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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Knicks 92, Lakers 85

Los Angeles Lakers 85 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 New York Knicks
Jared Jeffries, PF 33 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +4

I’m not sure whether Jared’s admission that he’d die for Mike D’Antoni was a sign of loyalty or incestuous creepiness. Either way, Jeffires again laid bone to grindstone in the name of coach and system, bodying up Gasol and Bynum in equal measure, snatching a number of key offensive rebounds, and continuing to blossom into a Fr’ankantoni monster capable of thriving in the mad scientist’s chamber. That report card I issued on his behalf should be tossed in a digital fire.

Bill Walker, SG 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +15

I deluded myself into believing Walker could be our DeShawn Stevenson in this trying stretch – the guy who didn’t really deserve to start, but who could realistically catch fire early and thus justify heftier minutes, rotations permitting. By halfway through this one, however, I was reduced to merely hoping he and Metta Ron Artest would get into a face-slapping fight in front of the Laker bench. Which, admit it, would’ve been fun as shit.

Tyson Chandler, C 40 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +7

It must be quite a thing to be standing at half court prior to tip-off and see Andrew Bynum directly in front of you, Pau Gasol right in your periffurals, and realize that the dude tasked with aiding you in holding off the best front court two-fer in the NBA is – God bless his soul – Jared Jeffries. Didn’t matter – Chandler and Jeffries more than held their own. Although I’m surely not alone in having come closer than I’d care to admit to a coronary when Bynum’s gangster-hard fourth quarter foul looked like it snapped Tyson’s fibula in four. %$#^ that guy.

Landry Fields, G 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 4-8 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +3

You know what? I’ll take an offensively ineffective Landry Fields, if in return I get an engaged, focused version on the other end making life as difficult as possible for Kobe Bryant…. For a few quarters, anyway. In years past, Kobe’s Garden promenades have been conducted with more than a few cheers providing the bass line, and through all four bars. This time – though he indeed managed to get his — the crowd was on Bryant hard from the start, contributing to a funk not even the eminently testicle-severing Mamba could fang his way out of.

Jeremy Lin, PG 39 MIN | 13-23 FG | 10-13 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 38 PTS | +8

For most, playing beneth the blazing bulbs and piercing cheers and jeers of Madison Square Garden can shrink the court down to a mere needle’s eye. For Jeremy Lin, those same factors somehow – miraculously, it might be said – seem to turn it into a football field. Don’t you dare…

Most thought — and they could rightly be forgiven as much — that tonight would mark the moment when Jeremy Lin came down to Earth. Not that he wouldn’t survive, or even play well; we all knew he’d manage that. But the experience, the size, the physicality, the length of the Lakers — it was all supposed to shelve, at least for a night, the thickening narrative.

Not so much.

There’s nothing more to say, really, except everything, and all that’s to come. For a franchise long steeped in a desire to justify its unrivaled towerscape of a hoops history with contracts malfeasant and misguided, the emergence of Jeremy Lin speaks to a deeper, more gravel-drawn narrative thread: That of a man, a family, a people — any man, any family, and any people — forced by fate or circumstance to make it any way they can astride the concrete jungle.

Mike Bibby, PG 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Wife: “Why don’t they play Toney Douglas?”

Steve Novak, SF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +2

Lost in all the rigamarole about our seeming savior, Novak has quietly emerged as the quintessential totem of what’s possible when Mike D’Antoni’s offense is truly let loose. Steve-O hit a number of clutch buckets from distance in the first half (read: two), helping stave off a Laker unit too tired to get out and challenge. Despite coolin’ off like a Swanson dinner in the second half, Novak’s timely boards and shockingly effective defense on Gasol were as welcome as they were unexpected. He also registered a steal, which I’m sure will blow up the universe in the next few hours.

Iman Shumpert, G 26 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | 0

As my Nubian brother @seth_rosenthal aptly pointed out halfway through the second quarter, Iman Shumpert has a unique knack for finding new ways to miss layups — contested or otherwise. But his ridiculous 13-foot-high heel-bounce finger roll shortly thereafter kinda sorta made up for it, as did his wolverine tenacity against a player whose oldest shoe line predates Shump by a good half a decade.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Knick fans who vomited their way through Thursday’s L.A.-Boston geriatric Olympics probably took an irrational amount of joy in watching the Lakers plod their way to a grueling overtime win. Like any red-blooded disciple of the orange and blue, you probably forgot who you were for a second and drove over to the nearest Cracker Barrel to grab a quick bowl of clam chowder and six martinis before calling it a day…. Anyway, the effects were evident tonight, with the notoriously bench-thin Lakers looking like the Walking Dead for most of the game. Where the Knicks might have mimicked the Lakers in terms of bench panty-thinness, they more than make up for in youth and hops.
  2. It’s really a criminal shame that we couldn’t enjoy the glorious musings of Breen and Clyde on this, the Knickest of knights in eons. You know what, though? Hubie Brown’s not a bad sub, particularly when Lin’s graceful dominance manages to cull from the former sideline sage a level of joyful admiration not often seen.
  3. The Knicks’ front line of Jeffries and Chandler (20 points, 20 rebounds combined) played the Lakers’ twin towers (19 points, 23 rebounds) to a statistical standstill. Psychologically and emotionally? Gasol and Bynum are still scraping their egos off the Garden floor.
  4. New rule: Any time Billy Crudup attends a Knicks home game, the National Anthem will be replaced with the Almost Famous star belting “I AM A GOLDEN GOD!” into the microphone.
  5. @alanhahn: The roar that comes up in this building when this kid does something is unlike anything I can recall. #Linsanity… And so it was that a Mecca found itself an obelinsk.

