Felton Leaving Linsanity in the Dust

NEW YORK — Raymond Felton is leaving Linsanity in the dust.

Remember when some fans and talking heads criticized the Knicks last summer for signing Felton and choosing not to re-sign Jeremy Lin?

That seems like ancient history now.

Felton went for 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers Tuesday night as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 87-71, to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Lin?

In the Houston Rockets’ Game 1 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lin went 1-for-7 for 4 points and 4 turnovers.

“Tonight Felton was aggressive,” Celtics big man Kevin Garnett said. “I felt like he was the ‘X-factor.'”

Felton was shipped away in the Carmelo Anthony deal two years ago, and didn’t play with the Knicks for the last two postseasons. As a result, he’s relishing this postseason even more.

“It’s been great,” Felton said. “New York is probably one of the best places to play basketball…Just the intensity, just the fans, how much they get involved into the game. It’s great, so I was definitely sad and upset a little bit that I left the first time but things happen, I’m back, it’s been great and I’m loving every moment of it.”

When the Knicks seized control of the game with a 32-11 third quarter, Felton went 3-for-4 for six points.

“We got stops and Raymond did a great job of really pushing it and getting us into something,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

While Felton and Pablo Prigioni combined for 7 assists, Celtics point guard Avery Bradley managed just 2, underscoring how much Boston misses Rajon Rondo.

“When Rondo’s out there, they’re in a kind of certain flow,” J.R. Smith said. “When he’s not out there in certain situations, they really don’t know who to go to, they don’t know what plays to run, and that’s credit to a great point like Rondo. Whenever he’s in the game it seems like he knows two, three plays ahead of time what he wants to do and what plays to run and who they’re going to run it for.

“Fortunately for us, they’re a little fuzzy up top on who they want to get it to and why and we’re doing a great job of pressuring them to make sure they don’t have enough time to think about that.”

With the Knicks up 2-0 as the series head to Boston, Rondo is on the shelf and Lin isn’t making Knicks fans wish he was still in New York.

Not with the way Felton has played.

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43 comments
jdb4
jdb4

Does NBC have any good football analysts or reporters?

Bent
Bent moderator

@jdb4 

Does Corey count?

juunit
juunit

@jdb4 

I'm pretty sure Mayock still does Notre Dame games which are usually on NBC.

Not sure if that counts as an analyst or reporter for them though. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@jdb4

I thought ESPN 1, 2,3,4.........Inf. and NFL were the only sports Channels!!

Danda Panda
Danda Panda

Harrison kisses bb rump all the time

jdb4
jdb4

@Danda Panda


Funny, being an analyst supposedly means being objective, but I don't think that really is the case with most guys (cough Belichick guys cough -- Bruschi)

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Color me a Simpleton but....No way will I spend $320 Million (Two years Team Salary) to have ONE guy sit on the Bench and learn !! There is just NO way !!!

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples

(opens box of crayolas, looks for "Simpleton Teal" or "Simpleton Pewter" or "Simpleton Seal Brown")

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples


Honestly, Hank, I think you're more of a complicataton.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

That looks like Franco Harris in a Tebow costume

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@tsjc68

Hey Genius It's spelled  B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S  

if you're going to insult people at least  Learn your spelling !!


Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples @tsjc68


He did that because the spam filter automatically filtered out his original (correctly spelled) post, not because he can't spell.

tsjc68
tsjc68

That does not look like Tim Tebow DO BETTER YOU LAZY DANISH BASTERDS

williamg1
williamg1

Skrine bought Woody's apartment.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1

The sale is pending official review.  Skrine may have gotten there early.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

Skrine covers real estate 100yards at a time

tsjc68
tsjc68

FOOLISH PREDICTION TIME

Those probable ten guys (in rough order of when they'll probably be off the board):


Bottom of R1/early R2

Melvin Gordon III

Todd Gurley

Mid to late R2

Jay Ajayi

David Johnson

Duke Johnson

Bottom of R2/top of R3

Tevin Coleman

Ameer Abdullah

Mid to late R3/top of R4

T.J. Yeldon

David Cobb

Mike Davis


Best guesses as to who could easily end up in that top 10 instead of one of those names:

Jeremy Langford

Josh Robinson

Malcolm Brown

Karlos Williams

Buck Allen


hazard2012
hazard2012

@tsjc68


Lots and lots of options.   For us, especially.    I'm hoping either Johnson makes it to round 3 for us.   Otherwise, give me Coleman, also in 3rd, or Buck Allen in the 4th.       

