“DAG DAWG, WHAT TRAIN DID I GET HIT BY” – CELTS RUN OVER KNICKS IN PRE-SEASON
O.K., I’m really awake now. What had happened was . . . .What year is this? 2007? Hey somebody tell Coach Zeke to come to my office so I can slap his hands for this. . . .Say what? He went to Florida? Did he retire? He should have after that pre-season debacle? Oh he’s with another team now. FI Who? FU Too. Well tell his azz to get back here; he forgot to take his losing culture with him.
What you say? The losing culture wasn’t his for keeps? You say, that ghost named Boo is a resident of MSG and Zeke was just borrowing it for his stay in New York like most of the Knick admins before him? You mean that was not Zeke’s Boo for keeps? You mean our boy not only got Anuked but he was being haunted by a dawg named Boo too? No shyte?
I digress, but speaking of Boos, can somebody tell me how in the hell a married David Letterman humps his employees in the office (and anywhere else he can tell a joke) but the press fallout is little more than feature stories on the prevalence of workplace relationships? Can somebody tell me how a married Rick Pitino, the master of OPP, is eating more than somebody else’s spaghetti in a restaurant kitchen after hours and he is still a good guy, but Stephon Marbury get’s his roll over minutes from a MSG employee in a pick her up-truck, and he is the devil? Something that makes you go hmmmmmmmmm. (Where is Arsenio anyway? Is he doing America’s Got Talent now. I wonder if he’ll let Minister Farrakhan play the violin on his show?).
I’m sorry, I lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, I was thinking about the train wreck of a pre-season team being haunted by a losing culture. No, I’m not delusional. I saw those shadowy figures floating around Danilo Galinari as the best shooter that D’Antoni ever saw missed shot after shot. I could have sworn that Boo was altering tres and pushing the ball out of Duhon’s hands. No, I’m not crazy. I’m not delusional. As Warner Wolf says let’s go to the video tape. Check this out, and be careful because hopefully it will self destruct after playing (kinda like the Knicks, but they barely played).
More of the story is told by the box score. Numbers aren’t lying this time. The Knicks shot 16.1% from the tre arc and 37.7% over all. The good news is that will probably never happen again.
7:30 PM ET, October 9, 2009
TD Banknorth Garden
|NEW YORK KNICKS|
|Danilo Gallinari, F||27||1-7||1-4||2-2||0||2||2||0||1||1||0||2||N/A||5|
|Al Harrington, PF||24||5-9||1-4||2-6||0||4||4||1||1||0||3||2||N/A||13|
|David Lee, C||27||6-14||0-1||1-6||1||5||6||1||0||0||0||5||N/A||13|
|Wilson Chandler, SF||16||1-5||0-2||1-4||2||2||4||1||1||0||2||3||N/A||3|
|Chris Duhon, PG||25||3-6||1-4||1-1||0||1||1||3||0||0||2||0||N/A||8|
|Darko Milicic, C||16||0-2||0-0||0-0||1||7||8||0||2||0||2||0||N/A||0|
|Larry Hughes, SF||16||0-3||0-3||0-0||0||5||5||0||0||0||1||0||N/A||0|
|Jared Jeffries, PF||23||2-7||1-5||4-5||0||3||3||3||0||1||2||3||N/A||9|
|Toney Douglas, G||23||3-8||1-4||4-4||0||4||4||3||3||0||4||1||N/A||11|
|Nate Robinson, PG||25||3-10||0-4||1-2||0||3||3||2||1||0||1||1||N/A||7|
|Jordan Hill, F||12||4-5||0-0||1-2||3||1||4||0||0||0||1||2||N/A||9|
|Joe Crawford, SG||3||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||N/A||0|
|Marcus Landry, F||3||1-1||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||N/A||4|
|Eddy Curry, C||DNP TORN RIGHT PLANTARIS MUSC|
|Chris Hunter, F||DNP SHIN SPLINTS SHIN SPLIT|
|37.7%||16.1%||55.9%||Team TO (pts off): 18 (8)|
|+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.|
|Paul Pierce, SF||24||4-12||1-2||0-0||1||4||5||3||0||1||1||0||N/A||9|
