Maybe the Knicks like sleep. They sure fell asleep on multiple occasions down the stretch in this game and gave away a 14…..14…..14….14…..14 point 4th quarter lead. They slept on inbound passes. They slept on the defensive glass. They slept while dribbling in the vicinity of Patrick “I’ll pick your pocket just like that” Beverley. There was some very nice hooping and then there was deep, deep slumber.
The Positives: The Knicks seemed eager to share the ball and got Afflalo cooking on a night when Carmelo Anthony sat out with some sort of flesh-eating virus. Porzingis played within himself and rarely forced the action. Seraphin was slippery and tough on defense.
The Negatives: Lance Thomas and Kevin Seraphin have the same disease. They both think that when a couple of things go well for them, they’re Kobe Bryant. Seraphin threw away a ton of possessions. Lance Thomas took a seriously boneheaded shot late in the 4th quarter. Knowing your limitations is an important life skill that neither of those guys possess. Maybe it’s what’s got them where they are as pro athletes, but they’re really painful to watch when they try to do too much. Langston Galloway couldn’t hit a snowflake at the South Pole at this point. He looks lost and pretty useless out there during his minutes. I thought Grant had a good thing going and he hardly saw any action. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but Calderon’s 5 turnovers were killer. The lazy dribbling along the sideline that Beverley exploited was one of the key plays of the game. The Rockets are so much better with Beverley on the floor.
On the Rockets end, James Harden did just about everything poorly. He’s just selfish and stupid most of the time. Every bad thing that happened to the Rockets tonight started with Harden being a ball hog. Every great thing that happened for them started with Beverley’s defense and Harden’s amazing passing. He didn’t do it enough, or the Rockets may have won the game in regulation. Dwight Howard is a giant ass. He has a punchable face.
More tomorrow when I cool off from watching that disaster.