This game was a lot of fun, unless you are a Sixers fan of course. It had a little bit of everything. You got some Sheed, some good JR and some hilarious Nick Young being an idiot. Overall it was another blowout win for the Knickerbockers, their third in as many games this season. Melo Tony led the team in scoring with an efficient 21 points on 7/16 shooting. Earl Smith had another strong game with 17 points on 7/15 shooting and almost got in a fight. Sheed entered the game in the third quarter and proceeded to drain a buzzer beating three to end the quarter. This game was loads of fun and the Knicks are 3-0 for the first time since 1875.
Here are my notes from the game:
- Lets start with Sheed. Despite looking like a homeless man, Mr. Rasheed Abdul Wallace was actually productive in his 14 minutes played tonight. He did a little bit of everything. Wallace hit a couple threes, blocked a couple shots and grabbed some rebounds. He also inexplicably threw a full court inbounds pass to Steve Novak with 11 seconds left in the game that caused me to fall out of my chair laughing. In all seriousness though, he actually looked like he could contribute down the line a little bit. I thought Kurt Thomas looked pretty bad tonight in his 6 minutes played, so potentially Sheed may take some of his minutes moving forward. It’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. However, there is no doubt that the bench combo of Thomas and Wallace is easily the funniest in the league. Between Thomas punching dudes in the nuts, slapping guys in the face and consistently getting away with shoving people under the basket and Rasheed doing Rasheed things and looking like a displaced hobo, they’re great theater. I’m loving having them on the squad.
- Look what Nick Young did. It was hilarious:
- Prigioni did some good things tonight. He looked for his shot finally and scored 11 points on 3/5 shooting. I think as Prigioni continues to get comfortable with the NBA game, he’ll get even better. He clearly has skills scoring the basketball and we know his prowess as a passer. The foreign import also set up JR Smith’s monster dunk, in which Smith then taunted the crowd afterwards.
- Tyson Chandler had some of the ole strep throat yesterday. I’m sure he still had it today, but he played much better and didn’t look like he was going to die. He did what Tyson Chandler do and the Knicks were good again on defense. He also took some jump shots. You’d expect them to look all goofy and weird, but his shooting motion is actually somewhat fluid and smooth. He made one and missed one. Tyson is limited offensively, but obviously he has been uber efficient as a Knick. That is mostly because 99.991919% of his shots come at the rim. So if he starts to shoot more jumpers, his ridiculous efficiency numbers will fall. That being said, I kind of like this wrinkle into his game. Chandler won’t ever live or die by a jump shot, but often times he’s so wide open in that free throw line area that he can shoot these shots without hands in his face. It’ll be interesting to see where this jump shooting thing goes from here, but I kind of like it.
- Car Ant, formerly known as the guy who bitch slapped Mardy Collins, had another quality game tonight. A few times he got a bit sticky with the ball and he took a couple “WHAT THE F$%#!?!!?” pull up threes, but overall I thought he played a good game. His defensive effort was strong and he had another one of those blocks where he slaps the ball out of the guys hands before he can even wind up to dunk it or lay it up. His jump shot wasn’t really there tonight early and I loved the way he adjusted. Instead of continuing to just throw up mid-range poop like we’ve seen him do in the past, Anthony started to attack the rim. He was effective in doing so, hitting 4/5 shots in the paint and shooting 6 free throws. I tip my imaginary hat to Mr. Anthony as he has been quite great through these first three games.
- Ronnie Brewer was 3/4 from outside the arc. If the Knicks choose to retain him at the end of the year, they should have him tear the meniscus in his other knee as that seems to have triggered some sort of Novak like shooting streak in Brewer’s game. He also had 10 rebounds.
- Felton only played 23 minutes, but he didn’t seem to tire out after the first 5 like he had in the two previous games. The Knicks have three days off before they play on Friday. I think we’ll hear about Brewer maybe doing some extra conditioning in the middle of this week.
- Steve Novak was 0/2 from downtown, meaning he hasn’t yet recovered from the Hangover style roofie trip he took this weekend. This information was brought to you by Chris Broussard’s sources. I just got a text message, Jeremy Lin plays for the Rockets apparently. Weird.
- I’VE GOT ALL THE VIDEOZZZZZ TONIGHT! Check out Sheed beating the third quarter buzzer:
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