Tank Talk – March 6th-8th

I must say that when the biggest story of the day is speculating a soon-to-be 35-year old will become a Knick, you’re not having a bad day.

Frank Isola wants the Knicks to trade for Chris Paul because it’s a disaster no matter what happens. On one hand, the Knicks win too many games with CP3, don’t stay the course, and likely fall short of the playoffs. On the other hand, New York acquires CP3 and goes nowhere, and then he can crush Leon Rose. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

I guess I would be fine with a trade, depending on what the Knicks give up, of course. You do have to look at the opportunity cost – and that’s something Jon and I will probably discuss on the pod.

Recapping Last Night

Hornets lost ✅

Clippers lost  ❌

Warriors lost ✅

Not a great night for the tank. The Hornets second round pick improved and the Clippers pick didn’t get worse. The Warriors did lose though, and while they’re unlikely to be caught by the Knicks anyway, a win wouldn’t have been a bad thing in the end. 3/10.

Tank Standings

Sim of the Day

One dear reader suggested that I include the player the Knicks would draft at the position they fall. I love that idea, so that’s exactly what I’ve done.

I’m a little surprised that Tankathon would have Anthony Edwards going to the Knicks at number one, considering LaMelo Ball a) could be the better player and b) the Knicks are likely looking for a ball handler.

Average pick: 3.8

Average jump/fall: 0.6

Games This Weekend

Friday, March 6th

Hawks vs. Wizards

The Hawks have a ridiculously schedule coming up. They lost to the Wizards on the road and demolished them at home. This game will be in Washington.

Who we want to win: Hawks

Yeah, we want the team doing worse than the Knicks to do better. This is an easy one.

Pacers vs. Bulls and Magic vs. Timberwolves

Two teams around the Knicks in the standings.

Who we want to win: Bulls and Timberwolves

Easy decisions. Let’s ensure that the teams near where the Knicks are win games.

Saturday, March 7th

Let’s make this easy: let’s go Hornets, Pistons, Cavaliers, Hawks, and Warriors.

Sunday, March 8th

Today’s pretty easy: let’s go Bulls, Timberwolves, Lakers, and Cavaliers. The real matchup is…

Pistons vs. Knicks

I mentioned earlier this week that I wouldn’t include Knicks games unless they were against teams we needed to lose. Well, here we are.

Who we want to win: Pistons

I get rooting for the Knicks, I really do. The problem is that the Pistons have next to no talent on their roster, and if the Knicks keep winning, they’ll have to rely on lottery luck on draft night. There’s a difference between praying you rise and hoping you don’t fall too far. You can control how far you fall but you can’t control how high you rise. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, losing games (especially if they feature veterans) makes sense when we’re dealing with inferior teams.

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