The All-Star Break is finally here, which means that the Knicks aren't going to lose for at least a few more days. Man, it is really depressing to write about the Knicks right now. Let's try a different topic.
Happy Valentine's Day P&T! Here are a few Valentine's Day related NBA records
Most points scored by a player on Valentine's Day: 51 by Richie Guerin, for the Knicks, in 1962.
Most points scored in a game by a player named Valentine: 30 by Darnell Valentine on April 10, 1988.
Most points scored in a game by a player named Love: 51 by Kevin Love on March 23, 2012.
Most points scored in a game by a player named Fat: 38 by Fat Lever on February 9, 1989.
Most points scored in a game by a player named "No you're not fat, of course I didn't mean that. No I don't think your sister's prettier than you, how can you even ask me something like that": 34 by Lamar Odom, twice.
And we're back to depressing. Let's talk Knicks.
Player of the Week - Pablo Prigioni
Friday night's victory over the Nuggets was classic Pablo: 22 minutes, 6 assists, 4 steals, 0 field goal attempts. There will never be another stat line that so perfectly encapsulates the savvy veteran that the Knicks brought over from Argentina a year ago. Prigioni followed up his fine performance with another solid game on Sunday, with a +1 in a 12 point loss, and a 2-2 shooting performance in 22 minutes. Now I know what you're all thinking: Yes, those numbers are okay, but good enough for player of the week? What about Melo or Amare? Surely they put up stat lines that dwarf Prigioni's in comparison.
Well allow me to answer your questions with one of my own: did Melo or Amare do something that hasn't been done in the NBA in 15 years? As you may have noticed in the stat lines above, Prigioni played 22 minutes without missing a field goal in two consecutive games. In doing so, he became the first point guard to play at least 22 minutes without missing a shot in two straight games since Muggsy Bogues was 1-1 in 23 minutes for the Warriors on both May 1 & 3, 1999.
Opposing Player of the Week - Derek Fisher
Yes, Kevin Durant ran amok on Sunday and Jimmer Fredette shot the lights out on Wednesday, but neither one of them gave me an excuse this week to link to this picture. Fisher had one of the highlights of the game Sunday, when he airballed a transition pull-up three pointer. On the previous possession though, he buried his second three of the game. At 39 years, 184 days old, he became the third oldest player to ever hit multiple threes in a game against the Knicks and the oldest to do so since Reggie Miller did it 229 days after his 39th birthday, on April 10th, 2005. That night, Miller was 3-9 from downtown as part of a 34 point effort, but his patented Knick-killing wasn't enough. With time winding down in regulation and the Knicks down by three, Kurt Thomas drilled just his second three pointer of the season, and seventh of his career, to send the game into overtime. Then, trailing 112-111 in the OT, Stephon Marbury missed a floater with under a second left...but Mike Sweetney was able to tip it in as the buzzer sounded to give the Knicks a 1 point win. (Side note: if anyone can find footage of that game, please let me know in the comments.)
Bluecheese's Rambling Stat of the Week - (WARNING! May not end in a coherent thought)
Pablo Prigioni had zero field goal attempts in 22 minutes on Friday. In that game, Prigioni had 6 assists and 4 steals, to become the first starter to put up those numbers without attempting a shot since Nate McMillan on November 6, 1987, in the Sonics 113-109 loss to the Lakers. McMillan had 12 assists in just 19 minutes that night, a stat line which would go unmatched for 5.5 years, until John Stockton did it on April 25, 1993, in a 113-111 loss to the Timberwolves. That same night, the Knicks beat the Bulls 89-84, for their 60th win of the season. The score of the third quarter of that game was 22-22. The next time the Knicks and Bulls played a game that had a third quarter tie in a season in which both teams made the playoffs came almost 20 years later, on December 8th, 2012. The Knicks lost that game despite a high scoring night from Raymond Felton and a high rebounding night from Tyson Chandler. That game was only the second ever game in which Felton had at least 27 points and Chandler had at least 14 rebounds. The other such game came on December 20th, 2009, when they did it for the Bobcats in a 98-94 loss to the Knicks. In that game, Jared Jeffries played 31 minutes without attempting a field goal. He was the last Knicks starter to play at least 22 minutes in a win and not attempt a field goal...until Prigioni did it on Friday night!
Last Week in Jared Jeffries History
On February 9th, 2010, Jeffries had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 118-114 OT loss to the Kings, a game that was eerily similar to this week's bad loss to Sacramento. Both losses were at home, in overtime, and in the final game before the All-Star Break. The three highest scorers for the Knicks had 35, 21, and 17 in 2010 and 36, 20, and 17 on Wednesday. The three highest rebounders in 2010 had 10, 10, and 8 in 2010 and 11, 11, and 8 on Wednesday. The starting PG was 2-10 from the field, with 9 assists in 2010 and 3-11 from the field, with 12 assists on Wednesday. The only player to play in both games was Jason Thompson; he had 11 rebounds in 34 minutes in 2010 and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes on Wednesday. The Kings made the game-tying shot with 25 seconds left in 2010 and with 21 seconds left on Wednesday. In OT, the Knicks were outscored 13-9 in 2010 and 13-8 on Wednesday. The Knicks record after those games: 19-32 in 2010, 20-32 in 2014.
Last Week in Jared Jeffries Shot Tracker History
Movie of the Week - What's the Worst That Could Happen?
I vaguely remember seeing this movie on television about a decade ago and I don't recommend it. I also vaguely remember seeing something that resembled a basketball team on television a couple of times over the past week and again, I don't recommend it. "What's the worst that could happen?" is a question on all of our minds right now and I really wish I had an answer. Sadly, prior to the Kings game, the previous seven days had actually been fairly respectable for this season's version of the Knicks. The win over Denver was great, and you can't really fault them for two narrow losses against elite teams in Portland and Oklahoma City. And then came approximately moment #457 in which the words "rock bottom" have been uttered.
What will it take for Dolan to fire Woodson? A 60 point home loss to the Nets? An 80 point outburst at MSG by Lebron? A doctor barging into Dolan's office, strapping him down, and giving him a frontal lobotomy? At this point, I'm willing to try all three.
Fake Movie of the Week - The Relativity Avengerables