first of eight away-home). New York is 0-1 on the back-ends of back-to-backs this season.
  • Jeremy Lin returns for his second game at the Garden since signing with Houston. In 35 games as a Knick, Lin averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 26.9 minutes.
  • Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 37 points, two rebounds and one assists over one game against Houston. Raymond Felton posted 15.5 points and 6.0 assists in two battles with the Rockets. J.R. Smith added 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in two contests. The Houston Rockets were paced by James Harden’s 30.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games versus the Knicks. Chandler Parson’s tallied 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over two games.

Analysis: Tonight marks the return of Jeremy Lin and he couldn’t be playing any better.In his past two contests, Lin has gone 20-for-36 from the field scoring 65 points. This is the best basketball he’s played since Linsanity, but he is still very turnover prone which the Knicks should be able to take advantage of with some pressure.

While Lin’s return to the Garden will always be a big deal, the bigger concern for the Knicks will be how to slow down Dwight Howard and back-up center Omir Asik. The Knicks gave up 56 points in the paint to Atlanta Wednesday night. If Harden plays, between he and Lin’s paint penetration and Howard and Asik’s presence down low, Bargnani and company are going to have their hands full.

Hopefully Bargs can lure Howard out of the paint to contest some outside shots, opening up lanes for Felton and Carmelo to attack the rim. Otherwise, they will be completely dependent on their 3-point falling, because New York has little chance of winning a battle of the boards.

The Rockets have had some brutal games this year, so hopefully the Knicks can catch them on an off night.

Watch the game on TNT and check back to STATandSTUFF.com for in-game tweets.

 

Knicks Christmas Day Uniforms

The Knicks will be wearing these orange sleeved jerseys with a metallic Knicks logo for their Christmas day tilt with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

BZCPFNYCAAArWaXI’m not opposed to sleeved jerseys which will eventually be commonplace in the NBA. The sleeveless tank top style which is probably preferred by traditionalist are slowly being phased out. The reason being: Adidas feels that fans would be more open to buying sleeved jerseys. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NBA is onboard as well.

“We know fans want to wear the authentic product that the players are wearing,” says Chris Grancio, head of global basketball sports marketing at Adidas. “In the NBA, it’s just harder for fans to do that because a tank top is just a little bit more difficult to wear.”

“A shirt with short sleeves can probably be worn a little bit more effectively than a shirt with no sleeves,” says Sal LaRocca, executive vice president of global merchandising for the NBA.

This metallic look on the christmas jerseys is brutal, but I’m not averse to jerseys with sleeves either. I personally know that I rarely wear my NBA jerseys because their awkward. I have a Patrick Ewing road jersey and a Amar’e Stoudemire home jersey and the only time I even think about wearing them is if I’m going to a game at the Garden and I always wear a sweatshirt under them.

My main concern would be how this could potentially affect the players in terms of potentially limiting or constricting their motion. This was issue was addressed in the Wall Street Journal article:

The technology for the sleeved jerseys took more than a year to develop. The big design challenge wasn’t in the material of the sleeves but how to attach them, Mr. Grancio says. A 2-inch strip of a new four-way stretch material goes over the shoulder and down under the arm, keeping the sleeves from pulling or bunching. Sleeves don’t affect the performance of the players, says Mr. LaRocca, adding that many of the league’s athletes practice in a T-shirt with sleeves.

Sleeves on the jersey will become more and more commonplace in the coming years. I just hope the sleeves won’t represent another location for the league to put a potential sponsorship.

You can check out the NBA’s holiday commercial promoting more sleeved jerseys and the NBA television line-up for Christmas Day below:

Knicks Win Behind Dolan’s Guarantee

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That Dolan in the Namath jersey pic is absolutely priceless.