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 10-30-2009, 12:24 PM         #6461
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CHARLOTTE -- It took just one blowout loss for Mike D'Antoni to contemplate inserting prized prospect Danilo Gallinari into the starting lineup.

Amid the second-half wreckage of their 115-93 season-opening loss in Miami, Gallinari caught fire and hit a lucky seven 3-pointers, tying the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a season opener, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Gallinari's 22-point outburst -- even though much of the damage was inflicted in garbage time -- has D'Antoni seriously considering promoting him to the starting lineup when the Knicks play tonight versus Larry Brown's Bobcats, who lost their season opener 92-59 in Boston.
MILAN 'O': Knicks sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari drives past the Heat's Daequan Cook during his 22-point season debut on Wednesday night.
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MILAN 'O': Knicks sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari drives past the Heat's Daequan Cook during his 22-point season debut on Wednesday night.

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Gallinari could replace versatile defensive specialist Jared Jeffries or the streaky Wilson Chandler, who has started the opener at shooting guard.

"I'm always going to consider it," D'Antoni said yesterday after practice. "I stayed up all night thinking about it. I don't know yet. I told them be prepared. I'm not going to change anybody's role. I'm still looking for the right combination. I want to make sure we have the right combos. It is a possibility."

D'Antoni could also look to get Nate Robinson out of his funk by elevating him to starting shooting guard over Chandler. Robinson scored one point on 0-for-8 shooting.

Wednesday's loss was troubling because the Knicks continue to shoot erratically from the perimeter dating to the preseason. Marksmanship from the 3-point line is the backbone of D'Antoni's speedball offense.

Gallinari is by far their best 3-point shooter. He was 7-of-13 on 3-pointers; the rest of the team was 3-of-26. D'Antoni may feel he needs the Italian to set an early tone.

Gallinari lost his chance to begin the season as a starter by shooting uncharacteristically poorly in the preseason. D'Antoni elected to go for defensive grit with the awful-shooting Jeffries.

"He talked to us about [a change]," Gallinari said. "He didn't know exactly."

D'Antoni is at a crossroads.

"Veteran teams, everyone has that role and know it from the get-go," D'Antoni said. "We still have not won. We're still looking for that elusive stuff. We also have a future to think about it. I want to get there sooner or later, and I will."

Gallinari and salary cap space are the future. D'Antoni feels he put too much pressure on Gallinari before training camp by calling him "the best shooter I've ever seen."

D'Antoni sometimes acts as Gallinari's personal publicist, perhaps to compensate for convincing team president Donnie Walsh to select the Milan import at No. 6 in the 2008 draft over Clippers potential All-Star Eric Gordon, who played in college in Walsh's backyard at Indiana.

As comfortable as Gallinari is from the 3-point stripe, he isn't a versatile scorer. All but one of his shot attempts Wednesday were from beyond the arc.

Gallinari admitted his mid-range game needs work.

"I think it's a part of the game I have to improve," he said.

D'Antoni said he would like to see Gallinari power to the bucket occasionally, especially if defenders close out hard at him. But the coach is satisfied as long as Gallinari is ringing up treys.

"He'll definitely mix it up," D'Antoni said. "He's not the strongest guy in the world right now. He's going to take a lot of jump shots and he's a great jump shooter. I don't think it's in his game right now to spread it out and go 1-on-1. He might never do that, but he's going to be a very smart basketball player. As he gets stronger he'll add those things to his game."

This season is as much about developing Gallinari into a star as wins and losses. And tonight might be the start.
Since Born_Loser is slacking.
 9 years ago '04        #6462
Born_Loser|M 101 heat pts101
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 10-30-2009, 02:36 PM         #6463
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10/29/09 F/C Darko Milicic Knee is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Charlotte
 10-30-2009, 05:23 PM         #6464
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We need a new starting line up, these guys don't play well together.
 9 years ago '06        #6465
Blah 17 heat pts17
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we're makin the bobcats look great rite now, smh
 10-30-2009, 05:34 PM         #6466
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Graham's bum a.ss looking like an all star vs us.
 10-30-2009, 05:34 PM         #6467
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Thats what i wanna see more of you ILL WILL
 10-30-2009, 05:39 PM         #6468
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down 17 the old sucky Knicks would at least came back and make it a game or did we lose heart?.
 9 years ago '07        #6469
Truth B T0ld 3 heat pts
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this team is pure comedy.
 9 years ago '04        #6470
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""Declare" the Knicks are a tin-man team. No heart."
 9 years ago '04        #6471
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With the 1st pick in the 2010 NBA DRAFT the New York Knicks select____________________________________
 9 years ago '07        #6472
Truth B T0ld 3 heat pts
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 jsmooth-117 said:
With the 1st pick in the 2010 NBA DRAFT the Utah Jazz select John Wall
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 9 years ago '04        #6473
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"Dolphins have the Wildcat offense. Knicks have the Scarecrow: no brains."
 9 years ago '06        #6474
Blah 17 heat pts17
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once again
if only the rest of the team played up to the same level as Lee
will be winning
 9 years ago '06        #6475
Blah 17 heat pts17
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danilo
 9 years ago '06        #6476
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smh, duhon needs to be benched


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 10-30-2009, 08:18 PM         #6477
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Drunk = the man, picking me winners
 9 years ago '04        #6478
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Chris Duhon told the media that his teammates were not serious about Friday's game in Charlotte. Duhon said the Knicks dropped their double overtime loss against the Bobcats by not preparing properly prior to tip-off.

"They were fooling & joking around. Weren't taking game seriously, nobody was focused, even in layup line," wrote Tina Cervasio. "When they realized they could come back, it was too late."

The Knicks were down 19 points after one period but mounted a huge fourth-quarter comeback to force the extra sessions.
 9 years ago '06        #6479
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 TimeIsMoney said:
Drunk = the man, picking me winners
I bet you all first half you were like "f**k that nicca DRuNk"

Sad game to watch. As in years past, the Knicks just like to dig their holes early only to challenge themselves later on in the game.

As i said earlier TMoney, that Pick n Roll was open all game...but with Duhon playing over 50 minutes, it lost steam late in the game when it was clearly needed.

I understand D'Antoni was managing to the matchups leaving Al to face off with Crash instead of playing Gallo, but it's obvious who the best player on this Knicks teams is....he should be in there regardless.

There's still hope...well, not for this season....but hope that if Jeffries continues to play like this, we should have no problem unloading that contract.

Home opener tomorrow night...its Halloween! Maybe the Knicks will show up to the party dressed as an actual NBA team.

(again I'll DVR'n it, Yankee October baseball always comes first)
 9 years ago '06        #6480
DRuNk 24/7 6 heat pts OP
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 Born_Loser said:
Chris Duhon told the media that his teammates were not serious about Friday's game in Charlotte. Duhon said the Knicks dropped their double overtime loss against the Bobcats by not preparing properly prior to tip-off.

"They were fooling & joking around. Weren't taking game seriously, nobody was focused, even in layup line," wrote Tina Cervasio. "When they realized they could come back, it was too late."

The Knicks were down 19 points after one period but mounted a huge fourth-quarter comeback to force the extra sessions.
Glad to see Duhon taking a stance...for this team to move forward, Nate needs to be traded (Dec 15th cant come too soon)
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