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Big 3rd quarter, sit the 4th quarter. Puh-leease.

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I know the Knicks wrecked us badly the last time these two teams played, but I don't expect us to break the "non-streak" with a loss tonight. Especially after those last two games, with two days of rest, and one or both centers likely coming back, I expect this squad to get out there and punch a hole in the Knicks' hot streak.

New York's defense is legit and they're certainly a better team than anyone gave them credit for to start the season, but that'll just make this victory sweeter. Steph Curry is overdue for a big game, Oubre has been on a hot streak, the defense is really starting to click, and we're finally not going to be running a tiny squad that can't grab defensive rebounds... right?

My biggest question is how many minutes does JTA get if both centers are back? Juanito's been huge for the team in the last few games, but a lot of that has been in his ability to defend bigs respectably. So far this season Kerr has generally had either Looney or Wiseman on the floor at any given time, so that their combined minutes are almost exactly the full 48 for any game in which both are available. That's a lot of playing time that probably comes out of Paschall's and JTA's budget when both are all the way back. If the team is going to try to drag out his 2-way contract as long as they can maybe he gets a couple more DNP's for that reason—but with how well he's been playing, I have to figure they're already committed to giving him a playoff-compatible deal so maybe it doesn't matter.

If both Looney and Wiseman are back, the balance between the two of them will also be an interesting question to watch also.

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Feb 23, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Knicks stats:

Offense:

30 in points scored (103.5)

15 in points in paint (47.0)

30 in fastbreak points (7.5)

23 in offensive efficiency

23 in shooting % (44.9%)

18 in three point % (35.7%)

28 in two point % (49.3%)

11 in off. rebound % (23.4%)

11 in def. rebound % (78.2%)

8 in total rebound % !!!!! (51.2%)

22 in opponent blocks (5.6)

3 in opponent steals!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (6.4)

29 in assists (20.8)

7 in turnovers!!!!!!!! (13.5)

Defense:

1 in points allowed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (103.5)

3 in opponent points in paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (41.9)

4 in opponent fastbreak points!!!!!!!!!!!! (10.4)

3 in defensive efficiency!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 in opponent shooting % !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (43.0%)

1 in opponent three point % !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (32.4%)

7 in opponent two point % !!!!!!!! (51.2%)

16 in blocks (4.9)

26 in steals (6.5)

3 in opponent assists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (22.2)

29 in opponent turnovers (11.6)

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Feb 23, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Lol saw somewhere that the Mavs are reaching out to the Warriors and dangling the Unicorn. No thanks. They'll probably want either Wiseman or the Minnesota pick and that's a no no.

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