Hey waffleheads, it's your favorite medium-volume commenter here with a look at the upcoming month of basketball, how the Knicks are finally gellin' and swellin' as a unit, and some other mismash. You know what to do!
As the wizard Alan Hahn said, December is going to be a tough month for NYK, but it's also going to be one of the critical months of the season as far as I'm concerned. The month's gonna be stocked with games against some of the top tier talent in the NBA, and if nothing else the Knicks can prove some doubters wrong with a solid showing. We get a look at 'Melo and his Nuggets again, and hopefully Gallo can reenact his Wonderboy game. Tomorrow they go head to head with the N'Awlins Hornets, a perfect opportunity for TD to DWTDD and for Raymond Felton to keep up his spectacular play. The Heat come to town on the 17th, and nothing would be sweeter than a Knicks victory over the emasculated and exasperated Big Three.
December is the chance for the Knicks to grab a ton of momentum to turn into a slick playoff run later in the year. 13 games, 13 opportunities for big wins. On the flipside, a bad showing this month could be a big blow to team chemistry. Undoubtedly, an 8-10 loss month is going to draw those poorweather haters out from their seedy caves to spew bad sentiment all over our team. This is never needed.
For now, we can focus on the fact that the Knicks are finally starting to dig each other, and their play is reflecting this fact. After a solid month of frustrating, game-killing and goofy isolation offense from Amar'e Stoudemire, it seems like the Amar'e/Felton pick and roll combination is starting to take off. What was once a rare animal, only viewed once or twice every few games has become a lamp lighting, scream inducing phenomenon that defenses are not terribly prepared to defend. The key to this development is the stellar recent play of Felton, who has picked up his offense and by doing so, making him a must-cover for opponents. This pulls defenders off of double and sometimes triple teaming Stoudemire, often opening up the lane for an uncontested, monster dunk from Amar'e coming off of the screen. If nothing else, this pickin' and rollin' prevents Amar'e from gettnig the ball at the elbow, dribbing like a fool for a handful of seconds, and then ultimately turning the ball over because of a forced shot or opressive defense. If the pick and roll keeps flowing, and Raymond can make his offense a regular event, I see the Knicks having no problem with finishing December at 16 plus wins.
Keep the comments flowing, the discussion rolling, and stay bundled up out there!
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Have a nice week, Posters and Toasters.