That was tough. Paul Pierce might be the man I despise most in the nba. Because he has an “ugly as frozen vomit” handle and he’s a little overweight, and he’s always come off as smug to me. But he’s one of the greatest closers of his generation, probably second behind Kobe. To lead the entire way, to look so good, to have Amar’e look so good. And then it just fell apart at the end. Just awful.
I did not expect the Knicks to win, and honestly, the terrifying thought of them getting blown out crept into my head more than once earlier in the day. But they didn’t. They played the best the team in the conference, and could be the best team in the NBA, to the very end. If there were an extra .03 (or however long Amar’e needed to finish his stroke) on the clock they would have won. And after I got over the initial sting of that loss, there were a lot of positives to take away from that game.
Amar’e is such a big time player. I can’t say that enough. On the biggest stage with the brightest lights, he plays his best. That fact cannot go understated. I am so proud to have him as our superstar. This was the first big time game the Knicks have had in a very long time. It was almost a playoff type atmosphere, which leads me to my next point.
For the guys on the team that are our guys, Knicks draft picks, this was their first taste of anything like that. And I’m impressed for the most part how they handled that pressure. Keep in mind they were dueling with a team that has mastered these type of situations, and the Knicks gave them all they could handle. With more experience in situations like this they will be a force. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to a Bill Simmons podcast, he and Rick Bucher are discussing the importance of Jordan Farmar, and Baby, and how beyond your big stars, you need quality role players, and I feel like this Knicks team is stacked with them. 1-7 can go to war.
And the last thing is, in the last few minutes they were forced to grind it out and half court produce some buckets, and they didn’t do terribly. Again, this is the cream of the crunch time crop, and the C’s have their vaunted defense, but Felton elevated his game in the fourth when it slowed down, Amar’e did well. They showed they can slow it down and play playoff basketball. Now they weren’t spectacular, or that lead wouldn’t have slipped, but on their very first effort, they didn’t completely melt down, and it’s not a victory, but I wouldn’t qualify the performance as a total defeat either.
A very tough loss. I have a friend who’s a boston fan, and he was sending me texts about how impressed with the squad he was. I wanted to punch him in the face, but it’s true. This was a good game, and this squad looked impressive (I’ve probably used that word to many times in this already, but it’s the perfect word for their performance) can’t wait for the rest of the season, no matter what happens I really, really enjoy watching this group of guys. Now let’s go get the Heat. GO KNICKS!