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Monday, December 22, 2014

Kcs 98, Hawks 92

Atlanta Hawks 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 New York Knicks
Earl Barron, PF 37 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 18 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2

I’m not sure what’s funnier: The fact that Earl Barron, like, quadrupled the production of Solomon Jones in his first game since November, or that Earl Barron was our second option behind Solomon Jones. Flashes of his vintage 2010 performance against the Celtics peppered the tilt – a few nice mid-range strokes, active hands around the rim, a couple sweet dishes, and rebounds abound. His lungs very nearly melted, but Baron toughed it out and proved that, at the very least, he could be a spot-minute, stop-gap option going forward. First, Earl will have to recover from the freak injury sustained immediately after the final buzzer: a Pawnee arrow to the thigh. The plan, according to the Knick medical staff, is to “let the arrow dissolve.”

Iman Shumpert, SF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +16

Making the most of his second straight dose of heavy burn, Shump’s mix of pinpoint jumpers, poised takes, and oft-prescient passing proved nothing if not an encouraging bellwether…. Until a fourth quarter ‘oop to a streaking James White ended with Shump turning up court and being consumed by a cloud of wasps. The swelling is expected to subside by tomorrow.

Chris Copeland, SF 40 MIN | 14-29 FG | 4-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 33 PTS | +12

Amazing fact (courtesy of Mr. McElroy): With tonight’s stellar performance, Copeland became the first Knick rookie since Bill Cartwright in 1949 to chart consecutive 30-point games. Better still, the entire repertoire was on display: controlled drives, pull-ups, and quick-trigger spot-up jumpers. The rebounding and defense were half-assed at times, but considering the energy expended in making the game even remotely palatable, we’ll let it go. Hopefully the dislocated shoulder is no big deal. But I suppose that’s what you get for asking Roger Hinds to “work on the hip a little bit” without specifying “leg hip.” He’s expected to undergo leech-bleeding tomorrow afternoon.

Pablo Prigioni, PG 11 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +7

Prigs got off to a smokin’ start, chalking six points, 5 ‘bounds, and 2 dimes in the first four minutes. Early in the second quarter, he tripped on the baseline and accidentally had his foot run over by 12-ton wheat thresher. He’s listed as day to day.

James White, SG 44 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +5

Efficient, poised, comfortable, career high – not the grouping of words you’d expect to be associated with a James White outing. The jumper finally looked somewhat interested in fighting gravity, while the fourth quarter throw-down served as the lone crowd-pleaser in an otherwise cripplingly uneventful show. In fact, Flight was so excited, he ran the wrong way down the tunnel and burst excitedly into what he thought was the locker room. It was actually an electrical closet with live, spark-spewing wires flying everywhere. Flu-like symptoms, day to day.

Steve Novak, SF 41 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Steve Novak is invincible, apparently.

Quentin Richardson, SF 29 MIN | 1-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -9

Q spent most of the game missing shots by four miles and jogging through his own rusty crop dust, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some bright spots: 10 rebounds in 29 minutes is nothing to scoff at, and the defense was at least engaged. Too bad he contracted Dengue Fever in the shower.

Kenyon Martin, PF DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Eyeballs missing. Day to Day.

Marcus Camby, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Head caught in a revolving door. Day to day.

Raymond Felton, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Infected warmup chaffing blisters. Day to day.

Jason Kidd, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Swallowed a hacksaw. Day to day.

J.R. Smith, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Has no idea where he is right now. Day to day.

Mike Woodson

Nobody died!

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Knicks didn’t want this game less than the Hawks didn’t care about it. Or the Hawks didn’t not want it more than the Knicks’ wanted to not want it? Something like that. Game 82!
  2. Tonight’s MSG halftime interview was Ricky Gervais, who is very funny and very British and who was apparently attending his first basketball game ever. He could hardly contain his excitement. “The action – there’s no gaps!” He might’ve said “naps.” Either way, he’s right: it’s not football.
  3. The Knicks rolled in with eight uniformed players, and spent a majority of the game rotating six players. SIX! Raymond Felton was apparently standing at ready, but I’m not entirely convinced he was even wearing a uniform under his warm-ups. Hell, he might’ve been nekid.
  4. Fifty-four wins! Well done, boys.
  5. The league announced earlier tonight that Game 1 of Knicks-Celts would commence at 3pm on Saturday. It stands to reason that there will be lexicons levied between now and then – about old rivals and new hatred, glory and hunger and trajectories and breakfast cereals. And chances are that this week’s tragedy will yield its own reservoirs of ink. And rightly so. It sounds cynical to say, but earlier today I found myself thinking on the possible outcomes; whether city pride or country wounds might propel our rivals, those old champions, past our best-laid plans. The conclusion I came to was this: If that happens – if the Celtics win – it won’t take me long to find the good in it. That doesn’t mean I hope it happens. Far from it. Just that, in times like these, even defeat can be salved by the overwhelming power of human resiliency. Whatever happens, let’s try and keep shit in perspective. I know — this coming from a dude who bought a second bookshelf just to hide the bat-sized hole in the living room wall. Anyway, we’ll win. See you Saturday.

