I was out last night, doing responsible adult things, and missed the first half of the game. But I did check the box score at the half! Bargnani: 15pts 6reb 2blks.
I couldn’t wait to get home to watch the second half, to see what the hell was happening. So I turn the game on, and Patrick Ewing is coaching the Bobcats?
Where the hell am I?
Early in the third quarter Carmelo picks up his 5th assist. Ok, now it’s getting ridiculous. I don’t really know what happened in this game, but here are some notes I managed to take while still in a daze.
1. I would love to believe that Carmelo can average 28-8-6 with 0.580 TS%, and Bargs can regularly grab eight rebounds and tally five blocks, but it’s not going to happen. What can happen, though, is the great rebounding by committee approach taken by this Tyson-less team. While the Knicks may now be missing even average rebounding in the front court, the Knicks have very solid rebounding guards in Shumpert and the soon-to-be-reinstated JR Smith. A fun little fact: JR Smith’s TRB% (percent of available rebounds grabbed by the player while they are on the floor) last season was almost identical to our starting center’s career average (9.3% for JR to 9.4% for Bargs). His return to the team should be a big boost in more than just scoring, especially if he takes all of Hardaway Jr.’s inefficient, nonrebounding minutes.
2. I’m ready to start beating the Cole Aldrich drum with Mike. We have what may be a competent big on the bench, perfectly able to give 10-15 mins of rebounding, flailing limbs and body checks. Yes, Bargnani had a pretty good game, but he still took 25 shots to score 25 points, and finished with 8 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. This isn’t an all-star level of play. There’s no reason to play the guy 35 minutes a game, especially when you’re up double digits most of the second half. Give Cole some burn! See what I did there?
3. I know this game wasn’t at the Garden, but I haven’t had the chance to add my 2 cents on a very important issue. What the hell, Dolan? Bring back the Knick City Dancers! They just want to dance and entertain! Let them dance! Banning dancing never turns out well!
4. The Charlotte Bobcats may not be particularly good this year, but they aren’t as awful as they have been. This win by the Knicks obviously wasn’t a given, especially after getting beat up at home on Tuesday. I actually kind of like this Charlotte team, they are young and play with good intensity, they just can’t score. Maybe Al Jefferson will help, but he’s not exactly the most efficient scorer out there. Still, people of Charlotte should get out to the games! Seeing a half empty lower deck all night was pitiful. I guess that happens when you’re team wins less than 30 games in two seasons combined, and have a stupid team name. This doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of your opponents.