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Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Winning trends by Eastern Conference Teams

Knicks Rumors & News

Besides winning 44+ games here are the other trends that made the teams in the East, playoff competitive during the regular season.

– The 8 postseason teams ranked the best in opposing 3pt %

– 7 of the 8 playoff seeds ranked 1-7 in opponents field goal % (Hawks were 9th)

– 7 teams that allowed the fewest points per game made the playoffs (Heat, Magic, Bucks, Hawks,Celtics, Cavs, Bobcats…Bulls were 9th)

-5 teams with the best rebounding differential made the playoffs.

What has to be done:

According to the Knicks top five-man lineup unit consisted of Duhon, Chandler, Gallo, Lee and Jeffries. They had 15 wins and 16 losses with a +/- ratio of +8. This unit played the most minutes and likely finished the best because of the versatility and familiarity with each other. New York needs to find a starting rotation with chemistry and size for next season.

Al Harrington had the 2nd worse +/- (-225) on the Knicks and he should not be returning next year. If the Knicks bring back Bill Walker he could be one …

Character Building Time Has Arrived for the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

Anybody can win eight games in a row. The real test of a team is what happens when that big hot streak ends. Was the brief spate of winning an aberration, or was it a harbinger of things to come for the rest of the season? The Mets’ winning streak came to a crashing halt this weekend. Well, it was more like a 10 car pileup than a crashing halt. The team sent their two best pitchers to the mound after crushing the Phillies on Friday night, 9-1, and they surrendered a combined 16 runs. Ouch. Jerry Manuel has recently been saying he wants to see how his team reacts when they face adversity. Well, adversity has arrived, in the form of a bloodbath in Philadelphia.

The Mets have been boasting about the great chemistry this year’s team has, and the good vibes in the clubhouse, so we’ll soon see if this translates to consistent success on the field. So here are a few questions we’ll quickly know …

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