Final Score: Knicks 117, Cavaliers 86

The Knicks blew out the Cavaliers 117-86 to take their 4th straight game.

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Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. lead the way with 29 points each.

JR Smith added 19 points, including a SICK crossover and three INCREDIBLE dunks.

Raymond Felton had 12 points and 9 assists.

Kyrie Irving had 24 points for the Cavs.

Amit Badlani

If it wasn’t safe to say the past three wins were a result of Bargnani being out, I think it is now. The team we saw tonight looked like last season’s Knicks, including good JR.

Carmelo Anthony at the 4 allowed him space to dominate in the post against slower guys and allowed open 3′s the rest of the team, which they often converted going 12-for-26.

Good JR hasn’t made too many appearances for the Knicks this season, but he was in the Garden for this game. He was 8-for-16 from the field with only 5 of those attempts coming from behind the 3-point line. Melo said the difference for him lately has been health, but I also see a renewed focus on the court since his benching (AKA not attempting to untie shoes).

Tim Hardaway Jr. was a joy to watch as he poured in a career-high 29 points. He was simply on fire from behind the arch and showed maturity beyond his years by taking all good shots. Meanwhile, #1 pick Anthony Bennett was on the other end getting crossed up by JR.

And Raymond Felton was +33, the highest +/- on the team. Considering how he had gotten burned in the past against point guards like Kyrie Irving, it was good to see the bulldog limit Uncle Drew to an average game. The 9 assists were just gravy on top of that.

114 comments
rkj473
rkj473

"If it wasn’t safe to say the past three wins were a result of Bargnani being out, I think it is now."


Funny how this was not written when the Knicks won 4 and 5 straight without Felton and Chandler to begin the year. The Bargs scapegoat think it understandable and cool but give it a rest.


The Knicks have gone back to the one thing that made them successful last year, small ball. The COACH is the one who play the big lineup, stop acting like their record was because of Bargs.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Re: This blocking of accounts. Has anybody around here reflected on how ridiculous folks were being last week blaming Biggie for doing it. Especially how ridiculous that some here thought Biggie was flagging Old Knick?


Nothing like a dose of hysteria.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

It shouldn't have taken Bargnani getting hurt for the "coach" to realize he should start Melo at the 4 which worked brilliantly all last season. And sadly I don't know for sure if he's still even realized it yet or if he's just doing it cause he doesn't have much choice. I wouldn't be shocked if Woody went right back to the big lineup if he ever gets everyone back healthy.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

New post up about Hardaway JR

rico
rico

It helps when we get the bbcats, tankng celts and hapless cavs for 3 in a row....2 of the teams did not show up..maybe it was the polar vortex effect? I want to see this team rattle off ten in a row and convince everybody "it's on!" . Until then i will temper enthusiasm. We all know streaks go both ways...up and down.

Most encouraging thing from last night was NOT the absence of Bargs, (silly stuff Amit) , it was that for the 1st time this season it appears JR got his legs back, and his confidence. That is huge! Whether the knicks want to trade him or ride him, that's the JR we saw in 2013, abd the one we need every night

knick4life
knick4life

Knick basketball is fun again. Hope it lasts.

sankofa
sankofa

It's as simple as "moving the ball" for the knicks...when we move the ball, and get everyone involved we're a completely different team. That's why Felton is so important...he's responsible for setting the tone. As the the coach... Mike Woodson responsibility is to recognize this, and hold the players responsible. That's how you create consistency, and accountability.

With that being said...if the opportunity to upgrade this team at the PG position becomes available... it has to be seriously considered. Defending the point of attack has been a major problem for this team.

