A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis...
Knicks Finally End Dreaded Losing Skid
BROOKLYN – In a perfect world, the New York Knicks would play the Brooklyn Nets every night right on their home floor of the Barclay Center. But we all know that world of make believe doesn’t exist in the NBA. That being said, the Knicks exorcised the losing demon that plagued them for 9 games straight which included 7 straight on their home floor of Madison Square Garden. The Knicks routed the Nets, 113-83 to win the first round of the New York City Stink Bowl.
No, we aren’t talking about any sewage or rat problems of the City; we’re talking about the teams of the City that called themselves championship contenders.
It’s safe to say that either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers aren’t in any danger of losing their Eastern Conference supremacy at this point. The Eastern Conference is probably at its worse in a great many of years. There are only two teams with an above .500 record and in the West it at least 8 teams.
The Knicks however needed this win as bad as humans need food and drink. It seems that the once highly regarded and respected coach Mike Woodson is on the warm seat. Carmelo Anthony is said to be thinking of flying the coup. The once untouchable Iman Shumpert is said to be on the trading block. There’s just a lot of “stuff” going on within the franchise that wasn’t expected.
Can this win be a springboard for a better rest of the season? Can this win keep the Knicks playing inspired all out basketball where they’re sharing the ball and making the extra pass?
The Knicks put on a virtual show against the Nets, reminiscent of last season where getting up the court fast and spotting up for open 3’s was the norm. The Knicks shot, 16-27 from 3-point land, the defense was also solid and played the full 48 minutes even when they up by as much as 35 points in the 3rd quarter. Coach Woodson was encouraged by his team’s play, “Andrea Bargnani was solid.” Coach also added, “Everybody was solid. I thought Raymond Felton really did a good job in orchestrating our offense. He pushed the pace. Our pace was a lot quicker tonight and it looked like the Knicks of old.”
KNICK KNOTES: Bargnani who finished with 16 points and 3 blocks was ejected (with 8:23 left in the 4th quarter) for the first time in his 8 year career by Joey Crawford for jawing with Kevin Garnett. Garnett as proud of a warrior as there’s ever been in the NBA was a mere shell of himself playing against Bargnani. Carmelo Anthony said, “He held it down for us. He played well tonight. He got kicked out when he didn’t think he was supposed to, but sometimes you got to do that. He was the sacrificial lamb tonight, but it might have been worth it.” Nets coach and former Knicks player Jason Kidd was shooting jumpers on the court before the game. Interesting.