Melo: A Sweep Would be ‘Spectacular’

Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

BOSTON Carmelo Anthony has never swept a playoff series in his life.

As the whole world knows, he has been bounced from the first round of the playoffs eight times in nine tries.

Yet after scoring 26 points as the Knicks crushed the Celtics, 90-76, in Game 3 at TD Garden to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, Anthony and his teammates stand on the brink of a sweep.

Just two years after being swept out of the first round of the playoffs by these Celtics, Anthony and company can break out the brooms on Sunday afternoon and head back to New York that night looking forward to a week off.

“To accomplish that would be spectacular, it would be a dream come true,” Anthony said. “I never swept anybody.”

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chasct
chasct

..how does someone stop being a fan ? I see no other choice...we are in an impossible situation and a cycle that may continue for many more years....its unfair to criticize journalists and bloggers... its unfair to criticize coaches, GM, front office and owner...coach has a good plan..players dont or cant execute...GM and ops are doing their best with limited budgets...the owner is doing his best losing $20M every year. cant criicize, offer up ideas..and the team just cannot win...or compete for a full game...too damn long this has gone on...we saw the light last year and it has been snuffed out again...we have a voice but no ones listening...i am going to start to follow the Panthers...40 years a fan

Chris
Chris


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank: 'Not much you can do if you can’t get the right deal done and, as we’ve seen in the past, Snow doesn’t just take any deal."

No, he just grossly over compensates other teams for their assets. Gotten lucky on some waiver pickups, but those eventually rear their ugly heads as they are now (Grabner's sudden hot streak notwithstanding).

He's a horrible GM, don't trust him and don't believe he's ever the smartest guy in the room when it comes to trade negotiations.

doc942
doc942

Newsday says Tavares is hurt and not practicing…. any word on what, how, where, when, how long?

ny711ot
ny711ot

Kevin

Appreciate your candor regarding the balancing act you must maintain to keep your team access.  Like so many institutions today the Islanders are committed to one thing above all;  damage control...To the point where freedoms are compromised.    However, what the Islanders and these other institutions fail to realize is dishonesty breeds contempt.  Information control marginalizes the entity.

So as Wang and Snow continue to wield their iron hand, the organization loses the adoration of their fans.  And worse the stories become inconsequential.

If nothing else Wang and Snow have done one thing most effectively in their tenure....

They have ensured that the Islanders are mostly irrelevant in the scheme of things.

And each day they make it harder for diehards to root for the kids on the ice.

Thomas
Thomas

I have to laugh that the first question is about the most over rated player on this team Josh Barely. If you watch this team on a daily basis you know he clearly is NOT a top line forward and to be honest  is barely a 3rd line forward. Amazing to me that anyone wants him on the first line, personally I think he needs to go, he does nothing, creates nothing, has no shot, makes terrible decisions, never wins a 1 on 1 battle and hasn't scored since baseball season.

rmreturns
rmreturns

"Article vs column"... Great point... Nice post..

godsaveus
godsaveus

I hope garth brings up donavan and sends ness down i like ness he trys hard but he just to small and i thought donavan looked good at times had 5 pts in what 10 games thats almost as many as hammer what u guys think

snostorm
snostorm

No disrespect to the bloggers who now run the site but its not the same with out Botta. I didn't always agree with him but it would seem he had more balls. He called it as he saw it and it resulted in Wang having a hissy fit and pulling his press credentials. Or Snow or whoever.


Any Blogger or beat writer worth his salt would be calling this lame as organization on its BS.  This is a crime.  The fan base is angry for a reason. And it runs a lot deeper than the recent team futility. 

Dominick J. De Angelis
Dominick J. De Angelis

Why would you keep Nabokov at the trade deadline if the team is out of a playoff spot at that time??? That makes NO sense at all. Nabokov is FINISHED after this season, the Isles WILL NOT BE BRINGING HIM BACK. So pick up the draft pick to package with another player/pick at the Entry draft in June and help the roster. Let Poulin and Nilsson finish the season from there and decide which one will be backing up Hiller OR Miller next season.

thebagman
thebagman

This post raises some issues that exist in broader-scale journalism.  Christian Arnold says that a reporter's job is to "cover the team without bias by reporting the facts."  But in reality, everyone has biases.  Reporters make all sorts of subjective judgments in terms of which facts to include, which to leave out, what order to present them, what sort of questions to ask, and so forth.  I recognize that there is value in trying to be fair, which is a more accurate way to say what Christian is getting at here.  But I think there's less value there than a lot of people in media seem to believe.


