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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heat 100, Knicks 67

New York Knicks 67 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Miami Heat
Carmelo Anthony, SF 34 MIN | 3-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -35

The general consensus was that Melo would have to pull off an epic performance reminiscent of a former Knick All-Star for the ‘Bockers to have a chance in this series. Alas, tonight, he threw up a Starksian 3-15 in lieu of channeling his boyhood Idol King Bernard. Anthony did a solid job on the boards and while the game was close, threw a few nifty passes out of double and triple-teams but all those silky smooth mid range jumpers that he’d been canning for the month of April clanged off the rim with such regularity that it began to sound like an early John Cage percussion piece. Miami was fronting him early and often which seemed to baffle the Knicks. More on this later. Woodson made some 2nd half adjustments to get him the rock, but by that point, it really didn’t matter. Ugh.

Amare Stoudemire, PF 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -18

Some early ‘splosiveness from STAT, but he disappeared after picking up three early fouls (MUCH MORE on this later) and as was the case with Melo, the Knicks were unable to get him the ball either via the pick and roll or off curls. Ugh.

Tyson Chandler, C 21 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -19

How sick is Tyson (This isn’t the beginning of a bad joke) He’s so ill that according to the twitter, Chandler’s getting a drip IV for the next 2-4 hours. We’ve gotten so used to Tyson putting in a Herculean effort night in and night out, I think we all assumed he’d shrug off a silly little impediment like the flu but ’twas not the case as he’s clearly suffering from some mutagenically nasty, DPOY-killing virus. Still, SEVEN turnovers? Ugh.

Baron Davis, PG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -12

In one of the few bright spots of the day, Beardly had some of his mojo going early, hitting jumpers and turning the corner with more juice than he’s had in weeks. During the fleeting moment when this was a competitive game, he led the Knicks with 10 points. Of course he too got into foul trouble and his back tightened up in the 2nd half. Natch. I’m semi-surprised a grand piano didn’t fall from the rafters of [Corporate Sponsor I can't recall} Arena and crush Jorts Harrellson, like a bad Laurel and Hardy bit. Ugh.

Iman Shumpert, G 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -28

Ugh. Biggest Ugh of all. I'd be grant if I could write something vaguely intelligent, make a weird reference or even sling a bad joke, but watching Shump go down just felt like every frustration in life, every gut-wrenching failure, every humiliating indignity, every time a woman ripped my still-beating heart from my chest encapsulated in one agonizing and seemingly eternal second as dropped to the ground as if he'd been hit by a sniper's bullet and writhed in agonizing pain on the hardwood floor. And now the official word is that Iman Shumpert suffered a torn left ACL and lateral meniscus. He is expected to miss 6-8 months following surgery, according to the team. April is truly the cruelest month. Fuck.

Mike Bibby, PG 21 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -8

I'm even too upset to make any Undead Bibby jokes. Ugh.

Jared Jeffries, PF 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -12

In a game filled with soul-crushing opprobriums, Jared had his only bucket -- a nifty drive on the baseline and layup as the shot clock was winding down -- overruled by the refs -- a fittingly impish paradigm for the entire sordid affair. Oh, and Jared's still hampered by his dodgy knee. Ugh.

Steve Novak, SF 24 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

Novak hit a couple of treys, one important one in the 2nd and one meaningless one as the longest garbage time in recent Knick playoff history wound down. He even guarded his former classmate at Marquette for a few weirdly piquant moments. We also learned that the one human being who loves him some Novakaine more than Knick fans is Jeff Van Gundy, who just couldn't stop kvelling during the broadcast. It was cute in a, "Isn't in amusing to watch Jeff Van Gundry let loose a stream of verbal diarrhea after years of awkward, literally tight-lipped, Diet Coke-clenching post game pressers that looked so painfully uncomfortable and devoid of actual information that I semi-suspected JVG might have some form of speech impediment and/or performance anxiety." Still, if he's has/had such a crush on our fair-haired boy Steve, it beggars the question == Why didn't JVG didn't play him more in Houston? Anyhoo...where was I? Oh right. I remember now. Ugh.

J.R. Smith, SG 33 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -20

One other bright spot, if you can dig a strand of hay out of this colossal pile of razor-sharp needles, is that J.R. is clearly unafraid of the limelight/pressure of the postseason. That's all well and good, considering how shell-shocked some of his mates were by Miami's defensive onslaught. We got to see some swell fadeaway twenty-footers and perimeter D, but also a gaggle of shots with plenty o' time left on the shot clock, another goofily dumb foul on a perimeter shooter because J.R. seems to think that whaling in the general direction of his opponent's genitalia will lead to some form of positive result and an absurd between the legs pass to Jorts when the 'Bockers were down 2.8 jillion points or so. You know the old yarn/joke about the old woman and the snake? In brief, n old woman was walking down the road when she saw a gang of thugs beating a poisonous snake. She rescued the snake and carried it back to her home, where she nursed it back to health. They became friends and lived together for many months. One day they were going into town, and the old woman picked him up and the snake bit her. Repeatedly. "O God," she screamed, "I am dying! Why? I was your friend. I saved your life! I trusted you! Why did you bite me?" The snake looked up at her and said, "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you first picked me up." (Rim shot)

In case it isn't abundantly clear, Knick fans are the old woman and J.R.'s the snake. And this serpent's going to continue to do his thang, regardless of the fact that an "in-control" J.R. is exactly what the Knicks need if there's any hope of winning a game in this series. Ugh.

