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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quick Reaction: Cavs 91, Knicks 81

New York Knicks 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Cleveland Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, SF 38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | -13

Melo looks like he’s wearing a version of the armor that Batman concocted in the original, comic book “Dark Knight.” You know, the one that Frank Miller wrote in the 80′s. Not the creepily pro-Bush Chris Nolan movie. You haven’t read it? Go do that. It’s great. It’s definitely more fun than watching Melo creak his way through games and attempt a cumbersome, heavily-laden replica of his formerly deft moves from the elbow.

Amare Stoudemire, PF 36 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -9

Some more springiness from Stat, which is nice, But his pretty, pretty jumper appears to have crawled inside the extra inch that Stat grew over the summer and like Punxatawny Phil on a sunny day, refuses to re-emerge.

Tyson Chandler, C 38 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -13

At least we know Chandler isn’t part Cylon. Mr. Consistency finally had an off night. Though the 11-point, 9-rebound game may say otherwise, Sideshow Bob positively vivisected Tyson tonight. Flopping Brazilians can really get under your skin (more on this later) like a guinea worm — a parasite that grows under your skin before bursting through the back of the cranium. Not surprisingly, this nasty bugger of a worm originates in South America.

Landry Fields, G 33 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4

If there’s a nice pico de gallo to be found in this sh*t taco of a game, it’s Landry’s Landry-ing. Only thing missing is a little queso fresco. And by queso fresco, I mean Landry hitting 39% from three (like last season). I’m hungry. You guys hungry? Let’s get a taco.

Iman Shumpert, G 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -10

Shump shump had had a really bad bad game tonight, but I’d like to hear a cogent explanation as to why Iman has been cast as Ben Meechum to Coach D’Antoni’s Great Santini. At least twice tonight, Pringles was seen verbally tearing him a new one yet he spared other members of the squad any form of tongue-lashing for equally egregious violations on the court.

Mike Bibby, PG 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3

O Osiris, all that is hateful in Unas hath been brought unto thee, and all the evil words which have been spoken in his name. Come, O Thoth, and take them unto Osiris, bring all the evil words which have been spoken and place them in the hollow of thy hand: thou shalt not escape therefrom, thou shalt not escape therefrom. Whosoever marcheth, marcheth with his ka. Horus marcheth with his ka, Set marcheth with his ka, Thoth marcheth with[3] his ka, Sep marcheth with his ka, Osiris marcheth with his ka, Khent-maati marcheth with his ka; and thy tet shall march with thy ka. Hail, Unas, the hand of thy ka is before thee. Hail, Unas, the hand of thy ka is behind thee. Hail, Unas, the leg of thy ka is before thee. Hail, Unas, the leg of thy ka is behind thee. Osiris Unas, I have given unto thee the Eye of Horus, and thy face is filled therewith, and the perfume thereof spreadeth over thee. The libations which are poured[4] out by thy son, which are poured out by Horus, are for thee, O Osiris, and they are for thee O Unas. I have come, and I have brought unto thee the Eye of Horus that thou mayest refresh thy heart therewith, I have placed it beneath thy feet, and I give unto thee whatsoever hath come forth from thy body that thy heart may not cease to beat through the want thereof. Thy voice shall never depart from thee, thy voice shall never depart from thee.

That’s from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Bibby’s got a leather-bound copy that Miles Simon gave him when they were at Arizona. He always thought it was a weird gift to give on Arbor Day, but now it all makes sense.

Jared Jeffries, PF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +3

Speaking of Ancient Civilizations, the Mayans have taken “Jared Jeffries hits a corner three” off their list of events that will predate the coming Armageddon. It’s almost unthinkable to be saying this but I have every available digit crossed that his back’s okay after getting Varejao’d in the 2nd quarter

Toney Douglas, PG 25 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Anything above re-enacting Shelly Winters’ infamous Actor’s Studio exercise where she defecated onstage would have been an improvement on tonight’s performance by DWTDUTD. One has to assume that his shoulder’s still bothering him because he’s not an NBA player right now.

