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10-27-2010, 11:10 PM
Thought it would be a good time to begin a season thread for Ronny.

Off to a fine start: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks & 2 steals. Knicks win opener at Toronto 98-93 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore?gid=2010102728&old_bs=1).

(Here he is throwing one down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pc32uAEi44) on Andrea Bargnani.)

Only downside was that Ronny did get beat up a bit. He was on the business end of a flagrant foul by David Andersen, and also took some friendly fire from Amare Stoudemire.

Hope he's no worse for wear and that he'll help the Knicks have a winning season.


10-28-2010, 06:10 AM
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/amar_co_open_with_canadian_bakin_aO4QXGCmrMmp6hYCI NvKXM

The Knicks won despite no production out of Russian rookie starting center Timofey Mozgov, whose NBA debut was a disaster. He got into early foul trouble, picking up two in the first three minutes, leading to Chandler’s emergence from the bench. Mozgov was scoreless in 7:26.

“The reasons we want [Chandler] off the bench is not because he’s not good,” D’Antoni said. “It’s because we needed his firepower there. And we thought Timofey would have problems with fouls

Chandler and backup center Ronny Turiaf came in played with energy, lifting the club early as they took a 16-point lead in the second quarter.

Turiaf blocked shots, creating havoc, took a David Anderson elbow to the jaw and the club responded. Turiaf finished with eight points and four boards and four blocks.

To close the first quarter, Turiaf corralled an offensive rebound in the paint, turned and lofted it off the backboard to give the Knicks a 29-22 lead after one quarter. They shot 50 percent in the first period and scored 20 points more than LeBron James’ Heat in its season-opening frame.


The Knicks' season begins in less than a month. We couldn't possibly be more excited — finally, a Knicks team with barely an Isiah Thomas fingerprint on it! — so we'll be counting down the ten most important Knicks twice a week until opening night on October 27. The best sign we can give you: Eddy Curry isn't among the eleven. Today: center Ronny Turiaf.

If the Knicks shock everyone this year and have an out-of-nowhere 50-win season, you are going to see Ronny Turiaf on your televisions almost as much as you will Amar'e Stoudemire. He is without question the most charismatic player on the team; he's the Knicks equivalent of Nick Swisher. Expect him to be the same type of fan favorite.

As a player, Turiaf is a classic glue guy. He's not particularly skilled offensively, but he rebounds, plays tight defense, and, mostly, hustles like a guy who ... well, like a guy who was once faced with the possibility of never playing basketball again and thus appreciates every second he's on the court. (He also, unlike everybody else on the team, has played in an NBA Finals.) The Knicks have been short on guys like that the last few years, and it's possible, on a team somewhat devoid of bruising bigs, that he may even end up starting. The Knicks will limit his minutes, partly out of necessity, and if Anthony Randolph and Timofey Mozgov emerge, he could be mostly a defensive replacement late in games. If he can block Kobe, he can block anybody.

Turiaf was essentially a throw-in in the David Lee deal, and if this is your throw-in, you're in good shape. He will be fun to watch and even more fun to listen to; he is the type of player for whom it's impossible not to cheer. That, perhaps more than anything else, is what the Knicks have had in such short supply for the last decade. Plus: epic beard.


NBA Preview 2010-11: The Knicks Should Start Ronny Turiaf Over Timofey Mozgov
By Keith Schlosser (Knicks Featured Columnist) on October 14, 2010 - New York City

In fact, the Knicks do not appear to have anyone (including Amare Stoudemire) on the roster that has proven they can pull down up to 10 rebounds per game.

If it’s rebounding that the Knicks want, though, Turiaf, (not Mozgov) is their man at center.

The question of who should start at center should not begin with whom is the better player, but yet, who fits well with each lineup?

Starting Turiaf at center could create a strong balance for the Knicks’ starting lineup on each end of the floor. While he isn’t much of a scorer, his high intensity at the start of each game would be a nice added bonus to the already present four offensive options in Stoudemire, Chandler, Gallinari, and Raymond Felton.

