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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks love their ‘Melo iso

Jan 10, 2012, 6:39 AM EST

Charlotte Bobcats' Diaw fouls New York Knicks' Anthony during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

What you missed while waiting for LSU to score….

76ers 96, Pacers 86: This was our game of the night, you can read about it here.

Knicks 91, Bobcats 87: Every good team has a bad team that just gives them fits. Maybe the Bobcats are that for the Knicks. Or, maybe we are overestimating the Knicks.

The Knicks played pretty good defense in this one — particularly Tyson Chandler, who controlled the paint (as the Knicks hoped he would). Sure, Charlotte isn’t a very good offensive team, but you take the small victories where you can get them with the Knicks defense.

The problem is, you get no consistent run of good play from the Knicks at both ends. New York had flashes of good offense in this game, sweet back cuts and ally-oops, movement off the ball. Even a few fast breaks.

But so much of the game — especially late when the game was on the line — the Knicks ran stagnant isolations. The game was tied at 82-82 with 2:55 left and the Knicks sets were: Carmelo Anthony wing isolation (against D.J. White) on the left; Carmelo isolation on the left; Carmelo wing isolation on the right; and finally an isolation that resulted in a missed Carmelo jumper. You get the idea. It was enough for the win, ‘Melo finds ways to score, but the Knicks offense does not impress some nights. Anthony and Amare Stoudemire combined to shoot 13-of-43 (30.2 percent). They don’t have much scoring beyond those two, they can’t both have off nights.

Raptors 97, Timberwolves 87: Um, don’t tell anyone, but Andrea Bargnani is playing really well lately. He had 31 points and 9 rebounds, and this season has seemed a lot more comfortable in the offense. He’s playing like an All-Star. The Raptors played great defense — Amir Johnson held Kevin love to 13 points on 16 shots, ending Love’s 20 point, 12 rebound streak. Dwane Casey has made a huge difference up north.

Hawks 106, Nets 101: Atlanta raced out early and, while the score looked close at the end, Atlanta was never really in danger. The Hawks were up 31-18 after a first quarter where Atlanta shot 63.6 percent and the Nets shot 29.4 percent. It was a night where Josh Smith’s jumper was falling (26 points), Jeff Teague was perfect from three (20 points) and Joe Johnson got good looks and drained them. Credit the Nets for fighting the whole way and not rolling over, but their defense is bad.

Bulls 92, Pistons 68: Detroit hung around early — it was 21-21 at the end of the first quarter — but, really, how did you think this would end? The Pistons got worn down by the Bulls defense and shot just 39.4 percent for the game. Carlos Boozer had 23, Derrick Rose 22 and the Pistons had no answers.

Hornets 94, Nuggets 81: New Orleans just kind of had its way inside against Denver, with Carl Landry scoring 21 and Chris Kaman had 20. Even on the perimeter the looks the Hornets got were good ones and they knocked them down. The Nuggets have had a couple rough defensive outings (the Spurs game) lately, just something to watch.

  1. cap1378 - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Trade amare and chandler for Dwight. Pick up Deron Williams in off season. Get rid of dantoni. Sorry. I just don’t see the current team making a run at it.

    • slowclyde86 - Jan 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Should they pick up LeBron, Dwayne and Kobe too?

  2. cap1378 - Jan 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I was actually talking reality wise a$$. Orlando would make out with the trade. Dwight gets the big market he wants. Deron Williams isn’t staying with nets. But yeah your right we should get Kobe and lebron too.

    • makjak2 - Jan 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      yeah Orlando who wants lots of young talent, would take on Amare’s knees, (fyi as a Knicks fan I’m knocking on wood right now) his uninsured 4 years ~80 mil left and Chandler’s 4 years 60 mil. Not happening buddy.

  3. klownboy - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Go Knicks!

  4. cap1378 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Better than anything else out there buddy!! The way it is now there not getting anyone for Dwight.

  5. jckid21 - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    You think the Knicks like the Melo iso. I mean they only run it 40 times a game.

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