The win ended a string of 16 straight losses in Salt Lake City, where the Clippers had prevailed just once in the previous 39 meetings.
"We really wanted this game," Paul said. "It's a new [Clippers] team right here."
- New York's current record: 17-18. Boston's current record: 16-17 (a separation in win percentage of 0.001%, apparently).
- The Knicks won the season opener against the Celtics, followed by the Celtics taking game two about a month ago. Considering playoff implications, particularly how close in record these two teams are, this game is crucial in case of a seeding tie-breaker. Although these two teams meet again in the middle of April, there is no telling what injuries could pop up or what trades could be made. Viewed in this light, this game is huge.
- Boston is 3-7 in their last ten games, with losses against Toronto and Detroit (twice!). They probably will never be more vulnerable than they are now.
- The last Knicks team to perform this effectively on defense was Jeff Van Gundy's 2000-2001 squad. The last Knicks team to perform this ineffectively on offense was also the Van Gundy: Lockout Edition Knicks who made the NBA finals. It is not a coincidence the Knicks are performing so well defensively, as offense is down across the league (which explains why every talking head who has said something along the lines of "The Mavericks lost Tyson Chandler and their defense somehow improved!" is simply wrong). The point here is that the Knicks are bad at offense, but so is everyone else.
- The last time he played in Boston, Carmelo Anthony had a relatively pedestrian game. The game before that, he did this.
- Three and a half games currently separate the Knicks from the Atlanta Hawks and the sixth seed in the conference standings. General wisdom dictates that, in order for the Knicks to make a splash in the playoffs, they need to grab the sixth seed or better. Doing so means avoiding the likes of Chicago or, even worse, Miami in the postseason. With only 31 games remaining and the Hawks missing Al Horford, there is no time like the present to close the gap.
- The Boston Celtics, statistically, can go fuck themselves. Especially Paul Pierce.
Now you know this week's plot. 'Tis a truly unique and potentially calamitous week for ye olde New Amsterdam Knickerbockers, but after another rousing All-Star weekend, any sort of legitimate basketball will tickle my fancy. Hopefully the Knicks can pull off wins against both the Cavs and Celtics, because they approaching a very mean and nasty section of their schedule. The calm before the storm is an opportunity to stock up on