Furthermore, Mozgov would then be able to provide an offensive boost off the bench, without having (as much) pressure on him to rebound the ball.
With enough firepower to start off games already present, Mozgov could pair with Anthony Randolph to provide fits for second unit defenses around the league.

Turiaf is also a tough veteran who knows the big-man competition of the NBA. Throwing Mozgov into the fire to fend off the NBA’s tougher big men may not be the best idea just yet, simply for the fact that Mozgov is still adjusting to the NBA game.

Both players have their strengths, and with rumors of an 11-man rotation, Turiaf and Mozgov are certain to get a lot of burn this season. However, starting Turiaf now gives the Knicks the opportunity to keep the rebounding and defensive intensity high, while keeping the pressures on Mozgov low.

10-31-2010, 12:28 PM
I watched two different Knicks games this week, alternating between them and the Pistons. Ronny had some really good minutes that I saw. (And one real bonehead play yesterday.) Knicks lost both games right at the end.

(I am still on pain meds, so my analysis is a little sparse.)

People might be able to get on the preview for the last two days (no games today). Preview goes until 11/2.


11-04-2010, 05:31 PM
Halftime, the Knicks are ahead 70-52.

Ronny is having a great game.


11-04-2010, 07:34 PM
Ronny's stats

Minutes: 5:39
FGM-A: 4-8
FTM-A: 1-1
Rebounds: 4 OFF 3 DEF
Ast: 3
Steals: 2
Blocks: 1
Points: 9

Way to go, Ronny!!! :000tens:

Videos of Ronny slam and Ronny put back on knicks site: http://www.nba.com/knicks/


11-05-2010, 05:27 AM
If he did all that in 5:39, then that is REALLY impressive.

11-05-2010, 07:18 AM
To quote Ronny when he accidentally sent his phone number to the entire Twitter

If he did all that in 5:39, then that is REALLY impressive.



11-06-2010, 07:06 PM
Ronny's stats in Knicks 112- 91 win over Wizards.



11-20-2010, 07:12 AM
New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/sports/basketball/20nba.html):

As M.V.P. of the Lee Trade, Knicks’ Turiaf Adds a Spark
Published: November 19, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Knicks sent David Lee to the Golden State Warriors in July, they got back one potential star, one injured shooting ace and a big man known mostly for his wild energy and his wild beard.

To find the most indispensable player of the trade, look for the beard.

While the Knicks wait for Anthony Randolph to develop and Kelenna Azubuike to get healthy, it is center Ronny Turiaf who has arguably become their most valuable player. The traditional statistics (4.9 points, 3.7 rebounds a game) do not show it. But Turiaf is by far the Knicks’ leader in plus-minus, the differential between points scored and points allowed when a player is on the court.

According to 82games.com (http://82games.com/), the Knicks outscore their opponents by an average of 12.2 points per 48 minutes when Turiaf is in the game.

“He makes our team win,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said Friday as the Knicks prepared to play the Warriors for the second and final time this season.

The Knicks’ results through 12 games illustrate the point. They were 3-2 before Turiaf sprained his knee against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks lost that day, then lost their next four games — including a loss to the Warriors — without him. With Turiaf back on the court, the Knicks lost a close game in Denver and beat Sacramento.

On Friday, Turiaf was the only player involved in the trade to start the game. Lee was recovering from an elbow infection. Azubuike is still working his way back from a knee operation he had last year. Randolph should eventually become the best player the Knicks acquired. But he has faded from the rotation because of his mistake-prone play.

Turiaf’s value is easier to see than to quantify. He harasses opposing big men, blocks shots, applies hard fouls and rarely stops moving. He also possesses one of the highest basketball IQs on the team.

“It’s the intangibles,” D’Antoni said. “He’s just a very smart player.”
Ronny's plus/minus, from 82games.com:


Got to see that wild beard ....


