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Are the Cleveland Cavaliers Ready to Come Out of the East?

March 9, 2009 by AlexV · Leave a Comment 

LeBron James' career year has him posting 28.1ppg, 7.4rpg, and 7.0apg. Those are the numbers of a star.

LeBron James' career year has him posting 28.1ppg, 7.4rpg, and 7.0apg. Those are the numbers of a star.

Much has been said this year about the great record and stellar play of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a unit. They currently are 2nd in the league in points given up per game only behind the Boston Celtics. Not only do they defend well, but with a league-best 28-1 home record, if they can hold onto their current number one spot in the east, then they would look to be a good favorite to enter the NBA finals. Guess again.

Although the Cavs literally wipe the floor with their non-playoff contenders when they play them, they tend to struggle against the top-tier teams of the league. They can’t beat Boston, and always seem to get thumped in the fourth quarter by them, and if they intend to win a championship, they’ll need to find a way to beat L.A. who swept them in convincing fashion with one of those losses resulting in their lone home loss.

On top of that, they even lost by more than 10 points to Orlando in Orlando this year. Their only convincing wins against a contender has been against the San Antonio Spurs, who they beat in Texas a few weeks ago after LeBron had his worst game statistically against the Houston Rockets.

In my opinion, if they face Boston or Orlando, they go down. If they somehow get to the finals and they face off against the Lakers, who not only have lots of different scorers, but are playing much better defense this year, they won’t win the title. All three teams have more than one all-star caliber player; the Lakers have Kobe, and Gasol, the Celtics have Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Marbury, and the Magic boast Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Jameer Nelson. And even though James is a league leader in MVP voting, it takes more than one man to win in a league where All-Stars are almost always a necessity.

Steph stinks up 1st start this season

March 9, 2009 by MarkM · Leave a Comment 

large 1235786354300000 Steph stinks up 1st start this season

On Sunday March 8, Stephon Marbury made his debut start for the Boston Celtics, replacing the injured starter PG Rajon Rondo against Orlando. Some people are going to claim that Steph is just rusty, but I really think this is the beginning of the end for Starbury. After refusing to play for more than half a season, Marbury is no longer mentally in the game. It was pathetic experience watching the once omnipresent Point Guard struggle to try to find his once omnipotent court vision once again. Thanks Clyde! Marbury started for the Celtics and ended the game with NO ASSISTS and 4 points in 20+ minutes on the court. He was replaced by Eddie House for the majority of the game, and to be honest I think Steph has really destroyed his career because now he is not the same player he once was. At this point, Rondo is the more talented PG and Marbury has no business playing with this team, Eddy House is a better PG than him, heck bring back Sam I Am (Sam Cassell) but please don’t play Marbury. At this point I can only hope is that Steph does not destroy this squad since they are fun to watch. I don’t find it shocking that Assists, are down for the Celtics. You have to admit though, thats it is kind of funny that Boston has once again inherited a New York curse!

The New York Knicks might not be that bad

December 9, 2008 by MarkM · Leave a Comment 

knicks logo The New York Knicks might not be that bad

I will fully admit that I have been a Marbury supporter throughout the entire fiasco of this season. I believed that the kid from Brooklyn could bring us a championship. I still think he is the New York Knicks most talented guard, yet I am starting to realize that the Knicks aren’t even in bad shape, without him. They have all been playing so well this season. Nate Robinson has put his name on the map whenever he wasn’t hurt and got minutes. Wilson Chandler has shown huge potential and is on the verge of turning into a superstar wing man. Yet, there are two players that deserve special recognition.  These two players that are making this season happen.

David Lee Relaxs with the Ladies!

David Lee Relaxs with the Ladies!

The first player I would like to talk about is the cornerstone of the New York organization, Mr. David Lee. Known by some in New York as “Doctor Leebound”. This aggressive young man, plays tenaciously under the boards and does all the dirty work that needs to be done to win games. Unlike Eddy “Fatness” Curry, David is a hard worker and a tough guy which makes up for his lack of size at the center position. David Lee is a breed of player which sadly enough that seems to be dissolving from the league. Nevertheless, I hope he makes the All-star team, because quite frankly he deserves it. The man has averaged 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Yep David Lee averages a double double. That’s pretty tough to shallow isn’t it. He actually has just as many double doubles as Tim Duncan right now with 12 on

David Lee Center of New York Knicks

David Lee Center of New York Knicks

the year. This year he has looked like a superstar posting up a numbers comparable to none, for example this year he put up 37 points 21 rebounds game against The Warriors. This guy works hard and does what he needs to do to fit the new system and give his team the edge in any game. Therefore, he is All Star in my book.

