At halftime of last night’s New York Knicks victory in Philadelphia against the 76ers, Walt “Clyde” Frazier referenced the 36% field goal percentage of the Sixers. He indicated it’s always a dangerous sign when a team shoots that poorly in a half and is still in the game. They were down by eight at the time.
If you drifted away from the television awhile, raided the refrigerator, took a bathroom break, tossed the garbage out, and prepared a cup of coffee, you returned later to find the Knick lead at 21 points.
What is happening with the Knicks?
Let’s be fair. We’re fond of claiming it’s only three games, or ten games, or however many games played that doesn’t yet signify a trend. We’d also to be screaming for the head of the Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony, and a couple of Madison Square Garden ushers if the Knicks were 0-3. It’s clear there are many mountains to climb this long basketball season, including overcoming the inevitable injuries that accompany age, a statistic in which the Knicks specialize. But for a week or so, good news abounds.
The record of winning three straight games by 15 or more points to open a season is superfluous. It’s another of those digital age statistics flung at us simply because computers can spit them out. We’ll commit to memory for about 10 seconds, for instance, that a certain batter hits .275 or more with a 2-1 count when the wind is blowing from the northwest and the pitcher is 30 years old or more. It’s preposterous. But three in a row, with impressive defensive displays, is always reason to cheer, even if the season isn’t even lukewarm yet.
Also, winning both ends of a back to back home and home series is nearly impossible in the NBA. Even without Jason Richardson and Andrew Bynum in the lineup for Doug Collins’ Sixers, that’s an accomplishment. Make no mistake, the 76ers will be a handful when both those players are available. It’s all the more reason to win when you can.
Glenn Vallach has been a basketball fan, player, and coach during his lifetime and, as such, an ardent follower of the NBA even with all its warts. He have also been a New York Knick fan since the days of Howie Komives and Walt Bellamy, when he regularly boarded the IRT Subway at 180th Street in the Bronx for a trip to the Garden to see his heroes.
- · Yahoo! Sports New York Knicks page
- · Yahoo! Sports Carmelo Anthony page
- · Yahoo! Sports Jason Richardson page
- · Yahoo! Sports Andrew Bynum page
- · Dan Gelston, The Associated Press, Anthony keeps Knicks perfect with win over 76ers