|Kevin Garnett, PF||22||4-8||0-0||2-2||0||8||8||1||1||0||0||3||N/A||10|
|Kendrick Perkins, C||20||5-7||0-0||4-5||1||6||7||1||0||0||1||2||N/A||14|
|Ray Allen, SG||23||4-8||1-2||4-7||0||3||3||3||2||0||2||0||N/A||13|
|Rajon Rondo, PG||21||3-7||0-2||0-0||0||2||2||3||2||0||2||5||N/A||6|
|Rasheed Wallace, FC||22||5-12||3-9||0-0||2||10||12||2||0||0||2||1||N/A||13|
|Glen Davis, PF||16||3-6||0-0||1-1||2||6||8||0||0||1||1||3||N/A||7|
|Eddie House, PG||23||2-4||1-2||0-0||0||2||2||5||0||0||2||3||N/A||5|
|Marquis Daniels, SG||19||1-5||0-0||1-2||0||3||3||0||1||0||0||0||N/A||3|
|Tony Allen, SG||8||0-2||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||0||2||2||N/A||0|
|Brian Scalabrine, PF||17||3-5||3-4||0-0||1||0||1||1||1||0||1||2||N/A||9|
|Lester Hudson, G||9||1-3||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||N/A||2|
|Shelden Williams, PF||6||0-1||0-0||1-2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||N/A||1|
|Michael Sweetney, PF||5||1-2||0-0||0-1||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||3||N/A||2|
|J.R. Giddens, SG||5||0-0||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||0||N/A||2|
|Bill Walker, SG||DNP RIGHT KNEE SURGERY|
|43.9%||42.9%||68.2%||Team TO (pts off): 19 (20)|
|+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.|
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None – TEAMS (def3sec): BOSTON (1) – COACHES: None
Officials: Art Vaulk , Ben Taylor , Tim Greene
Time of Game: 02:09
Since, I slept through the fourth quarter and I refuse to review the recording I made of the game, I can’t offer much end-game insight except to say I think the game ended in the first quarter.
As a team the Knicks came out flat. Certainly, it is easy to understand that the group expectations were probably not great. The Celtics are loaded former champions. They just added Rasheed Wallace, an amazing advantage. So, it is easy to see that they could have felt doomed from the start. Also, the Knicks just released four players including Gabe Pruitt, Sun Yue and Warren Carter. It is possible that the release of competition was followed by lower energy and an absence urgency.
I cannot understand how the Knicks would provide a subpar effort since most of them are playing for contracts and some, like Robinson and Lee, are playing to pay for bonus food money.
Gallo is proving to be what I think he is, but it is early. The comparison to Jamal Crawford is still alive. Jamal had a horrible shooting pre-season last year. Gallo has been putrid. Knicks fans are developing a bad habit of claiming and extrapolating greatness based on competence. To project Gallo as a star this year is ridiculous and an unfair burden. He is not ready for the physicality and the speed of the game. He has not played regularly for over a year and he will not be in D’Antoni condition for a while. He is not ready.
The scary part of his game, for now, is his poor defense — he had trouble guarding Ray Allen — his inability to get set quickly — he seems to be over thinking his form — and his relative offensive inactivity — he sits on the perimeter too much adn does not more around without the ball enough; he also does not show great ability to drive against NBA talent.
The other key observation is the similarity between Douglas’ and Duhon’s stats. Duhon? Nice guy. Not a starting point guard. Douglas posted more steals, rebounds and points in fewer minutes. Douglas may not get into the starting line-up soon because of D’Antoni’s well demonstrated deference to vets, but Douglas will slowly pick up more and more of the PG responsibilities unless Walsh gets a new point guard which seems unlikely.