All right, my first crack here at the game recap diary. Sucks it had to come after yet another blown lead that culminated in a Knick loss. But that is just the bottom line, there was far more to this game than the Knicks losing another game they should not have.
Prior to the game, some Knicks were interviewed about the comments by Sam Cassell about the lack of effort. All fun, right? Wrong. They chose Malik Rose and David Lee to interview. C'mon, if you're gonna interview someone on the Knicks on that particular subject, go for Randolph or Curry, but obviously Malik and Lee are gonna protest it. But, Malik took a cheap shot at Sam about how his only NBA titles were 10 years ago. Brutal.
The Pacers uniforms are god-awful. Troy Murphy looks like Big Bird's reefer-loving twin in it.
The Pacers have probably the whitest starting lineup since the 70's. It's Jeff Foster, Danny Granger, and 3 other white guys who could pass for Hanson. Hell, their only black guy is rather light. Damn you Larry Bird.
Mike Breen is talking about how the Pacers are without two of their best players: O'Neal and Tinsley. To ad-lib one of my favorite Charles Barkley phrases: No disrespect to Jamaal Tinsley, but if he is one of your best players, your team sucks.
Travis Diener watch! Kenny is talking about how hard the transition is for backup players when the starter is injured and they have to fill in for them, going up against better competition. Yeah, Travis is up against Fred Jones, I'm sure he'll be fine.
Breaking news: At the 9:39 point of the first quarter, Eddy Curry jumped for a rebound!
Not too long afterwards, David Lee made a jumper. At this point, I thought with all the unlikely events occurring, it would go all the way and the Knicks might win.
Sometime in the first half, when they returned from commercial, Kenny started stroking Mike on the shoulder. Mike was all, "What the hell, girl?" And Kenny was like, "Girlfriend, I's just trying to feel yo jacket. It's like velvet. You been stealing from Clyde? Uh-uh, I don't play that game." And then Breen be like, "I ain't steal nothing, I gots me my own money, although Clyde dresses well indeed." So, Kenny brushed Breen's shoulders off. I felt rather uncomfortable
There was a Jamal-to-Eddy alley-oop sighting today! Ahh, these bring me back to simpler times, before Eddy part II, before Fred Jones, back when we gave a fuck about white people, bitch.
They do a close-up on Marquis Daniels' shoes, which Breen loaths. They kinda look like something that would match with the Steelers' alternate uniforms last season.
Mike Breen knows so many random facts about various players and even officials and shit. He about a step or two away from being a hard-core stalker. I don't even think the people he talks about know as much useless stuff about them as Breen does.
OK, during the 2nd half, Kenny went on about a four minute soliloquy when every other word he used was "resistance". And anytime something happens during the game, he ties that into what he's talking about, but it doesn't really make sense. To be honest, I got nothing out of what he was saying.
Mike Breen informs us that Kareem Rush was the Baltic League Final Four MVP. Wow, where was this critical information all my life? But seriously Kareem, watch out, Mike may be taking shelter inside your closet, going through your belongings, sniffing stuff, gathering new information. Very unsettling.
Speaking of Kareem Rush, he played like a goddamn all-star. Seems like that always happens against the Knicks with role-scrubs. Mike Dunleavy Jr. earlier this season, Aaron Brooks, Kendrick Perkins, and now Kareem Rush. It's like every NBDL player's dream to go against the Knicks.
Since I mentioned the NBDL, might as well let you all know that our boy Elton Brown is starting on the all-star game! He is on the "Red Team". All right.
With 7 minutes to go, Knicks are up by 7. No way they can fuck this up, right?
Lead gets cut to 5, Marquis Daniels hits a 3, a layup goes in somewhere in there and it is tied. How shockingly unsurprising.
OK, I have a theory here that the Knicks should utilize. If you have blown a lead, and have done so for several games in a row, and you need a score badly, don't have Fred Jones take shots for you.
Something you will never, ever hear again, courtesy of Kenny "The Jet" Smith: "They really need to bring somebody in the game to defend Kareem Rush."
Knicks are down by 6, but Zach Randolph done hit a three with 30 seconds to go! How unlikely, the Knicks may not lose!
They stop the Pacers defensively, and run the ball down the court with about 5 seconds to go. They might do it!
Fred Jones fumbles and bumbles with the ball for a bit, tosses it to Jamal who airballs a three-pointer. Oh well.
Maybe next time.....