http://knickerblogger.net/knicks-88-pacers-76/#respondThe final point is the most important. The Knicks’ starting lineup (Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler) was on the court together for 15 minutes today (tip-off until 8:48 of the first quarter; 5:39 of the second quarter until halftime; start of the third quarter until 5:58 of the third quarter). In those 15 minutes, each team had 27 possessions on which the Knicks scored 40 points (1.48 per possession) and the Pacers scored 24 (0.89 per possession). This is astonishingly good but basically an exaggeration of what they’ve done all year so far (1.18 per possession, 0.90 allowed per possession coming into today). That’s not simply great, it’s cartoonish. It’s happened against champions and also-rans, contenders and minnows. It’s happened against big teams and small. It’s happened at home and on the road.
I understand wanting to see a certain line up or thinking that a big front is needed against one team and Melo at the four is great another.
I even understand the AMRI starting stuff(not really), former allstar making 20 million a season, he has to start(not really).
But where is the Shumpert starting when he get's back stuff coming from around here??? Threw 8 games Felton, Kidd, Brewer, Melo, Tyson line has been the best we have had in years. You really believe Shumps showed that much promise that he can slide in after missing 40 plus games???
That line up mean while, has been scoring in the first quarter, shutting teams down in the forth, and them putting teams away. I don't even think Stat should break up this line up, so how is Shumps going come in here in January/February and just move a player to the bench???
Knicks got something really special cooking and hope it doesn't end.