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.




83 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.

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.

dagawd
dagawd

Told u it was going to be easy

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

I can be wrong but this Team can actually control games now ,curious to see how we play against Miami Saturday

if we take control like i think we can

we can just about say our Season is saved and can go into the playoffs on a high-note 

like they say in sports it's not how you begin the Season it's how you end it. 

good we dealt with all our injuries and issues early 

and once again gotta be grateful we're only 5 games out of the 3rd playoff spot 

Thank you .500 Ball Eastern Conference

diehard
diehard

All of you people talking about trade this trade that. The knicks have a chemistry problem. Play Bargs and Kmart together defense and offense, Bargs is not good at off the ball help. He can score and he is a 7 footer Hardaway, Felton, Melo and Kmart that line up wpuld work. Pablo and Murry, Murry can guard the fast pg and we still have experience in the backcourt. Our youg uns need more time the goal is the playoffs, the mission championship. Aldritch is a rebounder plain and simple. Tyler energy offense and defense lacking experience. Tyleer Anthony and Chandler the front line, sub Amare, Kmart . Alll you haters on Amare its not his fault bad knees, he made us relevant, not his fault management over paid. Everybody cannot handle the New York media ask Lebron. Melo, Felton and Amare wanted to be Knicks.The Knicks have not been relevant for a long time. All you people keep forgetting its playing at the "GARDEN". its not the Knicks, having the Knicks is the plus playing at the Garden is the pressure. Felton not the best point guard but he can handle the pressure playing at the garden. We have a championship team as it stands now. He have height, youth  a go to guy and experience. Look at the team, maybe it is the coach. Have you watched how Bargs wore out Bosh. We have Murry, Shumpert and Hardaway to wear out D wade. Melo and Lebron cancel out each other. if Bargs comes back we have him and Tyler to worry Hibbert. George and Melo cancel each other out.


KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Who's Better for Knicks if you can get them Irving or Westbrook? 

Westbrook is a shot nut and his legs are getting too much wear and tear. 

Irving is a smarter player but is a dribble nut who can breakdown defenses and score when needed. 


Marvel
Marvel

Timmy >>Anthony Bennett

 Jeremy Tyler >Anthony Bennett




scary lol


SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Since the beginning of last season, the Knicks have gone 50-28 (64.1%) when three or more players miss a game due to injury—far better than their 22-27 (44.9%) record when two or fewer players are out. That 19.2% disparity in winning percentage is easily the largest in the NBA over that span, according to Stats LLC.

It's possible that the Knicks—who were without Iman Shumpert (shoulder), Andrea Bargnani (elbow), Kenyon Martin (ankle) Amar'e Stoudemire (ankle), and Beno Udrih Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers—play with greater intensity when they're a few men down.

More likely, the numbers suggest that Woodson, an old-school coach who prefers to use a traditional power forward alongside a true 7-foot center, mismanages his rotation when all of the Knicks are healthy.


online.wsj.com/news/articles/…

1strdpicks
1strdpicks

I could easily see Hardaway being a 15-20 ppg scorer. Besides being a knockdown shooter he's our best player on the break.

S/N I'm a lil scared Amare might mess up the mojo (just bein honest)

brookdon
brookdon

Cavs Blog Highlights!!

"This going to be one of those games that makes me sad isn’t it"

"I didn’t really expect to win this game, but wow. Just wow"

" When things go right for the Knicks, everything goes right

When things go wrong, everything goes wrong. Losing Andrea B was a blessing."

"Melo’s gonna go for 81 tonight"

"It’s not his fault he has no defensive strategy for Melo, who has been on fire, it’s the refs.

It’s all about accountability, right Mike? (More fans against the coach. Figures)

"This reminds me of the days when my high school still had a football team and I would check the paper in the morning just to see how much they lost by."

"“The NBA Cares” I guess the Cavs aren’t in the NBA anymore?"

"Did we pass on Hardaway to draft Sergey Karasev…? "

C0P0
C0P0

Hate to talk about trades but Kyrie wants out off the Cavs. 

Albeit Felton played well tonight, +/- 33 I think in this blowout, he's still slightly above average IMO. We could improve that postion.

Who would you deal to get Irving?

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

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.

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"

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?

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!!

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@diehard  agreed for the most part, a healthy bunch is a happy bunch. 

Bargnani definitely needs to come in with 2nd unit along with Kmart and juggle Kmart and Amare's minutes to keep both of them happy 

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@bockers  Saw that trade idea too. Can't see the Thunder actually parting ways with Westbrook. They dearly missed him in the playoffs last year.  I know Reggie Jackson has flourished, but Westbrook gives the Thunder another dimension. I think they would love guys like Tyson Chandler and Shumpert, and they would love to get rid of Perkins' contract, but they can just amnesty Perkins at the end of the year. 


But just imagine a backcourt of Westbrook and Hardaway??


That would be fun. If only.

rkj473
rkj473

@1strdpicks  Amare is not getting a fair rap. Sure he is a liability on defense but he was playing well, averaging about 20ppg when he got injured. At least he was contributing to the team. It's just that JR and the other guys are now shooting the ball much better.

C0P0
C0P0

@brookdon  "Did we pass on Hardaway to draft Sergey Karasev…? "


LOL

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@C0P0  Cavs would be crazy to let Irving walk for nothing, and since they hold his rights forever, they´re in control.

bigdishing
bigdishing

@C0P0  They are not trading Irving. And Felton is slightly above average only if you compare him to the other Knick point guards. 

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?

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!

C0P0
C0P0

@Biggie  I know that. Won't stop a trade If the Cavs wanted to before then, SO, back to the question, who would you trade IF it were possible? Why is that so hard for people to comprehend? LOL It's not a complicated question. 

C0P0
C0P0

@bigdishing @C0P0  I was being kind.  PS we don't know what they will do with Irving. So, I'm asking the question regardless. 

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.

sankofa
sankofa

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

melo7
melo7

@C0P0 hmm let me see anyone not named carmelo Anthony..what kinda question is this

C0P0
C0P0

@bigdishing Doesn't matter, just wanted to see what pieces people would move. 

bigdishing
bigdishing

@C0P0  I honestly don't think we have any package to deal for him. Hardaway and 1st wouldn't be nearly enough.