Bill Walker, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Bill Walker had four assists? Okay. Did you also know that…

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.

Karoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

These are all facts. The above facts also had as much impact on the game as Bill Walker and his four dimes. That’s a fact, jack.

Five Things We Saw

  1. What are the odds Mike D’Antoni drunk-dials Steve Nash later tonight? Dollars to donuts says he’s raiding the mini bar for Amaretto at the Motel 6 and, like a combination of Champ “I miss your scent. I miss your musk. When this is all over I think we should get an apartment together” Kind and Guido from Fellini’s 8 1/2, he’ll wail: “Pensavo che le mie idee erano così chiare. Volevo fare una squadra onesta. Non è sorta. Pensavo di avere qualcosa di così semplice da dire. Qualcosa di utile a tutti. Un team che potrebbe aiutare a seppellire per sempre tutte quelle cose morte che ci portiamo dentro di noi. Invece, io sono quella senza il coraggio di seppellire proprio niente. Quando ho sbagliato? Ho veramente nulla da dire, ma voglio dirlo lo stesso.” Translated from the Italian, it means Baron Davis better get back from Lourdes, tout suite.
  2. The real cause of tonight’s loss…Ow! Hey! Anderson Varejao is shoving me out of my chair and taking the keyboard. Stop that, gimme that keyboard! I was…Ha Ha! Você perde! Você Anderson bateu! Eu caio agora! Ow! Seu fouling machuca tanto. Lances livres para Anderson!

    Sorry. Varejao wanted to the keyboard and I wasn’t boxing out. If I’m not careful, I’m gonna get T’d up for socking that flopping imp of the perverse in his obscenely-coiffed mug. Maybe I’ll just steal his hair conditioner. That’ll show him.

  3. Varejao notwithstanding, in general, I truly believe conversations about/ascribing losses to lack of hustle/desire/energy are a red herring. But I’ll bet you $10,000 of Mitt Romney’s dollars that every single recap of this game will be about the Knicks’ lack of energy on the 2nd night of a back to back. Either that or “They had no heart.” Stop it now. Stop it right now because it’s just not true. The Knicks played badly, committing reams of ghastly, unforced turnovers, but it’s not the lack of energy that caused those turnovers to happen. Stupid play and lazy play are two vastly different things. Then again, I guess it’s easier to mumble some pablum about “We didn’t play with any heart” than to admit the systemic issues with this hastily-cobbled roster. Fine. You’re heartless! You have a great gaping crevasse where a human heart should be. Fetch me a throng of gibbons, we’ll do some heart transplants and presto! 10-game winning streak!
  4. Clang! Three of effing twenty from beyond the arc. For serial. In an MD’A offense, that’s an absolute killer. At one point even Mike Breen, normally the paradigm of level-headed, objective play-by-play, was screeching at the Knicks to take the ball to the basket. The probem is, when there’s no outside shooting, the lane starts clogging up and then those shots don’t fall either. Once shots were clanging off the rim, you could see the panic start to set in with this team. Everyone got tense, players were yelling at once another, and like a house of cards the whole thing crumbled. And the one thing (well, there’s more than one thing, but I’m starting to contract carpal-tunnel from typing so much. Brevity is the soul of wit, my tuchus. Where was I? Oh yeah…) his team does NOT do well is figure out a Plan B when Plan A isn’t working. Is that the fault of the coaching staff? Well… (see below)
  5. There’s a pre-made format for these recaps so I can’t grade Coach. Luckily, this nifty note #5 is here for just such a purpose. Mikey, you get a big, fat F, if only for your rotations. For the life of me, I can’t understand what he was thinking going back to Toney Douglas in the 4th quarter. Shumpert was terrible tonight, I get that. The electrodes that the team uses to revive Bibby once a week got lost in the Boeing flight from Charlotte. So…how about that Lin kid then? I wouldn’t take garbage-time play against the RobertCats as a sign he’s an emerging STAR, but he couldn’t have DWTTDD (Done Worse Than Toney Douglas Did). While we’re here, I’d be swell if Jorts wasn’t hurt but since he shooting was so putrid, why not dust off Steve Novak? He may only have one useful skill but it sure seemed like that skill would have been a useful one to have on the floor tonight. Ugh. I don’t know about y’all, but this was a nauseating game to sit through. I e-hug you all. Better days are ahead because…well…it can’t get much worse.

