The Knicks beat the _____ (Sonics) tonight in a close game after making yet another comeback.

The Knicks started the game looking sloppy and lazy, and the _____ (Sonics) took advantage, jumping to a ____ (13) point first quarter lead. The double digit deficit was ___ (13) at the half. Then, after falling behind by ____ (18) points in the third, the Knicks, sparked by the great play off the bench ofJamal Crawford David LeeRenaldo BalkmanMalik Rose (?!?) staged a comeback.  After a ____ (15-2) run, things went back and forth, and the ____ (Sonics) held a ____ (7) point lead after the third quarter.  The Knicks continued to cut into the lead in the fourth, led by the outside shooting ofQuentin RichardsonStephon Marbury (?!?) and the penetration and ability to get to the line of _____ (Malik Rose, Steve Francis, Marbury, Curry).  The Knicks finally took a lead with only ___ (2:03) left in the game.  (Marbury) was incredible down the stretch hitting big shots and getting crucial free throws.  Then big defensive play of ____ (none) sealed the Knicks victory, as they won ____.  They were able to win because they won the rebound battle (37-33) and overcame a great game by point guard (Earl Watson).
 
Wait, the Knicks didn't win tonight?  WTF?!?  Yes, the lovely picture of "Chokebury" that appeared in my inbox from a fan of a team that is currently fighting for the right to pick 5th overall and get the Darko of this year's draft seems to indicate that the Knicks did not win tonight after all.  
 
You could blame Marbury and his missed free throw, but we at SML don't.  The man had an MVP type game, literally willing the Knicks to a victory when they were behind.  It has been an amazing run for Stephon, and one missed free throw (albeit a crucial game-sealing miss) doesn't change that.  If he keeps playing like that for the next month, and wins some games for the Knicks we'll be happy. 
 
And we don't blame Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, and Earl Watson, even though all of them hit some freaking incredible shots tonight.  Ray Allen was money all night with the smoothest jumper in the league (Michael Redd might take offense, but we at SML don't give two sh*ts about Redd); Earl Watson had a career night, hitting six three-pointers.  Rashard Lewis's three pointer was the game-winning basket.  But we don't blame them for the Knicks' lose.
 
We blame announcer Kenny Smith. 
 
Kenny Smith, as Marbury is about shoot the second free throw: "He's gonna hit it.  No doubt."
Everyone at the bar watching the game: "Damnit!  Shut up, you're jinxing us!"
Kenny Smith, not content, wanting to jinx the shot some more: "No doubt at all."
Other announcer, trying to reverse some of Kenny's mojo: "Well, there is a lot of pressure."
<Marbury releases a free throw shot perfectly heading for the basket> 
Kenny f*cking Smith:"...well high pressure leads to diamonds..."
Basket goes in rim, but karma takes over, makes basket turn right and banks off the rim. 
 
SML believes in superstitions.  When you believe in things you don't understand then you suffer. 


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[March 7, 2007 12:50 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

Chokesbury also took a wild three with 5 seconds left on the shot clock when the Knicks held a 1-point lead with 16 seconds left in the game. He looked oddly Crawford-esque with the ball in his hand as the clock wound down.

And the Sixers are probably going to get more like the 7th or 8th pick in the draft.

[March 7, 2007 11:52 AM]  |  link  |  reply
stopmikelupica said

7th or 8th pick... in other words, it'll be a long time before your guys are playing in a meaningful game with playoff implications like the Knicks last night, huh? Let's say at least two years, barring a victory in the lottery....

The difference between Crawford most of the time and Marbury's three yesterday: I was quite okay with Marbury shooting a three, as he hit eight of them.

And shooting with 5 seconds left was a good call - instead of rushing the shot with time running out, or with two hands in your face, he shot a wide open shot. From 25 feet, "only Gilbert shoots from here land", but still. It allowed the Knicks to have enough time to get the ball back and set up a shot after Lewis' three went in. Which lead to the foul with one second left.

[March 7, 2007 12:29 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

The Sixers are only 5 games behind the Knicks at this point. Since Andre Miller and Joe Smith came to the Sixers their record is 17-19, in that same period of time, the Knicks record is 17-17.

I'd say w/ or w/out a lottery pick, the Sixers have just as much of a chance at making the playoffs next year as the Knicks do. In fact, I'd say the odds are better for the Sixers. No matter where the picks fall, the Sixers still have 3 first round picks in the draft, two of which will come before the Knicks' pick (They're going to wind up in the 20's, the Bulls swap places with the Knicks). The Knicks don't have a second-round pick. The Sixers will also have a little bit of cap space to work with.

And Marbury should've driven to the basket with 5 seconds left, that was a very, very bad shot. Especially considering the refs had been giving the Knicks charity calls all night long, including the one that led to Marbury spitting the bit.

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Justin said

When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? - Thanks

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