Landry Fields, G 18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

Nothing new in today's game from Landry who had little to no effect on the final outcome. Of course, without Shump, he's in the starting role again and will likely spend a great deal of time guarding Wade, who has always taken a perverse pleasure in abusing the kid from Stanford like a bully whomping on an emaciated nerd, nearly pummeling him to pulp with said geek's own violin case/asthma inhaler/Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master Guidebook. Ugh.

Jerome Jordan, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Hi Jerome. Ugh.

Josh Harrellson, F 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +3

Some garbage time mins for Jorts in which he hit an open jumper and converted a mini-hook. That's not that the beginning of a hall of fame candidacy but when you consider the fact that he appears to be moving in slow-motion at all times, possibly because he's wearing Stimpy's stay-put socks, you gotta be slightly impressed. This is of course, an ancillary issue, considering Master Harrellson's suddenly become the healthiest center left on the roster. Ugh.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Let's get this out of the way early. The refereeing in this game was so execrable it made the WWF look like a legitimate sporting venture. It was so far beyond one-sided, it even led Bill Simmons (who isn't known to be particularly fond of New York teams, to say the least) to tweet: "I don't watch rigged NBA games, I'm switching to hockey."

    If you'd like some numbers to back up the above hyperbole, in the 1st half, the Knicks found themselves on the receiving end of 20 calls to Miami's 8 and 5 trips to the line versus Miami's 28. Read that again. 28-5. Some of the more egregious examples included (but were not limited to):

    1. Melo getting manhandled by Shane Battier and/or LeBron on the block to such a degree that I'm fairly certain the latter duo could confidently identify what religion Mr. Anthony with nary a whistle being blown. (On a side note, for a superstar [this isn't to meant to reopen a prolonged Melo debate. The NBA's marketers consider him a superstar] it’s amazing how few calls he gets.)

    2. A series of dubious charges, three on Tyson Chandler alone, drawn solely because LeBron et al, clearly logged some serious hours at the Danilo Gallinari School of “I just stepped on a land mine in WWII-era Tunisia” Flopping.

    3. A Flagrant Two (subsequently downgraded to a one) was assessed to Tyson Chandler after LeBron (that scurrilous swine) spent a good deal of time teetering and wobbling around the court like he was the town drunk in a late 20th/early 19th Century Irish Novel. I literally thew a beverage (non-alcoholic) at the wall after this’n.

    4. If you thought his acting in “The Decision” was awful, take a look at how he collapsed like a sack of refined flour after being barely touched by J.R. Smith as the two went after a rebound in the corner.

    And on and on and on. I’ve said this before, but when the refs pull a Donaghy, the effect is greater than costing a single possession. There’s a sense that, “Crap. Not only do we have to defeat this hellish team that’s in The Kraken on vast quantities of amphetamines’ mode, but we have to overcome the bastids in gray too?” Not only does it destroy any confidence a team might have, players start pressing, trying to regain the lead in a single play. I’ve seen it first hand onstage in plays. It’s called, “Saving the show.” One actor tries to rescue a bad collective performance by him or herself and starts overacting and/or hamming it up and ends up making the whole thing even worse. Once things started to go awry, Melo and Smith forced some early shots, a gaggle of panicky turnovers ensued and like a shark smelling blood in the water, LeBron went on a berzerker rampage all adding up to a 24-2 run over the final six minutes of the half that, for all intents and purposes, got the obese female in viking horns to start her vocal warmup.

