|Carmelo Anthony, SF 35 MIN | 3-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -2
Remember that game where Jeremy Lin went completely bananas against the Nets and totally saved Mike D’Antoni’s job? Remember when, instead of holding it and waiting for someone to foul him, Melo instead kicked it to Lin late in the game when the Knicks were only up five? That was great. And remember when Melo huddled everyone around at center court and Lin was in the middle and no one could hear what Melo was saying but it looked like he was telling Lin he could have one of his cars? Remember that? That’s when it all turned around.
|Amare Stoudemire, PF 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | +11
This guy! By now, it’s hard not to wonder what he must think when a mere graze of the jersey puts Kris Humphries on the line, while on the other end Stat gets hit so hard the slapping sound wakes up my cat. After a sluggish start and doubtless ailing after two consecutive punishing games, Stat seemed genuinely intent on making sure this wouldn’t be his coach’s last Garden stand.
|Tyson Chandler, C 36 MIN | 7-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -1
At nearly 71%, Chandler is converting shots on a basketball court – where monstrous human beings are constantly trying to stop him from doing so – at a higher rate than I am remembering to wash the dishes. It was nice to see the interaction I predicted between Chandler and Humphries came somewhat true, with the two barking at each other a few different times, presumably over fine art. Like his teammates — but unlike them in the sheer hugeness of his head and smile — Chandler’s weary legs seemed rejuvenated by having a guard able to probe and prod the paint. But if you think this means Jeremy Lin doesn’t have to carry Tyson’s skull satchel around any more, you, sir, are mistaken.
|Landry Fields, G 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -13
I took down absolutely no notes on Fields in this one. I do know that my instinctive reaction to anything he screws up is never any more intense or vulgar than “DAMNIT, LANDRY!” Which is pretty harmless, in the grand scheme of things. Either way, the important thing here is that we have all kinds of great jokes to make about a Harvard-Stanford starting back court.
|Iman Shumpert, G 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +5
If my job description included having to guard Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, and Deron Williams on three consecutive nights, I’d probably let someone else have that job. For what it’s worth, Shumpert really does seem to relish the challenges.
|Jared Jeffries, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +6
At some point between last night and tonight, Jared Jeffries had a kangaroo leg transplant. Dude was all over the glass, and even had a couple savvy tip-ins off misses. Given the punishment he takes stepping in the lane like he does, I’m surprised Jeffries hasn’t developed a fear of hugging people or something.
|Renaldo Balkman, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
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|Toney Douglas, PG 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +9
After the game, Toney Douglas was one the first to congratulate a certain Harvard graduate with a curious buzz-cut who buzz-cutted his way through the bewildered Nets defense. If that’s not class, then I never watched Mr. Belvedere .
|Jeremy Lin, PG 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 25 PTS | +13
PRETEND THIS IS ALL IN SIZE 72 FONT! SERIOUSLY HOW MANY OF YOU PREDICTED THAT WE’D BE 8-15 AND D’ANTONI’S JOB WOULD BE HINGING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE COULD BEAT THE NETS AT HOME, AND BECAUSE WE HAVE NO POINT GUARDS JEREMY LIN WHO WAS JUST IN THE D-LEAGUE AND WENT TO HARVARD HAD TO COME IN AND THEN HE JUST SHREDDED THE NETS AND I’M TOTALLY LOSING MY MIND! AAAAAAAAAA++++++
|Bill Walker, SG 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8
I’ve been pretty hard on Bill lately, mostly because the little time he does play ends up being equal parts bewildering and enraging. But his best sequence tonight – a manly stuff on defense, followed by a timely three on the other end – was key in a game where momentum shifted on dimes.
Five Things We Saw
- It being the tail-end of their first back-to-back-to-back of the season, and having had their starters log heavy minutes the two games previous, we weren’t quite sure what kind of “energy” the Knicks would bring tonight. Early on, we looked to be running on crude — giving up open looks from deep and turning it over like a bad beach restaurant. Luckily, the second half found us being [relatively] more careful with the rock. Although I can’t for the life of me remember why…
- @Ian Begley: Jeremy Lin stayed on Landry Field’s couch last nite because his older brother didn’t have any room for him. Lin: ‘I might just move in with him’.
- Deron Williams is proficient at the game of basketball. Even in an offense not exactly built on tenets of “finesse” and “improvisation,” his combination of speed, power, and vision makes Williams a truly frightening in the open court, and only slightly less so in half-court sets. We should trade Jeremy Lin for him straight up.
- Robert Silverman: “We’re all very excited about Jeremy Lin, and rightfully so. His explosion…JIM: NO CHINESE FIREWORKS JOKES ALLOWED…tonight was such a narrative-shredding event, one wishes FreeDarko was still around to cover it ten ways from Sunday. Bethlehem Shoals would be all over this ish like white on…JIM: STOP THAT RIGHT NOW. But allow me to play the role of sage, crotchety old coot and git you rambunctious youths outta my e-yard with a reminder of the take of one Eddie Lee Wilkins, a completely unheralded 6th round draft pick who opened a BJ’s Price Club-size can of whup-ass on the Pistons to the tune of 24 points on opening day, 1984. Naturally, this being the Knicks, he promptly blew out his knee and was more or less never heard from again. I’m not saying don’t relish the Jeremy Lin Experience, but let’s not go completely bat guano, here. For at least an hour, our (possibly starting?) PG was trending #2 nation-wide on Twitter. That’s Lin-sanity!…JIM: THAT’S IT. GET OUT, ROBERT.PUNS ARE MORE OFFENSIVE THAN SEMI-RACIST JOKES. YOU’RE A TERRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING!”