Well that was easy.
Tonight, the Hawks came into Madison Square Garden with less energy than a middle aged man at a Justin Bieber concert. The Knicks dominated from the tip off and cruised to a 99-82 victory. The ball moved well all night and multiple Knicks contributed to the scoring. Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak led all scoring with 17 points each. Landry Fields, 16, Carmelo Anthony, 15, and JR Smith, 12, also scored in double digits for the Knicks. With the game out of reach late in the 3rd quarter, the Knicks’ key players got plenty of rest before tomorrow night’s showdown in Miami.
That was Linsane.
In their toughest matchup of the Jeremy Lin era, the Knicks pulled out a gritty 104-97 victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. In a back and forth game, the Knicks trailed Dallas by three going into the fourth quarter. New York finished off the third quarter on a 7-0 run and had the momentum going into the final twelve minutes of the game. In the fourth quarter, the Knicks’ outside shooting woes seemed to disappear. The 29th ranked three point shooting team in the NBA hit six shots from outside the arc to bury the Mavericks.
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New York Knicks It Is!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 17, 2012
Well, after Tommy Dee broke the news, JR Smith confirmed it.
JR Smith, the 6’6″, 220 pound guard, is set to make his Knicks debut on Sunday against the Mavericks. Smith signed in New York for the “Mini” MLE, which is valued at $2.5 Million. It was reported that the Clippers and Lakers were both very interested in Smith, but in the end, New York’s exception was the most enticing deal for JR.
The Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings, 100-85, in a game they dominated from start to finish. This was their seventh win in a row, sixth with Jeremy Lin in the starting lineup, and it pushes the team back to .500, at 15-15.
To the contrary of what many twitter folk declared in the 2nd quarter, Linsanity is in fact in full effect. Lin shook off a turnover ridden first half to lead the Knicks in a gritty fourth quarter comeback. Down 9 to begin the fourth quarter, the Knicks pulled off a second straight fourth quarter miracle.
On February 4, Jeremy Lin lit up the Nets, in his first game in which he received extended minutes. He scored 25 points and dished out 5 assists. After that game, the Linsanity began.
After a miraculous week, Jeremy Lin was just named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, after picking up the same honor in the NBA D-League. Forbes says that Jeremy Lin “is the fastest growing athlete brand in the world”.
The Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98, in front of the largest crowd to see a game at the Target Center since 2004. They were there to see Jeremy Lin, who had an off night, but still finished with 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
(Illustration from Bobby Bernethy)
Barring an NBA Finals featuring the two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers only visit Madison Square Garden once, this year. The occasion is a one time chance during the season to see Kobe Bryant and what exploits he’ll have at the Garden. In 2009, it was his 61-point performance; In 2008 it was a near triple double performance of 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists; In 2006, he dropped 40 at the Garden. Time and time again, the Lakers visit to the Garden brings about questions of, “What will Kobe do tonight?”
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Jeremy Lin, people.
It’s hard to imagine that the first NBA player of Taiwanese-descent, who graduated from Harvard and went undrafted, could make such an impact for the Knicks, but Jeremy Lin razzeled and dazzled in front of the MSG crowd, Saturday and Monday nights.
Apparently, there is a script that this new Knicks squad led by Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony must adhere to when they play the Celtics in Boston. Take a double-digit first half lead, blow it in the third quarter and then lose in heart wrenching fashion in the fourth quarter.
Tonight, the Knicks kicked off their one and only back-to-back-to-back with an energy filled loss at home against the Bulls, by a score of 102-105.
Now, like many times this season, the Knicks played three quarters of good basketball, but were debilitated by one quarter. Tonight, that quarter was the second.