31 comments on “Kcs 98, Hawks 92

  1. AvonBarksdale

    Entertaining game, minus the fucking injuries. Earl had me sold in his first ten minutes…after that it was kinda downhill but his awareness and switches and poise and decision making and shot seemed at least functional. Great write up, i was laughing cause this injury thing is that retarded. Awesome work on this site, anyone else think Melo wants to sweep the first round for revenge or the goal is to win every game anyway so it’s no additional incentive to play great team ball?

  2. Brian Cronin

    Wow, I cannot believe that the Lakers are really about to pull this off. The #7 seed! Pretty amazing. Obviously, the Rockets have one last chance, down 3 with 16.7 seconds left.

  3. Brian Cronin

    Lin missed a three earlier and yet the Lakers still sent two guys at him at the end of the game with him behind the line. Lin then passes to an open Parsons who ties the game.

  4. yellowboy90

    WHy doesn’t Parsons get most improve considerations. Did it in front off the other Parsons too. lol.

  5. er

    Brian Cronin:
    Lin missed a three earlier and yet the Lakers still sent two guys at him at the end of the game with him behind the line. Lin then passes to an open Parsons who ties the game.

    Lin kinda stinks

  6. Brian Cronin

    Hilarious tweet by Bill Simmons

    I’m amazed the Lakers made the playoffs. They were 17-25 in a brutal West. No Gasol for 5 weeks. Lost Kobe late. Mike D – Coach of the Year!

  7. Brian Cronin

    Lawrence Frank says he doesn’t want to return to Detroit as coach unless they guarantee him his fourth year. Do you think he is just trying to save face since he knows they’re likely going to fire him?

  8. BigBlueAL

    Hey Brian did you read the comment I wrote to you in the game thread about JVG on the ESPN pre-game show?? Wish you and me couldve been asking all the questions although Simmons did a good job for us lol.

  9. Brian Cronin

    No, I dunno how I missed it! I went back just now and read it. Very cool. Good to see that Simmons asked him the exact thing you and I were wondering about with JVG. Now that he knows this, if he returns to the NBA to coach, I imagine he’ll make sure to have him team shoot threes.

  10. BigBlueAL

    I try to stay away from the D’Antoni hate-fest here because the majority of the strong hate comes from people who defend Melo strongly here and obviously hate D’Antoni even more because of his relationship with Melo.

    But the Lakers finished 29-12 including winning their last 5 in a row which included 0 games played from Nash and Kobe missing the final 2 games vs the Spurs and Rockets who played all their players. I know D’Antoni is in a no-win situation because if he wins its he is supposed to and if he loses he is an idiot but the Lakers just played their last 2 games with Blake/Meeks/Morris/Duhon playing all the minutes in the backcourt with Kobe and Nash out.

    Hate on D’Antoni all you want and the job he did with the Knicks last season deserves alot of criticism yet everyone here had a blast during Linsanity and Linsanity doesnt happen with any other coach. Woodson has proven to be the better fit as coach for this Knicks team and even though I started getting very critical of him during the rough play in Feb/Mar he coached this team outstanding down the stretch and to me probably deserves to be Coach of the Year. But D’Antoni is still a very good basketball coach and is no idiot thats for damn sure.

  11. Brian Cronin

    Agreed.

    Well, I think I probably would go with Pop or Spoelstra for Coach of the Year, but Woodson would be in my top three! So besides that minor difference, agreed.

  12. ephus

    I received a Celtics tshirt (Bill Russell number) as a gift five years ago along with an autographed (!) copy of his book, Red And Me. The shirt has sat in a drawer all this time. On April 19, I’m wearing it all day as part of Wear Boston Day.

