Archive for February 14th, 2012

New York Knicks at Raptors Points Per Game:

- February 14th, 2012

First off before any Linsanity, the Dwane Casey/Tyson Chandler ring ceremony before the game was a nice touch.
- The Raptors have been starting most games terribly, but led by Jose Calderon, they really played well in the first quarter. The pressure was turned up on Jeremy Lin and the offence was solid.
- I’ve liked what Ed Davis has done of late. He isn’t blowing anybody away, but he’s doing a number of nice things – such as his early post-up – while cutting down on some of his mistakes.
- The difference between the horrible offensive basketball we saw the last time Andrea Bargnani was sidelined for weeks and this time? The play of Linas Kleiza. Kleiza has been sizzling and his play has helped make up for many of the 20-plus points the team misses every night without Bargnani.
- The Knicks gameplanned around DeMar DeRozan. They didn’t give him any room to operate and the pressure frustrated him.
- Ridiculous stuff from Lin at the end. Simply ridiculous. What a story.
- Some horrible rebounding by the Raptors down the stretch is what set up Lin’s heroics. He wouldn’t have had that chance without the Raptors struggling to pull down important boards.
- Something has happened to Amir Johnson’s shot this year and it hasn’t been a good something. The form doesn’t look as smooth and the jumpers are not falling anywhere close to as often as a season ago. His shocking breakthrough at the free throw line also looks like it was a one-year wonder.
Johnson’s defence remains excellent though, and he gave Amare Stoudemire some trouble, blocking four of his shots.
- Similar things could be said about Landry Fields. So good as a rookie, Fields has lost his effectiveness this year. He doesn’t look like the same guy who was so consistent as a rookie.
- Lin definitely is an NBA player but I think he’s going to be a good backup, not the star everybody already have pegged him as. He has skills, but tries to make the most difficult play too often, which leads to turnovers. He also can’t defend. Putting Iman Shumpert on Jose Calderon helped turn around the game.
I still want to see a bigger sample size before I anoint him a sure-fire starter, but no doubt he belongs in the league. But he’s proven everybody wrong already, so what do I know?