It was nice to see Metta get some run last night...if this team is going to be successful this season Woody is going to have to find a way to get Metta more involved. I would actually like to see him in the starting lineup! Metta should be defending the opposing top scores ( Labron, George, KD) that's what he was brought in to do! I actually think Metta is the biggest X-factor In turning this season around. Im interested in seeing how Woody use him.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Can we all agree now that Bargnani was the problem?  Hate to see someone get hurt, but that dangerous fall might have saved the Knicks season.

knicks
knicks

Ayo trade JR man, he's kinda wack, I'm outta here yo peace...

johneco
johneco

JR looks like he has his legs back.  The explosiveness was definitely there tonight.

denelor
denelor

@rkj473  Bargs going down wasn't the solution to the Knick's problems, at least not directly.  The solution is that Woodson has no choice but to go small ball with Amare, Kenyon and Bargs out.  Woodson is the problem.  He's stubborn and refuses to change once he's set his mind.  See:  JR in last year's playoffs for evidence #1.  


Bargs going down was so helpful because it left Woodson no choices. 

rico
rico

@rkj473  I'd say they played the bobcats, the celts ( who are obviously tanking) and the Cavs who are lost. 3 of the weakest teams in the sport.  


Sure Bargs may have been a mistake but they are not winning because he's out.  silly stuff

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@rkj473  I think it safe to say the knicks do not know how to play big ball!

rico
rico

@SheSaidSpikeWho  when Nate was an unsigned Free Agent, (nobody wanted him a few years back) I used to see him @ west 4th street just balling with anyone.  The guys loves to play. 



Amit Badlani
Amit Badlani

@Sandro Guedes  Hey Sandro. Send me an email by using my contact link in the author's column above. I'll forward it over to my editor to see if I can help you out.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes  I THINK THIS IS WORTH REPEATING SINCE YOU ARE STILL GETTING DELETED AND I THINK FANS WANT TO JUST DISLIKE YOU!!!


Sorry to hear this is still happening to you and you have to keep making new emails. We may disagree on many things and I do tease you and like to be sarcastic but it is only opinions people. We all have them and they really dont count for much... A blog is for exchanging these things. Best wishes sandy and you are doing the best since the admins cant. Oh tommy dee please come back and bring d-i-s-q-u-s!!!


THEY MADE ME SPELL OUT THE WORD OTHERWISE THIS WAS PENDING !!!


WELCOME TO THE NEW TKB


P.S. I just thought about it!!!  There are many fans that want so badly toi down vote you or me or others and since they no longer have that feature they remove you instead. Eventhough I never downvoted anyone I say this.... bring it back it might relieve the stress... LMAO!

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes  I know I have told you this years ago... What has happened is you have finally gotten tot he point where you pissed someone or several folks off and now instead of the down vote they actually get rid of you. I dont support it at all and hope it stops...

knick4life
knick4life

I think you have a self-deluded sense of your importance. No one cares.

sankofa
sankofa

@Sandro Guedes What's up Sandro! I got your back! "FREE SANDRO"

illmatix
illmatix

I don't think AB was the sole reason for the issues the team was having, yes we are playing better without him right now but we did go on a 5 game win streak with Chandler out and Bargs starting at the 5....Bargs at the 4 and Melo at the 3 doesn't work with Chandler at the 5 imo....AB while having his short comings has not been an absolute disaster for the Knicks. AB as your back up C should be the way Woodson goes

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@tommy2b  Bargnani gave us points and options ..lateral defense sucks but he played with toughness 

his 3pt shot sucked thing is Bargnani never passes so with him and melo playing Iso ball the team stands around and watches

now the offense with small ball is motion


Motion and Attacking The Rim is what saved our season that opens up the 3pt line which then leaves open shooters

add that with some solid defense 

and we're back to last years Knicks. 

Bargnani is our secret weapon vs Miami and Indiana he draws out centers cause he hits the 15footer with ease 

he just have to be more willing to pass out when he drives cause sometimes its like he has on blinders. 