As Eric Vogel alludes to in the comments, a lot of journalists fear asking tough questions because they might lose access.  I'm not sure how relevant that is to a team like the Isles, since it's pretty clear that things aren't going right, but it's not so clear what needs to change.  Back when Milbury was in charge, the emperor obviously had no clothes, but the media would still report, "Milbury thinks that trading Roberto Luongo for Oleg Kvasha will make the team better immediately" with a straight face.

Eric Vogel
Eric Vogel

I think part of the problem IS the fact that the reporting/blogging surrounding this team is so compartmentalized.  Yes, Arthur Staple is in charge of interviewing people in the organization and writing his article, but at the same time if he's the only one who has access (such as it is) it becomes all the more frustrating when he doesn't ask the questions that we want answers to.  You think I want to hear Jack Capuano spout another line about battle level?  I've heard that quote before in response to the same hackneyed questions for longer than I'd like to admit and its getting embarassing.  We want actual answers to actual questions and the only person with any kind of access throws nothing but softballs.  When was the last time we got a direct quote from Wang or Snow?  I honestly can't remember and if Capuano is just playing the role of Junior Soprano in Season 1, aka the lightning rod, then I don't care about him at all.  So tell me, between the bloggers and our one beat reporter who the hell is supposed to be getting answers to the questions we want asked from the people who have the real answers?

orange2327
orange2327

Vanek has been better of late no doubt but still leaves a lot in the hustle/toughness dept IMO!! He WILL BE TRADED by the deadline would hope we can get more than just the now panacea like '' draft picks''.

Mike Scalice
Mike Scalice

Get Q AND A MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU GUYS COULD PICK HARDER QUESTION. AND NOT TAKE THE EASY ROAD JUST SAYING.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@Thomas Bailey may very well be the worst player I've ever seen in an Islander uniform. I'm not even exaggerating.


red2
red2

@rmreturns 

Of all the words posted above, you chose to focus on what might be the most relevant in that entire article.  Kudos for that.  Journalists are professionals dedicated to reporting the news.  That's their job, and I have been there.  Opinions are something all journalists have but, there is little or no space for that in their reporting.  Opinions are for editorialists and there is limited space provided  in daily print media that allows for that.  Arthur Staple reports the news, and the bloggers that mediate this site do the same.  The people that post here are the antithesis, they are the ones with opinions.  Accepting that there is a difference between a news article and an editorial is tantamount to understanding the real difference between those who run this site and those who post here.  The first gives us the news, we respond with our opinion...  

red2
red2

@godsaveus 

I think Ness at -12 in 19 games with 3 points as opposed to Donovan with 5 points in 22 games at -5 is enough to prove your point.  Unfortunately, your point like mine is an opinion and it's Capuano and Snow's decision that counts...

rmreturns
rmreturns

And his balls were handed to him. It's not a matter of right or wrong, it's a matter of information.

You don't have a "right" to access to the Islanders dressing room. It's a privilege granted by the Franchise.

So, do you want information, or just opinion? They Islanders Franchise tightly controls information. I don't think it's fair, but it is their right.

Didn't the writers boycott the isles over Botte's removal from the locker room. That changed nothing...

Something to consider, before you bite the hand that feeds you...

Andy Graziano
Andy Graziano

@Eric Vogel Arthur is not the only one with that level of access. What questions would you like answered? Snow is not hanging around the dressing room post-game, that I can tell you. And Wang is hardly ever in the building period during practices/games.

Chris R
Chris R

@orange2327 naaaa  keep Vanek, sign Moulson......Get 2 soild Dmen via trade or free agency...And get a goalie....And i think we are set to make a run..OH AND A NEW COACH!!

dkdk
dkdk

The guy barely looks like he is trying which is the most frustrating point for me.

rmreturns
rmreturns

Agree. I think Donovan went from struggling, to drowning.. So they sent him to B-PORT to get his confidence back(how often we read that word concerning professional athletes), and will be that successful player when he returns.

Lotsa hate on Bailey. Kinda like the hate on KO at this point last season. No complaints on KO this season.. Give it time, they are still developing as NHL players. Best years are 27,28,29,30...Bailey isn't 25 yet...

For all his lack of scoring, his +/- isn't awful, and it should be awful..

Vicp73
Vicp73

@rmreturns Ok sir good points, but why is it that players and GM's on every other team are required to speak to the media? Players in hockey markets like Toronto and Montreal are told by management they have to be made available to the media. The media has total access to the dressing rooms usually 20 minutes to 30 after each game. Why is different in Long Island??

