Balanced defense and offense led to New York Knicks win

Wow. Talk about a bounce back.

At one point, everyone is ready to dismiss the New York Knicks as a valid playoff contender. Tonight, they certainly raised a few eyebrows here and there.

Jeremy Lin had an all around performance of 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but his story is not the most impressive. Tyson Chandler had a 16 points, 4 blocks, 7 rebounds game, Carmelo Anthony had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Steve Novak went 4-8 from the three point land, and J.R. Smith had 16 points to boot. 5 players scored in double figures, and the Knicks in general played Such good defense that the Pacers did not lead in the entire game.

After the statement by Danny Granger of the Pacers saying that the home-and-home game with the Knicks are very winnable games, the Knicks definitely made a statement by denying the Pacers most of the game.

Under the leadership of the new coach, the Knicks led by as much as 32, and the final score does not even show the dominance of the Knicks throughout the game. The Knicks held the Pacers to only 14 points in the first quarter after holding the Blazers to only 16 points in the first quarter a couple of days ago. They never looked back since.

A statement made by Woodson before the game says that Jeremy Lin will not lose the starting point guard position, but he maintains that Lin is still in a learning stage, and he believes that Lin will be a great player in years to come.

In a back to back home to home game, the Knicks will travel to Indiana, where Leandro Barbosa will probably be inserted into the Pacers line up, and the Pacers will come out with a vengeance. The alley oop by Smith at the last minute will prove to be a case of adding fuel to the fire.

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New iPad craze

Wow. I’m from Malaysia, so I didn’t get to experience any of the new iPad craze over here. But damn, looking at the photos, I was like omg.

Sure, having a retina display is like a gift from the heavens. The 4g LTE will probably be one of the main focus of the tech gadget. I really like the concept of the new iPad. Right now, I am blogging off my iPad 2, and I am already contend with it, but having an upgrade will probably be the best thing.

Problem is, Malaysia has no 4g connection, and the 3G connection itself is laughable. Until the government decides to improve on the wireless connectivity of the country, the full prowess of the new iPad will not be appreciated fully by the Malaysian community.

Man, I long for fast Internet. …

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All in a New York Minute…

I guess the Lin-sanity has to stop sometime right?

Maybe that is for the best.

With the departurI of Mike D’Antoni, Mike Woodson takes charge of a dysfunctional team. Even with the ridiculous win over the Portland Trailblazers, it still begs the question: how much of a role will Jeremy Lin play in the new coach’s system?

It is said that Mike Woodson will be placing more emphasis on the scoring ability of his best scores: Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire. In my opinion, I think that is entirely possible. Just look at his previous team the Atlanta Hawks. He uses Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, and led them to multiple playoff appearances.

The training session the Knicks had today was another indication. The Knicks are running a lot of set plays instead of the run-and-gun playing style D’Antoni likes. A lot of the emphasis is placed on isolation plays for Anthony and dash-in-the-lane play for Stoudamire.

So where does that leave the linsanity?

Word is he will be utilized less now that Woodson is the coach. According to Woodson, rookies are supposed to “sit and learn”, due to the lack of experience. Jeremy Lin is still essentially a rookie, due to the short playing time he had during the GSW times. Baron Davis or the rarely used Mike Bibby will probably be the preferred guards to be used.

Well, I guess we should just sit back and see how Woodson handles all this, because I really don’t want to see the unpolished talent in the young guard being buried under the veterans. We will see tonight in the Indiana vs New York game tonight.

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