There’s no question the Nets smelled blood tonight with the Knicks coming off a tough back-to-back with the Celtics and a turtlenecked professor Melo on the sidelines. From the beginning the game felt like one of those affairs that would be won or lost in the waning moments of the 4th quarter. The Knicks legs looked lifeless at times, which certainly hurt Porzingis on the offensive end. His jumper was short all night. The real effect was on defense, though, as the fellas from Manhattan found enough hot hands to go blow for blow with the Nets. Derrick Williams had a sensational night off the bench and gave the Nets fits around the basket. It was the other end of the floor that did the Knicks in, as the sluggish defensive efforts resulted in a whopping 52.3% shooting from the field and a stellar 9-17 from behind the arc. Only one Net who played more than 10 minutes shot under 50% from the field. That Net….Andrea Bargnani. So….I guess there’s that Knicks fans.
While I’m sure the Knickerbocker faithful will be upset about this loss, I don’t have particularly strong feelings. The Nets needed to do something to stem the tide of negativity surrounding the franchise in turmoil. There’s no better tonic than to put it to the sexy team from across town, particularly with so many of their fans invading the Brooklyn arena. Games like this have value, although you’d like to persevere and win them. When the star is out, the rest of the guys have to step up. We saw mixed results on that front tonight as Calderon played with some fire, poor defense aside. The aforementioned D-Will continued to show the power of hard work and determination. Afflalo seemed to pound the rock into the ground in the post, gyrating, humping, and thrusting like a fish in heat. The final numbers on his game are a bit deceptive as he wasn’t much of a factor throughout. His late threes were nice to see, but they felt like those old A-Rod solo homers when the Yankees are down six runs in the ninth inning. It’s not a secret that the Knicks will need to improve the quality of the guard play before they’re a serious NBA power, but the heart was there whatever the results.
Since I started you off with some Gang Starr in the game thread, I’ll finish you with a little tip of the cap to the Nets for their gutsy effort.
In the arena… or rather coliseum
There’s people gatherin by multitudes to see one
perpretrator fall to the dust after the other
Quickly disposed of at the hand of a known brother (ed: that would be Brook)
Born wit the art in his heart that is Spartacus
And one-to-one combat Jack (but not Jarrett), just a thought of this
match-up, makes GangStarr wanna snatch up
one or two phrases from the new book with new pages
of rhymes that are built like a chariot
Dope vocals carry it, to the battle set
If a beat was a princess, I would marry it
But now I must bow to the crowd as I stand proud
Victorius, glorious, understand now
cause battles and wars and much fights I have been through
One MC got beheaded (unfortunately it was the Knicks), and you can too.
On to the next one Knickerbuddies. See you in a few days.