[ED's Note: Two guys did the Quick Recap. So I'm adding latke's here]

New York Knicks 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Cleveland Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, SF
38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | -13

Last night, for the first time ever, we regularly saw Carmelo as the ball handler in the pick and roll. It was a money play, with Melo repeatedly coming off the screen into the face of two guys and hitting the open man. Six assists tonight for Mr. Melo, but four of them were in the first half and one was on Landry’s meaningless layup to close out the game. What happened? Well, in the second half the ball handling responsibilities went primarily to everyone’s favorite Knick, Toney Douglas.

Amare Stoudemire, PF
36 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -9
Like a ballerina, Amaré spent much of the night fluttering down the baseline, occasionally for a jam, but more often in pursuit of a turnover. He captured six turnovers in the game, seasoning the poor passing with one offensive foul against another one of those lanky tall guys (Ryan Hollins) who seem to cause Amaré so much trouble. When not occupying paint street, Amaré made one of his seven field goal attempts, including five misses in five attempts on those elbow shots he feasted on last season. Props for the fourteen rebounds though, STAT.
Tyson Chandler, C
38 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -13
Chandler got shook pretty embarassingly by Varejao on one nasty play, causing the Cavs announcers to speak to each other in Portuguese for the next thirty seconds (not joking). Otherwise, he did a nice job defensively and finished well at the rim. He would have gotten an A- if Dandy Andy hadn’t destroyed the Knicks with eight offensive boards.
Landry Fields, G
33 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4
Landry made some nice jumpers off the dribble and again stayed in constant motion on the offensive end, drawing fouls and getting easy opportunities. He did what he is supposed to do on offense, and continued a streak of solid defense as well, adding two steals and a block. Anthony Parker just made some difficult shots.
Iman Shumpert, G
22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -10
D’Antoni seems to be losing trust in Iman at the one and with good reason. Shumpert looked hesitant coming off screens, allowing the Cavs’ defense to recover and either making lazy passes or dribbling back out and passing, forcing another Knick to force a shot late in the clock. For a team trying to discover some offensive flow, that’s a problem. Still, I don’t see why he doesn’t play backup minutes at shooting guard, where his role is much more defined.
Mike Bibby, PG
10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3
Mike! You didn’t turn the ball over! You were the only Knick of the night to accomplish that feat, and for that, you get a C.
Jared Jeffries, PF
20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +3
With the make tonight, Jared has made two of his five three point attempts this season, making him the best three point shooter on the team.
Toney Douglas, PG
25 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -2
I can’t criticize Douglas’s shot selection too much. He’s mostly taking the shots that he has to take for this offense to work. He can’t allow his defender to go under screens or else the entire pick and roll breaks down. Sadly, unfortunately, regrettably, unhappily, he was one for nine on these open shots. And when he wasn’t missing shots, he was joining the turnover party that the Knicks put on. In light of the fact that the Knicks picked up his option year though, I will say one nice thing about TDDWTDD. He played great defense on Kyrie Irving, who was 1-7 on the game.
Bill Walker, SG
18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -5
Four assists, Billy? You turned down an open three to get Tyson an easy basket! Well done. I do not mean that sarcastically. I’m being sincere. But please please please make some threes.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Toney Douglas is not a point guard.
  2. Iman Shumpert is not a point guard.
  3. No one on the Knicks can shoot. It’s a disease. It began with Landry, and then it spread to Douglas (maybe they sat next to each other on the plane?). Amaré started coughing up bricks soon after that, and now Carmelo Anthony seems to be in the throes of this mysterious illness. Jared Jeffries, being superhuman, is immune.
  4. I’m sorry I didn’t start the game thread with Shump Shump or some variation thereof. But really, aren’t we supposed to save superstitions when they lead to winning streaks?
  5. This entire review has been rather negative and sarcastic. But this is lucky number five, so I have to say that for the first half, the Knicks seemed to be continuing what they were doing in Charlotte. The offense looked pretty good, and we got a ton of easy shots. The shots, however, were not always falling, and it seemed guys lost the confidence when the game was only tied at the half, lost the instinctive quick reactions in the second half. This has to be mental, right? Three for twenty on three pointers? Guys don’t just forget how to shoot.

