Dammit. Just when the Knicks really needed to get over the hump, they crapped away a great first half to bow to the Nets, 101, 92. The recent Charlie Brown comparison at Knickerblogger seemed to apply once more. The Knicks were coming off a win, up by 9 at the half, and roaring to a second consecutive victory but, just like that, the Nets pulled the football away and New York found themselves on their asses once again. Really sucks. Game notes:
- David Lee sat with a sprained ankle. The Beast did not look happy to be confined to a suit. It caged in all of his hustle and ferocity. I bet Dave's gonna go home and break some shit.
- The Knicks first offensive possession of the game was a doozy. Jerome James tried to show us his Globetrotter moves by looping a retarded one-handed pass to Eddy Curry, who wasn't expecting it. Curry saved it from going out of bounds. Maintaining possession, Marbury drove to the hole and got stripped midway, but the ball caromed back to James. "Big Snacks" then stumbled, but on his way down threw in a layup. I'm pretty sure that's not how it was drawn up.
- Vince Carter takes way too damn long to shoot his free throws. It makes me wanna kick him in the head. Actually, almost everything VC does makes me wanna kick him in the head.
- It was a shootout early on...between Jerome James and Mikki Moore.
- Did you know the Oscars were tonight? I don't think I've seen more than two of the nominated movies. This blog business keeps me occupied.
- Kerry Kittles' name was tossed around in the game thread, and I'm pretty sure I saw him sitting behind the Nets bench.
- In back-to-backs, the Knicks are 6-8 in the first game (including tonight) and 3-10 in the second game (which does not bode well for tomorrow night).
- Marbury was singin' solo in the first quarter, lighting it up for 13 points (including 3 treys) with a chorus of boos as his backup music.
- Herb Williams mentioned this pre-game, and young Mittens proved it, that Curry be a big offensive presence even when he isn't scoring, simply because he draws so many double teams.
- When Channing Frye does not hesitate, he does not miss, unless it's a three.
- Mikki Moore is the boogeyman. He scares the shit outta me.
- Speaking of Moore...Renaldo Balkman was guarding him at one point, making for what might be the hairiest matchup in NBA history.
- Clyde attributed a Nets 3-second violation to the Knicks' "nagging, sagging defense". Someone needs to mash Clyde-isms up with a beat. I'm telling you it'd be great.
- Wasn't Lawrence Frank just an interim for Byron Scott? How often does the interim coach end up sticking around for as long as he has? I guess that huge win streak when he took the reigns probably helps. He's now very close to first for all-time Net wins.
- I blame the Knicks third quarter collapse on the Temptations. They performed at halftime. (Actually, it was pretty cool.)
- Bostjan Nachbar went nuts in this game, including one hilarious sequence. The boyish little Slav they call "Boki" showed a streak of brutish ferocity, as he dunked over Jared Jeffries and then let out a big, fat, Eastern European fist pump- BYAAAAH!- in Jeffries' face. Unfortunately, his fist pump was a little too close to said face, and Nachbar got hit up with a technical. He then resumed being the boyish little Slav they call "Boki".
- The difference between the two halves was simply that the Knicks couldn't miss in the first half, and couldn't buy one in the second half. They relied waaaaaay too much on jump shots, and were only encouraged to do so by their relative success in the first two quarters.
- Carter had 40, 9, and 8 for the Nets. Asshole.
That's pretty much it. The Knicks rode their hot shooting to a first half lead but, as was bound to happen, their reliance on the J caught up to them and they crapped away what could've been a huge win. I hate the Nets. It doesn't get easier, as the Knicks have to immediately face the Miami Heat tomorrow night. They absolutely need that one, considering the ground they lost with tonight's in-divison defeat. Back tomorrow. Peace.