Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Knicks need to add size

“Knicks can’t play out the string without making one more move. Gotta give Dwayne Jones a call from the D-League and get some size in here.”- Alan Hahn
Dwayne Jones is the kind of player the Knicks need in the front court. The 6’11” 250 pounder is averaging 16.8 points, 15.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for the Austion Toros in the NBDL (over 32 games). He was college teammates with Jameer Nelson and Delonte West at St. Josephs.  In his Junior season he was Atlantic10 Defensive Player of the Year leading the conference in rebounds (11.6)  and blocks (3.0).

The Knicks are 25th in the league in rebounds per game (40.76) and blocks per game (4.20). Their differential of opponents rebounds is second worse in the league (4.78). They have also had a lot of trouble boxing the opposing team out, allowing 73 offensive rebounds the past five games. Also, when opponents score 100+ points against New York is  5-29.

The Knicks need to defend the paint better and play …

The Daniel Murphy Situation

Mets Rumors & News

Daniel Murphy was once a third baseman. Apparently he wasn’t particularly good at that position, but that was his natural spot out on the field. When he was first called up to the majors in August 2008, the Mets threw him out in left field, as obviously they already had a third baseman (where was Murphy in 1970 when they needed him?). He learned the position on the fly. He wasn’t great, he wasn’t even good, but he wasn’t Todd Hundley-like bad either. After the season, instead of working on his outfield defense, the Mets had him play second base in winter ball. He wasn’t good; he didn’t have the footwork and quickness needed at that position, and that was the end of that experiment. He was given the left-field job in 2009, dropped a fly ball against Florida, and it was all bad (ok, really, really bad) from that point on. And finally, he was moved to first base, where he wasn’t really, really bad. He made physical errors. He made errors in judgment. …

Week 18 Pickups


Week 18 (Feb. 22-28)

Teams playing five games: Milwaukee

Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Utah, Washington

Teams playing three games: Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Miami, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto

Tracy McGrady (Knicks): T-Mac made his Knicks debut last Saturday with 26 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 three-pointer and 1 steal. He took 17 shots and played 32 minutes.

Eddie House (Knicks)- House set season highs in points (24) and minutes (34) in his Knicks debut. He is a great source for three-pointers and free throw percentage.

Sergio Rodriguez (Knicks)- Rodriguez also made his Knicks debut over the weekend and scored 5 points with 6 assists. He played in 25 minutes and attempted 3 three-pointers. He could be in the starting point guard lineup very soon.

Wes Matthews (Jazz)- Mattews has started the past two games and scored 12 points in 33 minutes yesterday. The Jazz traded Ronnie Brewer which created an open slot in the rotation.

Mario …

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