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Black clouds hang in after strong start of Nax

For the first time in a long time, some good energy is emanating from the area above Penn Station. The had a terrific February, in which they went 9-5 SU and 10-3-1 ATS and finished second in defense (106.7) and fourth in net rating (+4.8). They need just five more wins to get the over on their season win.

However, some darkness is hovering over the Knicks, and this may derail their wonderful weather. Tough times could begin with a 119–93 loss on Tuesday night in Antonio.

Entering Tuesday, the Knicks’ defense ranked 27th in frequency of wide-open shots (25.2 percent), but the opponent was shooting just 37.4 percent in those attempts. He rated 28th in the frequency of wide-open opponent 3-point attempts, but the first opponent to get a wide look at those 33-open in 3-point shooting. Those shots would eventually start falling – the Spurs made 42 of 18 (42.9 percent) of their 3-point attempts – and once they do, the could also fall.

Then you consider their second-half time between the first six games with the Bucks, Nets and 76ers – and you start to see the Knicks’ path towards regression.

The 18-18 are a fun story, but keep an eye on a few places to play against this team after returning from the All-Star break.

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Harden Hardware

Hi, do you have a moment to talk about the best player in basketball right now, James Harden?

I’ve started a campaign for Harden as the NBA’s most valuable player, and I’m not ashamed. Beard is fresh with the Player of the Month award for February, and this is just his first full month with the Nets. Harden took the Nets by scruff and led for a 9–4 record in February, while scoring 25.6 points on 49.1 percent shooting and doing the most without Kevin Durant on the floor.

We can understand Harden’s time in Houston at the beginning of the year when he averaged 24.8 points and 10.4 with three appearances of 30+ points. But there is no denying his growing resume for MVP in Brooklyn.

The Clippers have a crunch-time breakdown

With 37 seconds left and Sunday’s clipping 101-100, the Bulls’ Khris Middleton defended them with Paul George on top of the ball. Marcus Morris came from the right wing for a screening of Middleton, which gave George enough space to fire a 3-point shot that hit the front iron.

On the ensuing possession, the Bucks ran a Giannis Antetokonampo screen for Junior Holiday, which led to a free walk in Holiday Lane. After the Greek Freak found Holiday, the Clippers were forced to rotate, causing the ball to swing around the arch until it was returned to Giannis. He had more than one long runway at the end of “Fast and Furious 6”, and led to a Thunder dunk that helped lead to a massive 105–100 win for Milwaukee.

In those final minutes the microorganisms had an idea of ​​the agony of this season – poor execution at the end of tight games. I’m adamant that the Clippers need to add a true North-South point guard before the deadline or with a legitimate passing in the buyout market, and the end of Sunday’s game showed us why.

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