New York, New York.
New Knicks. These are very-different Knicks than the ones the pretty-different Bucks beat 114-107 at MSG a couple weeks ago.
New York acquired Tracy McGrady, Eddie House, Sergio Rodriguez, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens last week.
They dealt away Nate Robinson, Jordan Hill, Larry Hughes, Jared Jeffries, Marcus Landry, and draft picks.
This all seems very un-Knicklike since they improved now and freed up money to further position themselves to lure one of those major league 2010 free agents. Losing Hill and picks hurts a bit, but these seem like winning moves.
What it means here and now for the Bucks is that New York just got a fair bit better, judging by Saturday night, as New York fell just short in overtime to the Thunder, 121-118. McGrady dropped 26 and House added 24 off the bench.
Seth from Posting and Toasting on Night One with T-Mac.
Tracy McGrady is a step slow. Let's get that out of the way. His strides are long and deliberate, and he isn't exactly exploding off the floor. Nobody expected that, though, and McGrady impressed in pretty much every other regard. I've never liked his release- all the flailing and kicking makes it look so effortful- but Tracy was cash from pretty much every range tonight. McGrady didn't rely on the jumper, though. He got past his man with shrewd footwork and some strength, and made some great drives to the basket. Many of those ended in acrobatic makes and fouls (sometimes both), and on a number of plays he found the open man. The passing, really, was my favorite part. He finished with 5 assists, the best of which was a halfcourt bounce pass with backspin to a breaking Al Harrington.
And with the 6'8" McGrady starting at the two, this looks an awful lot like the time to start Salmons.
Duhon. Chris Duhon scored zero of New York's 118 points against OKC. However, he did score two points in the team's previous game, and two in the one before that. He even made a three-pointer a couple weeks ago.
In fact, starting point guard Chris Duhon has already scored 24 points this month in seven games, 3.4 per game. And he is shooting 27.8 % from the field this month and 6.7 % on three-pointers.
Of course, he was down right on fire against the Bucks earlier this month, making 3/4 from the field (two on backdoor layups), which also happens to be the last game in which he shot better than 33%. And you surely remember that although he didn't make a shot in Milwaukee when they matched up in November, he did score that one point. That treasured point loomed even larger since he didn't score the next game in 39 minutes against Cleveland.
Backup Points. Though he's averaging 21.9 minutes for the season, Luke Ridnour has only played 18+ minutes in three of the nine games this month, and the eight minutes on Saturday were his fewest of the season. He picked up three fouls against D.J. Augustin in less than three minutes, giving way to Royal Ivey.
Ridnour is shooting 38.2 % from the field this month, and that makes sense given percentages were bound to crash pretty hard given his Nashian first few months. Jennings (37.3 % in Feb.) is actually shooting worse this month, but regardless I'm not inclined to see Ivey any more than the three minutes he played against Charlotte. Since Bell is going to lose a ton of minutes at the two now, I'd actually prefer to see him get those third point guard minutes for the most part.