32 comments on “Quick Reaction: Cavs 91, Knicks 81

  1. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Also, Bob and Jim are on point with these recaps, lately. Top notch stuff. Better than anything that’s ever been on ESPN.com… ever.

  2. jon abbey

    “Mikey, you get a big, fat F, if only for your rotations. ”

    and for Jeffries being way too involved with the offense once Melo and Amare got back out there. we can tolerate a bit of him on offense when the second unit is in, but not down the stretch ever.

  3. Jake S.

    There’s a pre-made format for these recaps so I can’t grade Coach. Luckily, this nifty note #5 is here for just such a purpose. Mikey, you get a big, fat F, if only for your rotations. For the life of me, I can’t understand what he was thinking going back to Toney Douglas in the 4th quarter. Shumpert was terrible tonight, I get that. The electrodes that the team uses to revive Bibby once a week got lost in the Boeing flight from Charlotte. So…how about that Lin kid then? I wouldn’t take garbage-time play against the RobertCats as a sign he’s an emerging STAR, but he couldn’t have DWTTDD (Done Worse Than Toney Douglas Did). While we’re here, I’d be swell if Jorts wasn’t hurt but since if the shooting was so putrid, and this team either can’t won’t take the ball to the rim, why not dust off Steve Novak? He may only have one useful skill but it sure seemed like that skill would have been a useful one to have on the floor tonight.

    THIS.

  4. Z

    Wow: Italian and Portuguese in a Knicks write up. Did you consider writing the Book of the Dead excerpts in their original hieroglyphs?

    (unfortunately writing in Italian isn’t doing much for my Gallo-withdrawal induced depression that I’ve been in since Saturday… :(

  5. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Don’t look now, but Gallo’s got 21 points through 2 1/2 on 11 FGA and just 6 FTA.

    What could have been…

  6. max fisher-cohen

    Thanks, Bob. Good stuff from you as well. I dispute your Bill Walker grade though. I think we should have a fight about it.

  7. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Owen, are you watching this Nuggets game in the 4th?

    Faried has the best movement under the rim I’ve seen in a LONG time. He’s so quick to get in position. Two offensive rebounds in two consecutive possessions since he came in. 3 or 4 points so far from those boards alone. He is ridiculously athletic…

  8. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Nearly another offensive board and putback, and then on the other end, another rebound from QUICKNESS. This guy is going to be a beast.

  9. mura2337

    Nice Dark Knight Returns reference Silverman. Balls nasty. And Cock Jowles…Kenny Fareid is a freaking monster. Dennis Rodman 2.0. Minus the cross dressing and overall douchiness. I simply refuse to call you honorable.

  10. Owen

    The Nuggets are fun to watch. I love their style, but I turned it off after Lawson got hurt and turned on Lob City on NBATV.

    Deandre Jordan is a fricking beast, although a blunt instrument on the court. Really good game

  11. hoolahoop

    Sorry for my ignorance but what is a Cock Jowles?
    (rather get it from the cock’s mouth than google)

  12. bobneptune

    the knicks are missing 2 fundamental concepts of basketball:

    1…. the ball moves much faster from point A to point B moving through the air as opposed to some guy bouncing it from A to B and

    2…. you need to score more points than your opponent in order to win the game.

    until a point guard shows up that is least adequate in moving the ball consistently and purposefully the knicks are sunk.

    you have a bench of non scorers like jared jefferies, bill walker, bibby’s zombie and toney douglas. you have a rookie 2 guard playing the point out of dire necessity. you have a starting 2 that averages 9.2 ppg for his career. you have starting center that averages 10 ppg.

    if melo and stat don’t both play well every game, where do the points come from to win? they are going to have a rough time scoring without a legit orchestrator running the show.

    and as a side bar as to the grading of the players, does landry fields get a B+ for not wetting himself? i mean the guy is supposed to be a starting player on an nba team and scored 13 points with one who assist and gets a B+.

    and chandler…. gets completely out worked for the game by vareajo and pwned defensively at crunch time and this somehow rates a B because he shot 4-6 on 2 footers?

