Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Not OK

Roughly 48 hours after defeating the Boston Celtics, the Knicks set organized basketball back 15 years last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with the worst display of the slowly unraveling first season of the D’Antoni/Walsh era. How bad was it? At one point, the Knicks were down 23 points to the four-win Thunder, the team’s largest lead of the season. Kevin Durant and Jeff Green both put up 27 points, while Russell Westbrook made Chris Duhon look like post-op Jay Williams all night.

Just when I didn’t think it could get any worse, the decaying corpse of Joe Smith made a brief appearance, blocking four shots (David Lee twice) in 20 minutes.

Of course, the Knicks, losers of eight of 10, pulled within a basket with nine minutes to play. I should know by now, however, that the team, specifically Nate Robinson, likes to call a game in their favor long before the game is, you know, actually over. If you ever see Nate pound the floor or scream at the rafters after sinking a contested shot, mark it down for another Knicks’ loss. Trust me.

Last night’s game was straight out of Isiah’s tenure. Old habits die hard, I suppose. Still, I’ve come to expect more from D’Antoni’s squad, even if they are sitting seven games under .500.

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