Making the Jaws of Defeat Go Hungry
Wow, rarely do you see a more bizarre comeback than that, not because of any sort of “wacky” play or anything like that, but more because of the way that most comebacks involve the team making the comeback actually playing WELL down the stretch, and that really wasn’t what we saw during the end of this game, really – right up until Steve Francis nailed the game-winning three (and that shot was freakin’ TOUGH – that was no open shot right there), it was more a matter of both teams just playing poorly enough to keep the other one in it.
Still, what a shot by Francis (I am of mixed minds regarding the celebration afterwards – I loved the Grandma hug, but jumping on the scorer’s table to basically tell the crowd FU? After you just missed a huge free throw not five minutes earlier? A bit odd, but I’ll accept it!). That really was a page out of Gilbert Arenas’ playbook.
As for the rest of the team, sloppy game, but as Dave pointed out so well in the earlier comments:
1. Marbury & Francis kept Arenas in relative check.
2. Eddy Curry was a presence on the boards. Especially late, he made himself useful even though he was having a difficult shooting night.
3. Jaed Jeffries had a nice game on both ends of the court.
Tied for eighth! And the Knicks have the theoretical tiebreaker (obviously a bit early to be talking tiebreakers, but it sure is better to have them then NOT have them!) with Orlando.
Let’s just hope the Knicks win some more games.