  2. That said, even with a fair hand from the arbiters, there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell the Knicks win this game. Jim mentioned in his podcast that I actually preferred the Heat to the Bulls. In a nutshell, my rational was that no matter what condition Rose is/was in, you can count on Chicago’s defense, rebounding and superior effort. I also suggested hat Miami wouldn’t choke in a big moment. Well, now that Rose has been lost to the same injury that felled Shump (Saturday was a bad day for Windy City guards), It’s an understatement to say that I might want to reconsider my position at this juncture. LeBron, when he’s fully motivated (and evidently duping the refs into giving one everything and anything one could desire is a powerful motivational tool. If he was hurt on Chandler’s foul I’m a monkey’s uncle.), is an absolute terror. Everything one loathes and admires about Mr. James could bee seen in today’s bitch-slapping of the ‘Bockers — the defense, the whining, the post play, the sense of entitlement, the physical domination. On top of all that, the Knicks were just plain outclassed today. More numbers? They shot 36 percent, the starters had a 45 percent eFG%, they coughed 27 turnovers leading to 38 points off turnovers and they turned the ball over in 23% of their possessions. The 33-point deficit was the fourth-largest margin of defeat in Knicks playoff history and honestly, it wasn’t that close. It’ll be interesting to see how they react on Monday, but this kind of beating, where the Knicks were outmatched in every aspect of play, could certainly cause them to pack up shop. I’m hoping that isn’t the case, but considering the psychic and spiritual trauma that this game inflicted upon me, a mere spectator, it’s going to take some serious (hoary sports cliche ahead) leadership on the part of someone (Melo? STAT? Tyson? Son of Wood? Anyone?) to pull these cats back from the brink.
  3. I can only assume the Knicks are detouring their flight and retreating to some monastery in the Tiger Leaping Gorge near the Yangtzee River. Whilst they pen zen koans, Coach Mister Potato Head might want to cobble together a play or two to get Melo the ball when the heat are fronting him. What about using him in the pick and roll, off curls, stagger screens or via something else that some person who actually knows X’s and O’s could explain. Sebastian Pruiti offeredup a few suggestions here and here. I don’t know if he can be dragooned into an assistant coaching gig in the next 24 hours, but hopefully there’s a different scheme being hatched by the powers that be because right now, it ain’t workin’.
  4. Since I could only come up with four bullet-points between tears, the Great Jim Cavan has this to say — Jim: You think you’re fooling us with the white seat covers on “White Out” night, Miami fans? Nice try. We know those seats are empty. Setting aside for a second the Big Three, people have always hated Miami because Miami’s fans are as loyal and engaged as a cocaine housewife. As such, they showed their true colors emptying en mass at the end of the third quarter and into the swamp-borne streets. Sure the game was in hand. Of course there was no conceivable way the ‘Bockers would somehow claw back into it. But therein lays the rub: To them – or a vast majority of them at least – the game isn’t art, jazz, or a high-speed chess match. Hell, it’s not even a game. It’s a show, a place to see and be seen. Which is why I pray the hardwood Yahweh imparts wrath akin to last year’s. Doesn’t matter when, although Game 6 in the Garden is still my personal pick.
  5. And finally. y’all have seen the movie, “Annie Hall,” right? As a young Semite growing up on Ye Olde Upper West Side-e, it we studied said film and memorized its axioms with the fervor of a Talmudic scholar so pardon me if it isn’t as hard-wired into your cerebrum, dear reader. There’s a scene that comes to mind today.

    I feel that life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable. Those are the two categories, you know. The horrible are like, um, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. You know, and the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because you’re very lucky, to be miserable.

    Yeah. Well, today we got both. But the point I’d like to make is this (even hoarier cliche ahead)…it’s only a game. We as sports fans (okay definitely me as a sports fan) tend to see these brutal defeats as encapsulating all of the injustices of the world. In theory, a few hours in front of the tube watching (back to Annie Hall again), “A bunch of pituitary cases run around in their underwear.” should alleviating one’s suffering or at least provide a respite from one’s own multitudinous, seemingly unsolvable problems. Far from it. Alas, when the Knicks lose, all of the things that infuriate us (again, possibly only me) are made the more present and palpable. It may be different for you. You may actually see a gallingly painful defeat, as brutish as today’s was, where insult was literally added to injury and we even had to stomach a poseur like Chris Bosh giggling like a petulant child/ether-soaked madman in the closing seconds, as oddly cathartic or at least a kind of perverse escapist joy. It just ain’t that way for your humble correspondent. So I’m going to try something different. I’m going to try to watch the rest of this series with a bemused disinterest. I’m going to see if I can actual just watch but not let it be the be all and the end all of my emotional well-being. It’s just too draining. I say this not to unpack my psychological wares in front of all y’all, but hopefully to offer another way or a way out to those who are hurting. I don’t know if it’s possible to be a fan (short for fanatic, after all) and not to feel every missed shot and turnover and godawful play like a paper cut to one’s eyelid, but I’m going to try. Roger Kann, in The Boys of Summer, described rooting for the equally doom- struck Brooklyn Dodgers: “We stand in front of a mirror, naked, hearing laughter that includes our own.” Well, I’ve been spending far too much time crying at what I see in that deep, dark truthful mirror and it’s time to change. Maybe it’s possible to laugh at the terrible ridiculousness of it all. It is, after all, just a game. Right?

86 comments on “Heat 100, Knicks 67

  1. ruruland

    Thanks for the Pruiti link. The Knicks tried pin-downs though, and the defender on the screener came out to deny the pass.

  2. danj

    I know this game was lost anyway, but one more HORRIBLE call by the refs..In I believe 2nd or 3rd quarter, JR driving to the basket, and colliding with 2 Heat defenders, as Battier is literally pulling him down by his jersey to block the shot. What was even more egregious was Breen and Van Gundy applauding the non-call and praising Battier for his D, after the jersey pull was shown in slowmo. Puke.

  3. jon abbey

    if DAL holds on here, one big reason will be Harden’s turnovers, three of which have led to seven very easy points for the Mavs.

  4. Owen

    It wsa ugly….

    Lin should not come back. Wrong to do on a number of levels I think.

    As much as I dislike some of his decisions, I enjoy listening to him in the press conference.

    Now Hubie Brown, not so much. Although they are getting some of the stat stuff right these days….

    Dallas about to take down OKC. Wonder what the line was there….