11-21-2010, 09:08 AM


11-29-2010, 09:58 AM
Went deeper into the Knicks site to see why Ronny wasn't listed in last night's box score--even as injured or DNP.

Still don't know why he wasn't listed but here's what I found:

News and notes:

C Ronny Turiaf (left knee strain) sat out the game and is listed as day-to-day. Since this is a re-injury situation, he may need to take a few extra days just to make sure he is properly healed."


12-12-2010, 06:05 PM


12-17-2010, 01:25 PM
This should be a fun one to watch this afternoon at 4:00 PM Spokane time.

Garden gets first taste of LeBron after snub

LeBron James had his chance to own New York City like Amar’e Stoudemire owns it now. And James chickened out.

That will be LeBron’s legacy to New Yorkers, even if he wins a couple of titles in the sunny city where New Yorkers retire. Welcome back to New York, LeCon.

For two years, Chicken A La King James was on the lips and minds of every New York basketball fan and Knicks executive as he approached free agency.

Not anymore — not with the Knicks on a 13-2 roll, not with Stoudemire the leading candidate for MVP and Raymond Felton on the verge of becoming an All-Star point guard. Not with the Knicks at 16-10 — just 2 1/2 games behind the Heat (19-8), who visit the Garden tonight, with the crowd surely ready to roast this chicken
“I don’t know what to expect from the fans,” said Stoudemire, who carries his franchise-record nine-game 30-point steak into tonight.

“I know they’ll be cheering for the Knicks. That’s the most important thing.”

Stoudemire nearly stunned the Celtics on Wednesday night with a 3-pointer at the buzzer that was a millisecond late and left the Knicks 118-116 losers.

It was a sensational game, and it ramped up the Knicks’ national buzz. The Knicks have won 13 of their past 15 games.

“It was electric,” Ronny Turiaf said, “and if [Wednesday] was electric, I can’t wait to see what happens [tonight].”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/garden_gets_st_taste_HFM0zAnlDrNgJmjyZmG3vN#ixzz18 PVQyWXi

12-22-2010, 08:58 AM
From magicbasketball.com (http://www.magicbasketball.net/tag/ronny-turiaf/),

Orlando has an interest in acquiring Ronny Turiaf from the New York Knicks. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post explains the appeal: “Turiaf, seven years Battie’s junior, has more upside. His high energy and boundless enthusiasm make him a fan-favorite wherever he goes, but understand he’s more than simply a hustle player: he’s productive, too, converting 59.3 percent of his extremely limited shot attempts–he only uses 9.7 percent of the Knicks’ possessions when on the court–and blocking a shot every 14.7 minutes. Further, he’s an exceptional passer out of the high post and consistently ranks among the league’s best big men in that area.”

Don’t expect the Knicks to trade Turiaf, however.

01-03-2011, 10:41 AM

Don't know how often he posts, but this is a lot of fun.

He had a good game yesterday--season high in rebounds (10) and blocked shots (6).

Gallinari went down in that game, and Ronny will likely start against the Spurs tomorrow.


01-03-2011, 09:37 PM
New York Knicks' Ronny Turiaf (14) reacts after teammate Amare Stoudemire, right, scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in New York. The Knicks won 98-92.

(...and way overdue for YouTube links, too!)


01-08-2011, 07:49 AM
Ronny's Tweet:


ronny's Newsday Blog:


Ronny's website:


Last night in Phoenix he had four fouls before the end of the first half. He had 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, no blocks. Knicks were plus 11 wile he was in.

They won 121-96, and he was not in during the second half (that I saw--I dozed off for a while when they were 30 points ahead :p).


01-11-2011, 08:37 PM

Might be Ronny's best game of the year so far. Good to see him taking advantage of getting starter's minutes.

01-12-2011, 07:14 AM

Might be Ronny's best game of the year so far. Good to see him taking advantage of getting starter's minutes.

