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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks and Magic try to make statements

Dec 26, 2010, 4:31 AM EDT

Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

What you missed while eating too much roast beast…

We talked about the lessons from the Lakers/Heat already, so we’ll move on.

Knicks 103, Bull 95: This one was close — tied with 10 minutes left — until Chicago missed their next 12 in a row, and ended  up shooting 26 percent in the fourth quarter. In contrast, the Knicks were just flat out shooting the rock well all day and from pretty much every spot on the floor (12-22 from three). I’m not crediting the Knicks defense totally for Chicago’s struggles but the result is the same and they will take it.

Magic 86, Boston 78: The Celtics really missed Rajon Rondo and his ability to create at the end of this one. The Magic closed this game out on a 15-1 run and the Celtics were not creating the looks they like, and even when they did Ray Allen was missing catch-and-shoots off the screen or Paul Pierce was missing open threes.

But take nothing away from the Magic, who are making Otis Smith look really smart the last couple of games.

Thunder 114, Nuggets 106: No Carmelo Anthony but the Nuggets hung in this one for a half. Then Kevin Durant happened — 21 points in the third alone. The Thunder rode his momentum to the win. Chauncey Billups dropped 30 for the Nuggets.

Golden State 109, Portland 102: Damn it is fun to watch Monta Ellis play. Well unless you are a Blazers fan. He dropped 39 in this one. The Warriors came from behind on a Blazers team that didn’t have Brandon Roy to steady them (although Andre Miller tried).

  1. leearmon - Dec 26, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I dont think the Knick game was a fluke. If you look at the first time the Knicks beat Chicago, New York was again extremely hot from the outside. The Bulls main problem is they do not match up well with the Knicks offensive players. While most in the mainstream media want to crown Chicago as one of the East’s “elite” they have a major problem on their hands. Their best two players play no defense, but their team is supposed to be a defensive squad. Derrick Rose is an inefficient scoring combo guard, who without a doubt is a remarkable talent, but probably is not in the best system for his skill set. Not to mention their hole at the shooting guard spot. The Bulls can not match up with a 610 Gallo, 6’8 Chandler and Toney seems to love to play vs Chicago. Noah being out hurts, but the Knicks still got killed on the boards, and NYK werent exactly dominating inside the paint, and lets not kid ourselves into thinking Noah would somehow turn into Shaq and become an offensive powerhouse in the 4th (because thats exactly what Chicago needed). All in all, two weeks ago the major rip on the Knicks is that they hadn’t beat any “good” teams. Two weeks later New York has beaten Denver, Oklahoma City, and Chicago, and has a better record vs above .500 teams than the Bulls. Also lets not use injuries as an excuse, New York hasnt been healthy all year. Of course Azubukie isn’t as good of a player as Noah, or Boozer (in the first game). However you have to consider Azu would have probably been the Knicks starting SG at the start of the season, moving Landry Fields to the bench. Can you imagine our depth with the biggest steal in the draft since David Lee coming in on the second unit?

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