Game Thread- Knicks vs. Clippers
Your New York Knicks are at home tonight to take on Doug Christie and the Los Angeles Clippers. L.A. is in the midst of a long East Coast swing, and is coming off a win in Boston and a blowout loss in Toronto. Elton Brand spray-farted on the entire Knicks roster the last time these teams played, dropping 32 points to go with 8 blocks. Thus, the most important storyline of tonight is the continuing Jerome James affair, as the loveable oaf will have the onerous duty of covering Brand. ClipperSteve (How did his parents know he was gonna be a Clipper fan? What a fitting choice of name!) at Clips Nation believes that Brand will either take James outside or simply push his belly out of the way and drive to the hole. It's certainly possible.
For what it's worth, today's Times article about the rotation move does provide a little bit of explanation, and quotes Channing Frye saying all the right things, which is good. It also makes Jerome James sound like a pretty cool guy, which I like. Hooray.
One thing I've remembered in the last day or two, is that with this squad, starting does not equal minutes (S≠M). David Lee, for instance, averages more minutes (30.6) than both Frye (26.3) and Jeffries (23.1), who traditionally start over him. If Jerome does a shitty job, then those opening minutes will be the only ones he plays. Should be interesting to see how this goes.
Anyway, this right here is a game thread, so post all your comments about the game, trail mix, Chris Kattan, backgammon, and tangerines as the night progresses. Now that my laptop is fixed, I'm actually gonna have it in front of me while watching the game, so I'll be able to respond to your comments as they come. Game notes coming later tonight. Go Knicks. Peace.
Posted by Seth at 3:34 PM