After an attitude-changing win against the Utah Jazz Saturday, the Mavs take their show on the road for two games. Their first stop is in New York, and it's the perfect place to start on another winning streak as the Knicks are about as bad as they get. The Mavs have won 3 straight against the Knicks and have won 10 of their last 11 against them.
Over/under on how long Isiah has left?
Some guys have job security, but the Knick's loyalty to coach Isiah Thomas is getting a bit ridiculous. You would have thought compiling one of the most overpaid, hapless team on the planet over a four-year span might have earned him a ticket out. You'd think coaching that same band of hucksters to a 33-49 record last season might have put him on his way out. When a judge ordered Madison Square Garden to pay $11.6 million in a sexual harassment suit against Thomas, you'd think that was the last straw. Nope. He's still coaching a team that's even more bloated and ill-constructed than it was last year. Off to a wonderful 6-13 start (second worst in the East), the Knicks don't even look like they want to play most of the time.
Speaking of not wanting to play...
As an extension of Thomas' lackluster coaching and the Knicks' lackluster players, the Knicks aren't winning much (gasp!). They just suffered back-to-back double-digit losses to the 76ers and lost both games by a combined 39 points. To the 7-13 Sixers. In the second game of the two, the Knicks' starting five combined for 25 points. That's how many points little Nate Robinson scored off the Knicks' bench by himself. Strangely enough, those two games aren't even the low point of their season. A week and a half ago, the Knicks lost 104-59 to the Boston Celtics. Given, the Celtics are one of the top teams in the NBA, but a 45-point loss in the NBA? It would have been a 48-point loss if not for a miracle heave at the end of the game. It takes a special kind of quit to lose that badly to anyone.
Feel free to take the lane, it's yours
A few of the Mavs like to make their impact from slashing into the lane. Devin Harris, Josh Howard and Brandon Bass are usually pretty comfortable driving to the hoop and making plays. They shouldn't have much problem getting those high-percentage buckets at the hoop since the Knicks' starting power forward and center combination of Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry have combined for 14 blocks in the Knicks 19 games this season. And Curry is holding down the majority of that fort with 12. Here's a funny list of players who have at least as many blocks than Zach Randolph. Jason Terry has twice as many blocks as Randolph. The tragedy in all of this is that David Lee, probably the Knicks best player, only gets about 25 minutes per game.
- I wonder if Stephon still feels the same way about Z-Bo?
- Back when Isiah kind of cared.
- You can't help but feel sorry for these people.
Random useless fact
Jamal Crawford is the first Knick to wear number 11 on his jersey since Derek Harper did in 1995-96.
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd