2013 NBA ALL STAR STARTING LINE UP!
I guess I’ll give a quick recap of the Knicks/Clippers game since I made a few posts about it…..
Well, the Knicks won, which was good, and the game wasn’t bad even though Melo sat out most of the second half. For me personally, I found it most interesting to compare this visit to the garden to the last time I was there. That was around January in the beginning of the season; pre Lin, pre Woodson pre JR and even pre Melo really.
Not unlike tonights game, back then, the game was exciting and ended in a Knicks win. That’s where the similarities end, however. Honestly, there’s little comparison between the Knicks team early in the season and the one I just saw as the regular season comes to a close. This was more clear to me then ever as I sat watched the game.
Comparing the two games, the biggest difference i saw was is in the enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd (and maybe the increase of Asian fans) - one thing that probably cant be found anywhere other than MSG. Yep, the Garden is back in full force (and not just when Lebron or Kobe pays a visit).
A great example of this would be the roar you hear whenever Novak touches the ball behind the 3 point line. Finally, I think the Knicks are coming together as a team and the fans, for the most part, are happy. Many even delusional. Why else would they think the Knicks can now “Beat the Heat”…but I’d rather face Chicago any day. But it’s crazy seeing all this optimism despite the team not even having Lin. I can only imagine what things were like during “Linsanity”.
I’ll end this post with a few key observations you’d probably have to see in person to understand:
1. Mike Bibby is garbage. 2. JR Smith always takes the most difficult shot possible and…. 3.Stat actually looks like he has his explosiveness back.