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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Game Thread

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Nuggets

I totally forgot that there was a game today. It is so weird that the NBA has the Knicks playing the same day as the Super Bowl. In any event, the Knicks are currently in the first period against the Denver Nuggets, trailing 14-10. Hopefully at least this Denver team does not win today. Carmelo Anthony is back in the starting lineup to play against his old team. Let’s go Knicks!

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Grizzlies

Well, that‘s not a good piece of news before the game begins. Carmelo Anthony is out for the game due to his knee (hopefully they’re just being conservative because of the back-to-back games and not something much more worrisome) and Lance Thomas is out because he is in the concussion protocol (which means he will miss Sunday’s game, as well, as he wouldn’t be eligible to play until Tuesday). Sooo….well…this will be a tough game for the Knicks to win. However, they played the Grizzlies fairly tight without Melo the last time they played, so maybe they’ll have a chance …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pistons

Welcome to the new low point of the season Knicks fans! For the first time all season our favorite club is five games under .500 and the panic is starting to set in among fans and beat reporters. I would be lying if I didn’t feel a tinge of that panic. The Celtics loss was particularly galling to me, and I had a hard time not feeling the sort of anger and hatred that lead to the Dark Side. Nothing about this recent skid ought to be a surprise to followers of the Knickerbockers. The guards have been pretty bad …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Celtics

Then put your little… hand in mine… There ain’t no hill or mountain… we can’t climb… Thus begins Bill Murray’s morning in Groundhog Day when his alarm clock goes off at the Ungodly hour of 6 AM. It being Groundhog Day it seems to fit my new morning routine because we got the bright idea to adopt a puppy. He’s cute, sure. But when they tell you training a new puppy is stressful and takes a lot of work, they are underselling it. It’s a recurring nightmare of reinforcing behaviors that begins every day at 6 AM, with minor improvements …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Warriors

My earliest basketball memories begin with the back of my comic books in the 1970s. I didn’t know much about basketball, the NBA or the ABA. I never played the game in elementary school, and I don’t remember being around it all that much. Sure, basketball was going on around me, but it wasn’t on the radar. Those comic books, though, taught me just enough about the characters of the game to start to care. If you’re old enough you may remember that Spalding used to make the official red, white, and blue ball of the ABA. They ran cartoonish …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Raptors

Before I get into discussion of tonight’s game between the New York Basketball Knickerbockers and the Toronto Basketsports Oviraptors, I want to indulge a bit of weirdness that I’m feeling. I began my brainstorming about this piece by checking the Raptors’ Basketball Reference page, browsing the particulars of their 2015-16 season. “B-Ref,” as the kids call it, continually adds tidbits of information, both quantitative and qualitative, to its mix. I spied a list of Raptors’ personnel at the top of the page, and the name “Nick Nurse” stared back at me. I tried to ignore it and get back to …continue reading