Had a double/double. Almost 20 pts, 10-11 boards, at least 2 steals and a couple of blocks. Missed one shot from the floor (8-9 I think), 3-3 from the line. Great performance.

01-21-2011, 03:24 PM


01-22-2011, 10:30 AM
Ronny had a double/double--10 points 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots in his 27 + minutes:



01-27-2011, 01:33 PM
I stumbled across this great photo of Ronny from the Knicks win over the Wizards January 24. Box Score (http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310124018). Ronny had 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the game.


Still gorgeous, but I like him better with less beard.

And an interesting aside from International Business Times (http://hken.ibtimes.com/articles/105799/20110127/nba-value-franchise-value-in-nba-most-valuble-nba-franchise-new-york-knicks.htm) ...

Forbes tabs Knicks as most valuable NBA franchise

The New York Knicks have not won a championship in nearly 40 years but they are the most valuable team in the National Basketball Association with an estimated worth of $655 million, according to latest Forbes valuations of the NBA's 30 teams.

The value of the Knicks, who last won an NBA title in 1973, rose 12 percent from last year due to increased ticket sales and sponsorships at its home arena Madison Square Garden.

The average NBA team is worth $369 million, Forbes said. That was up 1 percent from last year, but below the peak of $379 million seen two years ago.And some people think NBA players like Ronny make too much money ... I think Ronny's deal with the Golden State Warriors was for $16 million over 4 years, relatively modest slice of that $655 million, especially for a guy with a limited warranty on his knees ....

I wonder if he's liking it in NYC, despite the cold weather.

01-28-2011, 07:00 PM
I stumbled across this great photo of Ronny from the Knicks win over the Wizards January 24. Box Score (http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=310124018). Ronny had 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the game.


Still gorgeous, but I like him better with less beard.

And an interesting aside from International Business Times (http://hken.ibtimes.com/articles/105799/20110127/nba-value-franchise-value-in-nba-most-valuble-nba-franchise-new-york-knicks.htm) ...
And some people think NBA players like Ronny make too much money ... I think Ronny's deal with the Golden State Warriors was for $16 million over 4 years, relatively modest slice of that $655 million, especially for a guy with a limited warranty on his knees ....

I wonder if he's liking it in NYC, despite the cold weather.


ZN, he tweets with a lot of complaints about the weather, but he does seem to love the team and fans.


01-28-2011, 07:07 PM
1/24/11 against the Wizards


1/27/11 against the Heat


The first game was much better for him--wonder if that is why his minutes were so reduced in the 2nd..


01-31-2011, 12:22 PM
Knicks won 124 to 106

Both Ronny and Austin's stats are posted here. Neither played many many minutes and the stats are not impressive for either, though Ronny's are better.



01-31-2011, 08:04 PM
Early foul trouble as a starter ...


NEW YORK -- Not since [Nets majority owner] Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on the Carmelo Anthony-to-New Jersey charade has a Russian meant so much to the New York Knicks.

The difference this time was that the Russian was a Knick, not a Nyet.

Timofey Mozgov was summoned from the Vladivostok section of the Knicks' bench Sunday night and made such a difference that coach Mike D'Antoni said there will be more Mozgov to come. It was a complete about-face from what D'Antoni told reporters before the game, insisting that he'd go back to his favorite nine players once those nine were all healthy no matter what any of the emergency subs did against the Pistons.

But after Mozgov produced a line of 23 points and 14 rebounds in 40 minutes, D'Antoni changed his tune.

"Twenty-three and 14, a one-shot deal? No, I think I'll try it again," D'Antoni said.

It had been 10 games since Mozgov had even gotten a sniff of garbage time, and he racked up 15 DNP-CDs in the past 17 games as D'Antoni alternated starting Ronny Turiaf or Stoudemire at center.

