Sunday, February 27, 2011

Expectations for the Knicks

Baseball is just getting started, but basketball is in its final stretch of regular season games. As you all know, the Knicks added superstar Carmelo Anthony along with Chauncey Billups in a three team swing at the deadline. New York gave a large amount of talent to move Melo to the Garden, but a closer analysis of the players given makes this an ideal trade.

The Knicks were coming off a disappointing lose to Cleveland where they looked lethargic. The win over the Heat tonight give Knicks fans a glimmer of hope. Defeating one of the elite teams in the East is a morale boost for any organization, especially after adding new pieces. The Knicks don't have time to let their offense come together. They need to continue to work hard to make this work, if they want to make a playoff run. Superstars like Melo and Amar'e are going to need to play defense and rebound, like they did tonight, in order for the Knicks to contend.

Mike D'Antoni is still trying to figure out lineups with his new players. During Sunday's game he was trying several different match-ups. He needs to figure out which lineup can work together well depending on the situation. I was impressed with Anthony Carter's performance tonight. He is a quick defender who is always snatching at the ball. He did not look too good from three point range, however.

Carmelo put the situation perfectly, "We redeemed ourselves. We're not where we want to be yet. We've got a long ways to go."

News and Notes

N.Y. POST: CHARLES WENZELBERG

  • Tomorrow the Yankees will be pitching C.C., Prior and Banuelos, but you won't be able to watch since the game won't be televised and will not be on MLB.TV. 
  • Interesting fact: Prior made his first MLB pitch to Joe Girardi, who is now his manager.
  • The Knicks came up with a big win over the Heat tonight in Miami. 
  • MLB 11 The Show demo is available for download. The game will be released March 8th. If you pre-order the game you get 30 days of MLB.TV free. 
  • The baseball word grieves over the death of Duke Snyder.