Knicks vs Celts Bring Sizzle to Garden

By Jerold Hoover BASN NBA writer
Updated: December 18, 2010

NEW YORK – The Knicks may have lost this round at the Garden breaking an 8 game losing streak in the process but as superstar center, Amare’ Stoudemire declare in the summer after he officially agreed to become a Knick, “we are back!” No truer words could have been spoken by an athlete of his caliber. Sure it’s early and the Knicks are at this stage in the season, 16-10 but just ask a whole lot of long suffering Knicks fans if they would trade their record for that of their cross-river foe, New Jersey Nets. Yup, you guest it…”NO!”

The Knicks were barely bested by the Boston Celtics 118-116 in a most thrilling regular season game since the late 1990s when the team had Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson; oh and Jeff Van Gundy coaching them. The loss snapped the Knicks 8 game winning streak which was the longest since the mid 90s. However, the Sunday Denver Nugget game was a sizzle because of the impending and hopeful arrival of Carmelo Anthony. But the hated Celtics; now that’s a rival, or is it?

Well All-star Paul Pierce didn’t seem to think that it was when he was asked about the ‘rival’ game. But, soon after the game, Pierce said, “they (the Knicks) have arrived. They will be a force to reckon with in this division.” And although he wasn’t in the mood to declare a moral victory for his team, Stoudemire bemoaned, “we have their respect, I know that for sure. We have their respect.”

Stoudemire aka STAT (Standing Tall And Talented) was all that a bag of BARBEQUE chips dazzled all night long. He finished the game with 39 points while extending his Knick record setting 30 point game streak to nine. But, if it hadn’t been for two-tenths of a second he would’ve had 42 points and the game winning basket. Stoudemire’s 3-point shot swished through the hoop as the buzzer sounded but replays show that the ball hadn’t left his hands in time. The game overall was a thrill a minute and the Knicks as a whole gave the Garden faithful more to build on as the hated Miami Heat make their way to the Big City next. Will the fans ‘boo’ LeBron the way the Cav fans did or will he get the royal treatment?

Jerald Hoover

jeraldhoover@blackathlete.com