MysteryMachine
MysteryMachine

@Andy Graziano @Eric Vogel There are tons of point blank questions that should be asked to Snow and Wang - every fan has dozens they want answered.  If Snow is not hanging around to answer questions and Wang is absentee, then that is the story. There's nothing wrong with writing that neither of them were available for comment and that it appears they are dodging the fans and press by not speaking throughout this disaster of a season.  It's a way of calling them out while being factually correct.  That's the fine line here ... no one is willing to write it.  More importantly, why is there only one beat reporter writing about this team?  Is it because the Islanders do not allow more than one or because there is no interest in this team due to the lack of relevancy of the team?  Botta did the right thing a couple of years back and the result speaks for itself.  I miss his writing as much as everyone else but we're also lucky to still have this site at all.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Chris R@orange2327

Didn't get a new coach for Christmas I see. Did you ask Santa for one?  If not, then perhaps it's YOUR fault. lol

dkdk
dkdk

Thomas .... What kills me is look at our own roster, we let PA walk and gave just about the same money to Bailey. It is mind boggling.

Thomas
Thomas

@dkdk @Jason Zimmerman I wouldn't call him the worst player ever, but he may well be the most over rated player I have ever seen. I can't tell you how many arguments I have over this guy. Why they gave this guy 5 yrs 16.5m is beyond me, especially when we could have had Grabovski who is more productive for the same money and less years. 2 of my favorite stats on Bailey: 1)PMB who we waived has 5 better seasons than Bailey's best season. 2) Grabner could go the next 112 games without a goal and STILL have 18 more goals than Bailey in the same amount of career games. Blake Comeau who we wavied has more career goals and similar stats. It really is mind boggling how many people agree with Frank who thinks he should be on the 1st line and has talent. He's been given more opportunity than any player I can ever remember and he simply does not produce. Why does he see the ice on the power play, ever? It's amazing to me

red2
red2

@mitchfritz @rmreturns 

Based on those career statistics it's safe to state that Bailey is not quite a half a point a game type forward.  He is overall a -24 in four full and two half seasons, all the while playing for a team with a huge discrepancy in wins and losses.  He would appear best suited to a third line checking type role and, with Grabner and Nielsen as line mates, fits that role.  Unfortunately, this team is using that line as a #2 line, necessitating more scoring.  Once again, we are being asked for patience until Strome, Nelson and Lee fill that role...

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@rmreturns

as for Donovan..he struggled on the offensive side too..which is supposed to be his strong suit..i think that was the driving force in sending him down...

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@rmreturns

I just had to go back and look at bailey's career stats..suprising...hes scored more goals than I thought....very solid +/- numbers..and still very young...

yes he's been diisapionting and even brutal this year...but worst isle ever to put on a uniform.....c'mon stop the nonsense..

dkdk
dkdk

That sums it up nicely red. For the first time in my 40 year of fandom with this team I feel completely irrelevant. We are never spoken too, ever. And to make matters worse I truly feel that they care more about people in Bklyn that don't know a Zamboni from a puck than those of us that have followed the team for decades and spent tens of thousands of dollars on the team.

red2
red2

@dkdk 

I understand your pain,,, we all do,,, those that post here.  That's the bottom line on being a fan of this team, the inglorious futility of failure and the inability to hold those responsible accountable.   

dkdk
dkdk

I'll buy that red, but to me is still comes down to if no one speaks it doesn't matter how many people cover them. It is pure lunacy that the team has spiraled the way it has and neither clown has addressed it. Especially when that spiral started with a trade that "was needed to shake things up".

red2
red2

@dkdk 

I think circulation numbers dictate that answer.  Newsday still controls Long Island.  The News, Post and Times are here but have a far less subscribers.  I would think that the case of the Nets is precedent enough to see what will happen once the move is made to Brooklyn.  Newsday used wire services to report on Nets games until this year and the move to Brooklyn into an area covered by Newsday subscriptions.  They now have a reporter covering the team.  When the Isles move to Barclay's I would think that all three New York dailies would follow suit and send a reporter to cover the team... 

dkdk
dkdk

@red .... This may be a bit of chicken and egg here. Do they not cover them because they are in Nassau or do they not cover them because there is nothing to cover? If they are consistently losing to the point where just about every team would clean house and this one does nothing .... And nothing includes the GM and owner staying COMPLETELY SILENT, why send reporters down? It is widely known that wang and snow don't speak, and the lack of fannies in the seats show there is an apathetic fanbase so why should the other dailies send writers out?

I think of this is a disease and symptom situation. Lack of coverage and criticism are the symptoms but the disease is that snow and wang refuse to speak to the media and fans. Actually they are the disease of this organization period. I really did not need to finish that sentence.

red2
red2

@MysteryMachine @Andy Graziano @Eric Vogel 

There is only one beat writer reporting on this team because there is only one newspaper actually covering the team on a regular basis.  The News, the Post and the Times are absent.  Perhaps they will make an appearance once the team relocates to Brooklyn...

dkdk
dkdk

Well if we learned anything is that it isn't wang or snows fault ... Lol