2/11/2007

Jazzes 104, Knicks 102- OT


In heartbreaking fashion, the Knicks lost their first game of their West Coast road trip to a vengeful Utah Jazz squad. The Jazzes, with Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur returning from injury, delivered a real gut punch, winning by 2 in overtime. The Knicks (all wearing headbands for one reason or another) led by as many as 10 midway through the fourth quarter, but "Sam the Eagle" Okur almost single-handedly shot the Jazz back into the game, despite crippling dehydration from a stomach virus. Jamal Crawford was blatantly fouled on a game-winning attempt, but no ref had the rocks to make the right call. (Obviously, this has gone the other way for the Knicks in the past, but I'm biased.)

Crawford led the Knicks with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Francis returned to score 13 off the bench, but Stephon Marbury was off, hitting only 2 of 10 to score 7 points. Eddy Curry had 27 and 8, but 8 turnovers. Overall, it was a game the Knicks were close to taking, which made the loss even harder to bear.

All of this leads me to my question. Isiah Thomas seems to have only 2 plays down the strech. 1. Crawford shoots a floater, which has a decent rate of success, and 2. Crawford inexplicably shoots a 3, which almost never works, including last night. So I leave this to you, the reader. You're Isiah Thomas (lucky you). It's a tie game and you have the ball with less than a shot clock remaining. What's your call? Leave answers in the comments. I'll put up some Sunday Lookalikes tonight. Peace.

6 comments:

zach said...

i would have marbury,Q, curry, crawford, and frye in. inbound the ball to marbury at the top of the key, have marbury swing it to Q in the corner, if the shot it there take it, if not then i would half frye at the foul line, dish it into him for a 16 footer, if thats not there then back to marbury at the top of the key. but primarily i would want Q to have a open look in the corner, run a pick for him off, hopefully he sinks it.

Seth said...

that's a good call. we really haven't seen what Q can do down the strech. i think my first choice would be the old alley-oop play for curry...

zach said...

yea thats a good one too, however i think opponents may be expecting that especially after the howard one. it is certainly a high percentage shot, lee wouldnt be a bad candidate to take the alley-oop either

Rodge said...

If NBA Live 07 tells me anything, pass the ball to Nate Robinson, who will be directly under the hoop in single coverage against the other teams point guard. He will stand awkwardly with the ball for like a second, then jump 4 feet into the air, dunk, and get fouled. Then plant your feet to draw a charge as the opposing point guard tries to cross half court, at which point his feet will start running in place, he'll float backwards, and be called for a backcourt violation, and you can run the same play to Nate again. I'm sick at that game.

Seth said...

hahaha thats great. im actually never the knicks in nba live. i'm too superstitious i guess.

i tear up the dunk contest, though.

Rodge said...

Its my passive-aggressive way of convincing myself I'm smarter than Zeke. I stopped playing this year halfway through November, having won a champ with the following starting lineup:
David Lee
Renaldo Balkman
Qyntel Woods
Jamal Crawford
Nate Robinson