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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  29 responses

Post Up: Orlando’s Revenge

Dwight’s former team gets the last laugh.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Knicks 106 (12-4), Suns 99 (7-11)

After building a ten-point lead over the first five minute against the Suns during yesterday’s matinee game, the Knicks looked like they were on their way to an easy win. By the end of the first half, New York was up 20 and the second half was looking more and more like it was going to be a formality. Instead, New York got comfortable in the and allowed Phoenix to cut the lead to single-digits, giving the Garden faithful a scare in the fourth.

The Knicks got lazy defensively, which certainly won’t go over well with Mike Woodson, and the Suns took advantage. In the third, they were given a glimpse of hope and had a chance to cut the lead to ten in the final minute of the quarter. Instead, Marcin Gortat was called for an offensive foul and the Knicks responded by scoring the next five points to take an 89-72 lead into the final 12 minutes. The Suns opened the fourth with a 13-4 run capped by a Jared Dudley three-pointer that made it a seven-point game. New York responded with a 6-0 run but couldn’t put Phoenix away for good. With 26 seconds left, Shannon Brown hit a layup to make the score 103-99 and what should have been a blowout turned into a headache for New York. J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler fortunately hit their free throws in the waning seconds to seal the game.

Quick Hitters:

– Rasheed Wallace was ejected 84 seconds into the game. Welcome back, for real, Sheed.

– New York is now 18-1 in home games under Woodson.

– Melo scored 34, Ray Felton had 23, 7 dimes and 0 turnovers and Chandler finished with 15 points and 13 boards.

– Marcin Gortat scored 18 and grabbed 10 boards and Brown scored 17.

– Phoenix is 1-4 on their current road trip.

Magic 113 (6-10), Lakers 103 (8-9)

As a Knicks fan, I’d like to officially welcome all Lakers fans to the Mike D’Antoni era. Get used to this, you’ll be seeing quite a bit of it. 113 points dropped on your head by the Magic? C’mon, son. Y’all must have forgot that D’Antoni gives absolutely zero f— about defense and relies on his system to just outscore teams. Not gonna cut it. Not this year.

“But…but…Steve Nash will solve all the problems,” is all I keep hearing. Perhaps, but I have my doubts. This isn’t the same two-time MVP Steve Nash that was with D’Antoni many moons ago. This is a 38 (39 in February) year-old Nash who was supposed to miss a week with a leg injury and has now been out for a month. There’s a lot of miles on that body and he could easily fall apart physically without the miracle that is the Suns training/medical staff. And hell, I thought any point guard could flourish in this offense. Remember what Jeremy Lin did under the Pringles Man last year? Shit, even Chris Duhon was putting up borderline All-Star numbers back in the day!

When was the last time a franchise fired two coaches in one season?

(Also, if don’t already, follow Peter Vescey on Twitter. You’ll thank me later.)

 

Quick Hitters:

– The Magic used a 40-point fourth quarter to rally and get the win.

– Arron Afflalo led the way with 30 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Jammer Nelson scored 19 and handed out 13 assists and Big Baby had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

– The Magic shot 50 percent from the field for the game.

– Kobe scored 34 points on 27 shots.

– Dwight Howard killed the Lakers at the line. He shot 9-21 from the stripe over all and 7-14 during the decisive fourth quarter.

– The Lakers play nine out of their next 12 games away from the Staples Center.

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  • D12FSU

    Magic- 1
    Dwight- 0
    Ill enjoy this now while i can

  • Caboose

    Sucks to suck, LA.

  • Datkid

    nash will fix the offense… and a healthy dwight will fix the defense. hopefully. but for right now, good god this is hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know what Steve Nash will fix guaranteed tho?

    .

    - Kobe Bryant, 27 FGA’s (the Lakers are 1-7 when Kobe shoots 19 or more shots)

    - Dwight Howard, 13 FGA’s (the Lakers are 3-8 when Dwight shoots 13 or less shots)

    -Pau Gasol, 11 FGA’s (the Lakers are 3-7 when Gasol shoots less than 13 shots)

  • Caboose

    Expect hate.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i do. hopefully some of it is intelligent so i have something to argue about when work gets slow today.

  • Caboose

    Think it will be?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no :(

  • spit hot fiyah

    i wouldn’t worry about that

  • Caboose

    Think any LA fans even show up today?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    probably not. i mean some will for sure, but for the most part they are cowardly lions. i mean, since the season started, i have been one of the most optimistic people around when it comes to the Lakers….and that is NOT even close to normal.

  • Max

    How about the defense tho?
    40 points in the 4th quarter against the Magic?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s definitely an issue. — but more alarming is that LA shot 41% from the field. if they score/play efficiently, they will be able to set up their defense. If they don’t, since they play in this new system, they will get crushed by anyone.

  • Caboose

    I’m surprised more Knicks fans aren’t coming out of the woodwork. It’s nice though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol because even they know this isn’t going to last

  • Caboose

    Their transition defense just doesn’t look good. Chalk it up to age. Give them time to get back, and they look ok.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, but if they make the majority of their shots, like Mike D’Antoni offenses are supposed to, this wouldn’t be much of an issue.

  • MUBWAR

    hahahahaah

  • Caboose

    Agreed. How much of a savior will Nash be? Cause their defense could look UGLY with him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think their defense will look any worse than it does with Chris Duhon lol
    .
    Nash will make them considerably better. He will provide structure, and most importantly, he will make offense initiating decisions. Rather than what’s been happening with Kobe making those decisions more than 50% of the time.
    .
    also, with Kobe’s level of intelligence, i personally believe that once he witnesses Nash in the offense, he will have a much better understanding of how to make it work. Not that i’m sure he will follow Nash’s lead, but at least he’ll be exposed to it as a teammate.

  • Caboose

    That’s what SHOULD happen.

  • Peter Walsh

    I don’t know how good I would feel about hedging my bets on a 38 y/o point guard.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m not counting on him being uber productive. just the force that steadies the water so to speak. — kind of like Jason Kidd has been for New York so far.

  • LakeShow

    Not worried at all.
    Reason?
    If PJax was here we would be in a similar scenario. Waiting on our only PG worthy of starting on the roster to come back, and learning a new system 16 games into the season.
    All we need is TIME.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and thank you for coming in here all logically and ish.

  • LakeShow

    You know my logicality is always positively based towards the Lakers. (I still thought the Lakers would beat the Mavs when they were down 3-0) I have good reason this time though.

    They have:

    Nash(soon)

    Kobe

    MWP

    Pau

    Dwight

    They will be fine….

    But this team obviously has a ways to go, I just think they have to work together for a while (with Nash) for everything to come together.

    So, i’m seeing everyone saying, “oh now it’s just wait for Nash to come back”
    Well….. Yeah…
    I mean is that such a wild claim for a D’Antoni team to do much better once Steve Nash is on the court lol?
    No reason to get all riled up 17 games into a season with Nashty missing, and the well known key to the success of this offense.
    But maybe i’m just Mr. Positive.

  • Peter Walsh

    That’s more realistic…anyway, there is absolutely NO WAY this (or any team) wins a championship with D’Antoni at the helm.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i have seen teams that given a few different roles of the dice already would have won a championship under D’Antoni. So i really disagree. it can happen.

  • http://twitter.com/SoCalGal64 Auntie Dee Dee

    The Magic get the last laugh after winning one game? Really, the last laugh? There aren’t any more left at all? Whether or not the Lakers win the championship, I doubt it’s the Magic who will be laughing last.

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