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The Atlantic Files #170: The New York Knicks are good?

Alex Fischbein January 9, 2021

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

So here we are, finally into 2021 and about nine games into the NBA season. Thus far, this season is just as weird as the last year and or so has been. What do we mean, you might ask, well the New York Knicks actually have a winning record!

You did read that last sentence correctly. The Knicks are actually playing winning basketball and we’re not sure if the world is really prepared for this. Although, we could just see them crumble and then world order would then be restored.

Moving to another tri-state team, the Philadelphia 76ers are at the top of the standings. Joel Embiid looks primed to win an MVP while some of the new faces on the team have stepped up and given the team a breath of fresh air. Let’s not forget about Doc Rivers and the fact he could grab a Coach of the Year award as well!

Then, we have the Brooklyn Nets. One of the most prolific offenses in the league while having one of the most garbage defenses to go along with it! One will have to outweigh the other in the end, but we’ll have to see which wins out.

In terms of the Boston Celtics, we have a real discussion brewing between Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Which one would you want to build with?

Finally, there are the surprisingly bad Toronto Raptors. Well, we’re not sure what else to say other than the fact that they’re pretty bad.

Hear about all of our thoughts on these topics in the full episode below!


1:50 – Sixers hot start and some worries

9:30 – Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic for MVP

11:02 – Brooklyn Nets defense is garbage

14:35 – Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum vs Jaylen Brown vs Brandon Ingram

24:10 – New York Knicks are actually winning games


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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