42 comments on “Knicks 92, Lakers 85

  1. jon abbey

    “It’s really a criminal shame that we couldn’t enjoy the glorious musings of Breen and Clyde on this, the Knickest of knights in eons. ”

    they were on MSG as usual, with the awesome addition of Bernard King, a man of few but occasionally awesome words.

  2. jon abbey

    also, when they took the two FTs off the board, why didn’t NY get the ball back? that was just brainlock by the officials, right? very odd.

  3. Richmond County

    My girlfriend made a comment after the game that she wished I had as much energy for our relationship as I have about the Knicks new point guard. Looks like I’m sleeping on the couch tonight…just like my hero.

  4. Jim Cavan Post author

    Richmond County:
    My girlfriend made a comment after the game that she wished I had as much energy for our relationship as I have about the Knicks new point guard.Looks like I’m sleeping on the couch tonight…just like my hero.

    Oh man, I don’t know whether to laugh my ass off or tell you to go buy chocolate immediately!

  5. jkhar

    It’s not fair to be harvard smart and a great basketball player.Jeremy Lin is one man stereotype buster… I wouldn’t be surprised if he was an excellent driver, and has a big schlong!

  6. TheXman

    Where can I find a press conference from the Lakers? I want to see what Kobe says? “I don’t know who he is.”

  7. Tony Pena

    Lin’s game tonight puts all doubts aside, you bet Melo is going to defer to Lin when he comes back, he had to have gained his full trust. Even though they did played well together against NJ.

  8. Tony Pena

    jkhar:
    It’s not fair to be harvard smart and a great basketball player.Jeremy Lin is one man stereotype buster… I wouldn’t be surprised if he was an excellent driver, and has a big schlong!

    Lol come on too easy

  9. Degree_Absolute

    This team beautiful in its unpredictability. Tyson Chandler is from the future. Jeremy Lin is a golden god.

  10. jkhar

    J Lin is like the Chinese Dos Equis Man. I can see the commercial now: Even his band aid has a hard time sticking him….

  11. Eazy B

    Well…I’m in. Both feet.

    What a break for the Knicks to find this kid – just unbelievable. Pretty good stretch for a New York sports fan, I must say.

  12. Degree_Absolute

    TheXman:
    Where can I find a press conference from the Lakers? I want to see what Kobe says? “I don’t know who he is.”

    Granted the media might have pushed him to make that comment, but it makes this victory so much sweeter. I hate Kobe.

  13. KnicksFanInVA

    When STAT, Melo, and Jorts are all back, where does Novak fit in? Lin has been outstanding, but Novak has been unreal as well in this stretch. We have to find a way to get him on the floor with Lin to open things up.

  14. TheRant

    Only one comment to add to the Lin Mania — a question, really, for the advanced stats people.

    Has there EVER been a better player when his abilities are divided by his cost? I mean with a salary cap, it matters how good you are and how much of the pie you take up, right?

    For $800,000? Je**z Lo*d F**k. I think the Dolans are making that much in Chinese TV rights every week this month.

  15. TheXman

    TheRant:
    Only one comment to add to the Lin Mania — a question, really, for the advanced stats people.

    Has there EVER been a better player when his abilities are divided by his cost?I mean with a salary cap, it matters how good you are and how much of the pie you take up, right?

    For $800,000?Je**z Lo*d F**k.I think the Dolans are making that much in Chinese TV rights every week this month.

    With all this Linsanity, it depresses me a bit it’s going to the pockets of Dolan the worst fucking owner in sports

  16. Tony Pena

    Such a genuinely unassuming good guy. First time in my life I know why they make all those corny sports movies. Inspirational.