  5. Owen

    Yeah, Harden has some turnover issues, no question about it….

    Still, he is awesome.

    Getting tight….

  6. 2FOR18

    jon abbey:
    if DAL holds on here, one big reason will be Harden’s turnovers, three of which have led to seven very easy points for the Mavs.

    Nah this game is on Durant. If it weren’t for Harden the game would be over by now.

  7. ruruland

    Owen: It wsa ugly….Lin should not come back. Wrong to do on a number of levels I think.As much as I dislike some of his decisions, I enjoy listening to him in the press conference. Now Hubie Brown, not so much. Although they are getting some of the stat stuff right these days….Dallas about to take down OKC. Wonder what the line was there….

    You don’t like Hubie Brown??? Maybe he goes beyond the “he missed the shot/he made the shot” kind of analysis.

  8. 2FOR18

    What you said about Shump.. I hate the saying “spot on” but it applies. I’m more bothered by his injury than the margin of defeat.
    It’s always something with this team in the playoffs. First the flu for our C, then this.

  9. Robert Silverman Post author

    I LOATHE Oklahoma City. I don’t know how they’ve escaped backlash for one, screwing Seattle, and two, being owned by Natural Gas Barons that are destroying the country’s water supply

  10. Owen

    Because they are young, awesome, and they have the front office I dream of having….

    Robert Silverman:
    I LOATHE Oklahoma City. I don’t know how they’ve escaped backlash for one, screwing Seattle, and two, being owned by Natural Gas Barons that are destroying the country’s water supply

  11. 2FOR18

    Robert Silverman:
    I LOATHE Oklahoma City. I don’t know how they’ve escaped backlash for one, screwing Seattle, and two, being owned by Natural Gas Barons that are destroying the country’s water supply

    Frackaphobe?

  12. Robert Silverman Post author

    Owen:
    Because they are young, awesome, and they have the front office I dream of having….

    Well, that’s you. I couldn’t root for the Knicks if they won multiple championships while being owned by Child Abusers

  13. Owen

    Is Kendrick Perkins the guy to guard Dirk there? Couldn’t really see much of a foul there. But very nice move….

  14. ruruland

    Owen: Because they are young, awesome, and they have the front office I dream of having….

    Westbrook is efficient?

    They chose Durant with the second pick?

    No one knew Harden was going to be this great of a 3 pt shooter and passer. Covered him at ASU.

    Ibaka was an amazing find. Collison was a left-over. Perkins trade was ok.

    I’m guessing you like the fact that they have homegrown players who lead the NBA in TS%??

  15. Robtachi

    Robert Silverman: He’s a terrible owner, but he’s not a criminal. So yeah

    You’re a lot more forgiving than most Rangers/Knicks fans, Rob. He’s been robbing us blind failing to deliver a quality product for the last two decades while continuing to get fatter and richer off the land anyway.

  16. 2FOR18

    Robert Silverman: I shouldn’t have brought it up and this clearly isn’t the forum for this conversation but it’s not a phobia, it’s a serious, serious problem.

    It’s become a politicized so I won’t discuss it here either. Side A has their scientists saying one thing and side B has their scientists, and if you disagree with side A/side B then you’re a knuckledragging mouthbreather.

  17. 2FOR18

    2FOR18: It’s become a politicized so I won’t discuss it here either.Side A has their scientists saying one thing and side B has their scientists, and if you disagree with side A/side B then you’re a knuckledragging mouthbreather.

    lol, make that knuckledragging mouthbreathing child abusers :)

  18. Robert Silverman Post author

    2FOR18: It’s become a politicized so I won’t discuss it here either.Side A has their scientists saying one thing and side B has their scientists, and if you disagree with side A/side B then you’re a knuckledragging mouthbreather.

    Both sides have scientists on their side like the Tobacco companies had scientists who said smoking wasn’t addictive/didn’t cause cancer.

  19. Robert Silverman Post author

    Robtachi: You’re a lot more forgiving than most Rangers/Knicks fans, Rob. He’s been robbing us blind failing to deliver a quality product for the last two decades while continuing to get fatter and richer off the land anyway.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Dolan’s a fool and I can’t stand him. That said, there’s a difference between being lousy at your job (no matter how much it impacts me personally) and poisoning people.

    The former means I have to root for a team that probably won’t win a title (sad as that may be) while he’s the owner while the latter is going to seriously damage people’s health. If Cabot Oil bought the Knicks, I’d walk over to the Barclays Center and never come back

  20. Robtachi

    2FOR18: It’s become a politicized so I won’t discuss it here either.Side A has their scientists saying one thing and side B has their scientists, and if you disagree with side A/side B then you’re a knuckledragging mouthbreather.

    Okay, I know, I know, not the right place to get into a discussion, but I just have to make this one point; that’s pretty much b/s. Crude oil, frackable Shale deposits, etc. are finite forms of energy. That’s not a debatable opinion, it’s a reality of the Earth’s elemental makeup. Lithium ions and other potentially harnessed Earth alkali metals/compounds are between something like 95-99.8% recyclable even after “consumption” (and if it’s recycled, is it really defined as “consumed”?). Solar, wind and hydroelectric energies are going to be available every day the Earth exists until it don’t exist no mo’. Those are all facts. What’s also a fact is that those methods require the somewhat daunting expense of scientific research, which, understandably, there are many many rich and influential people not in favor of, since oil is just so damned profitable by comparison. It’s money vs. foresight.