Chris Duhan has played like Steve Nash did under Mike D'Antoni, this season for the Knicks

Chris Duhan has played like Steve Nash did under Mike D

The second player i wished to talk about is Chris Duhan. Is it me or the Knicks hell bent on picking up all of the Chicago Bulls scraps, and B side players. Literally at one point we had Crawford, Eddie Curry and Chris Duhan. To me that is just funny. Yet I think this time maybe the knicks are in luck. Obviously I hated this kid before he even stepped into the door at MSG, but I have grown to see that he has fulfilled a huge hole in this knicks organization. He has became a team leader. I did not believe this player would have been such a gifted talent considering he was the Bulls 3rd string PG. I was very upset, in fact, when I heard the rumor, The Knicks are going to trash Marbury in order to start Duhan. Which did turnout to be true. I wanted to vomit at the idea of Chris Duhan, being the “The REAL PG of the New York Knicks”. My nausea was not necessary it turns out, because This season he has had moments of greatness. When a player brakes the assist record for The New York Knicks at 22, that is something special. This guy has heart. Just look at the minutes he plays. Some players can give you 35 minutes, but in that 35 minutes you might not get 100% of the player. He may take brakes and loose concentration, this is not Duhan, he has been averaging 40 minutes per game and plays every possession like it was the first or last. He forces turnovers and he feeds open teamates using Mike D’Antoni’s system.  Honeslty the last couple of games he has started to look like Steve Nash. Right now he is averaging more assists per game than Nash actually.  Chris Duhan is the truth and when he is not on the floor the Knicks look like a terrible team. Chris recently lead the Knicks to victory against the Detroit Pistons in a large upset 104-92. He played for 48 minutes in the uptempo system, which must be brutal, yet he pushes on. Chris has been focal point for the media, and they have also attempted to trick him and say controversial statements about Marbury. Chris Duhan is a solid man, and refuses to converse about such things, unlike idiot child Q. If Duhan does not go to All Star game It will be a travesty, for New York Knicks fans world-wide.

Marbury refuses minutes because of hurt feelings??

November 24, 2008 by MarkM · Leave a Comment 

Stephon Marbury

Disgruntled Knicks Point Guard, Stephon Marbury

I have been reading a lot about the new Marbury fiasco and I have grown tired of it. I love Starbury more than any other fan. I have followed his entire career and I have looked up to him for as long as I can remember. I remember when he was still in High School, playing out of Coney Island and developing his game on pavement courts city wide. This kid had so much potential, but I am starting to believe his attitude has finally gotten the best of him. Marbury’s story should be a lesson to all, that abilitiy must be accompanied with the proper attitude in order to be successful. Marbury had a great opportunity to play with a much

Stephon Marbury playing in the Mcdonalds HS All-American game

Stephon Marbury playing in the McDonald's HS All-American game.

improved Knicks team, and he dismissed it. Without a doubt the organization had not treated Marbury correctly but this was a chance for Marbury to prove his worth, so at the very least at the end of this season, other teams could have bid top dollar to sign him. Has anyone ever heard of a player who refuses to play in his contract year? I am starting to wonder if he can still play to the level that we were accustomed to seeing. Mike D’Antoni without a doubt is bringing the team in a new direction, considering they are over .500, and they are the top scoring team in the NBA. They were planning a move from the beginning (I am sure of it). It could be possible that they were saving Marbury in case of this event, because at his ripe age, you never can be certain that he does not get bit by the injury bug.

Mike D’Antoni press conference

Mike D’Antoni Infuses New Life into the New York Knicks

November 9, 2008 by AlexV · Leave a Comment 

Mike D'Antoni has made good so far in his tenure with the Knicks as Head Coach.

Mike D'Antoni has made good so far in his first stint with the Knicks.

So far this season, the New York Knicks are 4-2 and have posted some very impressive victories. The latest of which came earlier when the Knicks knocked off the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden by a score of 107-99 earlier today.

