Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Opening Tip: Can Knicks win more than 37?
By Ian Begley
Remember ESPN.com’s SCHOENE preseason projections? The statistics-based computer projection had the Knicks winning just 37 games this year.
Fans and some media members (this one included) strongly disagreed with the prediction. But it looks like SCHOENE, ESPN analyst Kevin Pelton’s system, was right on. Heck, maybe it was even a little optimistic?
Through 41 games, the Knicks are 15-26. That means they are on pace to win just 30 games.
“I didn’t think we would be in this situation. I don’t really know how to deal with situations like this,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks’ 23-point loss to the Nets on Monday. “I’m learning. This is the first time for me. We got to keep it going. We got a lot more games to play, just got to figure it out, got to do something.”
The Knicks honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his national day of remembrance by instituting his policy of non-violent resistance against the Nets. They allowed Brooklyn to shoot 49 percent from the floor.
“I can’t really put my finger on it exactly what’s going on and what’s happening,” Anthony said. “We’re just not getting it done. We’re just not making it happen and getting it done.”
No, they’re not.
The Knicks hope to improve their footing a bit in the next five games. All five are at home, and against opponents at least five games below .500. So maybe the Knicks can make a run win more than 37 games, eclipsing the SCHOENE projection. But so far, it looks like the system was spot-on.