It’s the NBA’s equivalent of a tree falling in the woods. A Saturday late night West Coast game against the Clippers. Knick beat writer Alan Hahn asked “Roll Call. Who is really watching Knicks-Clippers on a Saturday night?” Answered by the Times’ Howard Beck “No way. Total waste of a Saturday night. Oh, wait.”
As for the game, Los Angeles had a 52-49 lead in the 2nd quarter. However New York scored 9 straight point and would hold the lead for the rest of the game. Blake Griffin and Amar’e Stoudemire traded thunderous dunks, the former outscoring scoring the latter 44 to 39 using the same amount of shots (24 fga). The difference was their teammates. Four other Knicks scored in double digits led by Danilo Gallinari’s 31 pts on 11 shots. Meanwhile only two Clippers achieved that feat, and Eric Gordon’s 25 points on 20 shots wasn’t efficient enough.
This was New York’s second straight victory, both occurring on the road late at night. Their next such game is January 7th in Phoenix.
In other news, KnickerBlogger favorite Nick Fazekas recently made the (minor) news. The statistically appealing big man was picked #1 in the NBDL draft by Reno.
Musselman’s first draft pick as the new head coach of the Reno Bighorns happens to be a local product, a four-year starter for the University of Nevada. But that isn’t why Nick Fazekas became the first overall selection of the 2010 D-League Draft.
“The biggest thing that interests us is the fact that he’s a proven player in this league, having averaged 20 and 10,” Musselman said. “It’s hard to find players that can score with their back to the basket and can also face up. We tried as a staff to continually take out of the equation that he’s from here, but it’s an added bonus.”
A 6-11 forward, Fazekas went 34th to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Draft. He appeared in 26 NBA games (four with the Mavs, 22 with the Los Angeles Clippers) and 28 more in the D-League (all with Tulsa) in 2007-08 before heading overseas the following season. After an ankle injury cut his 2009-10 season short, Fazekas has returned to the United States in hopes of making it back to the NBA.
Last night Fazekas led the Bighorns to a 117-106 victory over Utah. Also starting in that game was Patrick Ewing Jr. and Marcus Landry. That should be one good team, especially with regards to rebounding and defense.