Game 34: Pistons @ Knicks, 7:30pm

Pistons-KnicksThe Knicks host the Pistons at Madison Square Garden at 7:30pm.

The Knicks gain one starter and lose one tonight. Raymond Felton returns from a pulled groin while Tyson Chandler is out with an upper respiratory infection. So Felton will start along with Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin.

Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond start in the Pistons big lineup. Rodney Stuckey is out for tonight’s game.

Follow @Joshua_Newman and @AmitSBadlani on twitter. They are both reporting on tonight’s game.

549 comments
KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Felton got sonned tonight as i predicted. oh and we won as i predicted

moneyball
moneyball

3-1 in 2014.......without a PG...imagine us with a PG??

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Thankful we won, but Woody is just awful. Too many games where Bargnani scores ~10 in first half then gets no minutes in 2nd half... He doesn't even play offense-defense with Kmart down the stretch. I don't get it at all... Terrible officiating in this one as well, on a separate note. Carmelo bumped on half of his scores without a whistle, and JSmith gets a call on contact the other end. Huh?

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

It is entirely plausible that we have the WORST starting PG in the entire league.  Our 2 30+ year old PG's and a 2nd year player from Wichita f*** State are 100X better than Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr.

Pathetic.

knick4life
knick4life

So glad we won. TV would have been broken otherwise.

miracle33d
miracle33d

Good thing that it was Melo who came down with that final rebound and that he had enough sense to not chuck up a 3, but waited for the foul. lol

redhorse
redhorse

woodson has to be the worst coach ive seen.... i cannot believe ppl defend this guy... and ppl saying pistons are a quality opponent??????? REAALLLYYYYYYz????? Some knick fans are so delusional i wish the have a separate forum for these dudes to go on....

moneyball
moneyball

At work didn't watch the game but looked in this blog to get an update. Looks like I will watch the rerun of this. Sounds like Felton was Feltoff tonight. It's sad but Ray needs to be replaced with at least a B minus PG. I'm convinced Ray is no better than what we've seen.

Old_knick is right. This significant number of mindless negative NY "fans" at the Garden has sucked the confidence out of anyone not named Melo. Gone are the days "Hawthorn Wingo" would even get a standing ovation from the Garden Crowd!

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

A win is a win and I'll take it. That said, I don't know how much longer I can watch this "coach". We were getting killed on the boards in the 4th quarter. It was the main reason the Pistons got back in the game. How does Woodson leave Bargnani, who had 11 or 12 rebounds in the first 3 quarters on the bench for the entire 4th quarter. He leaves JR out there, even after two straight turnovers off lazy passes. Just unreal!! Thanks to Melo on both ends tonight. Big hustle plays by Kmart and Shump as well.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@KnickelusKnickleby People are unfair with him. Every fan wants a top tier PG, hell, who wouldn't. But unfortunately, for better or worse, Felton/Prigs/Beno/Murry is all we got.

And basically, he gets killed for not being a top tier PG.

Unfair, if you ask me. And btw, no one was complaining last season.

He's not a top tier PG, not even in the top half of PG's in this league, but he's all we got.

He's been struggling this season, no doubt (and you can't justify that), whether it's by personal struggles or injuries, but we've seen what he can do when he's even on his B game. The overall team offense has struggled. For everything done right, as a team last season, they've struggled this season. Ball movement, movement off the ball, extra pass, dribble penentration, 3 ball %, P&R. In every aspect this team has declined if you compare this team's offense to last season.

Felton, as the PG, takes all the blame. But when the spacing is right, when offense is being properly executed by every one on the floor, everyone looks better, including Felton.


Felton gets the hate because people want a top tier PG and compare Felton to one, which is absurd. 

Like I said, all these complaintes weren't around last season.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Brostoevsky I'll rarely say this, but the coach made the right decision to not play him in the 4th. It's either him or Amare. They're both defensive liabilities, and when things got tight, the coach couldn't afford to have a defensive liability out there.

smiggybalz
smiggybalz

he wouldnt be a top five pg in the D league..hes better off injured eff ray felton EFFHIM EFF HIM EFF RAYMOND FELTON. AAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH,,,,,,,!,,,,,,

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@redhorse  When your PG is Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr. because Beno is out and your only other option is Toure Murry; your screwed.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@moneyball Felton had decent 3 qtrs and a decent output for a guy coming back from injury. He had 2 costly plays that overshadowed the steady game he had. 

All that being said, he should not have been playing late in the 4th. He looked gassed early in the 4th and played way too much.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

@Jerry GeeAgreed. Hey, where are your Marshmelo comments? Can't call him that tonight huh?

buddhabing
buddhabing

@Tikki lol.....i noticed that when it happened. What a joke this organization is where the owner doesn't have the guts to stand by his decisions. Always hiding in the shadows and having his flunkies do his dirty work . 

andrew
andrew

Bring in a clutch point

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLD_KNICK When confidence is shaky, anything rattles you, and the MSG crowd has no issues with booing you out of the building if you're not performing. That's enough to rattle the team right now.

A W obviously helps, but it's something to look at.

tifoso6
tifoso6

@OLD_KNICK The coach undercuts their confidence.  He is a nasty bully.

smiggybalz
smiggybalz

fans hate Felton for just one reason....HE STINKS,

charlieoak
charlieoak

@VerySilentJay But we had a better PG, and said go away.  We had a excellent shooter and said go away.  New coach Woody kept his thugs Pmelo-adonna and Felton and got rid of the team building professionals like Lin and Novak.  

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

There were stretches where he had both in at the same time, which is problematic for the reason you mention (can't have 2 defense liabilities out there). You could also argue that Bargnani was out of the game for too long by the 4Q to be counted on - but I blame that, too, on the coach. I probably would've chosen Bargnani over STAT because (a) he was having a better game and (b) his game is more complementary to Melo's.

redhorse
redhorse

@orlando_knickfan@redhorse  thats such a cop out statement.....why didnt he play bargs in the 4th?  13 points 11 rebounds 3 qrts...wats his reasoning

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee @Kiyan Carter Which is why he played great D all night long, made key buckets at the end of the game, had 4 steals and carried the team.

Yes... So soft.

It's not even about defending or justifying him, it's about seeing the production on the floor.

At this point you really don't have too much to point out.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee Once again, did he not carry the team?

Did he not made the most important buckets late in the 4th?

Did he not force Smith into a moronic shot?

Did he not fight for the offensive rebound to put an end to the game?

Did he not make those 2 FT's to put Deotroit out of their misery?


You ask me, whatever was said, it worked.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@VerySilentJay I'm not saying I care because at the end of the day he did what he had to do.  I am sure fans come close to getting popped in the head on many occasions. I've heard stories of what Pacer fans used to say to Ewing.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@orlando_knickfan @VerySilentJay Who cares? He made the hustle plays and key buckets to get the W and carried the team offensively throughout the game along with making strong defensive plays.


So now we're down to nitpicking...  So he started looking at someone in the crowd as if it was something worth frowning upon?


That's too much.

smiggybalz
smiggybalz

oh boy ...the two year old is back,and as usual hes not talkin hoops just talkin shid about the other fans...have a glass of milk lil boy and ill be in to tuck u in soon...dont forget clean jammies