  21. Robtachi

    Robert Silverman: Both sides have scientists on their side like the Tobacco companies had scientists who said smoking wasn’t addictive/didn’t cause cancer.

    Speaking of which, check out the Dr. Spaceman sketch from this past week’s 30 Rock live show, if you haven’t already. Hysterical and accurate. You’d love it.

  22. Robtachi

    Robtachi: Okay, I know, I know, not the right place to get into a discussion, but I just have to make this one point; that’s pretty much b/s.Crude oil, frackable Shale deposits, etc. are finite forms of energy. That’s not a debatable opinion, it’s a reality of the Earth’s elemental makeup.Lithium ions and other potentially harnessed Earth alkali metals/compounds are between something like 95-99.8% recyclable even after “consumption” (and if it’s recycled, is it really defined as “consumed”?).Solar, wind and hydroelectric energies are going to be available every day the Earth exists until it don’t exist no mo’. Those are all facts. What’s also a fact is that those methods require the somewhat daunting expense of scientific research, which, understandably, there are many many rich and influential people not in favor of, since oil is just so damned profitable by comparison.It’s money vs. foresight.

    Sorry, NON-Alkaline earth metals. Can a chemist get an edit button up in here?!

  23. 2FOR18

    Robtachi: Okay, I know, I know, not the right place to get into a discussion, but I just have to make this one point; that’s pretty much b/s.Crude oil, frackable Shale deposits, etc. are finite forms of energy. That’s not a debatable opinion, it’s a reality of the Earth’s elemental makeup.Lithium ions and other potentially harnessed Earth alkali metals/compounds are between something like 95-99.8% recyclable even after “consumption” (and if it’s recycled, is it really defined as “consumed”?).Solar, wind and hydroelectric energies are going to be available every day the Earth exists until it don’t exist no mo’. Those are all facts. What’s also a fact is that those methods require the somewhat daunting expense of scientific research, which, understandably, there are many many rich and influential people not in favor of, since oil is just so damned profitable by comparison.It’s money vs. foresight.

    No BS involved on my part, as I never said anything about how finite various resources are. I was referring to the fracking yay or nay argument.

  24. BigBlueAL

    I need to start watching Real Time with Bill Maher again so I can keep up with some of the discussions on this site lately lol

  25. Robtachi

    Disregard me, anyway. I’ve clearly been so severely unhinged by the gutpunchitude of the day’s events that I can no longer properly recall my periodic compounds.

  26. 2FOR18

    Robert Silverman: Don’t get me wrong, I think Dolan’s a fool and I can’t stand him. That said, there’s a difference between being lousy at your job (no matter how much it impacts me personally) and poisoning people.

    The former means I have to root for a team that probably won’t win a title (sad as that may be) while he’s the owner while the latter is going to seriously damage people’s health. If Cabot Oil bought the Knicks, I’d walk over to the Barclays Center and never come back

    No natural gas OR oil? I guess we can go back to hunting and gathering, but it would make blogging kind of difficult.

  27. 2FOR18

    Robtachi:
    Disregard me, anyway. I’ve clearly been so severely unhinged by the gutpunchitude of the day’s events that I can no longer properly recall my periodic compounds.

    Ha. I hope Jon Abbey is OK.

  28. Robtachi

    2FOR18: No natural gas OR oil?I guess we can go back to hunting and gathering, but it would make blogging kind of difficult.

    The idea that there are no other viable forms of energy to maintain the comforts we enjoy now is so silly.

    Nuclear energy is just as environmentally irresponsible, but at least its more efficient than gas and oil. Again, too expensive for people to commit, like every other form of energy we’ve harnessed in the past century.

  29. Robtachi

    2FOR18: Ha.I hope Jon Abbey is OK.

    One can only assume that in a semi-psychotic attempt at solidarity, he ran outside and mangled his knee on uneven pavement to mirror and share in Shump’s misery.

  30. Robtachi

    Robtachi: One can only assume that in a semi-psychotic attempt at solidarity, he ran outside and mangled his knee on uneven pavement to mirror and share in Shump’s misery.

    Get well, Jon.

  31. Robert Silverman Post author

    2FOR18: No natural gas OR oil?I guess we can go back to hunting and gathering, but it would make blogging kind of difficult.

    Cabot Oil and Gas. They’re a Nat’l Gas Company. I’ve now gone back on my word that to not delve into this discussion about six times, but that last statement of yours is ridiculous.

  32. Owen

    Robert – Fracking is actually something I know a fair amount about. While I have reservations about fracking in heavily populated areas, I think the concerns about it, while having merit in some cases, overall are highly exaggerated.

    If it were a choice between fracking and not fracking I might agree with you. But it’s not. It’s a choice between getting base load power from coal or from natural. gas. And that is a very very very easy choice from an economic, environmental, and public health perspective.

