Good day fellow Knick fans!
If you are a believer in the proverbial “gut check” win then last nights brickfest in Miami was for you. I suppose I am an agnostic on whether any one mid-season game really matters more than any other long term. But, the game demonstrated that the Knicks have the capacity to at least maintain a defensive focus for extended stretches. Certainly the Heat allowed the Knicks to hang around, following their blistering start with horrible shot selection and minimal non-Big 3 contributions. Still, one would have to be a real cynic to overlook the fact that the Knicks mostly contested shots and kept Miami off the boards. (Bill Flippin’ Walker banked in the big 3 at the halftime buzzer, but I’ll be darned if I didn’t see him down in a stance moving his feet on D. He pulled down 7 defensive boards, which were big as NY outrebounded Miami by 1. Dude had a +22!)
Isola is reporting that the recently bought out Jared Jeffries plans to sign with NY, assuming he clears waivers. ESPN also reported last night (on the ticker) that the recently bought out Troy Murphy may be a consideration. Any moves would of course require NY to clear roster space.