January 12, 2008

The Intern’s Hard Wood: Raps-Knicks

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

After being sidelined with an acute case of lethargy, the Intern is back on the horn. First order of business is to dissect last night’s Raptors game against the dysfunctional Knicks. I must say there is something very uplifting about watching a team in the same conference meltdown right before your eyes. The Swarsky put it best when he said: “This is a terrible demonstration of basketball.” That one statement sums up the Knicks performance thus far this season. They play with no intensity and what seems like no leadership. Last night was no different. The ball was constantly getting stuck, there was very little movement and you can’t forget the fighting in the ranks. Zack Randolph got pulled in the second quarter and clearly didn’t appreatiate it too much because he had a few choice for his commander-in-chief which led to him riding pine for the rest of the game. The only real bright spots were the play of Nate Robinson who was actually trying to make an impact and the consistent effort from David Lee. As much as I like ragging on the Knicks, the Raptors didn’t have a fantastic game by any stretch of the imagination. The Knicks actually shot better than the Raps and had more assists but the difference maker was the Raps shot 85% at the charity stripe. I like making fun of Isiah just as much as the next sports fan but really how much farther do the Knicks have to fall before Dolan makes a change. This whole situation reminds me a lot of Tony Montana’s rise and tragic fall in Scarface, well actually scratch the whole rise part, just the tailspin Tony goes in just before he get shot in the back with a double-barrelled shotgun. That is the future for Thomas if he doesn’t quickly contain the mess he has created. Hot damn I love the NBA.

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