  33. Owen

    Also, if it makes you feel better, a lot of people who you would file under “unlikable” at the very least are losing a crapload of money right now because of fracking….

  34. 2FOR18

    Robtachi: The idea that there are no other viable forms of energy to maintain the comforts we enjoy now is so silly.

    Nuclear energy is just as environmentally irresponsible, but at least its more efficient than gas and oil. Again, too expensive for people to commit, like every other form of energy we’ve harnessed in the past century.

    Nuclear energy is limited due to political reasons here, not economic. They love it in France though. They get a majority of their power from it.

  35. Robtachi

    Owen:
    Robert – Fracking is actually something I know a fair amount about. While I have reservations about fracking in heavily populated areas, I think the concerns about it, while having merit in some cases,overall are highly exaggerated.

    If it were a choice between fracking and not fracking I might agree with you. But it’s not. It’s a choice between getting base load power from coal or from natural. gas.And that is a very very very easy choice from an economic, environmental, and public health perspective.

    I think it’s more the idea that fracking is seen as the proper solution to our energy needs, when it’s not so much of a solution as a forestall.

  36. 2FOR18

    Robert Silverman: Cabot Oil and Gas. They’re a Nat’l Gas Company. I’ve now gone back on my word that to not delve into this discussion about six times, but that last statement of yours is ridiculous.

    Your avatar is too funny for me to get mad at you.

  37. 2FOR18

    Robtachi: One can only assume that in a semi-psychotic attempt at solidarity, he ran outside and mangled his knee on uneven pavement to mirror and share in Shump’s misery.

    I really wish he would post something so we know he’s OK.

  38. ruruland

    Robtachi: One can only assume that in a semi-psychotic attempt at solidarity, he ran outside and mangled his knee on uneven pavement to mirror and share in Shump’s misery.

    lmao

  39. Robtachi

    2FOR18: Nuclear energy is limited due to political reasons here, not economic.They love it in France though. They get a majority of their power from it.

    You’re not really implying that political and economic reasons are not in every way related to each other and quite often one and the same… are you?

    U.S. Politics and money go hand in hand like… screw the simile, they’re the same thing.

  40. Robtachi

    2FOR18: Your avatar is too funny for me to get mad at you.

    Hey now, nobody needs to get mad, we’re just discussing the fate of the world’s energy needs and its socioeconomic fallout!

    ANYTHING is less depressing than actually talking about the unmitigated disaster we witnessed this afternoon.

  41. hoolahoop

    2FOR18: No natural gas OR oil?I guess we can go back to hunting and gathering, but it would make blogging kind of difficult.

    If you don’t understand the negative effects of hydro-fracking,
    A – you make a living from it and refuse to see reality
    B – you’re uninformed, or
    C – you’re a moron.

  42. 2FOR18

    Robtachi: Hey now, nobody needs to get mad, we’re just discussing the fate of the world’s energy needs and its socioeconomic fallout!

    ANYTHING is less depressing than actually talking about the unmitigated disaster we witnessed this afternoon.

    Exactly. And we all know melo is the one to blame for our energy and environmental problems anyway.

  43. 2FOR18

    hoolahoop: If you don’t understand the negative effects of hydro-fracking,
    A – you make a living from it and refuse to see reality
    B – you’re uninformed, or
    C – you’re a moron.

    You just proved my whole point.

  44. Owen

    I have to agree.

    When I look at how much coal we still burn in this country, Carmelo Anthony is the clear culprit….

  45. 2FOR18

    Owen:
    I have to agree.

    When I look at how much coal we still burn in this country, Carmelo Anthony is the clear culprit….

    Too bad we can’t burn bricks for fuel

  46. Robert Silverman Post author

    Owen:
    Robert – Fracking is actually something I know a fair amount about. While I have reservations about fracking in heavily populated areas, I think the concerns about it, while having merit in some cases,overall are highly exaggerated.

    If it were a choice between fracking and not fracking I might agree with you. But it’s not. It’s a choice between getting base load power from coal or from natural. gas.And that is a very very very easy choice from an economic, environmental, and public health perspective.

    Actually Owen, I’m not just some disgruntled lefty who picks out talking points from Alternet. Not to delve into my professional life, but I too know a great deal about it. When methane escapes from fracking operations unburned, that CH4 is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 – and the early science indicates that lots and lots of methane escapes from fracking operations, enough to make them worse than coal mines over time. And many people are losing money because at it’s core, the fracking “boom” is a ponzi scheme. And once again I’ve gone back on my word to drop this.

  47. hoolahoop

    2FOR18: You just proved my whole point.

    It’s one thing for people to express idiotic ideas about the knicks. it’s only basketball and it’s not going to hurt anybody (well, maybe their feelings).
    But it’s different story when you start parroting corporate bullshit regarding an issue that can ill-effect tens of millions of people in this country, not to mention destroy the drinking water for the entire city of ny.

