The Knicks didn’t win their 17th game of the season last year until the 81st game. They didn’t get the 18th win last year until……
Tonight was three quarters of transcendent “Stage 4” basketball, and one quarter of perplexing “Stage 3,” stagnant, Melo hero ball. I was sitting blissfully on my couch most of the game, murmuring, “Nice basketball. Beautiful passing. This is gorgeous.” During the fourth quarter I was flopping around on the floor like a fish out of water, banging myself in the head, BEGGING the Knicks to get back to what worked so well. Clyde was right there with me on the telecast, albeit with his typical cool instead of my deranged flailing. That’s why he’s Clyde.
I’m not sure WHY the Knicks stopped doing all the exciting things that had Knicksdom cooing and gurgling like a breast fed baby. They did win the game in the end, which is the most important thing. They were grinding in the 4th quarter like iron tools on a sharpening stone and held on. Have I used enough analogies to describe the game?
The team is now 9-2 when Afflalo scores 15 points. Whatever that means…it’s good. Porzingis was excellent again, although the trend continues that he drifts in the late 2nd half. They have to keep that ball moving and make sure he stays in the flow. He had a key rebound on the offensive end during the 4th, and got his first technical after facing off with Bazemore. When I looked at the replay, I thought he was just staring down at the little guy ’cause he’s tall. Bazemore got a stare down vibe instead of a “tall guy struggle to see down that low” vibe and it got a little chippy. It was a chippy game. In England they call it crispy.
How many open three pointers did the Knicks allow the Hawks? The oddest thing to me is that Korver (who Clyde lovingly calls ‘Karver’) missed almost all of them while the other Hawk dudes buried tons. 2000 pounds+ of open threes given up by the Knicks. Gotta fix that.
Anyway…..WE WON!!!! Enjoy Knickerbuddies. See you tomorrow.