Win streak extended to five as short-handed Knicks offense continues rolling

Sam Spiegelman

Break up the New York Knicks.

The Knicks (26-40) notched their fifth consecutive victory with a convincing 116-92 defeat of the Boston Celtics on the road Wednesday night. The victory allowed New York to take sole possession of the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference, just three games shy of the Atlanta Hawks currently occupying the No. 8 spot.

New York didn’t allow the Celtics (22-43) to make a game of it. They jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead then cruised to a lopsided victory. Carmelo Anthony led the way with a game-high 34 points, while the rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 off the bench.

“We got it going early,” Anthony said. “We shot the ball well early. Defensively, we had it clicking early. They made a few runs, but we finished the game out strong.”

Yet again, the frontcourt was without center Tyson Chandler, as well as forwards Kenyon Martin and Amare’ Stoudemire. Going small, though, was not a problem. Making his first start in a Knicks uniform, Cole Adlrich responded with a double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Jeremy Tyler scored four points and grabbed four boards.

“I thought Cole kind of reminded you of last year’s team, you know when a guy goes down and another guy — the next guy in line — steps in and he plugs in,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “Cole was that guy tonight.”

The Knicks’ small lineup led the offense again, eclipsing the 100-point scoring mark for a fifth straight game. The Celtics, who had limited their last four opponents to 19.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, allowed New York to shoot almost 58 percent from downtown and better than 52 percent from the floor.

“It’s just with practice, playing with second unit; we all feed off each very well in practice and we read each other well,” Hardaway said. “It’s just being comfortable out there with them, and once you mix everybody up it just flows.”

“Everybody is just coming together now,” he added. “We have 20 games to go, and we just want to win each and every one of them.”

And don’t sleep on the defense. While the offense has been red-hot and receiving a lot of attention, deservingly, the defense has held its opponents to fewer than 100 points in three of their past five games.





437 comments
David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

The islanders prospect rankings are

1. Michael Del Colle, 2. Ryan Pulock,

3. Josh Ho Sang, and so forth....

Right there those hockey news writers no nothing. Collberg ahead of Ho-sang, even Adam Pelech ahead of him. Lol.

What they solely base it on is the rankings of there AHL team affiliate. Not there prospects. Lol

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

You are getting rankings from a group of columnist, it's an opinion.

The islanders have at least 5th best talented prospects in the system.

Right there when they say Collbert is far an away ahead of Josh Ho-sang it says all you need to know. Collbert has not proven a thing.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@David Di Gesu


It appears both the Hockey News and Pronman have Collberg rated in the top 10 of Isles prospects.. Not a fan of the Hockey News, but that is a pretty strong consensus.



Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

Thirteenth does't sound at all right. From what I've read, Isles have four can't-miss NHL-caliber players to whatever degree: Dal Colle, Barzal, Beauville, and Ho-Sang. Collberg would seem to be a wild card.

Adding Pulock, Pelech, and Mayfield to the mix -- as well as two goalies in the top ten, always nice, I find it real hard to believe 12 teams in the league have it better.

Johnny Simeone
Johnny Simeone

Farm system rankings: 


The Hockey News - 13th


Hockey's Future - 2nd


Which seems more realistic?

Kevin Car
Kevin Car

I only care about how the isles rank come June 2016.....

bobb
bobb

13th? After so many years of being bad that's where we still are? I was thinking top 5

vegasvic
vegasvic

Ho Sang should be listed on the top 5 list. Don't know why he was placed at 10.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I won't pretend to know anything about the other 29 teams up and comers. I would just hope, for the sake of both management and fans, that this ranking is WAY off. To be middle of the pack after consistently drafting from a very favorable position, this is potentially bad. But...you know what they say about opinions. As for mine, I feel this is the best prospect pool we've been able to pick from for nearly 20 years. Here's to hoping that all these young kids are dying to prove themselves to JT...one of the TRUE elite

dzruggie
dzruggie

@Brian Bradley Brian,

Many of the guys they drafted in a favorable position are playing with the big club.  

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Hockey news had the same 10 names in its Isles top 10 prospects as Pronman. They rank them differently, and rank the Isles lower then Pronman.. I prefer Pronman, as do the  major NHL reporters.


Hopefully Pulock makes the club, and plays at a level that deserves an NHL spot.. The rest always figures itself out..

mrcisback
mrcisback

  I really think the writers at the Hockey News are clueless. I cancelled my subscription about 5 years ago. They have the Islanders farm system rated13th, thats just ridiculous. I've read several well respected hockey sources including Hockeys Future that have the Islanders farm system rated any where between 2nd and 5th.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Richard Gauthier @mrcisback Nah keep him at #10. It'll just add to his drive to be better. What I like most about the kid is how he's really determined to prove everyone wrong. 

Richard Gauthier
Richard Gauthier

@mrcisback Winnipeg should be #1 and the Isles should be #2. Also, Ho-Sang needs to be higher. There's a good chance he's another Rob Schremp but he's just so damn talented to hot have him higher.

bobb
bobb

If he was that much of a sure thing, 27 other teams wouldn't have skipped over him. We'll just have to wait and see I guess. I hope he pans out.

doc942
doc942

I don't care if THN ranked them 25th or 1st. There's a lot of talent in those top 10 prospects.

primus
primus

Completely agree Doc. It's what I have been saying for a few years now. People are right when they say prospects are just that until they prove otherwise, but when you have a nice quantity of high end ones your odds of getting good players goes up dramatically.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@primus Prospects and draft picks are becoming THE TRADE currency. You need to have them to acquire NHL roster players. 