Turiaf got the nod in the starting five again Sunday as Wilson Chandler (strained calf) missed his second straight game, but he was on the bench with two fouls less than five minutes into the first quarter. Mozgov's first shot was from 3 feet away and traveled roughly 6 feet, and his next two attempts were layups that both bounced off the rim and out. But from there, he made five of his next six shots to go into halftime with a line of 11 points and six rebounds, and Mozgov got the call again when Turiaf picked up his fourth foul just 2:13 into the third quarter.

So we now segue to the inevitable question of whether Mozgov was being showcased for inclusion in a possible trade for Anthony, a route the Knicks have been trying to maneuver down for the past several weeks by picking the brain of former Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien about the best way to proceed forward.

In their quest to enhance the value of the players they are trying to trade to Denver, they are in essence using Warkentien's knowledge of the Nuggets' inner workings to make the deal more palatable to owners Stan and Josh Kroenke, who will have final say on whether the Nuggets will move their franchise player or keep him for a playoff run, gambling that Anthony might eventually succumb to the allure of the $83 million he would be leaving on the table, and also gambling that Anthony could still be moved to New York in a sign-and-trade deal over the summer if such deals are still allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Just a few days ago, the debate in New York was whether it would be worth it to include Landry Fields in a proposed package for Anthony.

This week, you can argue the same point about whether Mozgov is a keeper or a spare part.

02-02-2011, 12:25 PM
So is Ronny the first Zag to get the honor of ringing the bell at a stock exchange?

Hey guys... I'm going to ring the bell at the NASDEQ and I'm partnering up with American Heart Association...
#GoRedinitiative! #Heart2Heart

about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

RonnyTuriaf14 (http://twitter.com/RonnyTuriaf14/statuses/32669489862541312)
Ronny Turiaf

02-02-2011, 07:03 PM
So is Ronny the first Zag to get the honor of ringing the bell at a stock exchange?

Probably. Wondered when they started ringing it for NASDAQ at all, and it looks like maybe 2008 was when the ceremony began. It's an online exchange, unlike NYSE and American Stock Exchange which have trading floors and lots of runners scrambling around to place buy and sell orders.

More about the event:

More about the Times Square studio where the ringing happens



Anybody else have any luck in finding video of Ronny handling the honors?

Tonight's game against the Mavs:

02-14-2011, 01:30 PM
Ronny talks about his Heart to Heart foundation in this video (http://video.msg.com/Home/The-Life-and-Career-of-Ronny-Turiaf).

02-14-2011, 07:04 PM
Nice clip.

Hope RT is able to see the floor in Wednesday night's game versus Atlanta after his injury kept him on the bench for his last couple games. ;)

02-15-2011, 12:24 PM
Fresh status report on the roster:

Ronny Turiaf. (Last week: 9) Upon returning from an injury, Ronny promptly reverted to maiming bros. It took Turiaf just 9:41 to draw four fouls against the Nets.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/turn_back_nets_as_stoudemire_sits_b3Z1mxhdMiUWC2Gf 6zKepM

02-17-2011, 09:57 AM
Nice qualitative report on last night's game versus Atlanta ... first Knicks win in 3 outings against that team. Only one lead change in the game, too.


Knicks 102, Hawks 90: "First game in a while that I felt at ease watching."

KnickChick nailed it with that comment in the post-game thread. The Knicks of late have not been easy watching. At worst, they've been positively maddening; at best, decent yet troublesome. Tonight was pleasantly different. At long last and right on time, New York executed pretty solidly from start to finish and, even better, matched their offensive output with steady, sturdy defense against the athletic Hawks. Those of us watching got to sit back and enjoy our basketball from buzzer to buzzer. It was a terrific wave to ride into the All-Star break.

New York got a balanced effort, with almost all of the ten bros that spun playing some role in the team's building and maintenance of a healthy lead. Unlike previous games versus Atlanta, the Knicks didn't allow themselves to get bullied inside. They played aggressive defense without fouling and followed through on it by grabbing the rebounds as well. Good, good things.