  17. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    i must say this site is the best hands down. Not only are the write ups amazing but the blogs afterwards are hysterical. it just makes me want to laugh like an idiot and not care if my girl is jealous of me talking about a Chinese man on the computer. now remember that this would seem really weird if you were reading this and didn’t know what the hell i was talking about. now let me say lin you are amazing. there is no doubt in my mind you are an all-star. I am even leaning on you becoming a future superstar. I mean you have done what Stat and Melo could not do alone, and you did it with an inferior teammates compared to what the knicks have had in the past; you have won 4 straight this year. Not to mention beat the Lakers who have been killing us for an eon. yes you are my new hero

  18. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    TheXman: With all this Linsanity, it depresses me a bit it’s going to the pockets of Dolan the worst fucking owner in sports

    i just hope the knicks pay him what he deserves next year that’s all i am saying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    just had to post this about what Kobe had to say and how he really did prepare fro Lin smh. i don’t want to hear no haters anymore. he is the real thing.

    Kobe Bryant finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds and said after L.A. beat Boston Thursday, that he didn’t who Lin was. But he did see tape of Lin before the Friday’s game. He did not expect a performance like the one Lin produced.

    “It just means that we probably haven’t been playing attention,” Bryant said. “Players playing that well don’t usually come out of nowhere. It seems like they come out of nowhere but if you can go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning. It probably just went unnoticed.”

  20. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

    you know for a second i thought Gasol was the humble one on the Lakers. Guess not:

    “I think you can stop a player from getting 38 points on you,” Gasol said. “I don’t care how good he is. We didn’t step up to the challenge as a team. [We] overlooked him, I guess, I don’t know. Obviously, he made some big plays, made some big shots, give him credit. But I think we could have done better.”

  21. xduckshoex

    I’m rewatching the fourth quarter on league pass broadband right now, and my favourite part of the game by far is that one possession after Lin hit the jumper in Gasol’s face when Kobe picks up Lin at half court clearly thinking he’s doing to put an end to this Lin nonsense and Lin blows by him with ease with his deceptive change of pace.

  22. BigBlueAL

    You guys will love what Kobe said when asked about Melo tonight after the game:

    “Melo’s a hell of a scorer, and he has to do what he does best,” Bryant said. “He’s a great rebounder, tough on the offensive boards, and he’s a handful on the block. I hope he has the stubbornness to stay with it and not let you guys talk him into changing anything about his game, because I damn sure wouldn’t.”

  23. Z

    I just watched the game. On a contact high. May not sleep tonight. Wish the Timberwolves game was starting now.

  24. Brian Cronin

    I’m just pleased that the game was on ESPN so I could TIVO it and watch it when I got back home tonight. Also, I had to avoid reading text messages that would have spoiled the game. What a win. It was also a lot more fun watching it when I could fast-forward through stuff.

  25. Brian Cronin

    You guys will love what Kobe said when asked about Melo tonight after the game:

    “Melo’s a hell of a scorer, and he has to do what he does best,” Bryant said. “He’s a great rebounder, tough on the offensive boards, and he’s a handful on the block. I hope he has the stubbornness to stay with it and not let you guys talk him into changing anything about his game, because I damn sure wouldn’t.”

    Gotta give it up to Kobe – he is stealthily trying to sabotage the Knicks. ;)

  26. jon abbey

    “It’s really a criminal shame that we couldn’t enjoy the glorious musings of Breen and Clyde on this, the Knickest of nights in eons. ”

    they were on MSG as usual, with the awesome addition of Bernard King, a man of few but occasionally awesome words.

  27. Brian Cronin

    I must say, as bad as the Bobcats have been, at least Harrison Barnes would look good playing for them next year, so maybe their awfulness will pay off (I mention Barnes only because I figure it is too much to presume that they’d get the #1 pick – they can safely presume they’ll get one of the top three picks, though, so Barnes is “gettable”).

  28. njasdjdh

    Brian Cronin:
    I must say, as bad as the Bobcats have been, at least Harrison Barnes would look good playing for them next year, so maybe their awfulness will pay off (I mention Barnes only because I figure it is too much to presume that they’d get the #1 pick – they can safely presume they’ll get one of the top three picks, though, so Barnes is “gettable”).

    You like Barnes? I walk away thoroughly unimpressed every time I watch him.

  29. Brian Cronin

    I think he is a bit of a one-dimensional player (he’s pretty much a scorer and that’s it), but he’s really good at that one dimension and that one dimension is also the dimension that the Bobcats are sorely lacking.

  30. Brian Cronin

    Argh. I was reading Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime, and he was discussing Lin’s Early Bird status and he linked to Larry Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ as support for the notion that the Knicks have Lin’s Early Bird status. While I agree that he does have Early Bird status, Coon’s FAQ still contradicts this. I wish Coon would just edit his FAQ, especially when A. he, himself, is saying the opposite of what his own FAQ says and B. when the FAQ is being linked to to support a position that it currently contradicts.

  31. Brian Cronin

    Reading the discussion about Dwight Howard’s chances for being traded, it is infuriating that pretty much none of the trades being discussed are nearly as good as what the Knicks gave up to get Melo. So annoying. The actual trade that nets Howard better be a lot better than what has been discussed so far.

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