Tim Hardaway Jr. posts career night as the Knicks blowout the Cavs

Harris Decker

Inside Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, a guard was in the starting lineup that many fans in attendance were eager to see. He has become one of the best young guards in the league and seems to be putting up big numbers night after night. Kyrie Irving is the guy a lot of fans came to see, but Tim Hardaway Jr. is the guy they will remember.

Tim Hardaway Jr.The Knicks were hot from the get go last night. Once again, Carmelo Anthony set the tone, hitting 5 of 10 in the first quarter, while racking up 18 points. Feeding off of Anthony as he often does, J.R. Smith got off to a fast start as well, scoring 11 first quarter points and adding a pair of threes. The Knicks were up by 17 after the first quarter. Despite the hot starts for Anthony and Smith, it would be Hardaway Jr. who would electrify the crowd as the game progressed.

After playing just three minutes in the first, hitting a single 3-pointer, Hardaway Jr. saw his minutes spike in this game with Iman Shumpert on the shelf. He took full advantage of Shumperts absence and the blowout nature of the game, feeding off the Cavs anemic defense.

In the first three quarters, Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points on 4 for 7 from the field. In the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand, he exploded for 18 points on 7 for 10, including 4 for 7 from behind the three-point arc. With six threes, he tied the Knicks rookie record and continued the Knicks streak of playing loose, fun basketball.

Hardaway Jr. ended the night shooting 65% from the field and 50% from three-point land. His downfall of course is his defense where he was beat a few times by the likes of Irving, CJ Miles and Jarrett Jack. Still, you can live with average defense when you have a guy like Tyson Chandler roaming the paint. He cleans up a lot of mistakes by the young guard, blocking 3 shots last night and making his presence felt on both sides of the court.

There is a long career ahead for Tim Hardaway Jr. He has shown flashes all season and that culminated last night in a career night. He won’t soon forgot a night like that and while Irving and the Cavs were left holding their heads, Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks to their fourth straight victory.

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youngog
youngog

Great game by the kid...he needs work gets beat on defense a lot and settles for way to many jumpers...great on the fast break though which is a plus...hopefully he develops into a great player

knickfan2
knickfan2

Does anyone here remember Hubert Davis?

At best, THjr becomes a much better version of Allan Houston.

Or

At worst, THjr becomes the 2nd coming of Hubert Davis...a player with a sweet jumpshot, but one who never developed a handle and could never be relied on to play in the 4th qtr because of timid and lackluster defense.

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OLDKNICK

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Jan. 31-Pres & GM Steve Mills announced that Toure' Murry has been assigned to the @ErieBayHawks

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Last time this happened a point guard had a great stat game and came back to the knicks and then this thing called LINSANITY was born!!!!!!!!!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

IanBegley Ian Begley
Carmelo Anthony on the #Knicks' small lineup: "I really like (it).... It seems to be working right now."

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

OT:


If the New York Giants were hoping to sign free-agent defensive end Justin Tuck to a team-friendly deal before the market opens in March, it does not sound as if they will get their wish.

"I will see what the market is for me," Tuck told the New York Post on Thursday. "I've never been in this situation before, and it's a great opportunity for myself. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn't see what the market is, and I will."


LOL...Sound the alarm that Tuck is "Leaving"...see how stupid this sounds?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

“The small lineup, we know that that works,” head coach Mike Woodson said, per Berman’s article. “Hey I don’t know if we’ll go away from it this time.”



THANKS COACH WOODY!!!

1strdpicks
1strdpicks

Fields and Shump were first team all rookie first team Considering how weak this draft class is we gotta steal in the mid 20's in THJR and may make a push for that first team.

rkj473
rkj473

Interesting that the Knicks players experience a 5% shot increase with Pablo on the floor, that's staggering.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK  

The Bayhawks are playing in Springfield, MA tonight. They probably just want to get him some burn at the point.He can fly to Miami Saturday.

Harris Decker
Harris Decker

@Elvis Maduro  He'll obviously improve on defense as he plays more but you can deal with him the way he is if he's going to be the scoring threat that he's becoming.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Elvis Maduro He's not that bad defensively....hes ok..he has actually gotten better on D...I think he is still trying to get the schemes down pat, he will be fine.

brookdon
brookdon

Also from Tommy Dee

@_TommyDee_: Here are some player averages in "passes per game"

Lebron 49.8

Paul George 46.6

Melo 42.9

Harden 42.6

Durant 37.4"

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@Kiyan Carter  

The difference with Timmy and guys like Fields and Shump is Timmy can shoot. Shump was a horrible shooter in college. His thing was defense. Fields was more like Chaney Frye but Frye developed a decent shot.

