I really am, and it's hot in Austin TX, but I'm happy to be wearing them.
Sometimes when your team goes down 2-0, it feels like the team gave everything it had and yet, in the end, it didn't matter because they got beat anyway. That's kind of like what the Bulls Pacers series looks like.
But I still feel like the Knicks haven't played as well as they can. I think that if Amar'e can come back and play, they still have a chance in this series. And I feel like the Knicks are really psyched to be here, but not in the way that they're satisfied to lose, but in the way that they're chomping at the bit for another chance at beating the Celtics. And I feel like as the series goes on, they're going to figure out how to beat the Celtics. But it's a matter of extending the series - especially because the longer the series goes on, the more likely it is that Amar'e and Chauncey can play.
Certainly tonight is a big key, because climbing out of a 3-0 hole might be too tough. Somehow they have to win this game tonight. And it's going to be tough with Amar'e at less then 100%.
I feel OK though. They'll need another big game from Carmelo - particularly on the rebounding end. I think Bully will get minutes and he's got to hit some shots this time like I know he can. Landry has got to show a bit of O, stay on the floor and bother Celtics guards.
Toney needs to hit some more shots. We know he can do this. Threes, Toney. Knock 'em down. I think we can beat the Celtics without shooting 15 threes... but tonight, with a possibly diminished Amar'e, tonight is the night we need to hit our threes. Get that offense flowing, guys.