The Knicks head to Phoenix, where the Hawks kicked the Suns’ ass, so the Knicks really need to do the same. A win here guarantees at least a 3-3 road trip, which would pretty much assure them of avoiding the play-in game (they already have really good odds of avoiding the play-in game).
Come on, Derrick Rose, pretend that it’s Memphis!
Let’s go, assure at least a 3-3 road trip, Knicks!
The Knicks made a major statement in the second game of this nominally difficult west coast road trip by stomping the Memphis Grizzlies, and so they now come into Denver on fire, especially Derick Rose, who is on a hot streak we haven’t seen from him in, like, nine years!
Julius Randle was dominant, as well, of course, as per usual.
So while Denver is also playing very well despite losing their ostensible second star player, Jamal Murray, so don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to undersell how tough this game will be, but dang, man, Memphis was supposed to at least be sort of a challenge and they stomped them, so forgive me for being overly excited about the Knicks’ chances tonight.
Come on, Knicks, make them regret ever fleecing you on the Melo trade, get this win!
For some good vibes, check out this classic Knick victory in Denver…
The Knicks’ recent stunning string of success really started with their amazing comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies, where the Grizzlies choked like crazy in the fourth quarter and the Knicks capitalized with some amazing clutch shots. That set them on an amazing hot streak that pretty much continues to this day.
Since then, the Grizzlies have sputtered a bit, coming into tonight’s game just a game over .500. Repeating their success against them would be a big boon for the Knick in locking up the #4 seed.
The Knicks host the LaVine-less Bulls in what has got to be a must-win (or should I say, they obviously should win, so a loss would be devastating) game ahead of some tougher future games.
The Eastern Conference is somehow actually still bunched together even after the Knicks’ awesome nine-game winning streak, so they need to pick up wins in games where they are the clear favorites, like tonight.
On his breakout album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan released the song, “I Shall Be Free,” which was a version of an old Leadbelly song that Dylan’s idol, Woody Guthrie, had covered, but basically, it’s just a rambling satirical talking blues song. Even this early in his career (this was 1962), Dylan was already sort of poking fun at how much he was being treated as this great political thinker because he wrote, like, one hit song about stuff blowing in the wind. So in “I Shall Be Free,” President Kennedy is asking Bob for advice on how to run the country and Bob is giving nonsense answers “My friend, Bob, what do we need to make the country grow?” I said, “My friend, John, Brigitte Bardot, Anita Eckberg, Sophia Loren”
A couple of years later, Dylan poked even more fun at how he was portrayed as such a political visionary with a song on 1964’s Another Side of Bob Dylan called “I Shall be Free No. 10.” He opened with false modesty, “I’m just average, common too
I’m just like him, the same as you
I’m everybody’s brother and son
I ain’t different from anyone
It ain’t no use a-talking to me
It’s just the same as talking to you.”
And just a bunch of nonsense. It’s a fun song, but Dylan has never played it live.
Anyhow, this has no bearing on tonight’s game, so I have no idea why I brought it up.
The Phoenix Suns come to town after being handled by the Harden-less Nets last night, so hopefully they’re tired.
Here’s an interesting piece of trivia for you. Can you name the first Beatle to have a solo #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 and the last Beatle to have a solo #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100? It’s the same guy, as George Harrison beat his more famous bandmates to the punch with 1970’s “My Sweet Lord” and then was the last Beatle to have a top hit with 1987’s “I Got My Mind Set On You” which was off of a strong album called Cloud Nine (this is especially fascinating as Harrison only had three #1 singles and yet he somehow was the first and the last Beatle to get one. Can you name Harrison’s only other #1 hit?).
Here’s the title track, “Cloud Nine.”
I offer up that song for no reason, why do you ask?
The Knicks host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday afternoon with a chance to win another game. That would be swell.