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  • March 20 - New York Quitters

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    Linsanity had nearly reached its peak when Jeremy Lin hit a game-winning 3-pointer to defeat the Toronto Raptors last month.

    While the hoopla surrounding Lin has since cooled a bit, interim coach Mike Woodson is starting to create a buzz of his own.

    After New York's brutal losing stretch, Woodson seems to have the Knicks back on track and will look to stay undefeated when the Raptors visit Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

    Mike D'Antoni resigned two days after the Knicks (21-24) suffered their sixth straight defeat March 12. A change at the top seems to have a made a world of difference for New York, which finds itself 3-0 under Woodson.

    After blowing out Portland 121-79 in Woodson's first game Wednesday, the Knicks completed a home-and-home sweep of Indiana with Saturday's 102-88 road win.

    "Our hearts are right in it, and it was a total team effort," Woodson said. "I couldn't be more proud of the team than I am (Saturday). I happen to have a great group of guys and a talented bunch. We just have to keep them playing at a high level. If we do that, we have a chance."

    Lin had a team-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists while Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony each scored 16.

    "Coach Woodson, he's more of -- he's a player's coach," Stoudemire said. "It's a matter of us as players playing hard for him and trying to get these wins.

    "We're still looking to make our mark. We're still looking to improve in the playoff standings."

    Sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks appear to have a good shot at doing just that if they can keep things going. New York has outscored opponents by an average of 23.7 points during its run while holding teams to just 39.1 percent from the floor.

    "I just think it's we have all 15 guys right now on the same page buying in, and that's the biggest thing, is that we're playing together. I don't think there's any major changes philosophically from a coaching standpoint," said Lin, who led the way during New York's seven-game winning streak Feb. 4-15.

    Lin came up especially big during win No. 6 of that run, posting 27 points and 11 assists while hitting a 3-pointer with less than a second left to defeat the Raptors 90-87 on Feb. 14.

    Toronto (15-30) dropped to 2-2 on its five-game road swing with Saturday's 107-103 loss to Charlotte. Jerryd Bayless continued his impressive play with 29 points, but after building a 10-point halftime lead the Raptors were outscored 38-14 in the third quarter and couldn't recover.

    "As much as it's a learning curve for us, I don't think there's any excuses," center Jamaal Magloire said. "This is a game that we could have very easily won, no matter what the circumstances are. I'm more or less speechless about what happened (Saturday) to us and very disappointed."

    Bayless, who has missed both meetings with New York this season due to injury, has averaged 21.8 points on 54.3 percent shooting while starting each of the last five games for injured point guard Jose Calderon (sprained right ankle).

    Bayless, however, may have to continue his scoring surge off the bench. Calderon, who has averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 assists against the Knicks this season, is expected to return and start Tuesday.

    The Raptors have dropped five of six in this series, with their only win coming 90-85 at MSG on Jan. 2. Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points in that matchup but averaged just 12.8 on 35.6 percent shooting in his first six games back after missing nearly two months with a calf injury.

    Seems New York fans have their very own Vince Carter at the end of his run in Toronto. Unsurprisingly, he admits to not trying. This makes my blood boil and I'm not even a Knicks fan.

  • #2
    This is nothing new with that selfish jerk. If George Karl reads that link he'd have a rueful chuckle. He had to be constantly on Melo's ass to get him to play defense. I have no confidence this guy will not start getting the itch again when his touches decrease and/or Lin starts getting more press again.

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    • #3
      I used to respect Melo, when he was in Denver I considered him one of the best scorers in the league... now I realize how much of a team destroyer her is.
      The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!

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      • #4
        Should be interesting from a betting line point of view. Las Vegas has us losing by nine. Since the ugly Goodbye January/Hello February stretch (100-77 Hawks, 100-64 Celtics), the raps have only lost by more than 8 twice (both inexplicably to bad teams; Detroit and New Jersey). And that's not because we've been winning....that stretch has 14 losses. Anything can happen any night but I think this team does have some of the heart and effort that doesn't give up on games. Let's see if it holds true tonight.

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        • #5
          Just to follow up that point about our margin of defeat, in a completely non scientific analysis of all of the other non playoff teams (including the better non playoff teams in the west), nobody can match that standard. Now, the schedule may play a role in that as i just looked over the last 22 games but it is an interesting trend. There's a half full glass somewhere in there. On the other had, for a half empty glass, check out the Warriors homepage http:///www.nba.com/warriors/warriors_intro.html Never mind that their owner got booed off the stage when they tried to retire Mullin's jersey last night. When you look at their homepage, you'll think you got the wrong team by mistake.

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          • #6
            Jclaw wrote: View Post
            Just to follow up that point about our margin of defeat, in a completely non scientific analysis of all of the other non playoff teams (including the better non playoff teams in the west), nobody can match that standard. Now, the schedule may play a role in that as i just looked over the last 22 games but it is an interesting trend. There's a half full glass somewhere in there. On the other had, for a half empty glass, check out the Warriors homepage http:///www.nba.com/warriors/warriors_intro.html Never mind that their owner got booed off the stage when they tried to retire Mullin's jersey last night. When you look at their homepage, you'll think you got the wrong team by mistake.
            Warriors homepage? Too funny.

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            • #7
              The entire homepage is errored....
              The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!

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              • #8
                enlightenment wrote: View Post
                The entire homepage is errored....
                It may be your browser. It worked fine a few minutes ago but now, using explorer, I get the same thing (page not found). You can get to the page by going to that address directly.

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                • #9
                  Jose to start.

                  @MattDevlinRaps Jose Calderon will start for Raptors tonight in NY...Bayless will come off the bench. #Raptors #TSN
                  Jose is starting tonight. IMO, bad move, I wanted to see how Bayless would answer. But can't go wrong with starting or second best player.

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                  • #10
                    So, are we better than Vegas thinks we are? Make the call before gametime...do we cover the 9 point spread? I say we do.

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                    • #11
                      Jack needs to shut up about how 'good' Lin is.

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                      • #12
                        Nice foul!

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                        • #13
                          Hmm interesting trivia by Matt!!

                          Demar is 14th in the league in FTs Made, and 15th in FTs Attempted. Not too shabby actually.

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                          • #14
                            joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
                            Hmm interesting trivia by Matt!!

                            Demar is 14th in the league in FTs Made, and 15th in FTs Attempted. Not too shabby actually.
                            Wow that's actually impressive seeing how of bad a season his having and the lack of calls this team and he gets.
                            @Chr1st1anL

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                            • #15
                              i wouldn't mind bargs being benched with a talking to about rebounding

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