Former Zag "prospect" (in the 3-way recruiting war among AZ, GU and Stanford) repping for the West in NYC ...

11 points on 4-5 shooting, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 37 minutes is like the Landriest line ever. Landry Fields was crucial in limiting Atlanta's extra attempts, and he sank two big threes to stave off the Hawks' run in the third quarter. Praise be to Landry.

Injury thingz: Felton had a splint of some sort on his sore knuckle, but ditched it very early in the game. Gallo turned his ankle in the second half, but appeared to be fine. Ronny Turiaf (who, by the way, had six boards in 15 minutes), also bumped his ankle at one point, but also looked okay.

I'd just like to share that I'm writing this at around 3 AM and Ronny Turiaf just played ping pong with his mom and is currently eating chicken and pasta with his dog. Twitter, guys.

And that'll be all. Again, that was a brilliant way to enter the All-Star break. Pretty much everybody played well, and the Knicks beat a good team without too much angst along the way. I can understand if it feels a little bittersweet, given the omnipresent fears that some of these Knicks might be dealt before the next game, but for the time being, I'm just going to enjoy what went down this evening.

Ronny's alley oop as he entered the game:


Twitter seems like a 24/7 thing ... http://twitpic.com/3zz80i Looks like the big guy's mother was paying a visit over Valentine's.

Also looks like travel plans during the NBA's all-star break might have been a reason for staying up all night but now are in limbo.

Jet Blue don't fly to Carribean. And somehow great architect worked his magic I'm on plane lady at service center (talk to the hand)
17 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Happiness Gone! Flight left. Missed my connection. I hate @americanairlines I hate you with a passion! U just lost a valued customer. Done
23 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

"@larata9: @RonnyTuriaf14 have u seen 127 hours" - filming my own movie No sleep for 127 hrs How about that?! -
28 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

"@AlphakirA: What's your fav thing to contribute to the team? A block? Long jumper? Dunk in an all star face?" -Assist for 3pointers by far-
31 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

02-21-2011, 07:34 PM
NYK getting that monster deal with Anthony and bunch of other guys and half of the Knicks roster leaving, espn is projecting Ronny to start at center !! :)

02-22-2011, 07:51 AM
More about the trade


It's official: The Denver Nuggets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks on Monday night, with Ken Berger reporting that the deal will go through the NBA's approval process on Tuesday. Here's the framework of the trade. You can also take a look in the Trade Machine.

New York Knicks get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman from the Denver Nuggets plus Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Denver Nuggets get: Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton from the Knicks plus New York's first round pick in 2014 and Golden State's second round picks in 2012 and 2013 and $3 million from the Knicks.

Minnesota Timberwolves get: Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry plus $3 million from the New York Knicks.

Let's take a look at some of the winners and losers and hand out some grades for this trade.


February 22, 2011 9:27 AM EST

Head coach Mike D'Antoni has a lot of work to do. The third-year coach of the Knicks now has to toss out the playbook, and come up with a new collection of plays. The Knicks have lost three of five starters. D'Antoni suddenly has to put together a new lineup, and make sure they are all on the same page.

That's the bad news. The good news is, he just landed one of the best scorers in the NBA.

In the frontcourt, Amare Stoudemire will be joined by Carmelo Anthony, as well as Ronny Turiaf who has suddenly been thrust into the starting lineup. Turiaf has 13 starts this season, and averages only 18.5 minutes per game. In the backcourt, Donnie Walsh managed to hold on to Landry Fields, and the rookie guard will now be teamed with Chauncey Billups, who at 34 remains a quality point guard, averaging 16.5 points per game, and basically putting up the same numbers he did when he played for the NBA Champion Detroit Pistons in 2003-2004.

03-06-2011, 08:38 AM
Ronny sat out Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers, and is also questionable for today (Sunday) against the Hawks.