  48. 2FOR18

    hoolahoop: It’s one thing for people to express idiotic ideas about the knicks. it’s only basketball and it’s not going to hurt anybody (well, maybe their feelings).
    But it’s different story when you start parroting corporate bullshit regarding an issue that can ill-effect tens of millions of people in this country, not to mention destroy thedrinking water for the entire city of ny.

    Again, slower this time, I’m not making a pro or con fracking argument, I’m commenting on how the issue has become politicized and polarized to the point where no matter what “side” you’re on, the other side is going to personally attack you. And each side will greatly exaggerate and extrapolate as well. So you are just proving my point.

  49. Owen

    A ponzi scheme? That’s a fair description of what Aubrey Mclendon is doing. But that is a whole different category of complaint I think.

    If you mean that the whole frack boom is like the tech boom and due to vanish into thin air, I find that interesting. There certainly are reasons to think it could be unsustainable, especially if they amp up regulatory measures. But that didn’t seem like where you were going with the comment.

    Again, given the damage caused by mining and burning coal, I hope it can continue to serve as an alternative.

    Robert Silverman: Actually Owen, I’m not just some disgruntled lefty who picks out talking points from Alternet. Not to delve into my professional life, but I too know a great deal about it. And many people are losing money because at it’s core, the fracking “boom” is a ponzi scheme. And once again I’ve gone back on my word to drop this.

  50. hoolahoop

    2FOR18: Again, slower this time, I’m not making a pro or con fracking argument, I’m commenting on how the issue has become politicized and polarized to the point where no matter what “side” you’re on, the other side is going to personally attack you.And each side will greatly exaggerate and extrapolate as well.So you are just proving my point.

    Sorry, sometimes I get over reactive.

  51. jon abbey

    Robtachi: One can only assume that in a semi-psychotic attempt at solidarity, he ran outside and mangled his knee on uneven pavement to mirror and share in Shump’s misery.

    I’ve posted a few times tonight, too many other great things going on in my actual life to get too upset about sports. it sure does suck, though.

  52. Robert Silverman Post author

    Owen:

    Again, given the damage caused by mining and burning coal, I hope it can continue to serve as an alternative.

    It’s not an alternative. When methane escapes from fracking operations unburned, that CH4 is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 – and the early science indicates that lots and lots of methane escapes from fracking operations, enough to make them worse than coal mines over time.

  53. Z

    Wow. Who knew it would take 65 comments about fracking on a Saturday night to make me miss Ruru’s dissertations on Carmelo Anthony so much. At least those have SOMETHING to do with basketball.

  54. Shad0wF0x

    So anyway. Do we have any chance of keeping any of Lin/Novak/Smith next season? We might as well talk about their chances in 2013.

    I dunno about you guys but I’m going to dis-grudgingly call the Heat (if this ref calling continues) winning this year. The Mavs were robbed in 2006 and whichever team Miami plays will be robbed as well.

    In terms of sports, at least 2 of my teams are doing well anyway. Giants won. Rangers are still goings strong. Yankees….eh and the Knicks made the playoffs only to be swept by a better but also assisted team.

  55. johnnyd18

    I was out to dinner with my family several hours after the game ended (I live on the West Coast) and I couldn’t think about anything except Shump’s injury. And this made me think about what could have been. I really believe with a healthy Jeremy Lin, the Knicks really might have had a chance. Given another month under his belt before the playoffs, I think he would have looked much better than earlier in the season against the Heat. But alas, this year it is just not meant to be. Tyson Chandler has played through injury all year, but is felled by some super flu right before the series starts. Sometimes you have to just shake your head and realize the stars don’t always align. For whatever reason, the Knicks are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We got the wrong seed. It all just came together perfectly wrong!

  56. Spree8nyk8

    ruruland:
    Great write-up, Rob. best of the year, IMO.

    I don’t comment on articles as often as I should, but I agree 100% that this was one of the best I’ve read here. I fully plan on plagiarizing the shit out of you.

  57. Spree8nyk8

    Damn man I was glossing over the responses here and all the fracking this and fracking that all I could think of is “wow these guys are bigger BSG fans than me!”

    Then I read it closer.

  58. Brian Cronin

    So anyway. Do we have any chance of keeping any of Lin/Novak/Smith next season? We might as well talk about their chances in 2013.

    I’d say roughly a 30% chance.

    There’s a 100% chance Lin will be back (maybe 99%).
    I’d give Smith a 60% chance.
    And Novak a 55% chance.

    All together that comes out to roughly a 30% chance.

    I’m probably too high on Smith and Novak, though. I just get a good feeling about both (and “feeling” is all we have to go on, since logic dictates they both leave).

  59. Duck d'Anjou

    Robert. Magnificent reflection on how the Knicks’ humiliation triggers traumatic identification with all that assails our own humanity. However, you say that you could not root for a team that was owned by Child Abusers. I judge the Dolans to exist at the same Dantean level of miscreance. Don’t you? I wonder at the imaginative virility of your prose and your incisive intelligence. A fan.

  60. Thomas B.

    Robert Silverman: Well, that’s you. I couldn’t root for the Knicks if they won multiple championships while being owned by Child Abusers

    Dolan’s biggest crime is being an incompetent ass. While that hurts my feelings for what it does to my team, he isn’t paying millions to a lobbist so he can hold back green technology while making drinking water flammable. I you hear “Kevin Durant is on fire.” It either means he is shooting the ball well, or he just took a sip of West Virginia tap water.