    This is a great time to be a Knick fan. It’s a better time to give blood. Please join me.

  13. Frank

    Jim – first of all I nearly spit out my coffee at the “Eyeballs missing”. Excellent delivery.

    Hopefully Prigs is not hurt too badly – we will need him in the Celtics series.

    btw is anyone else seeing that Shump looks SO MUCH more assertive on offense? Part of it is that everyone is sitting and he’s pretty much the man in the backcourt now, but his ability to drive to the basket is promising for the future at least. He still can’t seem to finish in traffic, and definitely can’t shoot off the dribble, but these are things he can work on in the offseason. Assuming he can stay healthy.

  14. Hubert Davis

    You’re a better man than me, Jim Cavan, if you can find the good in losing to Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett’s Celtics in the first round after the best season we’ve had this century.

  15. Juany8

    Damn I can’t believe the Rockets actually lost the 7 seed, they didn’t have too much of a chance against either of the top 2 teams but I might’ve been able to go to at least one of the San Antonio games lol. Still pretty happy that we made the playoffs, the Rockets are finally going to be drafting at some spot other than #14 for the first time in years! Seriously it might not sound like much but after you’re the 9th seed a couple of years in a row, you appreciate the bump up to the 8th seed. Rockets have a bright future building around Harden and Asik too, they can wait out the Lebron years a bit lol.

  16. RicanKnick

    So I guess there won’t be no Travis Knight signing!!! Thank you so much EARL BARRON!!!!

  17. Juany8

    Also going to man up and admit that I was dead wrong about the Nuggets, I think they’re not quite as good as their record says since they’re pretty terrible on the road compared to their home record, but I was expecting them to be first round fodder for one of the top teams, and while I don’t think they’re noticeably better than the Clippers or Grizzlies, they’re going to have an excellent chance of beating a merely decent Warriors team and a decent chance of just running San Antonio out of the building. I do think OKC blows them off the floor if they make it that far, but that is a lot farther than I really expected them to go, and I only predicted 51 wins for them, so congrats to the Nuggets.

  18. jon abbey

    BigBlueAL:
    But D’Antoni is still a very good basketball coach and is no idiot thats for damn sure.

    he was in a tough position with mismatched personnel in LA, but burying Gasol in favor of guys who can shoot 3s is indeed the mark of an idiot. I was a bigger D’Antoni fan than Melo fan before either came to NYC, but fuck D’Antoni. looks like he’ll get another chance to screw up the Lakers next year, we’ll see how that goes.

  19. jon abbey

    Juany8:
    Also going to man up and admit that I was dead wrong about the Nuggets, I think they’re not quite as good as their record says since they’re pretty terrible on the road compared to their home record, but I was expecting them to be first round fodder for one of the top teams, and while I don’t think they’re noticeably better than the Clippers or Grizzlies, they’re going to have an excellent chance of beating a merely decent Warriors team and a decent chance of just running San Antonio out of the building. I do think OKC blows them off the floor if they make it that far, but that is a lot farther than I really expected them to go, and I only predicted 51 wins for them, so congrats to the Nuggets.

    I picked Denver to beat the Spurs in the second round last night. of course, I also picked NY over OKC in the Finals… :)

  20. jon abbey

    also, fuck Larry Brown (because I haven’t said it in a while, and because he couldn’t have been worse in his stint here).

  21. Juany8

    jon abbey: I picked Denver to beat the Spurs in the second round last night. of course, I also picked NY over OKC in the Finals… :)

    Actually if the Knicks manage to beat Miami, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to beat OKC afterwards. Miami is the clear favorite of course, but I’d say the chandler, k-Mart, Melo frontline has about the best chance of containing Lebron in the league. Would be a fun series for sure

  22. EB

    Juany8: Actually if the Knicks manage to beat Miami, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to beat OKC afterwards. Miami is the clear favorite of course, but I’d say the chandler, k-Mart, Melo frontline has about the best chance of containing Lebron in the league. Would be a fun series for sure

    Our two pg offense has dominated Miami, I don’t know why it wouldn’t continue. Obviously Miami will make adjustments but I think the only thing that keeps the Knicks from winning is whether or not the 3s fall. When they do we have a claim to best team in the league, when they don’t… well we still managed to play around .500.

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