  13. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    I watched the debut of NBA TV’s “documentary” series, The Association, spotlighting the Nuggets and boy was it brutal. It was basically just propaganda for the Nuggets along with, like, play-acting from the executives. No real behind-the-scenes stuff at all.

  14. Juany8

    Generally the ratings seem to reflect how well a player performed his role, instead of how well he did in total (correct me if i’m wrong on this). So someone like Fields does get a B+ for “not wetting himself”, partly because he has taking a dump on the floor earlier in the season. Chandler did get totally outworked by Varejao, which was a huge factor in the win, so maybe a lower grade would have been better.

    Overall I like the recap and mostly agree with the grades, although Carmelo should just sit down at this point, this team is going to get annihilated anyways, and if we’re ever going to have a prayer of being good he needs to be fully healthy. Also, Douglas in crunch time shows just how much Baron Davis is doing to help. He’ll probably get an A+ every game just cutting into Douglas and Bibby’s playing time.

  15. ess-dog

    It’s been the horn of plenty lately at Knickerblogger – great write-ups!

    What a stellar group the Nuggs have. If it wasn’t for that Central time zone, I’d watch more of their games. I think they’re a WCF team this year (the youth will come in handy during this condensed schedule.)

    Meanwhile, why does everything Knickish have to turn to shite? I really respected Isaiah as a player. Larry Brown is an amazing coach. At one point, Stat was one of my favorite players in the league. Is the team cursed? Or is it a direct correlation to Jimmy Dolan meddling?

    I’ve been a fan since the ’90s, but I’m not sure I can take much more of this. Regardless of where you think he falls on the good/bad spectrum, I hate watching Carmelo. I’m not saying we have a perfect cast outside of him, but our games are just so ugly to watch… this is supposed to be entertaining for christsake.

    I have a 3-year-old and a 7-month-old (which is why my posts are often incoherent rambles, but I digress) and my “free” time is pretty precious. In short, I think I need a dramatic break from the Knicks. I was going to ween myself off them slowly, but I think I have to quickly rip them off like a band-aid.

    I’m still considering taking shelter in the Nets, but despite having a real “star”, they have a lackluster supporting cast and a middling front office at best. But the owner seems relatively hands off and not nearly as buffoonish. Oh and the tickets might be in the range of affordable.

    I’ve considered following my boyhood team again (the Hawks) but that doesn’t seem right for some reason. Plus, I hate the khaki-covered, bubba-fied city of “Atlanta” with a passion.

    Maybe I’ll try to get into the Yankees or minor league baseball? I really don’t know. But for the record:

    - I hate “Melo ball”
    - Berri is onto something
    - Baron is not going to save us
    - We’ve botched every draft except the Gallo pick since I can remember

  16. ess-dog

    Good luck, faithfull ones. I hope I’m wrong and we charge into the playoffs, but (again) this team looks absolutely botched to me.

    Adios!

  17. ess-dog

    ess-dog:
    Good luck, faithfull ones.I hope I’m wrong and we charge into the playoffs, but (again) this team looks absolutely botched to me.

    Adios!

    Sorry, that’s “faithful”. I shouldn’t have fired my editor.

  18. Roshi

    ess-dog: We’ve botched every draft except the Gallo pick since I can remember

    I don’t know, doesn’t seem like our drafting has been the problem, or at least no worse on average than most teams, especially at our usual draft position late in the first round: David Lee, Wilson Chandler, Mardy Collins (just kidding), Landry Fields, Shump. Problem is management is so eager to get a marquee ‘star’ that we package up all our young talent and if we ever are bad enough to have a high draft pick we send that away too. We’ve spent about a decade trying to rebuild instantly. Given how poorly it’s gone, seems that we would have been better clearing the decks early on and hoping to hit the jackpot with a Durant/Lebron gamechanger.