  61. Owen

    Yeah, methane is a legitimate issue. But again, far from a dealbreaker.

    I can’t believe we are having a conversation that makes Dolan look good.

    He is still the antichrist people, get a grip….

    And go Knicks!!!

    Robert Silverman: It’s not an alternative. When methane escapes from fracking operations unburned, that CH4 is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 – and the early science indicates that lots and lots of methane escapes from fracking operations, enough to make them worse than coal mines over time.

  62. Bruno Almeida

    ruruland:
    Harden gets an unbelievable whistle. I don’t understand how these things work sometimes.

    you do realize that Carmelo averages 7 fta per 36 and Harden averages 6.8?

    stop the whistle whining, for god’s sake, it makes no sense at all.

    nice recap Robert… as for the game, well, nothing out of the ordinary.

  63. Duck d'Anjou

    Robert, I concur that rooting for a team owned by child abusers would be sinful; however, the Dolans earn high marks for detestable behavior, which for me rank with child abuse and fracking. I feel as the Girondists must have felt, when they were trying to save France; how to do it without killing the king.

  64. Jim Cavan

    Thomas B.: If you hear “Kevin Durant is on fire.” It either means he is shooting the ball well, or he just took a sip of West Virginia tap water.

    Dude, I just laughed so hard it made my dog cower in the corner.

  65. ephus

    Brian Cronin: Brian Cronin
    April 29, 2012 at 4:24 am
    So anyway. Do we have any chance of keeping any of Lin/Novak/Smith next season? We might as well talk about their chances in 2013.

    I’d say roughly a 30% chance.

    There’s a 100% chance Lin will be back (maybe 99%).
    I’d give Smith a 60% chance.
    And Novak a 55% chance.

    All together that comes out to roughly a 30% chance.

    I’m probably too high on Smith and Novak, though. I just get a good feeling about both (and “feeling” is all we have to go on, since logic dictates they both leave).

      

    I hope that you are correct, but there is nothing but hope behind your analysis. If the Knicks use the MLE on Lin (as they must), then they would only have the Bi-annual Exception ($2 million/year) for Novak and to hope that JR Smith exercises his $2.5 million option for next year. Novak would have to walk away from the mini-MLE (at least), which would be $3 million/year. Smith should expect a full MLE offer ($5 million/year). Most importantly, they would have to take the hit for at least two years before the Knicks could gain full Bird rights (and be able to bid above the MLE).

  66. The Infamous Cdiggy

    Thomas B.: … you hear “Kevin Durant is on fire.” It either means he is shooting the ball well, or he just took a sip of West Virginia tap water.

    2FOR18: Too bad we can’t burn bricks for fuel

    It takes a irrefutable EPIC FAIL of a loss- and I mean EPIC as in feeling like you got hit with every Street Fighter character’s special move ALL AT ONCE + Goku’s Kamehameha Wave + Ichigo’s Getsoga Tencho – for you guys to come up with your best writeups and material of the year. Talk about laughing off your pain.

    I think this season is a wrap. I hope I’m wrong.

    Go Knicks.

  67. ognyc

    this.

    Robert Silverman:
    I LOATHE Oklahoma City. I don’t know how they’ve escaped backlash for one, screwing Seattle, and two, being owned by Natural Gas Barons that are destroying the country’s water supply

  68. ognyc

    yeah…except the ones that are defending the practice also are lining their pockets with natural gas company cash…which makes them less scientist and more…shill…in order to keep this polite, I won’t use the appropriate term…and now back to your regularly scheduled ref bashing…

    2FOR18: It’s become a politicized so I won’t discuss it here either.Side A has their scientists saying one thing and side B has their scientists, and if you disagree with side A/side B then you’re a knuckledragging mouthbreather.

  69. ognyc

    this is probably more important to this sports blog than most…but for the NYC water supply, the fracking doesnt have to occur in heavily populated areas to contaminate water for 12-16 mil. people (if you include surrounding areas), fracking has to happen where the water comes from, which in this case is the countries (worlds?) largest UNFILTERED water supply, and unless you like the taste of radioactivity and/or benzene in your tap water, and the increase (yes, increase) in GHGs as a result of fracking, look for the source of the funding producing your infotainment

    Owen:
    Robert – Fracking is actually something I know a fair amount about. While I have reservations about fracking in heavily populated areas, I think the concerns about it, while having merit in some cases,overall are highly exaggerated.

    If it were a choice between fracking and not fracking I might agree with you. But it’s not. It’s a choice between getting base load power from coal or from natural. gas.And that is a very very very easy choice from an economic, environmental, and public health perspective.

  70. errkgolub

    After a few days of brewing over a horribly officiated Game 1 of what should have been a competitive series, I emailed to league about it. Some of you may want to as well.
    http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html
    I highly doubt they’ll do anything about it, but it is 1) a good way to vend frustrations and 2) a great way to let the league know that it hasn’t gone unnoticed

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