The days of NHL player for NHL player are few and far between these days..


I would like to see the Isles AHL system supply 1 NHL middle pair defender OR middle 6 forward every year to the NHL team. A guy who sticks and plays a role for 75+ games..


IN addition to providing the emergency 1 or 2 bottom 6 forwards or a bottom pair defender during the season to cover for injuries..


I think that is the sign of an effective AHL system for a quality franchise..


Some years will be better- but ONE guy who can make the roster is a "must" standard in a cap league..

Rich Kassay
Rich Kassay

These people must be high, there's no way colberg is better than ho-sang

Ho-Sang is a much better skater than Schremp was. Pre-draft season Ho-Sang had an elite 0.91 even-strength points per-game. (Better than Tavares, Stamkos, and all OHL forwards drafted 3rd-10th overall 2003-2013, except for Ryan Strome, who was 0.98.) Schremp's rate was 0.44.... The 3rd-10th overalls include Horton (0.81), Duchene (0.70), Pouliot (0.63), Monahan (0.67), and Skinner (0.69).

John Heiser
John Heiser

That's a huge drop from last season? Based on what facts do they support that. They added 3 top 100 prospects to their prospect list this season, and only lost 1 decent prospect ... decent being the key word to Chicago in the Leddy deal.Robbie Russo, who signed with Detroit wasn't a top prospect. Not getting it, even if some teams padded and added to their prospect pool.

primus
primus

John, the graduation of Strome and Lee definitely hurt but IMO those guys were replaced in this past draft, as far as prospect rankings and potential.

Cam Rudman
Cam Rudman

Why does anyone listen to "Hockey News"? All it is, is bunch of clueless 14 year old Devil fans

willymayshays
willymayshays

Top 5 things I want to see next yr (This is my opinion)


-goalie's Halak needs more time off, he plays better and we need a good second option.  Biggest key IMO is what Greiss does, or what our backup does, who ever that winds up being at yrs end


-KO/Hamonic healthy.  Of course you want everyone healthy but these 2 are injured  often enough and are important enough to get special attention


-Kid line, they need to continue to  improve, mostly Lee/Nelson in terms of consistency and "edge" or toughness


-de Haan bounces back, the revelation in yr 1 had a setback in his sophomore yr.  No prob, happens to many good players.  I'm betting this yr is his best


-Last but not least, special teams


kevinpt
kevinpt

@willymayshays Well said. I'd add in that the play of Grabner and Grabbo is very key.  If one of the two can play as well as we know they can, it will almost be like adding a forward via free agency, since in my opinion, they didn't do much of anything last season. Could be a wild card.

willymayshays
willymayshays

is 13 based on where they picked over the yrs or without additional stipulations?


Last yr IPB reported that they had a poor farm system according to Hockey News but it was NOT accurate as the system was ranked much higher than the grades based on where the Isles picked ( many top 5, 1st rd picks) 



100 bucks says IPB is wrong or backwards yet again.  Not OT, love the additional knick comments.. do you guys get paid by comment or clicks.....

Nick Queen
Nick Queen

The Hockey News has *no clue* what they are talking about these days, so who cares what they say? They only care about fishing for clicks. It's too bad, because it used to be a pretty sweet publication back in the day.

Anthony Russo
Anthony Russo

I read some where else that we are in the top 5. You would think that too

Alex Tanzilli
Alex Tanzilli

Pretty low for Ho-Sang considering all the press he was getting earlier this summer.

Bryan Ammirati
Bryan Ammirati

I think his rating is more because Canada hates the kid. He should be top 5 on the list.

Steve Lafleur
Steve Lafleur

Ho Sang is awful low on that list. I'm not too worried about the slide down the rankings though. It's mostly a testament to how effectively they've graduated prospects.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Come on TKB, it's time for a new thread!  Look like Phil coming here is not putting a fire under some people. lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @xmenreturnYep finally there's some hope for our team with Phil coming aboard and we have a thread here longer than a game day against the Heat or Nets.

nixredux
nixredux

Bball IQ is different from personal IQ. When discussing "intelligence" I believe we're talking about on court decision making as it relates to the sport. No need for some on this board to insinuate intelligence based on race or class.

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill that child support got him desperate ! ...........we dodged a bullet on him for sure !

1harris1
1harris1

Couldn't happen to a better basketball organization . Enjoy.

zebeto
zebeto

...woodson wanting a sit down with PJ , reeks of desperation.....dude realy likes being in NY man ...lol


1harris1
1harris1

He knows he's gone though. He was getting fired regardless of who is calling the shots. According to the Post, he might wind up at Indiana U.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro C. Parsons has PJ type of player written all over him . extremely intelligent player .


..needless to say the NYK would be Funner to watch and more upspeed if that hypothetical trade happens .

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill @zebeto http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/6466/chandler-parsons 

for only 2 yrs NBa experience and being a 3 or 4th option for HOU....dude puts up numbers ....kid is only going to get better with time .....maybe wont become a 1st tier superstar , but i think he'll def be a 2nd tier . 

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill i rather keep Melo ,,,but if he wants to leave ....then getting back a Parsons and a T.Jones wouldnt be a bad consolation prize .

StraightShot
StraightShot

@Kiyan Carter  

"“(Winning a championship is) the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me as far as when it comes to basketball,” Anthony said after practice in Greenburgh. “A championship is the only thing that’s on my mind.

“That’s my motivating factor."