tsjc68
tsjc68

@hazard2012 @tsjc68

Yeah, I'd say there's a very good chance that one of those "big seven" guys of Gurley-Gordon-Ajayi-Johnson-Johnson-Coleman-Abdullah makes it to us at R3#70.  Two of them still being there wouldn't surprise me either.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@tsjc68 @hazard2012


Adding any one of these guys and a speed receiver will really help elevate this O regardless who's behind center...and the great part about it is neither needs to be a top two pick.   

tsjc68
tsjc68

@hazard2012 @tsjc68

R1#6: whatever QB, Edge Rusher, ILB, or OL tickles your fancy

R2#37: see above

R3#70: Tevin Coleman, Duke Johson, David Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, or Jay Ajayi (whichever one is still there)

R4#104: Nelson Agholor, Justin Hardy, Tyler Lockett, Phillip Dorsett, Devin Smith, Tre McBride, Rashad Greene, Stefon Diggs, Jamison Crowder, or Mario Alford (whichever one is still there)

hazard2012
hazard2012

@tsjc68 @hazard2012


Works for me.   Frees up the whole draft, especially at the top.     And, depending on how things go, you could also trade back a little in rounds 2 and 3 to pick up a couple extra picks in later rounds...maybe even an extra 3rd or 4th, which would be big, or filling in the gap between rounds 4-7...and still get the guy you would have picked at #37 or #70 in the first place.  


bradysucks
bradysucks

@tsjc68 


Dream draft for me if Mariota is off the board...


Round 1 Amari Cooper or Kevin White WR

Round 2 Tood Gurley RB

Round 3 Nate Orchard pass rusher

Pat d
Pat d

I think 2 RBs will go in the first round, maybe 3.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Pat d

They might.


I don't see how that happening affects us that much, to be honest.  That's a good thing for us, if anything.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Pat d 


Dallas will probably draft a RB in round 1


At the top of the 2nd round the Jets will have a tremendous opportunity to grab a franchise RB. This is the draft to do it. The Jets haven't had a dominant RB since Curtis Martin

Pat d
Pat d

Bradysucks

I like those picks. There is no way Mariota is there at 6. I think Mariota goes 2 or 3.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks @Pat d

At the top of the 2nd round the Jets will have a tremendous opportunity to grab a franchise RB. 

We will also probably have that opportunity at the top of Round 3, as well.

This is the draft to do it.

Every draft is the draft to do it, since there's franchise RBs in every draft. 2016 is also the draft to do it.  So is 2017.  So was 2014.  So was 2013.


In fact, you could argue that given how non-elite our QB situation will be for 2015--whether we draft (insert your favorite QB prospect here) or not, because even if we draft a rookie QB with promise, he's probably gonna struggle at first--2015 probably isn't the year to draft a franchise RB, because you're probably just going to waste a year of his life racking up meaningless carries on an offense that isn't going to win playoff games.


Runningbacks have odometers.  You probably shouldn't invest a valuable pick in one until you're ready to start winning right away and benefiting from his contributions.  Good RBs don't take bad offenses and turn them into good ones, but good RBs can take good offenses and turn them into great ones.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@tsjc68 @bradysucks @Pat d


Totally agree, 68, as discussed above.   Plenty of later round value in both WR & RB in this draft for our purposes.   Best to use top two picks on getting impact players elsewhere...namely OLB, ILB, OL.   (Deliberately excluding QB.) 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

"Everything's coming up... ___________are coming up"

Dare I put in the next word *regarding the Jets' off-season?

BDarc23
BDarc23

I really don't think the Jets could have possibly done any better this offseason from a talent perspective. There were no good QBs available. They can't just give up on the rest of the roster because Geno is the QB.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23

There were no good QBs available.

Well, Mike Glennon, Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, and Jay Cutler were available, so yes, you're correct.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I like how the source I'm cautioned against taking as an impartial, trustworthy, intelligent, reliable narrator here could be Rodney Harrison.


Or maybe Bill Polian.  Or possibly Matt Miller.  Or possibly Woody Johnson.


Oh well, at least I can trust the cheerleader story to be straightforward and agenda-free.

fourbten
fourbten

@tsjc68 Rodney's Captain Obvious; Geno is the worst QB in the NFL, and until the Jets unload him, they are a four win team.