Schmeelk: Porzingis, Towns Put On A ShowWednesday night reinforced to Knicks fans why they were so annoyed that they lost out on the first pick of the NBA draft two years ago. They were forced to watch the Timberwolves take generational talent Karl-Anthony Towns.
Schmeelk: Will Joakim Noah Help The Knicks Win This Season?This should be a silly question with an easy answer given the fact that the Knicks gave Joakim Noah a four-year, $72 million contract this offseason, but, unfortunately, it isn’t.
Schmeelk: Knicks Fans Should Be Thankful For Point Guard PlayFor the first time since Stephon Marbury, Knicks fans got to experience Tuesday night what it was like to have a point guard who could take over a game late in the fourth quarter.
Schmeelk: Will The Real Knicks Please Stand Up?If the Knicks gave the type of defensive effort they did on Sunday every night, their record would be far better than 6-7.
Schmeelk: Knicks Further Prove Their Mediocrity By Being No-Shows In DCThey might have only lost by seven points to Washington, but that was only because of a 47-point fourth quarter that was too little, too late. It was a blowout by any standard.
Schmeelk: Knicks Fans Get Glimpse Into Future -- And It Was WonderfulKristaps Porzingis showed what his potential could be like when he puts it all together in the next couple years -- a player who is too big for forwards to defend but too athletic for centers to guard.
Schmeelk: Did Hornacek Find a Bench Rotation?For much of the fourth quarter, the Knicks went with a Euro lineup featuring Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez and Sasha Vujacic, as well as Brandon Jennings.
Schmeelk: After Just 6 Games, Dissent (AKA Business As Usual) At MSGA slow start should have been expected. Is there any excuse to be last in the league in defensive efficiency or defensive rebounding percentage? Of course not, but those things can be corrected given time.
Schmeelk: The Odd Impact of Joakim NoahNoah has the best plus/minus on the Knicks' roster. In fact, he is the only Knick on the roster who has a positive plus/minus.
Schmeelk: Knicks' Defense Still A Struggle Under HornacekUnless you get out of the bottom third of the league defensively, you are unlikely to play postseason basketball.
Schmeelk: Key to Kristaps Porzingis' Improvement Is His TeammatesIt was clear from the beginning of preseason that Porzingis had made a number of improvements to his game.
Schmeelk: Takeaways From Knicks' Ugly Season-Opening LossThe team looked disorganized and sloppy. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Derrick Rose has been away due to his trial and Joakim Noah missed plenty of practice time with a hamstring injury.