Two Games Over .500?
Stephon Marbury was the point guard with Allan Houston at the 2. Kurt Thomas and Tim Thomas were the forwards and Nazr Mohammed was in the middle.
The bench players were Mike Sweetney, Anfernee Hardaway, Jerome Williams, Trevor Ariza and Moochie Norris
That was the Knicks team on January 1st, 2005, when a Knick three-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to the New Jersey Nets, 93-87. The Knicks ended the night at 16-14, the last time they were two games over .500 until last night.
Jon Abbey wrote in the comments something that I think is fairly notable – the Knicks do seem to rise and fall with Jamal Crawford’s offensive contributions. You can more or less figure Zach Randolph for his 18 and 11 every night (the variable there is will it take Zach 20 shots or 30 to get his 18?) and the other members of the team are fairly predictable, too, but Crawford is a complete crap shoot out there, and in the Knicks’ losses, crap shooting is a good description of Crawford, as well.
Last night, Crawford came through with a sparkling 32 points on 10-17 shooting (5-7 from three point land).
The most impressive part of the game for me, though, was that the defense looked pretty good at times. Granted, you have to take into consideration that Deron Williams is the type of player who normally eats the Knicks alive, so his absence certainly helped matters, but still, this Jazz team is no joke, Williams or Williams-less, and the Knicks played strong defense on them in the third quarter coming back from a half-time deficit.
And in the fourth quarter, well, they held on, didn’t they?
One cool stat I heard was that the Jazz had more wins than the three other teams the Knicks have defeated combined, so the Knicks have to feel good right now, and the Spurs have decided to join the Jazz by sending the Knicks a Spurs team missing Tony Parker (on top of the already missing Manu), so perhaps we can re-visit the game of December 29, 2004 on Tuesday night (a game where Steph lit up his old team, the T-Wolves, to the tune of 32 points on 12-19 shooting, with 7 board and 11 assists).
NOTE: To those of you who were asking for game threads, one of us will have a game thread up on Tuesday night before the Spurs game.