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Andrea Bargnani: 46.6 FG%, 15.3 PPG, 1.4 APG, 5.4 RPG, 0.3 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 1.3 TPG, 31.4 MPG
Brook Lopez: 54.2 FG%, 19.3 PPG, 0.5 APG, 5.8 RPG, 0.5 SPG, 2.3 BPG, 1.5 TPG, 28.9 MPG
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Carmelo Anthony: 42.3 FG%, 27.7% 3P% 26.3 PPG, 2.5 APG, 9.9 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 2.7 TPG, 40.4 MPG
Joe Johnson: 43.8 FG%, 42.9 3P% 16.0 PPG, 2.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 1.0 TPG, 33.3 MPG
This is perhaps the oddest matchup of all: Joe Johnson, who normally plays at shooting guard, will go up against Carmelo Anthony, who in recent years has played most effectively at power forward. But New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson's steadfastness in keeping two big men on the floor with Anthony whenever possible and Brooklyn's injury woes have set these two against each other, each their team's most prolific wing scorer.
Anthony's game has been ruthlessly dissected and analyzed over the past three seasons as the face of New York basketball. He represents one of the biggest gulfs between the "eye" test and the "numbers" test; Anthony's offensive scoring touch is nearly unrivaled in the NBA, and he can score from just about anywhere on the floor. But the numbers don't lie: through 16 games, Anthony is shooting a career-worst 42.3 percent from the field and under 28 percent from three-point range. The once-bulletproof forward even drew the ire of teammate Iman Shumpert, who lit into Anthony on the bench following a missed defensive assignment:
Johnson hasn't looked much better -- or elevated his team much higher -- but Joe Cool has been nothing if not consistent, scoring in double digits in all but two games this season and shooting 43 percent from three-point range. He's also not considered a lock-down defender, but has a better reputation on that end than Anthony. He's also got the league's best crunch-time resume, including a game-winning shot against these very same Knicks last season, one of four that he talked me through in training camp:
Anthony is a more versatile scorer, a far superior rebounder, and does an incredible job limiting turnovers despite having the ball in his hands for far longer than Johnson. It's closer than you might think, but Anthony's all-world offensive game both on and off the ball gives him the edge.
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It took New York Knicks owner James Dolan about seven years to answer a question from a basketball reporter since shutting the beats out in 2007, but now it seems like he's gotten the hang of it. Dolan sat down with Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post to talk about his struggling Knicks, who have gotten out to the same 3-8 start.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has done his share of talking to the media about the Nets-New York Knicks rivalry, pretending not to know who J.R. Smith is and telling reporters that it's time for Brooklyn to run New York City.
After throwing a few more barbs at Smith & the Knicks in an interview with Dime Magazine, Pierce said it was time for the talk to end and the real games to begin:
Dime: [Laughs] Do you have anything to add to the back-and-forth between the Knicks and Nets this summer?
PP: I think right now, the foundation has been laid. I think now it’s just time to take care of things on the court.
Whether or not Pierce actually stops talking to the media about the Nets-Knicks rivalry is anyone's guess -- he can't seem to keep his mouth shut about it. But for now, I think we can all agree: the NBA season can't come any sooner.
Check the interview below for more from Pierce on Brooklyn, adjusting to life in the city, and his history with Boston.
Dime Magazine -- Dime Q&A: Paul Pierce On What He Learned From The Celtics Greats
D-Will doesn't want to talk about Nets-Knicks, he says while talking about Nets-Knicks. I guess that's just part of the problem with discourse.
According to ESPN New York, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams stood up for teammate Paul Pierce's trash-talk about their cross-bridge rival New York Knicks, but refuses to say much more. Williams's quote:
That's my teammate so I'm with him. Of course we want to run New York. The Knicks are our rival. I don't get into too much of the talking. We'll decide all that on the court.
We have four games to play against them and then the playoffs so I'll let Paul do the talking and I'll just go out there and play.
D-Will's not as big a trash-talker in the media as his new teammates, but he does let himself go occasionally. After a preseason win over the Washington Wizards last season, Williams fired off some shots after an on-court altercation with backup guard A.J. Price, saying "Maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he can with the little minutes he's going to get this year." After playing a career-high 1,278 minutes last year, Price was not re-signed by the Wizards and is a free agent.
The new-look Nets & Knicks play twice in each borough (not counting potential playoff matchups), with the first game in Brooklyn December 5th. On a related note, tickets for home games are now on sale.
ESPN New York -- D-Will: 'Of course we want to run New York'
If you are a fan of either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets, you should know one thing: the two teams don't like each other. As has been the case ever since Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the New Jersey Nets back in 2010, the hatred between the crosstown rivals extends right up to the ownership level.
Play nice, guys.
That essentially was the directive given to owners James Dolan of the Knicks and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets this past season during a meeting orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who wanted to snuff any lingering tension between the two and prevent a full-blown feud, multiple league sources told The Post.
Sources also tell The Post that the meeting was "friendly and cordial" and was held in order to prevent "a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges."
With the two sides set to share the NBA All-star festivities in 2015, commissioner David Stern apparently felt that enough was enough and though the two sides are rivals on the court, they are business partners off it and need to exist as such.
According to The Post, spokesmen for both the Knicks and the Nets declined comment on the apparent meeting.
As for Prokhorov's view?
One source maintained Prokhorov stokes the rivalry fires because he believes the feud “is great for both teams” and insisted it is “not at all personal” against Dolan, the Garden chairman and Cablevision CEO.
And of course, there's always this.
New York City's mayoral candidates sounded off in The New York Daily News about a variety of topics, with one question on basketball allegiances: did candidates stick with the old-school New York Knicks, or were they Brooklyn Nets fans?
If you believe their answers -- always difficult in politics -- the Knicks have a slight 5-4 edge. Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, Joe Lhota, Adolfo Carrion Jr., and George McDonald all stuck with the Knicks, while Bill DeBlasio, Sal Albanese, Anthony Weiner, and John Catsimatidis all went Brooklyn. John Liu declined to vote, a decision I'm sure he hopes others don't follow.
Despite picking the Knicks, Quinn and Thompson both expressed excitement welcoming a team to Brooklyn.
Many of the candidates -- notably Liu and Albanese -- acknowledge flaws in Forest City Ratner's handling of the Atlantic Yards Project, with John Liu the most vocally opposed.
Looking at Brooklyn Nets news and notes from around the web:
- The Nets officially released their preseason schedule a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't seen it until this morning. One team they'll play twice is none other than the Boston Celtics: once home, once away. My guess? Don't expect Pierce or Kevin Garnett to make the trek up to Boston for a preseason game. That's a moment they'll save for the regular season.
- If there's anyone who knows what Paul Pierce feels like right now, it's former Celtics great Robert Parish, who spent a full 14 seasons with the Boston club before ending his career with Charlotte and Chicago for three seasons. What Parish thinks? It's going to be "awkward."
- J.R. Smith: The Knicks are still the marquee team in New York.
- NBA Deputy Commissioner/soon-to-be Commissioner Adam Silver seems upset that the NBA has a system that allows Mikhail Prokhorov to pay $87 million more than he has to. Uh-huh.
- Remember when Mikhail Prokhorov said he didn't own a cell phone? Now Prokhorov's company Onexim is in talks to buy a majority share of Russian mobile phone retailer Svyaznoy. Brooklyn really does change people.
- It's been less than a month and Celtics fans are already wondering if they should #TradeMarShon.