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07:17 AM ET 01.30 | Playing small has come up big lately in New York for the Knicks. They have reverted to the small-ball lineup so successful a season ago. Seven-footer Andrea Bargnani went down, the Knicks went small and they now seek a fourth straight victory Thursday against Cleveland at Madison Square Garden. ... [The Knicks], for three games against hardly formidable competition, have at least adopted the policy of no task is too small. "We came together and understand this is how we've got to play in order to win games to achieve our goal that we trying to accomplish," point guard Raymond Felton said, referring to the ball movement of the Knicks, who again are finding success starting two point guards (Felton and Pablo Prigioni). "It's Knick basketball."

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Raymond Felton, US Presswire Raymond Felton, US Presswire
January 30, 2014  08:23 AM ET

Bargs needs 2 go as well as beno & stat's contract if the Knicks hope 2 have a chance in the future. They need 2 start developing young talent(which wouldve worked if they didn't trade all their picks away 4 bloated contracts). & keep dolan away from all negotiations, he's ruining walsh's work(miss him). Small ball is working 4 now so that's a plus.

January 30, 2014  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bargs needs 2 go as well as beno & stat's contract if the Knicks hope 2 have a chance in the future. They need 2 start developing young talent(which wouldve worked if they didn't trade all their picks away 4 bloated contracts). & keep dolan away from all negotiations, he's ruining walsh's work(miss him). Small ball is working 4 now so that's a plus.

small ball is only going to get the knicks so far... far enough to still miss the playoffs or become the 8th seed and get swept by the upcoming NBA champs the Indiana Pacers

January 30, 2014  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bargs needs 2 go as well as beno & stat's contract if the Knicks hope 2 have a chance in the future. They need 2 start developing young talent(which wouldve worked if they didn't trade all their picks away 4 bloated contracts). & keep dolan away from all negotiations, he's ruining walsh's work(miss him). Small ball is working 4 now so that's a plus.

Dude where have you been? You're wishing too much. How can you say they need to start developing young players when they have only 2 young players and they've traded all of their picks? They need to trade Melo to get younger players.

January 30, 2014  09:19 AM ET

I like the small ball idea. We should have started that at the beginning of the season instead oj jostling World Peace, Shumpert and Hardaway at the 2.

The best plan is to start small - as the season goes on you slowly change the line up into a big one because that's what will be needed for the playoffs.

I still don't believe the small ball makes Knicks an elite team. Pablo is very undersized at the 2. I expect the better teams to exploit that match up and get Knicks behind in the early goings.

It's a great adjustment that should get Knicks into the playoffs. But a first round sweep is inevitable - the coaching and mental stamina is just not there.

January 30, 2014  09:31 AM ET

Not Enough Mojo, Bros.

January 30, 2014  09:52 AM ET

Glad to see Raymond getting some ink. Hoping he can get things going in the Big Apple.

January 30, 2014  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Glad to see Raymond getting some ink. Hoping he can get things going in the Big Apple.

I hope he doesn't eat himself out of the league. Eddy Curry syndrome is always lurking.

January 30, 2014  09:57 AM ET

Can your small ball withstand the assault of the Cavs attack in the Big Apple tonight?.

January 30, 2014  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I like the small ball idea. We should have started that at the beginning of the season instead oj jostling World Peace, Shumpert and Hardaway at the 2. The best plan is to start small - as the season goes on you slowly change the line up into a big one because that's what will be needed for the playoffs.I still don't believe the small ball makes Knicks an elite team. Pablo is very undersized at the 2. I expect the better teams to exploit that match up and get Knicks behind in the early goings.It's a great adjustment that should get Knicks into the playoffs. But a first round sweep is inevitable - the coaching and mental stamina is just not there.

You got it! teams will not go far in the playoffs with a small lineup. the small ball idea is only a temporary fix; as you mentioned there are clearly more things that need to be addressed with this team.

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January 30, 2014  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Shots Fired...Shots Fired!!!!!* dives for cover *

:)

January 30, 2014  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Shots Fired...Shots Fired!!!!!* dives for cover *

Both sides are quiet in the debate today. Looks like nerves are keeping things in check so far. :)

January 30, 2014  12:06 PM ET

Thunder played small and literally crushed the Heat at their place.

January 30, 2014  12:16 PM ET

its not a new thing-
they played tons of small ball the last couple years.
its all irrelevant

when they hit their shots they look good-
when they throw up bricks they look horrible

thats what jumpshooting teams are

January 30, 2014  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Can your small ball withstand the assault of the Cavs attack in the Big Apple tonight?.

Small ball plays into the Cavs hand. The Cavs have been playing a 3 guard combo with some success. Since the Bynum experiment did not pan out, and since Earl Clark has been a bust, their best lineup tends to be Andy, Tristan, Kyrie, Jack, and either CJ Miles or Waiters. The problem then becomes a bench that can't score.

January 30, 2014  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Small ball plays into the Cavs hand. The Cavs have been playing a 3 guard combo with some success. Since the Bynum experiment did not pan out, and since Earl Clark has been a bust, their best lineup tends to be Andy, Tristan, Kyrie, Jack, and either CJ Miles or Waiters. The problem then becomes a bench that can't score.

It should be a good game. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs. Winner gets bragging rights tomorrow!

January 30, 2014  12:27 PM ET
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their best lineup tends to be Andy, Tristan, Kyrie, Jack, and either CJ Miles or Waiters.

Interesting names you mentioned. I just haven't heard of any of them. Hopefully they'll play hard tonight and make a name for themselves in the Wig apple!

January 30, 2014  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Interesting names you mentioned. I just haven't heard of any of them. Hopefully they'll play hard tonight and make a name for themselves in the Wig apple!

Andy = Anderson Varejao
Kyrie = Kyrie Irving - 2 time All Star and 3 point shootout winner
Jack = Jarrett Jack who came from GSW last year.

January 30, 2014  12:43 PM ET
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Andy = Anderson VarejaoKyrie = Kyrie Irving - 2 time All Star and 3 point shootout winnerJack = Jarrett Jack who came from GSW last year.

I know Jarrett is pissed GS traded him 2 the Cavs, LOL

 
January 30, 2014  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Thunder played small and literally crushed the Heat at their place.

The Heat are on a downward spiral...

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