By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Tim Powers Knicks Over Kobe’s Lakers
NEW YORK – After nearly a season and a half, New York Knicks small forward Tim Thomas who has been much maligned is finally having a breakout stretch.
Ever sense the Knicks traded away high scoring forward Keith Van Horn the Knicks have been waiting for Tim to show his wares as a go to scorer. Tim attributes his recent five game stretch in which he’s averaged 20 points and the Knicks have gone 4-1, to, “finally being healthy”. That’s music to coach Herb Williams’ ears as he said for the past few days, Tim has been telling him, “just get the ball to me coach, I’m ready.”
Tim had a torrid third quarter to which he scored 17 points en route to his game high and Knicks and season high of 35 points. His point production bested Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant’s 30 point output. Matter-of-fact, Tim looked rather Kobe-ish as he demanded the ball while scoring at will from the post; sometimes shooting over two defenders and shooting with relative ease from 3-point land.
And in lieu of Tim’s season long slump due to family issues and injury the Knicks are hoping that this stretch will continue as the Knicks are showing signs of life. The Knicks are still in last place in the dreaded Atlantic Division but they are 3-0 sense the trade that had the entire Knicks Nation up in arms. One has to admit, the Knicks are showing a lot more grit when it comes to playing the game. Not counting the near disaster by blowing a 12 point lead in the closing minutes of regulation and having to gut out a 117-115 win in overtime.
The way the Knicks have been playing of late, Herb Williams will be making a very strong case for permanent status as head coach; especially if the Knicks somehow squeak their way into the playoffs. That is unlikely at this point because the Knicks have to somehow leap frog their way over 5 other teams, but anything’s still possible.
Isiah’s master plan known mostly to him may be successful after all. But, before Knicks fans get too giddy, don’t forget that the Knicks lost their first 20 of 25 games going into the New Year. And that dreaded stretch happened just after Stephon Marbury declared himself, “the best point guard in the league.” That incidentally was the last time the Knicks had a 3 game winning streak.
Tim Thomas and Penny Hardaway had to be separated by teammates and coaches with almost 6 minutes to go during a timeout. It seems as though Penny over reacted to a missed defensive assignment by Tim to which Tim no doubt too exception. The words exchanged between the two were not pleasant. But, all was well after the game. Michael Sweetney had a monster game contributing 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sweetney and newly named starting center, Kurt Thomas who also had a very strong game, 15 points and 12 rebounds seem to play extremely well together with Sweetney being a bull in the post and Kurt canning his ever reliable 15-foot jumper. Marbury again led the Knicks with 12 assists and contributed 19 points.
Jerald LeVon Hoover