NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS:
"Crazy Eights and Scoring Like The Wild Seventies"
* Amar'e Stoudemire sets a Club Record.
The New York Knicks started their eight game journey through the rest of December against the NBA's first division with a tough win against the Denver Nuggets in a game that got a little chippy. Denver Center Hilario Nene antagonized the Knicks all afternoon, not only backing 'Melo's 31 points and 13 rebounds with a pounding 26 points, 8 rebound, 2 blocked-shot performance of his own, but he also shared in some wrangling between him, Turiaf and Amar'e Stoudemire as elbows were flying freely.
Amar'e Stoudamire composed his play and temper enough to stay in the game after a possible Tech-Foul could have been called against him and possibly ending his day prematurely when he and Nene locked high elbows. But he smartly ceased engagement and stuck around to drop 30 points. With today's thirty point effort, Amar'e Stoudemire set a N.Y. Knicks' club record for most consecutive games scoring over 30 points by doing it for the eighth time. He was fittingly given today's game ball.
Behind Ray Felton and Wilson Chandler's 12 points in the 1st quarter, the Knicks got off to a fast start and "sustained and maintained" their play through the next three quarter on their way to a gritty victory. The Knicks won their eighth consecutive game today; 129-125.
These scores are starting to look a little "late-1970s'ish" aren't they? Oh, you don't remember those days? OK, it was the opposite of the "1990's-like", low scoring, grappling defensive games. Oh, you don't remember those days either?
If you're only now turning twenty years old, take my word for it. Life is a cycle. Eventually, everything that's old is new again at some point. But if you see a pair of "bell-bottoms"....run!
Next up...Boston Celtics. We need a big man in the middle. That's my biggest thing. Win or lose, this game will expose that fact...I think. Don't take that as a complaint. I'm cool. Everything comes in time.
Actually the biggest problem I have right now with the Garden being such a hot spot this afternoon is, as I type, The Garden is being re-configured for tonight's Rangers game against Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. That means a bad ice surface, crazy bouncing pucks and unfortunate bounces.
Bring on the Celtics! Let's Go Knicks!
From an earlier post today:
The next stretch of games will a truer test of where we are. I'm Not Talking About The Knicks; I'm talkin' about you!