brookdon
brookdon

Was gonna post the same thing. Wait until Knicks fans turn on him Shump had these articles written about him back in the day as well.

knickfan2
knickfan2

I agree in terms of THjr's greater skill set. I was asking more in regard to "ceiling" potential.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@kneggyknik @MeloStat301 Well my Knega..I'm a Cowboy fan too..at least we can agree on that, lol.  I posted it to prove a point..all theses athletes love the idea of free agency..especially if they have never been one before...doesn't mean they are going to leave.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@kneggyknik DOWNVOTE there I finally did it... But that is because it was football related and I hate cowboys!!!!!!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon  

All passes aren't created equal. You can pass out to repost or you can make a beautiful dish that leads to a great shot for a teammate. There is a quality aspect to passing that raw numbers don't capture. All those guys have the ball in their hands as the main man, except for Durant as he has Westbrook. That's more a 1A 1B situation.  

1strdpicks
1strdpicks

IMO there's no bigger ball hog than Harden. Melo always gets criticized for holding the ball, but Harden routinely dribbles the ball for 15 secs a clip.

illmatix
illmatix

@brookdon  surprised to see Harden on that list...seems like once he gets the ball the shot is soon to follow

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Elvis Maduro @MeloStat301@OLDKNICK@kneggyknik Lol..sound like my Giants buddies saying the same thing...funny thing is...Romo hasn't had an offensive line his whole time with the team, and never put up a season like Eli.  I'm done with the football talk lol :o)

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Elvis Maduro @OLDKNICK@kneggyknik Lol...that's fair...explain to me how one can go from 2 time champion quarterback...to the worse in the league..lol.  He had the perfect storm of great players around him (o-line,defense) and a helmet catch and wes welker drop...I do give the giants FO credit, they know how to find players..

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon  

In all fairness, sometimes Melo is a willing passer and other times he isn't. We seen games where he has the court vision of a point guard and other games where he is content to go 2 on 1 or 3 on 1. That's why we debate the topic.

When Melo decides he is going to do some passing, he is actually a great passer. Sometimes he's just not looking for his teammates.

brookdon
brookdon

Agreed. It's more about the idea that Carmelo doesn't pass that Tommy is trying to kill. If the media were to say that Carmelo doesn't assist than that's fair. But the perception is that he is a no conconscience chucker that doesn't look at his teammates which isn't true.

illmatix
illmatix

@brookdon  figured that seeing as there wasn't a single PG on that list

brookdon
brookdon

These aren't the leaders in passer per game BTW. Just superstars Tommy chose to prove a point.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Knicks_Fanatic  Well ya cant have everything. He got crazy money for his sub talent and he has a great looking girlfriend... 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK @Knicks_Fanatic@Sandro Guedes@brookdon  

Yeah, he just had another surgery last week.

TORONTO — Toronto Raptors forward Landry Fields will be sidelined for several weeks after having surgery on his right wrist.

The Raptors said it was a “minor surgical procedure” to address the ulnar nerve release in his hand.

Fields underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in November of 2012 to alleviate nerve compression in his right elbow.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK @Sandro Guedes@brookdon  

I had high hope for Landry Fields. I've kept tabs on him and rather than any type of Melo mojo issue, his game was really affected by ulnar nerve problems in his elbow. After he signed with Toronto they found damage to his ulnar nerve in the elbow. That reeking havoc with his shot. He had surgery and now is out again with a second surgery.


"Landry described his symptoms and condition on Thursday, where he revealed that he noticed his hand was clenching into a claw, specifically his pinkie and ring fingers, as he approached the release point of his shot. To fix this, doctors transported Fields’ ulnar nerve over a bone in his elbow that the nerve used to rub against during his shooting motion"

brookdon
brookdon

True. At one point Melo completely stopped passing the ball to him lol. No trust in him whatsoever.

illmatix
illmatix

@Sandro Guedes @brookdon  i always saw Fields as a glue guy/hustle player....strictly 2nd unit material, he had no business starting hence Fields not being able to find a role for himself playing along side Melo...imo of course

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @brookdon He hasn't played with Melo in 2 seasons...and still hasn't recovered.  Has very little to do w/Melo and all to do with him being a system player, that isn't very good at all.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro Guedes @brookdon  I hated that and never forget Fields Fanatic now changed to Knicks Fanatic... Hahahhahahha he loved fields like a son!

illmatix
illmatix

@brookdon  if we were able to keep Wison instead of Landry we'd probably still have Wilson in the fold...smh

brookdon
brookdon

Or Gallo as Dirk lol.

To be honest however I don't think I've ever seen a player fall off a cliff as badly as Fields. After the ASB it's almost as if he forgot how to shoot. It's a shame we couldn't convince Denver to take him instead.