    Don’t blame you at all though, ess-dog. This has really become excruciating to watch.

    In other news, as a Dukie who was really high on Kyrie, check out this comparison to Lebron’s rookie year:

    By just about any advanced metric, Kyrie looks favorable…not to say he’ll become anywhere close to Lebron, but sure looks a lot better than the talking heads predicted

  19. Eternal OptiKnist

    ess-dog: Good luck, faithfull ones. I hope I’m wrong and we charge into the playoffs, but (again) this team looks absolutely botched to me. Adios!

    I’m approaching my “give-them-20-games-before-judging edict” I made after the lockout ended, and with each passing games it looks like it’s more like 66…or infinite. I’m not giving up hope yet…sports is a fickle thing; maybe we get up for the Miami game, win it, reap a shit-ton of confidence from it and go on a tear. Yeah, i’ll go with that one. Oh, and everyone please stop with the Baron Davis solution. Smart money says he’ll be in and out of the lineup constantly wih various ailments after he returns, and that actually will be more detrimental in my opinion. Douglas and Shump are our PGs…period.

  20. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Roshi:
    By just about any advanced metric, Kyrie looks favorable…not to say he’ll become anywhere close to Lebron, but sure looks a lot better than the talking heads predicted

    Yeah, he’s been excellent on a mediocre team. Tough for a 19 year old PG to make an impact, but he’s done it.

    And by the way — PAWS40 (Berri’s metric) predicted his success. And he also predicted the Knicks being bad (although maybe not this bad), but, you know: voodoo pseudoscience.

  21. Juany8

    Didn’t that metric also predict Dejuan Blair would be the best player n his class, over players like Harden and Griffin? And it’s not that hard to predict that a number 1 pick will be successful, Kyrie was brilliant in his limited time in college. It’s a shame Berri wasn’t right about Landry Fields being our best player, maybe we’d be above .500 at least if Fields was still a better player than Derrick Rose….

  22. bobneptune

    Juany8:
    Didn’t that metric also predict Dejuan Blair would be the best player n his class, over players like Harden and Griffin? And it’s not that hard to predict that a number 1 pick will be successful, Kyrie was brilliant in his limited time in college. It’s a shame Berri wasn’t right about Landry Fields being our best player, maybe we’d be above .500 at least if Fields was still a better player than Derrick Rose….

    this….. you’ve gotta be bleepin karnak the magnificent to predict the #1 pick in the draft will likely be really good, especially when he became #1 pick after only 11 games in college.

    really went out on a limb with that one.

  23. gransoporro

    I am curious about the Italian piece.

    If you wrote it yourself, kudos. The occasional botch cannot spoil the fact that it is a good theatrical piece.

    If you used an automatic translator, well it works exceptionally well (see above).

  24. A Voice of Reason

    This board is better than the Knicks games, by far. I simply must have KB with my breakfast. I will stay on the Knick train just because you intelligent sons of angels are my daily fix of worthy banter.

  25. sisterray

    if melo and stat don’t both play well every game, where do the points come from to win? they are going to have a rough time scoring without a legit orchestrator running the show.

    Hell, I’d take Melo and Stat both playing well every once in a while. Even if it’s just once a week, that’d give me a reason to tune in. You know, “maybe this will be the game of the week that these all-stars actually show up to play basketball!” and all.

    As is, the whole thing’s getting sort of tedious — Melo ball is a bore, and Stoudemire just doesn’t deserve to be on the all-star team at all this year based on his performance so far. The best part about the games recently has been the thrill of being a pirate. Even that won’t carry me through the beating we’re about to receive against Miami on national TV tomorrow though…

  26. chrisk06811

    Robert, well done. I don’t undersand all of your references, for I went to Pace University. But, I do know Tacos. And I love them. And, it took my mind off the loss.

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