Ball Movement/Motion/Attacking The Rim = Back to .500 club

Chris
Chris

@Sandro Guedes  Post should only be deleted by the people running the site, not the inmates. I had it done to me a couple of weeks ago. It is really juvenile behavior. While we are on that topic, does any one else like the new no notification system in place when someone responds to your comment?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes  Sorry to hear this is still happening to you and you have to keep making new emails. We may disagree on many things and I do tease you and like to be sarcastic but it is only opinions people. We all have them and they really dont count for much... A blog is for exchanging these things. Best wishes sandy and you are doing the best since the admins cant. Oh tommy dee please come back and bring d-i-s-q-u-s!!!


THEY MADE ME SPELL OUT THE WORD OTHERWISE THIS WAS PENDING !!!


WELCOME TO THE NEW TKB


P.S. I just thought about it!!!  There are many fans that want so badly toi down vote you or me or others and since they no longer have that feature they remove you instead. Eventhough I never downvoted anyone I say this.... bring it back it might relieve the stress... LMAO!

lindro88
lindro88

They traded a first round pick in that trade. It was as bad as any trade they could have made. Losing Novak wasn't worth losing a first rd pick.

Winston Hadaway
Winston Hadaway

@Jimmy I usually give credit where it`s due but you beat me to the punch....  JR is the man with the edge ,guile and court savvy, the Knicks future is very bright with this one two punch between him and Melo.... look for bigger things to come!!

Chris
Chris

@Jimmy  Or maybe he has cut down on his partying. So far in career he has shown flashes of brilliance and flashes of idiocy. The problem will always be which JR shows up. The good one can carry us, the bad one kills us. You think we can win a chip with him?

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

If a team want JR I'll driving him to the airport!!

Buck50
Buck50

I feel bad I wanted him gone now lol

knick4life
knick4life

@rico @rkj473 I don't know if this current win streak is a result of Bargs being out (probably not) but he has been a detriment on defense and on the boards this year.  A lot of mental mistakes with him too.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Sandro Guedes @OLDKNICK There have been a few games where Bargs hasn't started and came off the bench this season though. Did Woody get written permission from Dolan before those games according to your conspiracy?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Chris @Sandro Guedes  I prefered to get the response in my email. Unlike most I have a real email that I check regularly. For example about a month ago I asked sandro something and he responded I never got the response since we moved on to a new blog topic. So I kept asking him the same question because I thought he did not see it. He answered me and I just never say his response..

sankofa
sankofa

+100 to bringing back d-i-s-q-u-s! lol! I personally love to "down vote" people need to know how disliked their opinions are! lol!

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes @Biggie  Well, there is a lesson to be learned here someway somehow....  Lessons are never easy either. Could be a kid but obviously it really doesnt matter it is that there are several that you have somehow offended maybe an apology letter could help! I do think everyone should be able to voice their opinion. If this happens to you it could some other fan that is equally disliked for their negativity. So as I said there is a lesson here.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@OLDKNICK @Mr.Boots Maybe up on the Panhandle. The weather here has been pretty lousy for SW Florida. No now, but clouds, wind, and rain. I'm as pale as a New Yorker in January.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Mr.Boots

I heard there is snow if florida.... Is that actually true??? Not as far south as you but in the north....

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes

Look all I am saying is you are argumentative and negative most times and how is that working for you? I am beginning to think you are as stubborn as the coach woody you admire... LOL!!! Sometime ya gotta know when to fold them!!! A little humility goes a long way is all I am saying. It sure cant hurt! You see what being sandro has gotten you. To be honest I have looked at many blogs and TKB was the one of the last ones that you could really have free speech. If you think you are going to go to another blog and be allowed to spew your form of negativity let me save you the trip. MOST BLOGS WILL NOT ALLOW THIS....


OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes Well I know I have told you to leave in the past and I told you to change your name but, I was really just teasing you. I enjoy some of your rants, not all, but if you leave then they have defeated you!

sankofa
sankofa

@Chris@Oldknick I miss being notified...I thought that was a really cool feature. Most Blogs have that e-mail notification.