In the Knicks’ four victories they have averaged 110.5 points per game, and all have been quite convincing. Those kinds of numbers seem to be a direct reflection of a Mike D’Antoni coached team. Everyone who watches basketball knows what kinds of numbers the Suns put up when D’Antoni was in Phoenix.

Many people may have criticized D’Antoni and his decision to have starting point guard Stephon Marbury sit out. However, the players seem to be finding their roles under the steady direction of a more true point guard, if not nearly as talented, in Chris Duhon.

Hopefully for the Knicks, they can continue to build of this success.

Stephon Marbury: Breaking News Update

November 5, 2008 by MarkM · 2 Comments 

Stephon Marbury will play with a New thirst to excel after riding the bench

Stephon Marbury will play with a New thirst to excel after riding the bench

Stephon Marbury has been headlining the news for the last three days, and Sportsroids has consulted with a source who says that, “Stephon may see time sooner than most people think.” Considering he is currently being paid 22 million this year, the source stated, “the New York Knick’s management wants to make the most of that investment.” So there is the inside SportsRoids scoop. Marbury will be placed into the rotation within the next month and activated. Also to address all the trade talk rumors, I need to just pose one question, “why would the Knicks trade an expiring 22 million dollar contract if they want to have a chance at D. Wade or Lebron James?”

D’Antoni Knicks show promise in Season Opener

October 29, 2008 by MarkM · 1 Comment 

Wilson Chandler finding faith in the New York Knicks new offense.

Wilson Chandler finding faith in the New York Knicks new offense.

The New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat tonight in the home-opener by a score of 120-115. The Knicks were more like the Suns then the usual Knicks we have grown to hate. Today, they played well,infused by young talent and great coaching, and grow an early lead. They put up a 15 point lead at half and had effectively extinguished the Heat early in the 3rd going up by 23 points. However, the team did slip back into it’s old tendencies and lacked the killer instinct, allowing the heat back into the game, letting Miami go on a late run. This late run only stopped when the Heat trailed by 3 points. The Knicks looked great without the help of Stephan Marbury and The teams resident fatty, Eddie Curry. Mike D’antoni, heard chants of , “We want steph! We want Steph!” in the 3rd quarter. It was obvious that Mike was not happy about this when he responded, “Are you F***ing kidding me?”. Stephan’s supposed replacement Chris Duhan did not look impressive at all, yet Nate Robinson did. Nate ended the game with 13 points 7 assists. Another notable young player was Wilson Chandler. He quite simply looked great, and will be a big player for this team all year. If your looking for a fantasy sleeper, Chandler is your guy. In the 2nd quarter he dunked over Shawn Marion and Haslem with authority. Chandler ended with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  Jamal Crawford once again put up big numbers leading all scorers with 29 points. irrefutably, the knicks played better but the what is going to happen to Marbury? Regardless, he is indefinitely the best guard not to start in the NBA.

Marbury Does What He must, BIG DEAL!

October 10, 2008 by MarkM · Leave a Comment 

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury

I am sick and tired of hearing about how steph has changed. Last year he walked out on the New York Knicks right before a road series match up. Seriously, the guy is crazy. I hope everyone realizes that since the knicks did not trade or release Starbury from his contract, he must play nice or else he will risk his future NBA career, due to the fact this is the final year of his contract. Marbury is without a doubt the most

Where's Marbury

Where is Step?

talented guard on the New York Knicks. I mean seriously, who else is there. Jamal Crawford? AKA Captain Clutch AKA 34 % from the Field. Nope, who else? I’ve been hearing a lot of hype on 37 year old Allan Houston. I am sure he won’t make any difference on the court for the New York Knicks considering he is trying to comeback at the age of 37, on two micro-fracture surgery repaired knees. I am sorry but the odds of him being effective are just not that high. Either way he does help this team. He may help fix the losing attitude they have had in the locker room over the past couple of years. He also becomes a much needed veteran leader. I do like them signing Houston but I do not think he will be a impact on the floor this year.

Allan is so old, that some of his best performances were agianst MJ

Allan is so old, that some of his best performances were against MJ

I confess I am a loyal Knicks fan, but honestly what is up with them signing all the backups on the Chicago Bulls? I mean seriously the Knicks are starting to look like the Bulls B side team or something. They need to shop around a little bit more when before just making moves for back up players and seriously mugged by the bulls in trades.

I love my Knicks but this season they really need to show me something…