It is once again time for a Twitter trip around the New York/New Jersey basketball scene. While there are a million tweets regarding each team, I scoured the twittisphere for one timely tweet to get you off your seat. Let’s call it a potpourri from the sport where they shoot for 3!
New York Knicks
In case you haven’t heard, a New York Knicks season that began with such promise, ended with a thud Tuesday evening against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. That’s because as Kristaps Porzingis came back to earth, after dunking on the Greek freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, he tore the ACL in his left knee. Porzingis… and now poor Knicks too!
Kristaps Porzingis knee injury pic.twitter.com/UhWiNJ9KIH
— Hoop Ball Fantasy (@HoopBallFantasy) February 7, 2018
Let’s face it, even if this team were to have secured the final playoff spot, they were not making a run. So now, while there immediate future is not in question, their long-term one certainly is. When will KP be back? Well, no one knows for sure. One would have to think that he is at least a full calendar year away from serious consideration. Will the team now try and move more pieces (Willy Hernangomez was traded Wednesday) by today’s NBA trade deadline? What this devastating development will do however is give the team a chance to take a real hard look at its young players, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, and Daymean Dotson.
- Doug McDermott was just dealt to Dallas in order to bring in Emmanuel Mudiay.
Once word spread of the big guy’s injury, support poured in from all precincts. Below is a tweet from none other than King James himself.
Seton Hall Pirates
It has been a tough two-game stretch for the Seton Hall Pirates. On Super Bowl Sunday, they battled #1 Villanova admirably for 30 minutes before the Wildcats sprinted to a 92-76 victory. Having watched the game myself, that final score is very misleading. This was a heavyweight fight for much of the contest before Kevn Willard’s team got knocked out. Losing to Nova at Nova is not something to be ashamed of though, over the last few seasons it is something that Big East teams have grown accustomed to doing. Losing at home to teams, in this case Marquette, that have buried you earlier this season however, (84-64) is something that should sound alarm bells. While the Hall is still clearly an NCAA team, they now find themselves 6-5 in a jumbled up and extremely competitive conference. The following tweet expounds on where they are on and off the court at the moment.
— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) February 8, 2018
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Since decking the Hall back on December 16, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have hit the skids. They followed up their come from behind win in the Garden State Hardwood Classic with back-to-back inexcusable losses to Stony Brook and Hartford. After Tuesday night’s 65-43 blowout loss at home to a mediocre Indiana Hoosiers team, Steve Pikiel’s squad is now 2-11 since their huge SHU upset. Their main problem is that they simply cannot ring the bell. RU is holding teams to 65 points per game, which ranks 15th in the nation. Unfortunately, they are only averaging 66 points per game themselves, which ranks 327th! With that in mind, I found this tweet regarding the jewel of their incoming recruiting class, Maryland shooting guard Montez Mathis, rather germane:
St. John’s Red Storm
What more is there to say about what Chris Mullin, and his St. John’s Red Storm team has done over the last two games than WOW! If you had them defeating #4 Duke on Saturday, and taking down #1 Villanova on Wednesday, you are either lying, or are Louie Carnesecca. Yet, that is exactly what his team has done. Losers of 11 straight games before this amazing two game winning streak, the Johnnies could loom large at the Big East Tournament. They have momentum on their side and remember, the games are played at their home away from home, Madison Square Garden. For this tweet, we will take a walk down memory lane to a time when SJU was a top program and it’s coach was a “pretty good” player in his own right. 🙂
January 26, 1985: Last time St. John’s beat a #1 team, current head coach Chris Mullin stole the ball was fouled and hit a free throw. St. John’s beat Patrick Ewing & Georgetown by 1. pic.twitter.com/Gvk0yoofon
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 8, 2018
Not to be left out of our Metropolitan area basketball tweetstorm are the Nets of Brooklyn. Their tweet caught my eye, and I’m sure it will yours as well. Did you know that following Monday’s trade of Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks for 21-year-old Rashad Vaughn, the Nets now employ practically the entire 2015 NBA Draft class? Just kidding, but they do now have 5 of its picks on their roster:
The Brooklyn Nets now have the 2nd (D’Angelo Russell), 3rd (Jahlil Okafor), 17th (Rashad Vaughn), 23rd (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson) and 39th (Juan Pablo Vaulet) overall picks from the 2015 Draft.
— Christopher Lavinio (@ChrisLavinio) February 5, 2018
Last but not least, college basketball’s greatest rivalry once again takes center stage Thursday night. And no, I’m not talking about Providence/URI! The latest Tobacco Road showdown, comes to us from Chapel Hill. Interestingly enough, both teams come in on a bit of a down swing. Carolina has dropped three of four, where as the Dukies have lost two of their last three. So, just how good have these games been through the years? Have a look see at this tweet:
Last 100 meetings:
Duke: 50 wins
UNC: 50 wins
Greatest rivalry in sports
— Bradley Kendall (@b_kendall4) February 8, 2018
And that will do it for this week’s blog. Please feel free to comment, I LOVE your feedback!
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