04-17-2011, 05:48 AM
Holy smokin' trinity ... ;)


Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Ronny Turiaf will be his starting center for Game 1, not Shelden Williams, who sprained his ankle last night in the fourth quarter, coming down on a Celtic player's foot.

Turiaf, who's had an injury-prone season, missing 19 games, started against Chicago on Tuesday and last night versus Boston.

D'Antoni said the matchups were good for Turiaf, but that things could change if Shaquille O'Neal gets healthy for Boston.

The Knicks don't really have a legit starting center on the roster.

"We'll have a three-headed center," D'Antoni said, adding Jared Jeffries to the mix.

04-17-2011, 05:41 PM
Ronny played big tonight, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks

04-17-2011, 08:14 PM
Pic from the game tonight:

Ronny Turiaf #14 of the New York Knicks grabs
the rebound as Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston
Celtics defends in Game One of the Eastern
Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA
Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at the TD Garden
in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics
defeated the New York Knicks 87-85.

04-19-2011, 12:07 PM
I'm definitely planning to tune in at 4:00 PM today Spokane time to see game two vs. the Celtics (TNT on #54 Spokane Comcast). Game preview (http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2011/04/19/knicks-celtics-game-2-things-to-watch/):
Knicks vs. Celtics, Game 2: Things to watch

Game 2 in Boston might not be a must-win for the Knicks, but another loss would put them in a hole few escape. Here are a few things I’ll be watching for Tuesday night:

• The Ronny Turiaf/Shawne Williams trade-off

Ronny Turiaf, who will start in Game 2 for the Knicks,
held Kevin Garnett to 4-of-12 shooting in Turiafs 29 minutes
on Sunday. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Knicks have only one reliable big man in Amar’e Stoudemire, and he has not fared well guarding Kevin Garnett. That presents coach Mike D’Antoni with an interesting dilemma. Turiaf, who will start, gave the Knicks fantastic defense in Game 1. He defended Garnett for almost all of his 29 minutes on the floor, holding the Celtics’ power forward to 4-of-12 shooting in that time and sparing Stoudemire the burden of defending KG. Turiaf was an active cutter on offense, but that does not change the fact that he is a liability on that end.

As Gian Casimiro demonstrates wonderfully via video (http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2011/4/19/2119565/7som-webisode-28-jermaine-oneals-defense), the Celtics’ big men, particularly Jermaine O’Neal, helped liberally off Turiaf to the point that New York was almost playing 4-on-5 with Turiaf on the floor. When Carmelo Anthony got the ball near the elbow, Turiaf’s guy would sometimes leave Turiaf and creep over to ‘Melo’s side of the floor, deterring a possible drive. And when the Knicks ran a pick-and-roll with Amar’e, Turiaf’s man darted over to cut off Stoudemire’s roll without worrying about the consequences.

The Knicks burned Boston a couple of times by hitting Turiaf with quick passes, but the Celtics are tough to score on when you let them play this way.

The obvious alternative is to use Williams, a capable three-point shooter, especially from the corners. But Williams does not have Turiaf’s bulk or shot-blocking ability, and playing him and Stoudemire together opens things up in the post for Garnett and Glen Davis. (And, man, does Glen Davis ever need to get going in the post.) Jared Jeffries and Shelden Williams are also options, but Boston will treat them as it did Turiaf.

04-19-2011, 07:17 PM
What bravo sierra ! In the game I watched on many occasions Ronny was the ONLY Knick trying to get back on defense and one of the few diving after the loose balls .

04-20-2011, 08:36 AM
Ronny had a solid stat line against the Celtics last night:

Mins: 22
FG-A: 1-3
FT-A: 4-4
Rebounds: 3
Assist: 3
ST: 1
TO: 1
PF: 0
BLK: 0
PTS: 6

Great assist to turnover ratio and no fouls! Only thing surprising was no blocks.

Way to go, Ronny!